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Music | We’re Off to See the Witch: Eliza Wren’s dark side of Oz.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Dec 17,2008 - When Eliza Wren was a little girl, she always had a taste for spooky things. n“I always really loved scary movies,” Wren says, “But it’s not like my mom was going to let me rent The Exorcist. I had to take what I could get.” nThe local musician wasn’t a morbid little girl. She was simply drawn to things that pushed the outer limits of the imagination. nWren indu...

Music Articles

All the Young Dudes: SoCal's Abe Vigoda are in no rush to grow up.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - Bands like Abe Vigoda suggest that all-ages venues—like Los Angeles’ The Smell—have the power to transform music as we know it. nLos Angeles-based pals No Age, Mika, Miko and a whole slew of other Smell regulars have taken the nation—and the world—by storm. And it wasn’t until this month that all of Abe Vigoda could legally drink. n“We love playing all-age...

Music Articles

Music | Easy Riders: Salt Lake City’s Blue Sunshine Soul get real, slowly.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Sep 17,2008 - Like so many good things in life, Blue Sunshine Soul is the product of a happy accident. The Salt Lake City band started as a prolonged jam session: A few friends hanging around, covering each other’s spontaneously composed songs. It was a sweet,...

Music Articles

Music | Southern Spark: The Watson Twins burn bright with Fire Songs

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jul 16,2008 - Identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson—known as The Watson Twins—haven’t lived in their hometown of Louisville, Ky., for more than a decade. After the sisters graduated from college, they gassed up their pickup truck and crisscrossed...

Music Articles

Music | Supreme Beings: King Khan & The Shrines hypnotize American audiences with soul

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jul 9,2008 - Once upon a time, a cynical, sarcastic group of young Montreal-based layabouts received welfare checks from the Canadian government and decided to found a magazine. Said layabouts dubbed their publication Vice, which was fitting, since their pages explored...

Theater

Theater | Kick in the Asana: Stephen Brown revisits New Age satire in Revenge of Yoga the Musical

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 4,2008 - From the very beginning, SB Dance impresario Stephen Brown intended to do a second run of 2007’s satirical Yoga the Musical. Brown even had a sequel in mind from the onset. “If we didn’t get shot at or run off the stage the first time...

Dance

Ballet | Company Time: Ballet West dancers create their own new works for Innovations

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // May 21,2008 - Fourteen months ago, when Adam Sklute arrived in Salt Lake City to begin his tenure as Ballet West’s artistic director, he was greeted by an interesting seedling of an idea that had been patiently waiting to sprout. This seedling called for a program...

Music Articles

Music | Quiet Riot: New York’s Ra Ra Riot starts to explode.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // May 7,2008 - Nineteen years ago, Alexandra Lawn started playing the cello because she attended Montessori school, and every child—in the name of fostering one’s creativity—was encouraged to play an instrument. “My parents picked out my instrument,”...

Music Articles

Music | Got the Beat: The Helio Sequence keep a different sort of time

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Mar 19,2008 - Peruse “musician wanted” fliers pasted on bulletin boards, walls, and lampposts on any street corner, in any city, and you’re bound to notice multiple bands seeking drummers. Why? Because drummers are apparently, well, different. The...

Music Articles

Music | Human Touch: The Black Swans forge new bonds with unique record sleeves

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Mar 12,2008 - If you order a vinyl edition of The Black Swans’ most recent album Change! you will also receive a copy—Xeroxed with love by frontman Jerry DeCicca—of a Columbus Dispatch article which provides some background on your new record’s...

Dance

Dance | Dance Dance Resolution: Studio D provides a sampler platter for the art of movement

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Feb 27,2008 - It’s a question for the ages: Can ballet dancers and modern dancers collaborate productively and peacefully? Pointe shoes vs. bare feet? Romantic tutus vs. understated costumes? Can such stylistic preferences be reconciled? According to Ballet...

Music Articles

Music | She Blinded Me With Music: Logan’s Libbie Linton balances bioengineering and an acoustic guitar

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Feb 27,2008 - Fans of singer-songwriter Libbie Linton’s distinctive voice will be shocked to learn that Linton was initially hesitant to sing in front of an audience. “I was always much more confident as a guitar player,” says a notably shy Linton...

