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Books

Billy “The Hill” and the Jump Hook

A new autobiography re-introduces 1960s University of Utah basketball star Billy McGill

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 10,2014 - In more than 100 years of University of Utah basketball, one of the all-time greats to wear the red and white was Billy “The Hill” McGill.

Theater

Fall at the Shakespeare Fest

Richard II and more

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 8,2013 - With the days getting shorter and nights longer, you only have until Oct. 19 to catch the three different plays offered at the fall edition of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Sports

NBA's First Gay Player

Utah's reaction to Jason Collins coming out

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 6,2013 - It’s hard to think of higher praise you could get from the greatest Jazzman of all time than what the Mailman said about Jason Collins, after Collins became the first active, openly gay player in any of the four major American sports leagues.

Sports

Major-League Baseball in SLC

Will Utah ever be home to MLB?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 25,2013 - Major League Baseball comes to Salt Lake City on March 30, when the Colorado Rockies host the Seattle Mariners in a spring training exhibition game at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Books

Erin Ann Thomas: Coal in Our Veins

A family's history with the black rock

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 10,2012 - Good writers can take a subject you weren’t previously interested in and not only entertain you while talking about it, but also make you want to know more.

Food & Drink

East-Side Ethnic Markets

Rancho & Black Cherry Mediterranean Market

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 24,2012 - The west side of the Salt Lake Valley has long been home to a variety of small markets that cater to many ethnicities and nationalities.

Books

Why I'm a Mormon

New book tells stories of individual LDS members

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 21,2012 - I normally try to avoid hearing what other people think about a book before reviewing it—but in the case of Why I’m a Mormon, someone else’s reaction was the reason I wanted to read it.

Books

Tales of A Peculiar People

Trio of new books explores LDS beliefs

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 26,2011 - Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. have both had to answer plenty of questions about Mormon doctrine during their presidential campaigns.

Books

Jacob T. Marley

Utah author creates the back story

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 31,2011 - The classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol begins with the sentence, “Marley was dead, to begin with.” Marley then goes on to play a pivotal role ...

Sports

Utah Jazzless

What's SLC with no NBA?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 17,2011 - The Utah Jazz were supposed to open up their preseason schedule Oct. 10, with the regular season due to start Nov. 1.

Food & Drink

Harmons Emigration Market

Old/New store is back

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 4,2011 - Emigration Market was a constant presence at the intersection of 1700 East and 1300 South from 1942 until it closed in 2010. Now, the store is back up and running in a new form—as Harmons Emigration Market.

Back to School

Football Sucks

Even if you hate sports, Utah’s rise in national standing will affect your college life.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Aug 18,2011 - Football Sucks, Even if you hate sports, Utah’s rise in national standing will affect your college life.

Books

Changes of Heart

New conversion-themed LDS books

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 30,2011 - The conversion process is a great vehicle for storytelling: the immersion into new ideas; a person feeling his life changing; the moment when he sees the world in a whole new way ...

Cover Story

Elders Over Broadway: The Book of Mormon Musical

The LDS Church might be the biggest fan of the saucy, potty-mouthed musical The Book of Mormon.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 23,2011 - Most of this scene is classic New York City, but one thing here stands out as odd: The marquee above the theater reads The Book of Mormon ...

Cover Story Sidebars

Review: The Book of Mormon Musical

The Book of Mormon: Obscene, irreverent and delightfully charming.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 23,2011 - What’s surprising about The Book of Mormon isn’t that parts of the musical push Broadway to new levels of obscenity, blasphemy and outrageousness ...

Theater

The Meeting: What Might've Happened Between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jan 10,2011 - Writer Jeff Stetson has offered a rendition of how the conversation might have unfolded in his 1987 play The Meeting, which features the two leaders verbally sparring in a fictitious summit set in a Harlem hotel room in 1965.

Books

New Books Explore Relationship Between Mormons and Traditionally Liberal Territory

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 17,2010 - Two words generally not uttered in the same sentence with the Provo school are “environmentalism” and “Hollywood.” What would such traditionally liberal territory have to do with the conservative bastion of Utah County?

Books

Restless Spirits: Utah’s Small Town Ghosts

Local Haunts: Restless Spirits sheds a scary light on Utah ghost stories.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 27,2010 - As the weather cools, leaves fall and the nights get longer, it’s the perfect time for some good ghost stories.

