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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beyond Essentials Aug. 16-23

You think that a single print issue of City Weekly can  contain all the things you can do in  a Utah week? Foolish mortals!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Music Monday Aug. 14

The debut EP by Slick Velveteens plus DAS Energi and RodGab
Slick Velveteens release self-titled debut Nearly six months ago, Bountiful’s Slick Velveteens were as fresh-faced and underdeveloped as their name implies—and I said so, when blurbing their then-imminent tour-sendoff show at The Urban Lounge. At the time, their entire recorded output consisted of three live clips from a December 2016 appearance on Park City TV’s Mtn Views.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2, Annabelle: Creation

13 Minutes, Letters from Baghdad, Sundance Shorts
Two low-profile sequels and the adaptation of a best-selling memoir lead the late-summer multiplex offerings, while art houses offer a pair of heroic true stories and a collection of Sundance Film Festival shorts. Jeanette Walls' memoir The Glass Castle (pictured) becomes a solid drama about a dysfunctional family with a complex understanding of people who can be good and bad for you.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beyond Essentials Aug. 9-16

"In the Heights" in Ogden, balloons in Sandy and more
When one issue of City Weekly isn't enough to contain all of the art, entertainment and activities you can enjoy in one Utah week, it's time to go beyond Essentials. Ogden's Good Company Theatre presents In the Heights—the pre-Hamilton co-creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda—a musical focusing on the heavily-Latino Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Music Monday Aug. 7

Pondering Eddie Money; Thunderfist beer pong postponed
The Idea of Eddie Money I was somewhere between 6 and 8 years old when I first heard the word “paradise.” My very Mormon great-grandmother loved me enough to permit the viewing of certain music-themed TV shows, like Solid Gold. One evening, just before my mom picked me up, I saw Eddie Money perform his signature hit “Two Tickets to Paradise” on one of these programs.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Dark Tower, An Inconvenient Sequel, Detroit, Landline

We Love You, Sally Carmichael!, Desert Hearts
Hot-button political issues hit local screens in both dramatic and documentary form, while art house offerings include the restoration re-release of a groundbreaking LGBT-themed indie. The great sister relationship at the center of Landline carries it when it gets muddled in overplotting and set-in-the-mid-'90s signifiers. The locally-made indie We Love You, Sally Carmichael!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Theater Review: The Book of Mormon returns

The local audience again goes wild for sacrilegious tunefulness.
When the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon made its Utah debut in 2015, you could feel the electricity in the audience of a crowd knowing that, wherever this show might have been born, it belonged to them. Two years later, that feeling still crackles its way through a new venue, the Eccles Theater.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Beyond Essentials Aug. 2 - 9

The Utah arts & entertainment scene is too big to be contained in the print pages of one City Weekly issue. Here are more events for your consideration this week.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Music Monday July 31

More Honeypot headliners, and Swantourage's working-class jazz
Honeypot Glass Blowing Competition & Art Festival Redux Glass blowing—the alchemical art of melting down material known to shatter into gooey blobs, then using your very breath to stretch and twist it into colorful, intricate shapes—is fascinating. It’s almost enough to drive an entire festival, but the Honeypot Glass Blowing Competition & Art Festival (The Art Garden, 627 W. 100 South, 801-722-5865, is much more than that.

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival: Opening Weekend Picks

Dozens of short theater, dance, monologue and other performance pieces will make their debuts over the course of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival's 10-day run. And as with any festival, there's an inevitable FOMO component, as there's no way you can get a chance to watch everything.

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