City Guide

City Guide 2008 | Culture: Dance - Where Feet Meet

Local dance companies invite you to a moving experience.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Feb 1,2008 - It’s not surprising that dancer Julianne Hough—the blonde firecracker who captivated the nation when she partnered Dancing With The Stars champions speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno...

Music Articles

Music | Love Your Beard: Utah’s Grizzly Prospector! channels Burl Ives

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jan 23,2008 - Although music has always been near and dear to Grizzly Prospectors!’s sole member Parker Reece Yates, he didn’t officially consider himself a musician until the summer of 2005. “The creative juices were flowing, and I couldn’t...

Music Articles

Music | Walk Soft: Angela Correa continues to share the spotlight

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jan 16,2008 - Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Angela Correa, says that hearing—or, rather watching—your voice come out of someone else’s mouth onscreen is a surreal, even otherworldly experience, but certainly not an unpleasant one. Correa’s...

Music Articles

Music | Still in Session: Landmark Salt Lake City music venue Kilby Court changes hands

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Dec 26,2007 - When I was a senior in high school, an unpaved side street off of 300 West and 700 South seemed like the edge of the known universe. But I happily drove my clunky blue Chevrolet (or was it my best friend’s Geo? I can’t remember) towards unexplored...

Music Articles

Music | Khaaan!: Blacksnake and BBQ get saucy

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Nov 21,2007 - I should have guessed that two guys who call themselves Blacksnake and Creepy were going to mess with me a little bit. But some journalists never learn. That’s why reporters have the same public approval rating as used car salesmen. Blacksnake (aka...

Music Articles

Music | Shake It: Polaroid Kiss win friends with synth-y bleeps and boops but, so far, no label-maker.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Oct 24,2007 - In less than one year, Salt Lake City’s Polaroid Kiss has accomplished things that might cause musicians in more metropolitan cities to shake their fists in the air. How, they must be asking, does a band with no formal public-relations or marketing...

Music Articles

Music | Review: Morrissey proves he still matters'even in Lehi.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Oct 17,2007 - Despite some stiff competition at Salt Lake City’s In the Venue with Interpol and The Liars performing this past Monday, Lehi’s Thanksgiving Point Concert Barn (yes, you heard me—concert barn!) was populated by plenty of pompadoured...

Music Articles

Music: Take a Bow

Local quintet Loom brings down the house; ruins the carpet.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Oct 10,2007 - Most of Salt Lake City’s bike-riding, yoga-practicing, NPR-listening youngsters are quick to claim cultural enlightenment. Truth is, however, the bulk of kids who attend rock shows recoil when they see a violin onstage. The last instrument most...

Arts & Entertainment

Room for Improv-ment

Dance: Movement Forum brings on-the-fly choreography to The Game.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Sep 5,2007 - Improvisation isn’t always pretty. A guitar solo, a comedy routine or a fire-and-brimstone sermon assembled on the fly can be captivating one moment, incomprehensible the next. In the production The Game, Movement Forum Improvisational Dance Company...

Arts & Entertainment

Empress-ive Return

From burlesque to family theater, a Magna landmark rises again.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Many architecture enthusiasts insist that while a building may be inanimate, it has its own vibrant life similar to that of a human being. The life story of Magna’s 91-year-old Empress Theatre—which began as a seedy burlesque for miners and...

CD Reviews

Local CD Revue

Music: Atherton, Melodramus, Medicine Circus

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Atherton Skyline Motel Skyline Motel is an apt title for such a sparse, dreamy, smooth and distinctly Western album. These spare songs of love and roaming clearly originated in the desert, not east of the Mississippi in the green avenues of Nashville...

Music Articles

Local Warming

Glacial is (slowly) coming to get you.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Aug 6,2007 - Glacial drummer/Salt Lake City sound engineer Andy Patterson believes that basic human chemistry is one of the most vital components behind a band’s success and longevity—or its tumultuous, untimely demise. “Sometimes, just one member...

