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In The Loop: 5/16/15. Rainy Days Keep the Events at Bay

A look at local events from May 17-30

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Hello to all you puddle-splashing, umbrella-dusting, coat-finding, goloshes-fitting, stuck-with-the-rain-for-four-days enthusiasts. As we nestle in for four days of rain that will completely destroy most of your weekend plans, you can take solace in the idea that you can read this blog entry and plan out what you might like to do over the next two weeks. Or at the very least see what other people will be doing if you're a shut-in. In lieu of a 337 Wall update (due in part to them finally turning that property into a DOWNTOWN GARDEN!), here's a look at the God Hates Robots exhibit from yesterday evening, which we'll discuss more about on Monday.

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We'll start that look of the next two weeks in the rain with the return of the Urban Flea Market. Now in their fifth year, this is a chance for those of you without a giant pickup truck of junk, or those who may be trying to cheat people at a drive-in with eBay prices, to load all your unused goods into a car and set up shop at the parking lot on 600 South and Main Street in downtown SLC. And if you're not selling goods, you could always bring stuff to trade or buy one of the items that catch your fancy. Totally free to attend, check out their website for more info.

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On Tuesday, May 19, the Roadkill Comedy crew will be presenting Improvaganza 2.0, featuring Dustin Hagen. This is basically an open mic event for anyone willing to put their chops against other int he SLC comedy community, as well as random improv games and features throughout the night, all at Mo's American Diner. Show starts at 8 p.m.



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Speaking of comedy, on Thursday, May 21, Comedy & Other Opinions moves to... a garage! Well, let's be honest, that's roughly what 5 Monkey's stage looked like. That, or like a high school theater class midway through changing productions. But now that they're shut down, Jason Harvey's monthly show is on tour looking for a new location, and the first will be his buddy's garage. Go support local comedy and check out these awesome comedians.

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On Friday, May 22, Provo will be hosting the 5th Annual Pasifika Festival in the heart of their downtown. Working closely with the Polynesian community, the three-day event will feature music, performances, food, good and vendors, as well as information related to this vital piece of the Utah community. Check out their website for more details on the festival.

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Meanwhile in downtown SLC, the 25th annual CONduit returns to take over the Doubletree Hilton by the airport. Billed as Utah's "longest-running general science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention," the event will present several events for people to take part in ranging from role-playing games to panels. This year's featured guests include Jane Lindskold, Larry Nemecek and Jessica Douglas. Check out more info to attend on their website.

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On Saturday, May 23, we'll start with an event I can't speak much to (being an employee of SLUG Magazine on the side), but cyclists should check out info for their third annual SLUG Cat alleycat race.

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While that's happening, SLC will also be holding the Downtown Yoga Festival. The Leonardo will play host to the event where people are able to come practice yoga with a variety of local teachers who offer a wide array of styles for you to try. For a complete list of times and instructors, check out their Facebook event page.

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On Sunday, May 24, the SLC Main Library will present another round of 12 Minutes Max. For those of you unaware, this is a chance to see several performances and presentations from various parts of the arts community, all with the idea that they only have 12 minutes a piece to entertain you. If you have short attention span, this is the perfect show for you, and all totally free to see in their auditorium.

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The majority of next week is mostly concerts, until you reach Thursday, May 28, when they turn into massive events. Starting with Building Man 2015, hosted by the Jenkstar Ranch near Green River, this is a giant arts and music festival away from everything you could possibly care about, all powered by natural resources. Check out this link for more info on attending.

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Also next Thursday, the Tastemakers event will be held at Gallivan Plaza. Yeah, it's hosted by Salt Lake Magazine, but we won't hold that against them. Or at least I won't until I get ignored by the Best Of The Beehive issue again.For two days the event will feature some of the finest meals from local restaurants and other food providers, as well as meet the people behind them. Check out their website for ticket info.

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On Friday, the Ogden Music Festival will take over Fort Buenaventura to present three days worth of Americana, bluegrass, folk, country and other forms of music that fall into those genres. This is by far the biggest festival in Utah to feature this kind of music and usually becomes a who's who of local musicians who take off down the road. It is definitely worth your time to check it out one day. 

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Finally in two weeks on May 30, Provo already held their Bike Prom, and now SLC will hold theirs. Kicking off at Liberty Park, you'll ride around in your fanciest clothes on your trusted bike with your date, eventually making your way to Pierpont Place in downtown SLC for the dance itself. This event is becoming bigger each year, you should definitely check ut out.

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As for the blog, we got 2 weeks of awesome interviews on the way, so come back and see who we'll chat with. As always, we'll see what happens.

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