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Utah Arts Festival

On a Roll: Saltgrass Printmakers demonstrate one heavy process of creation.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jun 24,2009 - When I show up to talk to Saltgrass Printmakers' Erik Brunvand about the steamroller-printing demonstration at the Utah Arts Festival, he is online ordering more aprons for the event...

CD Reviews

In the Hip Pocket

Richard Jankovich breathes new life into select songs.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jun 24,2009 - When your musical output consists of remixing and producing other people's songs, your agenda is a little different than that of most. But then, Richard Jankovich--aka "Pocket"--is the remixer's remixer.

Visual Art

Synergetics

Marriage of Minds: Cat and Blake Palmer turn their life collaboration into an artistic one.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jun 17,2009 - "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Henry Ford is quoted on the announcement card for Synergetics, featuring photographer and artist Cat Palmer and her husband...

Visual Art

Fresh Breath of Air

Breathing Space: Artists with an Eastern European background spread their wings at Contemporary Design & Art.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 27,2009 - The story starts with the trek of Melik, a native of Azerbaijan, to America 20 years ago. In the former USSR, no one was allowed to practice art without formal education.

CD Reviews

Oh! Wild Birds & Palace of Buddies

Local CD Reviews

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 20,2009 - Just looking at the song titles by Palace of Buddies you can tell there's irony afoot: "I Was Vegan," "Casio Burger Meltdown," "Black Magik" and "She Sings Silly Songs."

Visual Art

Collective Effort

You don’t need snooty tastes or wads of cash to buy art.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 20,2009 - It's springtime, and artworks seem to be blossoming all over the place along with newborn greenery in the sunlight--from installations at TRAX stops to coffee shops and local galleries teeming with artistic life like greenhouses of creativity.

CD Reviews

The Disciplines & M. Ward

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 13,2009 - Ken Stringfellow had an "inner garage rocker" to let out--who knew? As high priest of pop in the mostly grungy '90s with his power-pop group Posies' MTV and alternative-radio hit "Dream All Day..."

CD Reviews

Sweater Friends, Eric Openshaw Band

Local CD Reviews

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 6,2009 - What is a Sweater Friend? Jake Workman and Allyson Lundburg's selfdescribed "songs like conversations" sometimes try to cram in as many syllables as possible into a measure of music in their fervor ...

Visual Art

Yes, They Could

Mestizo Coffeehouse showcases works inspired by the life of César Chávez.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // May 6,2009 - Who was César Chávez? It might surprise you, but Mestizo Coffeehouse's Ruby Chacon says she still is asked that question...

CD Reviews

Shelter Red & Kaskade

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Apr 29,2009 - In recent years, the word "terror" has been rather shunned as an adjective. Of course, we know that heavy metal bands took the biggest hit on the post-9/11 lexicon front...
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