Holy Spirits

City Weekly's first Cocktail Guide from A-Z

I Will Be Mrs. Utah 2016

8 women compete in a showcase of brains, beauty and world peace.

Money To Burn

Unified Fire Authority chief feels heat from escalating bonuses.

Mining Memories

The dwindling few who recall living in Bingham Canyon fight to keep alive memories of a community that was stolen from them.
In the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley, the New Bingham Highway climbs into the mountains. It runs past the offices of Rio Tinto Kennecott, then through the leafy, quiet rural idyll of Copperton, past barren, overgrown land on the right, before cresting a hill—only to be closed off by several 2-foot-high concrete blocks.

The Utah Arts Fest turns 40 Years Young

The past, present and future of the ever-morphing arts fest.
var __adobewebfontsappname__="dreamweaver" Every summer, thousands of Utah residents pack the downtown area for the Utah Arts Festival. They stroll through artist booths, listen to live music, explore hands-on art areas, watch short films—in short, get a sampler platter of the astonishing wealth of artistic talent this state has to offer.

State of Brony

A Booming Fringe Community of Utah Youth Finds acceptance through My Little Pony
Life on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was boredom or terror, with not too much in between. For combat engineer Kyler Black, serving at the remote Army outpost known as Firebase Asadabad also offered not only endless hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Xbox while off-duty, but also the thing he'd been longing for since he'd graduated from high school in a small town outside Richfield, Utah.


The Pride issue 2016
As a member of the LGBTQ community, it's been a long road to the current days of #slay and YASSS GAGA. Like many of my cohorts in the Beehive State, being proud of being different wasn't intrinsically in the cards for me. In fact, I remember my nighttime routine growing up involved getting down on my knees and praying to God to make me normal.

Make It Pop!

Summer Movie Preview
A critic's take on flicks you'll remember and some you just won't wait to forget.

The Smart Files

After 14 Years, the Elizabeth Smart police report sees the light of day.
When they came for him, Richard Ricci was enjoying a plate of spaghetti and a beer.

Women of Their Word

Two counter-culture mavens of Salt Lake City's alternative magazine market reinvent themselves for the digital age.
One afternoon in spring 2015, Angela H. Brown stood up in the Miller Business Resource Center in Sandy to give a commencement speech to 80 fellow students.

Resistance is Futile

How Utah ended up with a Borg Cube for a Federal Courthouse.
Architecture normally receives very little public notice in Salt Lake City. Whatever else one may say about it, however, the new federal courthouse got the public's attention.

Billionaire Saves Paper

What new ownership means for the embattled daily.
If a bid by Utah's most prominent family to purchase The Salt Lake Tribune is officially consecrated on May 1, it will register as a meaningful cosmic slap up the side of the head for any Tribune reporter or editor who had a hand in writing the book, Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power.

The Pizza Issue

In crust we trust
It's a contentious question; one that has torn apart Salt Lake City families for generations: What's your favorite local slice of pizza? A recent inquiry on City Weekly's Facebook page quickly garnered responses ranging from "I prefer to cook my own—always better!" to "I do not want a slice.


How one woman is changing the lives of shelter dogs a snap at a time
It's Friday afternoon and, as part of an assignment for Salt Lake Community College, I'm en route to meet with Guinnevere Shuster, a professional photographer and social-media coordinator for the Humane Society of Utah. We were to interview Salt Lake City locals, and I couldn't believe my good fortune at being able to meet with her.

The One that Got Away

Salt Lake City's gamble to install an iconic art work hits a snag.
When the retail, apartment and business monolith that is City Creek Center was under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, Regent Street, a small lane between Main and State, was little more than a row of forgotten offices and entryways to parking garages.

Eating Well

Dining Guide 2016
Eating well. Go ahead and think about the notion for a minute. "Well" can mean many things to different people: clean, sustainable or just down-home, grease-dripping-down-your-chin goodness. Thankfully, City Weekly has a stable of ever-curious and always-hungry contributors who were up to the task of redefining the concept.

Voices of Choice

Six Utah women bravely tell their abortion stories.
You know someone who's had an abortion. No doubt about it. In fact, if you're a woman living in America, there's a one-in-three chance that you will have at least one in your lifetime. It's that common.

Let Them Eat Coal

There were moments when the 2016 Legislature appeared to really care about the people, but, in the end … not so much.
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