Books

New Mormon History Books

Two new books look back on Mormons in history, with varying degrees of reliability.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 27,2010 - It’s hard to think of two more quintessentially “American” events than the battle of Gettysburg and baseball’s World Series ...

Get Out

Utah CrossFit

Fit to Be Tried: Utah CrossFit athletes take their skills to a national competition.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 12,2010 - Among its many distinctions, Salt Lake City can also claim to be home to planet Earth’s second-fittest man ...

Books

Driven: An Autobiography of Larry H. Miller

You Sort-of Know This Guy: Driven offers insight into Larry H. Miller only halfway.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 7,2010 - Doug Robinson writes in the introduction to Driven: An Autobiography that, “Perhaps only Brigham Young has done more for Utah than Larry H. Miller” ...

Sports

Women's Tackle Football: Utah Blitz

Blitz to face Las Vegas Showgirlz.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 17,2010 - Attending a Utah Blitz football game is, in most ways, much like attending a high school football game ...

Books

The Lonely Polygamist

Bigger Love: The Lonely Polygamist turns a sympathetic eye to a struggling patriarch.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Apr 28,2010 - The point was that while polygamy might initially sound appealing to men because it means you get to have sex with four different women without...

Books

Utah in the Twentieth Century

Book chronicles the state’s social and cultural transitions.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - Since the book is written by academics, it does a good job of tracing and documenting how the stereotypes about this place came to be.

Theater

Messiah: A Community Celebration

Nontraditional Traditions: Messiah: A Community Celebration explores the full spectrum of the winter holidays.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - It’s a blend of baroque, gospel, pop and jazz music sung by a choir of Baptists, Unitarians, Mormons and Catholics...

Books

Ghosts of Glen Canyon

Land of the Lost: Ghosts of Glen Canyon revisits a submerged world.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 28,2009 - C. Gregory Crampton tries to put us "there" in the beautiful place that was the pre-Powell canyon, describing things that may well have been lost forever...

Sports

Jazz's Carlos Boozer: Utah's Most Hated

Has Boozer eclipsed President Obama as Utahns’ favorite target for conservative bile?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 28,2009 - Boozer is the clear front-runner for Utah’s most hated ...

Sports

Dew Tour Brings Extreme Sports to Utah

Athletes relish the chance to visit Salt Lake City.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - Getting athletes to come to the Dew Tour stop in Salt Lake City isn't difficult...

Cover Story

Gay Activism in Utah

Can the gay community find new reasons to rally?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 2,2009 - Jacob Whipple's spring wedding came off almost exactly how he had planned it for months. The decor, the clothing, the food and the locale all came together perfectly...

Books

The Appearance of Evil

The Actor and the Housewife finds its heroine walking close to a dangerous line.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Aug 19,2009 - Utah author Shannon Hale has pulled a publishing coup...

Cover Story

Something Wicked This Way Comes

An arts district one block from Temple Square will either save Main Street or become its biggest folly yet.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 29,2009 - "I`m a basic philistine when it comes to the arts," Ralph Becker says, when asked about his vision for a new Broadway theater on Main Street. "When I go around to other cities, I go to performance arts facilities and ask..."

Books

True Believers

A new book explores familiar and unfamiliar tales of the unusual from Utah.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 15,2009 - Sometimes, you're in the mood for a full sit-down dinner centered on a main course; other times, you just want to sample a variety of items from a buffet ...

Books

Longshot

Beyond the Game: Lance Allred covers more interesting ground than the typical athlete bio.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 3,2009 - The category of sports memoir/autobiography isn't generally a place to find good literature. In most cases, the athletes don't do the writing, instead leaving the task to cliché-spewing sportswriters. Terrell Owens once famously alleged he'd been...

Sports

Rocky Mountain Revue

No Further Revue: Summer pro hoops in Utah becomes a victim of its own success.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 13,2009 - It’s a sad situation that occurs over and over: A community builds an alternative, grass-roots scene the locals become passionate about. When it’s hitting its peak, outsiders with big money take notice ...

