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Monday, January 27, 2020

Music Monday - 1/27

Ska Parade and Emo Night Tour make SLC stops.
FRIDAY 1/31 Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Tour

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 4

Shirley, The Nowhere Inn, Dick Johnson Is Dead, Herself, Palm Springs and more
Shirley **** [U.S. Dramatic] Or, Who’s Afraid of Shirley Jackson?, only directed not as a stage play, but as a wholly-cinematic piece of subjective surrealism while all the cutting dialogue remains. Director Josephine Decker made a splash here two years ago with Madeline’s Madeline, a masterpiece of art as insanity and as the cannibalization of its subjects.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sundance 2020: Main Street Madness

Those who haven't experienced it might not realize that there isn't just one Sundance Film Festival. There's the part that's seeing movies in Park City, which in itself is different from the part that's seeing movies in Salt Lake City.

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 3

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, The Go-Go's, Boys State, Bad Hair and more
Never Rarely Sometimes Always ***1/2 [U.S. Dramatic] The narrative around writer/director Eliza Hittman's feature is going to be that it's about abortion, but that's not the case. Not really.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 2

Zola, Come Away, Rebuilding Paradise, Black Bear, Collective and more
Zola *** [U.S. Dramatic] “Based on the tweet thread by ...” feels like a cruel joke version of storytelling in the social-media age, but director Janicza Bravo and her co-writer Jeremy O. Harris pull out the stops in providing a spark of punky energy to this probably kinda mostly true story. In October 2015, waitress A'Ziah “Zola” King (Taylour Page) meets Stefani Jezowski (Riley Keough) while at work, and the two become instant BFFs.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Sundance 2020 reviews: Day 1

Miss Americana, Crip Camp, Summertime, The Perfect Candidate and more
Miss Americana *** [Documentary Premieres] The literal first image in Lana Wilson's documentary about Taylor Swift is of Swift playing piano while a kitten scampers playfully across the keys. It's a somewhat ominous portent—hinting at carefully curated marketing tool for the singer/songwriter's “good girl” image—but Wilson ultimately takes viewers on a more complicated journey.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Politics & Prophylactics

Guv addresses the ribbed-for-their-pleasure elephant in the room during monthly press conference.
“I think we all recognize the importance of HIV awareness and AIDS prevention,” Herbert said. “I don’t think anybody doesn’t agree with that, that I know of.”

Yes They Cann

3rd annual Utah Cann conference scheduled for April 25-26.
“We’ve assembled a very strong and accessible cannabis community in Utah that’s manifested at Utah Cann,” Mike Saltas said.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Music Live Extra Jan. 20: Sundance at Park City Live, The Femme Rock Camp Benefit

Sundance Film Festival-adjacent Events Lil Jon, Wiz Khalifa, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto @ Park City Live Park City—and Park City Live—really come alive in winter, and that’s particularly the case during the Sundance Film Festival. PCL offers one more star-studded spectacle to witness during the 11 days of mayhem on the mountain.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Great Condom Conundrum

Gov. Herbert halted the distribution of 100K-plus condoms. Now what?
Condoms emblazoned with Utah-centric slogans like “Uintah Sex?” and “Put Your Arch Into It” were pulled by order of Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday.

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