With this issue, we mark the passage of a quarter century, first within the community at large and then, in the following feature “A Different Drum,” within the paper. We also take a look at what has changed in Salt Lake City’s entertainment offerings. Finally, we catch you up with past employees’ whereabouts and showcase 25 past issues.
Investing two and a half decades working and playing in Utah’s capital city requires an abiding love of quirkiness. The people and institutions of Salt Lake City come together not as the harmonious, homogenous Mormon Tabernacle Choir but as a group of conga players in a Liberty Park drum circle—a loosely held-together clump of folk who dance to different beats and join in when they feel like it. Sometimes, there’s sound and fury, and sometimes it signifies nothing. But more often than not, they’re glad to be here, catching the beat.
We asked 25 denizens to isolate what stood out for them in the city’s past quarter century, or conversely, what they think the next 25 will bring. Their answers point to a community that sees itself on the brink of something—good or bad, depending on how full one’s glass is. But overall, people seem to love Salt Lake City rather unabashedly—maybe in the way they love their crazy eccentric uncle or maybe a sapling they’ve nurtured into a tall cottonwood. And no matter who is thought to “run” this town, there are too many dynamic forces in the mix these days for anyone to be too smug and comfortable. Change is always ’round the bend. And that’s likely why City Weekly still has a reason for being, and why our readers keep reading.
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
A look 25 (plus 1) years backward and forward in Salt Lake City
A Different Drum
How Salt Lake City got its "altie" groove
Chief of DIY
By Tom Walsh
Flying Dinosaur Days
By Christopher Smart
By John Harrington
Believe it or not, these are the salad days for the culturally curious in Utah.
SLC Scrapbook Photo Gallery
Remember these SLC musicians?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The comings and goings of the illustrious City Weekly staff
By John Paul Brophy AKA J.P. Garellini
Magic Mountain Times
By Scott Renshaw
By Bill Frost