Salt Lake City Weekly | Issue Archives | Dec 18, 2008
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  • Dec 18-24, 2008
  • Vol. 25, No. 31

News

  • Mullen | Poetic License: Santa Claus lives in our imagination, hearts and minds.
  • Mullen | Poetic License: Santa Claus lives in our imagination, hearts and minds.

    Ioana Cupsa was genuinely surprised the day I answered her e-mail. She wrote to me on Dec. 8, with “story idea” in the subject line. nBy far, most e-mail I get at City Weekly comes from commercial ventures or marketing firms and public relations experts hawking everything from a struggling band’s CD to a new line of organic baby food. Each e-mail is rarely distinguishable from th...
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  • The Way It Is | Helge Seljaas of Arendal Kitchen Design
  • The Way It Is | Helge Seljaas of Arendal Kitchen Design

    nSalt Lake school officials are concerned about energy drink distributors such as Red Bull appearing on school grounds and at high school sporting events where they pass out free energy drinks. School officials say the presence is unwanted and violates school district rules on advertising and promoting health and wellness. City Weekly asked Helge Seljaas of Arendal Kitchen Design in Sugar House if...
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  • Deep End | Last Call: Ingenious cell-phone devices to shut you up fast.
  • Deep End | Last Call: Ingenious cell-phone devices to shut you up fast.

    Just in time for Christmas comes the perfect stocking stuffer. It is a gizmo that shuts off your cell phone if you try to use it while operating a motor vehicle [“Yes! Anti-teen Technology,” Salt Blog, Dec. 11]. Developed by a Utah urologist now living in Kansas and a professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, the device fits over your car key and transmits a Bluetooth r...
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  • 5 Spot | Derryl Yeager, Odyssey Dance’s Company’s  artistic director
  • 5 Spot | Derryl Yeager, Odyssey Dance’s Company’s artistic director

    nOdyssey Dance’s Company’s IRS debt has made some headlines lately. We asked artistic director Derryl Yeager what it all means.n n nDoes this recent spate of negative publicity spell the end of Odyssey Dance?nNot at all. The article emphasizes what we owe but doesn’t emphasize the fact we’ve filed an Offer and Compromise that will greatly reduce the debt and make it possibl...
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  • Hits & Misses | Utahs Driving Less, Expensive Ethics Reform & Mine Inspectors

    Ticket to Riden Short of drilling a hole through the mountains and installing a giant fan to blow smog out of Utah’s valleys, the only way Beehive State residents are going to breathe clean air in the near future is if they stop driving. There’s good news on that front in a recent survey from the Federal Highway Administration. People are driving less all over the United States compare...
  • Lake Effect | Fight On!
  • Lake Effect | Fight On!

    nSOS, and calling Chris Buttars, please: In all but declaring a regular jihad on Christmas, the Salina and Richfield city councils have officially decided to 86 nativity scenes on city property this holiday season. nThe Associated Press reports that both councils took their city attorney’s legal advice to—imagine—keep church and state separate and to take a pass on the crè...
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  • Staffbox | Christmas Wishes for Memorable Educators

    Do you have a memorable teacher or professor you want to send a Christmas wish to? n n nDerek Jones: Mr. Newman. In high school, I approached the principal to form a Gay-Straight Alliance. He came forward and let me know he would be the adviser for our group. It was a truly proud and heroic act as he put a lot on the line coming out like that. Mr. Newman, it’s been a few years, but I want yo...
  • The Ocho | Gather 'Round the Xmas TV
  • The Ocho | Gather 'Round the Xmas TV

    nnnnEight little-known Christmas TV specials and movies airing this week:nn8. Law & Order: Ralphie the Red Ryder Freeway Sniper (NBC) n n7. A Very Real Christmas: Home for the Holidays and Nowhere Near the Playoffs With Real Salt Lake (KSL 5) n n6. Rudolph’s Shiny New Flask (ABC Family) n n5. Big Budah’s Supa-Funky Yuletide Dance Party (Fox 13) n n4. Betrayed By the Beard: The Mrs...
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  • Private Eye | Meet Him in the Muss: If there ever was a Utah Man, it was Parry Sorensen.
  • Private Eye | Meet Him in the Muss: If there ever was a Utah Man, it was Parry Sorensen.

    It wasn’t a good circumstance, a funeral service, but I finally saw what the football field at Rice-Eccles stadium looks like from the executive tower high above the west bleachers. It was Monday and the field was covered in snow. I guess it’s a good place to watch a football game if you don’t mind mingling with people who don’t like to mingle with the cuppa joe masses sitt...
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  • Freewill Astrology | Dec. 18-24
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  • Freewill Astrology | Dec. 18-24

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nWhat I foresee for you in 2009 is an upgrade in your approach to creating and maintaining your alliances. I envision you having dramatically enhanced intuition about how to connect with people in satisfying and interesting ways. I picture you being able to push beyond your habit-bound ways of conducting your relationships, ensuring that you’ll be entertained and mo...
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  • The Straight Dope | Quake Detectors
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  • The Straight Dope | Quake Detectors

    Can animals sense earthquakes? I’ve heard stories about cats carrying their litter of kittens out of a building just prior to a quake. Is there any truth in it? We’ve had two quakes in the last three hours, and my goldfish didn’t do a thing. —Nick E., Manchester, England n nOf course animals can sense earthquakes. Human beings can sense earthquakes. Some years ago, a frie...
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  • Newsquirks | Next Time, Try Doughnuts

    Curses, Foiled AgainnA man who robbed a gas station in Aurora, Ind., tied up the clerk and then ran out the door with a carton of cigarettes. The robber stopped, however, when he realized he’d forgotten the bag of money. Police said he tried to re-enter the store but couldn’t because the door was equipped with an electronic lock.nn• Police responding to the theft of an ATM in Leav...
  • Ask a Mexican | Favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans
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  • Ask a Mexican | Favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans

    Dear Readers: A couple of columnas ago, I published a short list of my favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and urged ustedes to submit better choices so that gabachos can have a Christmas shopping list for their favorite Mexicans, or to understand nosotros better. Muchos responded, and below is a list of the most-recommended tomes, along with my brief descriptions. But before e...
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Eat & Drink

Music

  • Know Your Local ... Hip-Hop Artist: Mike Booth

    Salt Lake City emcee/hip-hop producer Mike Booth is known for his signature symphonic hooks and lyrics in The Fantasmic Four and The Bad Apples, his project with Louis Wildamiss.

Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Dec 18-24
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Dec 18-24

    nTHEATERn By Scott RenshawnFor years, Sarah Shippobotham has been the voice behind voices on the Salt Lake City stage—a gifted teacher and dialect coach who has given scores of local actors their accents. Too rarely has she gotten her own opportunities to step into the spotlight. But in Utah Contemporary Theatre’s production of Pamela Gien’s THE SYRINGA TREE, she gets a doozy. nO...

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