Music Articles

Form of Carnie

Salt Lake City’s Accidente bring the carnival to the Help Marty cause.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jul 18,2007 - It’s positively amazing what a group of carnival-inspired rockers who jokingly dubbed themselves Accidente—with a sound that drummer Kevin Ivers likens to swinging a bag of cats furiously in the air—can do for a member of the community...

Music Articles

Silent Night

SLC indie label Eden’s Watchtower celebrates Christmas with Dead Trees and a Conspiracy.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - These days, the world is teeming with locally run, independent record labels. But how many regional imprints release a Christmas CD, with an annual music showcase to back it up? Locally, there’s only Eden’s Watchtower.nnLanky sound engineer...

Music Articles

Fish Tales

How SLC label Rippyfish Records got out of the jungle and into the big pond.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Time and wisdom may have convinced Jerry Allen not to pursue the thankless life a professional musician, but nothing could prevent him from launching his own record label. Two years ago, he decided at long last to fuse his lifelong love of music with...

Music Articles

Basement Jazz

For all your ghostly, impressionistic jazz needs, call Ether Orchestra.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Bands like Ether Orchestra support the notion that Utah’s music scene is rather like the Galapagos Islands. In this landlocked, relatively isolated mountainous region, strange and wonderful cycles of musical evolution and mutation take place. Raw...

Music Articles

Spaceland

Local alt-rock trio Our Time In Space go Euro in Hollywood.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s an age-old question many undiscovered bands have asked time and again: What does it take to get noticed by a reputable producer? Salt Lake City alt-rock trio Our Time In Space may have the answer, and it’s not nearly difficult as one...

5 Spot

D’ana Baptiste, founder of D’ana Baptiste Studios

Random questions, surprising answers

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - D’ana Baptiste is the founder of D’ana Baptiste Studios and operates Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City and Yoga Quarry in Park City. She teaches yoga locally and nationally. nnAs a U.C. Berkeley coed who majored in French and international...

Arts & Entertainment

Eye of the Needle

Utah Opera’s veteran costume designer turns her attention again to La Traviata.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the fanciful world of opera'which is as visual as it is auditory'the wrong costumes can eclipse even the most magnificent musical score.nnBy all accounts, the original 1853 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata'which was based on the Alexandre...

Arts & Entertainment

Yogi Fair

Local yoga instructors come together to offer a charitable “sampler” event.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Contrary to popular belief, not all yoga is created equal. It is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and sometimes it takes a bit of experimentation to find the variation that best suits you. Although there are some similarities between the various forms...

Arts & Entertainment

Ain’t No Mountain

Stephen Brown scales a new creative summit in the multimedia biography This Mortal Coil.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Mountaineer and lecturer Alan Burgess has told audiences worldwide that every time he set off to summit a new mountain, he felt like a condemned man. Spectators are often shocked to hear such a grave statement from a seemingly fearless alpinist famous...

Arts & Entertainment

Casting a Spell

William Blake inspires choreographer Tandy Beal.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Throughout her prolific career, dancer and Outside Blake’s Window choreographer Tandy Beal has founded her own modern-dance company, traveled to Japan to collaborate with Russian circus performers and helped dearly departed music legend Frank Zappa...

Arts & Entertainment

Kinder Garden

Imagine Ballet Theatre gives young dancers a shot at a homegrown production.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Former Ballet West Principal Dancer Raymond Van Mason founded Imagine Ballet Theatre in 2004 because he wanted to give young dancers the opportunity to gain some professional performing experience. He realized, however, that there are a few daunting challenges...

Arts & Entertainment

Eastern Parade

Stephen Brown satirizes self-help trendiness in Yoga the Musical.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields and Hedwig and the Angry Itch star John Cameron Mitchell were to collaborate on a musical about yoga, the funny, bizarre and oddly captivating result would...

News & Columns

Death by Chocolate

Or, how City Weekly’s editorial intern embarked on a single-minded choco-rampage.

By Jenny Poplar
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Mae West said it best: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” On a temperate September day, I set out to test Miss Mae’s hypothesis. I felt like pushing myself to the limit. Illicit drugs are really expensive, my alcohol tolerance is...
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