Get Out

The Great WOWtdoors

A new hiking guidebook conveys a sense of wonder, not just the facts.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 6,2009 - When looking for a book outlining various hikes in a particular region, the reader will of course want information about what to expect on the trail, how to get there ...

Sports

Out at the Old Ball Game

Pride League softball provides recreation with a unique social function.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Apr 29,2009 - At first blush, it seems like any other recreational softball league holding games on the weekend. Teams with names like "The Family," "Softball Heroes" or "Trash Talkers" come and go ...

Cover Story

Old Time Religion

Preacher France Davis’ 35 years here have given the city’s African- American community a reason to shout hallelujah.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Apr 22,2009 - There are many ways to measure the three-and-a-half decades France Davis has spent as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. At three services per week, he's delivered more than 5,000 sermons to his congregation ...

Cover Story

Utah's Soulful Secret: Calvary's Gospel Choir

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Apr 22,2009 - Calvary Baptist Church has experienced many changes during the 35-year tenure of Pastor France Davis. One of the most notable is the growth of its music program. When Davis took over in 1974, the music consisted of two peopleorganist Gladys Hesleph and her teenage son Brian.

Sports

Nothing But Net

Our state has become a basketball powerhouse— which somehow seems fitting.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 18,2009 - We all cringed laughed rejoiced recently when it was announced that Utah is the leader in the entire United States in per-capita online-porn subscriptions. But that’s old news now that Utah can make a claim to being the per-capita leader in something else: the number of teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Get Out

On the Down Low

Utah’s Low Points explores the scenic wonders of the state’s life de-elevated.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 4,2009 - Utah is justly proud of its many beautiful mountain ranges. Its citizens and promoters can rattle off just how high the highest of spots are in different areas of the state.

Get Out

Sock It to 'Em

This week, ski for a charity that warms the sole.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - When former professional snowboarder Mitch Nelson would get packages in the mail from his sponsors, there was always plenty of nice, expensive stuff to look at and try ongoggles, hats, gloves, coats, etc. But as Nelson sorted through everything, there was just one fairly inexpensive, simple item that he was really in search of: a pair of socks.

Editorial

It’s Miller Time

Larry Miller's impact went far beyond sports.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - As tributes to Larry Miller poured into the news media following his death on Feb. 20, most focused on Miller's prowess as a shrewd businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz. Privately, I heard very different remembrances. Someone told me how, just a couple of weeks before Miller's death, a substantial check had arrived from Larry H.

Get Out

Last Resorts

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - While the economy is down, the number of locals hitting Wasatch Front resorts for skiing and snowboarding seems to be up. Most resorts are reporting strong figuressometimes even record figuresfor sales of passes and numbers of people on the slopes.

City Guide

City Guide 2009 | Bygone Byways

Before there were Interstates, there were trails to adventure.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jan 28,2009 - Utah abounds in outdoor recreational opportunities. So much so that you can pick your activity based not only on your favorite sport, but combine it with something else that interests you as well. For example, how about venturing outdoors while also picking up some Utah history along the way? If you’re not from here, or have people visiting and want to give them a taste of Utah—both i...

Arts & Entertainment

Get Out | In Tents Winter: The Winter Camping Handbook accentuates the positive side of snowy getaways.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jan 21,2009 - Invite friends and family to go camping in July, and they can’t wait to get out of work and hit the trails. Invite them in January and the drop-off in acceptances looks similar to the NASDAQ in recent months—even considering some of the amazing winter sights and experiences that are available in Utah. nAnd who can blame them? It’s cold in them thar hills, not to mention the poten...

Arts & Entertainment

Visual Art | Zion Eyes: A Century of Sanctuary explores the way artists see southern Utah.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Nov 12,2008 - One of the big draws at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 was an exhibition of paintings of a canyon outside of Springdale, Utah, by artist Frederick S. Dellenbaugh. The pictures of the towering, beautifully colored canyons were so incredible, even unknown to those used to the landscapes of the eastern United States, some viewers began suggesting that the place didn’t really exist. Lu...

Arts & Entertainment

Sports | R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ed Off: Utah teams’ sports success doesn’t bring love from the Powers That Be.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - Ever since July 24, 1847, one of the big ideas behind the whole concept of “Utah” was that the people who lived in “The Place” felt like they couldn’t get a fair shake anywhere else across the nation. Ever since then, xenophobia has been the birthright of all residents of the Beehive State, native or immigrant. nThen again, just because you’re paranoid doesn&rsq...

