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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Phillip Yeh

As the Utah Arts Festival rolls into its final day today, we start taking a look back at some of the things that were showcased this year. Night Flight Comics was proud to bring in cartoonist Phillip Yeh to do a mural for the festival, encouraging children to not only read but be creative in life as well.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Local First Utah: Alison Einerson

Starting up this Saturday, a number of local businesses will start taking part in a week long event to focus on everything Utahn!  Independents' Week kicks off this Saturday with a sidewalk party out of Slowtrain Music on Broadway and a local cookoff challenge at the downtown Farmer's Market.  All a part of Local First Utah's continued effort to promote local business and strengthen the community.  I got to chat with Local First Utah's Executive Director Alison Einerson about the activities coming up this week, as well as Local First and a number of other topics.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Utah Arts Festival: Lisa Sewell

It’s late June in downtown SLC, and that can only mean one thing. It’s going to hit 100 degrees this weekend, and the Utah Arts Festival makes its return from Thursday to Sunday.

Monday, June 23, 2008

June Gallery Stroll: Jason Matcalf & Cara Despain

Back to the Gallery Stroll we go as we hit late June, and the art scene picks back up speed again for many reason across the state.  This month we head back to Kayo Gallery to check out a shared show. --- Jason Metcalf took over the left side of the room with his view of rebuilding and Hell.  Meanwhile, Cara Despain took over the right side showcasing her unique paintings of the nature around us.  I got a chance to interview both while taking pictures of the show.Jason Metcalfhttp://www.jasonmetcalf.com/Gavin: Hey Jason.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

337's Present Tense

Project 337 brought about a new ideal to the Utah artistic landscape last year, changing a lot of ideals and conceptions of what art should and shouldn't be.  When the demolition finally took place a couple months ago, many assumed that the book had finally been closed on the project.  Little did we realize it was just the first chapter in many more to come.--- Present Tense is a new display over at the Salt Lake Art Center, featuring old and new work of 337 artists combined into one main display.  And from my understanding, it's also the first time the main floor of the Center has been opened to display only local artists since it's opening.  I got to talk with 337 artists Nick Potter and CJ Lester about the display, the documentary, and some of their feelings post-337.Nick Potter & CJ Lesterhttp://www.337project.org/Gavin: Hey guys! First, tell us a little about yourselves.CJ: Mixed media artist and art teacher at Highland High School.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Game Grid

When the majority of people think of arcades nowadays, they tend to think of that corner area in your local theater or mall that's filled with busted, sticky, no name title games. But one new locally owned arcade is looking to bring back the arcade experience to a new generation with some of the best and most hard-to-find arcade games around.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dave Chisholm

One of the more interesting comics to hit publication this year didn't come from any major company, not even from an indie set, but from a talented self publisher right out of Salt Lake City.  Let's Go To UTAH!

Friday, June 13, 2008

In The Loop: 6/13/08. Rest For The Weary

Just a couple short things for the end of the week.  First, check out this pic of the new paint job that was done last week to the last remaining wall of 337 Project.--- I would have done something with guys doing the project, but someone called the cops on them before I could head over for an interview.  I could understand random tagging, but this was an actual art piece someone was doing.  Some people need a swift slap to the back of the head sometimes.  Taggers don't do this is daylight, geniuses.  You know who you are...  Speaking of 337, owner Adam Price recently sent out the project's first newsletter.  Very insightful how the simple project has now taken on life after death all over the city. Meanwhile City Weekly's own Holly Mullen took on a good cause in a recent post this week about a cyclist that was run down one night by a pathetic piece of human waste driving a van at high speeds at night.  What's worse, the guy who hit her, took her backpack with her ID and money and other materials too!  I don't know what that says to you, but to me that sounds like it was done on purpose with intent to do worse.  To read the full piece, check out Holly's post, and help bring him down! As for me, I'm taking this weekend off a little to just relax and play games.  I've been running around trying to take care of stuff, I haven't even taken my official vacation time yet.  That's what happens when you listen to friends.  Someone says "no man, save it, we'll go to California later this year."  So you save it, and you ask them later "I saved it, when you wanna go?"  And the answer you get is...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summerfest

It's that time of year again up in Cache Valley, where downtown Logan becomes a festival for the arts.  Summerfest!  Making the 25th year of the event, Summerfest has always been a popular gatheting for the state, showing off visual and musical arts for an all ages venue.  I got an opprotunity to talk to Summerfest's Board Chairman Wally Bloss about the festival and a few other topics that came to mind. --- Wally Blosshttp://www.logansummerfest.com/Gavin: Hey Wally, tell us a little about yourself.Wally: I am the Board Chair of a great group of people who have moved the Summerfest Arts Faire back to downtown Logan.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Cavedoll, Mesa Drive, & Kid Madusa

Pride came and went this weekend in it's traditional multicolored fashion.  Probably being one of the coolest festivals (thank you weather department) as well as one of the most entertaining in its history. --- Highlights included seeing Mayor Becker in a pink boa, booth after booth of activities (and awareness to boot) the amazing lineup of local acts, a slew of local political and random celebrities, and...

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