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New Warden in Town

Q&A with Utah State Prison's Larry Benzon.

All Tea, No Shade

Q&A with Benjamin Holdaway, founder of the quarterly Tea Party: Sexy Storytelling event.

Crank up the AC

Bravo's Andy Cohen on Anderson Cooper, Pride and Kathy Griffin's turn.

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.

Q&A: Nancy McGahey

Utah Dispute Resolution.
Nancy McGahey knows a thing or two about resolving an argument. She completed mediation training in 1988 in New Mexico and volunteered for a parent-teen mediation program.

Q&A: Nick Frederick

The executive director of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party says, "You need patience to not get discouraged."
Nick Frederick is executive director of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. He moved to Utah in 2015 from Washington, D.C., where he worked for Sen. Tim Kaine—who, he laments, did not become vice president.

Q&A with Reynold D. Willie

A retired U.S. Navy nuclear submarine missile technician
>What could beat having a retired U.S. Navy nuclear submarine missile technician as your teacher? If you took a science or art class at Valley Junior High or Wasatch Junior High prior to 2003, there's a good chance that you scored Mr. Reynold D. Willie as your teacher.

Q&A with David Kliger

The cyclist, back-country skier and volunteer dentist talks about his experiences.
"I love talking with patients, learning their stories from Iraq, the Pacific Islands, Hispanic regions, everywhere," Kliger says.

Q&A with James Hernandez

Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support
Many have heard the term "cultural appropriation" in the context of Halloween costumes, but aren't aware of the many facets and their repercussions for those on the receiving end.

Q&A with Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson is director of the jazz program in the University of Utah Department of Music.
I saw [Spike Lee's 2000 film] Bamboozled in college, and was blown away by the minstrel show and blackface imagery.

Q&A with Rich Woodruff

Everyone wants to save the world, make a living and have an enjoyable life. How have you managed to combine all three?
Rich Woodruff has the good fortune of being able to combine three of his life's passions, and he is doing well by doing good. Everyone wants to save the world, make a living and have an enjoyable life.

Q&A with Noor Ul-Hasan

Muslim leader and community activist
Muslim leader, community activist, nonprofit organization founder, radio host, busy public speaker, wife and mother.

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