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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..."

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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.
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