Cover Story

Feature | Race Flip: Deep within the city, skaters make their own level playing field

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - If you stop by Jordan Skate Park in Salt Lake City’s Glendale neighborhood, don’t go expecting much in the way of conversation. On most warm nights, you’ll find Titus Fox, Luis Ceron and Nash Saxton there on their boards, rounding the...

Sports

Sports | Hell to Pay: A new college football season means new theological fuel for the BYU/Utah rivalry.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Aug 27,2008 - As local college football teams get ready to kick off the 2008 season on Saturday, hopes are high for both BYU and the University of Utah. Both teams are ranked in the top 30 in most national polls, and both are being mentioned as having a shot at being...

Sports

Motorsports | Speed Dreamin’: Miller Motorsports Park open-track days allow drivers to release their inner NASCAR star

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 9,2008 - If you show up at EnergySolutions Arena and ask if you and your out-of-shape buddies can play a little three-on-three on the Jazz hardwood floor, you’re likely to get a polite decline. Walk into a Major League stadium on an away day and ask if you...

Books

Books | Edifice Complex: Salt Lake City: Then and Now profiles a city through what we’ve built, and torn down

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 25,2008 - The history of Salt Lake City can basically be boiled down to this: The Mormons showed up and started building a town. Other types of people showed up and contributed to the mix. There were struggles and tough times along the way, but the capital city...

Sports

Sports | Kickin’ It Old School: Adult kickball leagues relive the days of recess'only with beer

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 18,2008 - The remarkable growth of the Utah Capital Division of the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) is pretty easy to explain according to league president Beau Brosius: “It’s like having recess and then having beers. That’s the whole...

Sports

Sports Radio | Number Cruncher: David Locke brings a new statistical spin to sports-talk radio

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // May 21,2008 - David Locke is trying to bring some new thinking to an old genre—and it’s not an easy job. As a sports-talk radio host on Utah Jazz flagship station KFNZ 1320 AM, he’s trying to introduce Jazz fans to a whole different way of looking...

Books

Books | Faith-Based Initiative: The Mormon Way of Doing Business cheerleads for financially successful Saints

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Apr 23,2008 - The problem with Jeff Benedict’s The Mormon Way of Doing Business becomes apparent in the first four words of the book when he writes, “I am a Mormon.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that—except when you’re purporting...

Sports

Sports | March-ing Orders: You, too, can win your NCAA tournament pool'because nobody really knows anything

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Mar 12,2008 - March Madness will be unleashed upon workplaces on Monday, March 17, as employees arrive to find a copy of the 65-team bracket for the men’s NCAA basketball tournament on their desks or in their mailboxes. Entering the NCAA office pool is one of...

Sports

Sports | Hoop Visions: Two decades ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley saw the Jazz as a means to LDS mainstreaming

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 20,2008 - Amid all the recollections earlier this month during what came to be known in the local media as the “Passing of a Prophet”—as if he were some sort of kidney stone—one story of Gordon B. Hinckley stood out in terms of the impact...

Sports

Sports | Title Nein: Do women spectators prefer female athletes who act like … well, girls?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jan 23,2008 - The most popular athletes at the University of Utah during the winter aren’t the usual suspects: very large men who can move their implausibly large bodies impossibly fast while being televised. No, the competitors who draw the biggest crowds to...

Arts & Entertainment

Books | Inside Out: Two new biographies explore bringing Utah to the rest of the world

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 26,2007 - What goes on behind the Zion Curtain can often be difficult to explain to outsiders. However, what happens in Utah doesn’t have to stay in Utah, thanks to those who are able to translate the unique atmosphere of this pretty, great state to the rest...

Arts & Entertainment

Sports | Flash in the Pan: Is there a market for more professional basketball in Utah?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 12,2007 - Just how much of a “basketball jones” do local hoops fans have? We’ll find out this winter when, in addition to the usual menu of one NBA franchise and three NCAA Division I programs in the relatively short distance between Salt Lake...

