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Barks and Brews

Humane Society of Utah's Jamie Usry says local beer and dog adoptions make the perfect pair.

Ask the Beer Expert

Beerhive Pub owner Del Vance is a walking beer encyclopedia.

Work of Art

Local artist Flossie Kehr reflects on life in Utah.

Q&A with Stephen Clancy

With the world's first all-diabetic professional cycling squad, Clancy gears up for the 13th annual Tour of Utah.
Stephen Clancy, 25, is among the 120-plus riders competing in the 13th annual Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah bicycle race July 31-Aug. 6 in northern Utah.

Military Service to Coffee Service

Q&A with Retired Army Officer Carl Churchill
Retired Army officer Carl Churchill is no longer in uniform, but he and his wife, Lori, now serve in a different way at their Cottonwood Heights café, Alpha Coffee, at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Checkered Future

A chat with a 19-year-old West Jordan chess whiz kid.
"I rank in the top 50 players in the United States and among the top 1,000 players in the world for active players," Troff says.

He's Got Game

Q&A with Alex Hansen
Two years ago, SLC local Alex Hansen quit his day job selling flowers and dedicated himself to co-launching a "cooperative, miniatures, tabletop, fantasy-themed" board game called Middara.

Skate Shop Showdown

Q&A with Half and Half Skate Shop owner Milhouse Williamson.
Salt Lake City's Half and Half Skate Shop—where, as owner Milhouse Williamson puts it, they like "using fun, vibrant and dumb art, but the skating is serious and the homies kill it"—recently competed in the third installation of TransWorld Skateboarding magazine's Shop Showdown.

New Warden in Town

Q&A with Utah State Prison's Larry Benzon.
There's a new top cop at Point-of-the-Mountain.

All Tea, No Shade

Q&A with Benjamin Holdaway, founder of the quarterly Tea Party: Sexy Storytelling event.
The night of intimate storytelling is meant to entertain, provide a safe venue where people can share their stories about love and sex and ultimately build a community.

Crank up the AC

Bravo's Andy Cohen on Anderson Cooper, Pride and Kathy Griffin's turn.
Added to Cohen's seemingly never-ending slew of hosting engagements and author appearances, he's now crisscrossing the country with CNN personality Anderson Cooper as part of AC2, which rolls into the Eccles Theater on Saturday.

Defying Binaries

Author J. Seth Anderson traces the origins of queer culture in SLC.
The Provo native with deep pioneer roots knew he was different from other boys at age 7. And at 11, "I knew the word was 'gay' and I knew that my church told me it was a very bad thing to be," he says.

You Can Go Anywhere

Meet D. Michael Drees, interpreter for the deaf.
D. Michael Drees has interpreted for the deaf for most of his life.

Q&A: Guy Wheatley

Head projectionist and co-event coordinator for the Salt Lake Film Society.
Guy Wheatley is head projectionist and co-event coordinator for the Salt Lake Film Society, where he has been working since 2012.

Good Vibrations

Enhancing the EDM experience for both the deaf and hearing, this local DJ's new show covers all five senses.
While most have found Salt Lake City's vibrant EDM community to be relatively inclusive, that hasn't been the case for those who are deaf or heard-of-hearing. This is a nationwide problem that Maclain Drake hopes to tackle with Vibe—a multisensory EDM show.

Q&A: Hannah Farr

Founder and Creative Director of West Side Theatre Co.
I did theater in middle school and in high school, then went on to get a BFA in acting from Southern Oregon University.

Throwing Shade

Local "Optician to the Stars" has had brushes with Elvis, Elton John.
Before relocating to Salt Lake City 20 years ago, the Henderson, Nev., native practiced his craft in Las Vegas—with its bevy of celebs.

Q&A: Alison Einerson

Director of the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park since 2012.
Alison Einerson has been director of the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park since 2012.

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