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Gavin's Underground

In The Loop: 10/22/11. Haunting Shenanigans

by Gavin Sheehan
- Posted // 2011-10-22 -
Hello to all you costume-donning, fake-blood-mixing, candy-buying, pumpkin-smashing, candy-stealing, prank-pulling, party-drinking, children-scaring Halloween enthusiasts! For some reason when I finished typing that, I felt like one of the brothers from Car Talk. By the time we rejoin you for another Saturday post, All Hallows' Eve will have passed and I more than likely will have drunk enough for three of me, which is fitting since I'm swapping around costumes this year, and at some point will get in a viewing of Ghostbusters. Before we dive into a brief list of events, let's check out the latest addition to the 337 Memorial Wall.
Picking up from where we left off two weeks ago, the Dead Artist's Ball is happening tonight. The Hive Gallery presents the second annual event over at Fat's Grill up on Highland Drive for an evening of music and art. You can catch live performances from Christian Coleman's Blue Zen Band, The Mountains Lost and Sofa Sly, as well as finding out the winner from the “A Dance With Death” competition from earlier in the week. Head on over and check it out, and be sure to grab a mustache at the door. They didn't make a poster for this event, so here's a picture of Fat's.
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Earlier today marked the last Farmers Market of 2011, and tomorrow will mark the final People's Market. If you haven't been out this year, you've missed out on some awesome trade and helpful gardening work. For those of you who like fresh food and want to grow some indoors during the winter, you might wanna drop by the International Peace Gardens tomorrow.
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One of the first big bashes to kick off the haunting festivities next weekend will be An October Evening. Returning to the Masonic Temple this Thursday, the evening is an all-in-one entertainment spectacular centered around the holiday. Films by four different directors, fashion from Pretty Macabre, a performance by Dance Biz, lots of art including the featured photographs from BellaOra studios, as well as music that, from what we can tell, hasn't been fully determined as to who will be playing the final spot. In any case, it's well worth the scratch to go.
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Then next Sunday will be the Geek Show Movie Night over at Brewvies. The panel won't be doing any shows as they've already recorded them at Anime Banzai this year, but they will be on hand and in costume for the single feature of Creep Night followed by a costume contest and finally the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Oh, and if you hadn't caught on by now ... it's all free (except the booze and food)! The whole evening kicks off at 5 p.m.
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Now while there are way too many parties to cover, many of which actually hit me up in advance and asked that they be kept a secret to add to the mystique, I'm going to feature one I feel you all need to attend. Laserfang are back! They have fully reunited with lead guitarist/vocalist Shane Ashbridge as he makes his way back from the nearly dead mythical land of South Dakota and rejoins his band, who have only been able to play occasional shows when he's come to visit. The band will be taking over The Urban Lounge all Halloween night for a costume party/reunion show. Spell Talk will be opening things up, fresh off their CMJ 2011 appearance with copies of their new album in hand, followed up with Laserfang, who are rumored to be playing the entire Mammoth album along with new songs. This is your bar party to be at!
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Rounding out the following week will be a play we didn't have a chance to cover formally in the blog. People's Productions, Utah's first African-American themed theater, will present the Ntozake Shange production For Colored Girls ... starting on Friday, Nov. 4. The production features some of SLC's finest including Dee-Dee Darby Duffin, Barbara Beard-White, Michelle Love-Day, Nasheda Caudle, Angela Trusty, Kinu Tanaka and Lady Johnson. Tickets are on sale now for the two-and-a-half week schedule. If you had any reservations from the film, trust me, it's better on stage in its original form.
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As for the blog: Over the next few weeks, we'll go back to Gallery Stroll, check out three new productions to hit local stages and check out the works from two very distinct artists. Yep, the next few weeks will be strictly theater and art -- at least, that's the plan for now. As always, we'll see what happens.


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