Arts & Entertainment

Books | Saints Preserve Us: LDS-centric publishers can produce tales with a broader appeal

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Dec 5,2007 - Utah is home to publishers catering to readers from the state’s dominant religion, regularly putting out titles such as Ready Resources for Relief Society or Scripture Chase Sudoku. While such works may not appeal to the un-Sainted or the merely...

Cover Story

Caged Rage

Pent-up Utah machismo meets its match in Mixed Martial Arts fighting.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Nov 28,2007 - In a typical Saturday night in downtown Salt Lake City, Robert Sandstrom makes his way into a huge room at Bliss nightclub. Rap music playing at ear ear-splitting decibels serves as the backdrop while Sandstrom walks behind a man wearing a T-shirt that...

Arts & Entertainment

Sports | Crowd Control: Sports gets it right'why can’t music events master logistics?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Nov 14,2007 - The recent Interpol concert at In the Venue on Oct. 15 drew attention in this publication, but not for how the band performed. The concert review was followed by letters to the editor focused on how poorly the event was run. I attended the show that night...

Arts & Entertainment

Books | Eco Location: Two new books explore Utah’s connection to tangled environmental politics.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 24,2007 - It sometimes can be difficult to understand why our government does things the way it does, or why we as a society are unable to address serious challenges in a productive manner. Many try to blame it on one bad influence: lobbyists, crooked politicians,...

Cover Story

Kava, Not Java

Will this drink cost you your temple recommend?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 19,2007 - From the outside, the house in Salt Lake City’s west-side Glendale neighborhood looks like any other. It is a hot summer evening, and the front door is propped wide open. Inside, some 40 men sit cross-legged on small stools, facing east. The living...

Arts & Entertainment

Declaration for Independents

Books: Beyond Amazon.com, local bookstores can define the soul of a city.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - During a recent swing along the West Coast, I discovered the toughest part of meeting the locals: that moment when they would ask, “Where are you from?” If the questioner had never been to Utah, the answer “Salt Lake City” would...

Arts & Entertainment

First Person Plural

Books: Doing the Works of Abraham provides a fascinating, definitive history of Mormon polygamy.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Throughout its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pursued the seemingly opposing goals of staking out territory as “a peculiar people” with a unique theology while seeking mainstream acceptance. The most dramatic...

News & Columns

Roller Derby: Wheels of Fury

Roller Derby is more than a sport. The Salt City Derby Girls have the bruises to prove it.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - You might be a schoolteacher by day or a lawyer or a stay-at-home mom. But there’s something about putting all that behind you in favor of a whole new persona ...

Arts & Entertainment

Worth a Thousand Words

Two new books tell Utah stories through both words and images.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jul 6,2007 - While the written word and visual artistry are both perfectly capable of standing on their own, two recently released local books remind us how well the two forms of communication can complement each other.nnMy Kitchen Table: Sketches From My Life demonstrates...

Arts & Entertainment

Black Elephant

When it comes to NBA players in Utah, race is still the unspoken big critter in the room.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 29,2007 - As the names of draft picks get read off at the NBA Draft in Madison Square Garden, some of the world’s top basketball players who haven’t heard their names called yet will start worrying about when they will be taken. But, as the picks begin...

Arts & Entertainment

Dixie Check

Brave New West seeks a united vision for developing southern Utah.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - About 15 years ago, a lawyer who often did pro bono work for environmental groups said on the subject of setting aside wilderness lands'and the resulting impact on small-town economies in southern Utah'“If those guys can’t make a living down...

Arts & Entertainment

We Know Trauma

Ex-youth sports benchwarmers everywhere relate to Bountiful’s Little League travesty.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - A Little League baseball game played in Bountiful recently made national headlines. It reminded all of us adults who at one time played youth sports that'after decades of what might have been improvement'organized athletics for kids can still be a cruel...

Arts & Entertainment

NASCAR vs. Soccer

Why left turns have outraced penalty kicks to wider American sports appeal.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Salt Lake City is in an interesting situation when it comes to new opportunities for sports fans. On one hand, we have politicians trying to sell us a game that has never really been able to catch on in America, despite repeated tries. Meanwhile, the...

Arts & Entertainment

Flesh Dance

The DABC says the Jazz Dancers aren’t “exotic”'but tell that to the guys leering at them.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Good news for Jazz fans: When the Nu Skin Jazz Dancers take the floor at the Delta Center for the home opener on Nov. 1, they will conceivably be able to perform their various gyrations within 3 feet of Jazz fans, and nobody can call it a lap dance. The...

