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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Aliece Lindsay

Showing off local pride never felt so sexy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hard Boiled Book Club

Whoever says traditional reading is dead, hasn't been to Sam Weller's basement recently.Down deep in the spined jungle of the legendary library on Main Street, a brand new book club has been meeting the last Tuesday of every month.  Bringing in hardcore readers to discuss some of literature's more provocative and interesting titles, and giving others a new perspective that they may not have caught the first time around.  I got a chance to chat with the book club creator Zach Sampinos about the club, books they've discussed, and some other topics that came to mind.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Nolens Volens, Uzi & Ari

Last week many of you were made aware via multiple sources that the bands Nolens Volens and Uzi & Ari had the majority of the gear stolen in the middle of the night.  Underground media outlets like SLUG, City Weekly and UtahFM let people know to keep an eye out for the equipment online and in pawn shops while the search for the thieves continues.  I got a chance to talk to Andrew Glassett, who plays in both bands, about the theft and what they're doing in the meantime. --- Uzi & Ari / Nolens Volens Gavin: For those who don't know you, tell us who you are and a little about yourselves.Andrew: We are a modest operation of musicians who love to travel and work hard to perfect our craft.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Artopia

In the fallout of what was once Sugarhouse, many of the businesses that once called the area home are finding new locations to re-establish and call home. For once of those businesses, the transition was easier and better that they could have hoped for.--- The glasswork venue Artopia reopened its doors on Exchange Place in the heart of downtown, continuing the locally owned tradition that kept it alive on the east side.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Salt City Derby Girls

Men, you might wanna take a seat, this sport isn't for the weak. 

Monday, July 21, 2008

July Gallery Stroll: Paul Vincent Bernard

Back to Gallery Stroll we go, as this past Friday we took a trip to Artspace's City Center location for this month's display.--- Near the back of the old plaza we find Tanner Frames, home for this month's print showcase from Paul Vincent Bernard, displaying various prints from the past few years up until some of his most recent work.  I got a chance to take some pictures and chat with Paul about his work, the display, a recent trip to California for a press, and a number of other topics.  All while having some bites of the tasty sushi made by his wife.Paul Vincent BernardGavin: Hey Paul, first off, tell us a little about yourself.Paul: I was born in 1953. I grew up in Bountiful, Utah.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Loop: 7/19/08. A Little Something Of Everything

Just to get it out of the way now, yes, I've seen The Dark Knight, five times since Wednesday.  For those of you who haven't because you're waiting for the giant crowds to die down,  or just don't have the time, here's all I'm going to say.  The closest comparison I can give you to relate to this film is The Empire Strikes Back.  When you thought everything was going to be okay when they hit Cloud City... and then it all went bad and you were left in shock.  Yeah, that's what you can expect.  There are no words to describe how good it is, and as a life-long Batman fan, I can die now.  I have seen the best.  A small warning, I know it's going to be harped on by many (and we already did it on Friday's morning news), this isn't for kids.  It's not just Batman, it's the Dark Knight.  And that's all I'll say because anything else will ruin it.--- The picture here is the most recent look to the back wall left at the old 337 Project location.  It's been vandalized a few times in the past couple weeks, you can see from the many layers of paint under the current one, but no one has seen who.  More than likely the same idiots who painted the building white the first time around.  I hope someone from 337 sets up some hidden night vision around there.  If you wanna tag, go tag the Trax line so it's seen by thousands of people a week.  Let them do what they want with this space until the new building comes and they paint the back wall black themselves.  And if you want to censor someone and paint a wall white... go paint the Trax lines.This week I'll be updating the calendar of events, which I've tried to add more venues to including Club Vegas.  But one I will not be adding is Studio 600.  And I feel I should address this a little since it is my blog, plus people have written in at my MySpace page and asked why I post certain venue's material and not others.  The dates that are posted on the “Under The Radar” calendar are done with agreed permission.  As in I emailed or called or talked in person to ownership or leading management about what I do with my blog and if they'd care if I posted local concert dates for local bands and maybe come in to cover a show once in a while when I can.  I'd rather they knew what was up than just do things without their knowing.  And places who don't respond don't get dates posted.  But Studio 600 is a special case because I wanted to do an interview with them about being a dry venue in the heart of downtown SLC and everything that came about with them being established and what they do.  I thought it was interesting and tried to contact them to do it.  But it became clear that I was being ignored.  And after talking with a few other local media people I found out I'm not the only one who has gotten that treatment from their management.  So either they feel the local media isn't good enough, or they feel they're better than us.  And I'm sorry gang, but I can't stand people who act like elitists in a scene that does not need elitists.  So from this point on, I will post nothing for Studio 600.  I know they probably don't care what I think, but that's cool because I don't care what they do anymore.Speaking of other media sources, SLUG Magazine had some cool events this weekend.  As the post below this one will show you, I got to talk to Mike Brown about Ghettolympics.  But SLUG also had the release of their Death By Salt IV compilation CD at Red Light Books on Friday.  I took a couple pictures in the midst of Gallery Stroll work I was doing (which will go up Monday), including the woman who did the artwork for the album.  And then just a few hours ago I was in that extremely hot Sears parking lot for Ghettolympics to take some pictures of the event. Brand new interviews all this week from Gallery Stroll, Salt City Derby Girls, and Artopia is what you have to look forward to from me this week.  So much of what I do is spontaneous, so rare is it I know what my week will be like, but there it is.  Expect the calendar to be updated tomorrow afternoon or Monday morning.  In the meantime, go look up the new video material for the Ghostbusters video game.  So nice is it to have Bill Murray back as Peter Venkman cracking jokes while trying to take on the paranormal.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

SLUG's Ghettolympics

Forget your average “extreme sports” competitions on TV, this one is worth watching and attempting! --- The 9th annual Summer Of Death series hits the streets of Salt Lake City again, challenging the finest the state has to offer, bringing in new twists to your usual challenges, while still keeping the excitement of competition and fun about the event.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Daily Documentary Project

Since the start of 2008, a brand new photo project started off with nothing more than an idea and a blog to covey it on. But since then the Daily Documentary Project has grown into an underground art movement with almost seven months worth of profiled people in the books and more on the way.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tokyo's Anime House

When it comes to anime in Utah, the majority of people have to venture to a media store to find a selection that is usually sub-par.  That is, if they have what you're looking for.  But a good portion of hardcore anime fans know the secret to getting good material, and it's only on the east end of 3300 South.

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