Arts & Entertainment

A Pretty Great Stat

A new book explores Utah’s most intriguing demographic numbers.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s an old debate about whether demography is destiny. While neither side has been able to absolutely prove its case, there can be no doubt that demography helps explain why Utah is a pretty odd place.nnThe idiosyncrasies of the numbers that...

Arts & Entertainment

Playa Hatas

BYU football is good again'which means it’s OK to hate them.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - BYU football is back. After four straight nonwinning seasons, 2006 saw the Cougars win their conference, earn a national ranking and get invited to a bowl game. With everything just like it was in the old days, can the hatred BYU football has traditionally...

Arts & Entertainment

Pastor Present

Rev. France Davis tells of looking past obstacles in An American Story Told.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When the Rev. France Davis first arrived in Salt Lake City in 1972, he showed up at an apartment where he had already paid a deposit and arranged to have a telephone line installed. When the landlady saw him for the first time and realized he was black,...

Arts & Entertainment

Anger Mismanaged

The Open Curtain never turns an ex-Mormon author’s frustration into insight.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When Brian Evenson began writing The Open Curtain, he was a Mormon. By the time he finished the book, he was not. Leaving the religion one grew up in can be fertile ground for a novelist to explore. He can examine the tension between losing one’s...

Arts & Entertainment

A Passage to India

Local lovers of world cinema bring “Bollywood” to Taylorsville.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - They come from as far away as Elko, Provo, Idaho Falls, Logan and Evanston. Some speak the language the film is in; some don’t. A group of people from a variety of nations now living in a variety of places in the Intermountain West gathers together...

Arts & Entertainment

West End Boy

Andrew Valdez tells an intriguing but incomplete story of 1960s Salt Lake City.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There was a time in Salt Lake City when newspaper boys stood on downtown corners selling evening newspapers to businessmen who were on their way to the Walgreen’s cafeteria to get dinner. It was an age when every conceivable “sin” could...

Arts & Entertainment

EconomySolutions

What’s the best entertainment value in town? Would you believe a Jazz ticket?

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Of the many entertainment options available in Salt Lake City, the best value may be found in a place that’s recently come to be derisively known as the “Radium Stadium.” That’s where Larry Miller'after all, you know this guy and...

Arts & Entertainment

Power Forward

The Jazz are ready to challenge for a championship'three years from now.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The Utah Jazz are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2003. That was also the last time John Stockton and Karl Malone were live players, inside the Delta Center, instead of as statues standing outside an arena of a different name. It’s...

Arts & Entertainment

Blazing Start

Now past its first year, Utah’s arena football franchise builds a following.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s a professional sports team that plays in the arena formerly known as the Delta Center. The franchise is owned by a local automobile dealer. The squad scores points by the dozens and plays in front of crowds of more than 10,000 fans wearing...

Arts & Entertainment

Foreign Concepts

The home of the world’s longest-running international film festival is in Provo.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - After doing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, Scott Miller went on to Princeton and then to Cambridge to pursue graduate studies. While he loved those places of higher learning, he found they were missing something he had become used...

Arts & Entertainment

Upheld On Appeal

Thunder Over Zion fails to rehabilitate the image of a controversial judge.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Biographies written well after the death of the subject offer the benefit of hindsight, and that 20/20 vision can be used to rehabilitate the reputation of a person who was misunderstood while alive. Thunder Over Zion: The Life of Chief Judge Willis W....

Arts & Entertainment

Scrum Seekers

Utah shows off its status as America’s rubgy hotbed.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Utah can’t be matched for its conservative politics, unique history of marital practices, skiing opportunities'and rugby teams?nnMurray Park will be the rugby capital of America this weekend when it hosts the high school national championships,...

News & Columns

A League of Their Own

Between worries abroad and the stress of assimilation, Sudanese refugees come together through soccer at Glendale Park.

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As Simon Kuay looks around Glendale Park, he sees more than just a tattered patch of grass at 1200 West and 1700 South. He sees a place where Sudanese refugees have come together to build a community through playing soccer.nn“We changed a lot of...
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