Salt Lake City Weekly | Issue Archives | Jan 15, 2009
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  • Jan 15-21, 2009
  • Vol. 25, No. 35

News

  • Lake Effect | Someone’s in the Kitchen With DNA
  • Lake Effect | Someone’s in the Kitchen With DNA

    nIt seems like National Amber Alert Day comes earlier every year. nThis year, however, it’s really something special. The Department of Public Safety and the American Football Coaches Association have presents for K-12 students in every county in Utah: identity kits. nUnfortunately, an “identity kit” is not as much fun as, say, the Identikits used by law enforcement agencies to ...
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  • Mullen | Wheels Flying Off: Senior Americans are invisible.
  • Mullen | Wheels Flying Off: Senior Americans are invisible.

    Marian Robinson moves into the White House next week, along with her son-in-law Barack Obama, daughter Michelle and granddaughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. In its Jan. 12 edition, the president-elect’s hometown Chicago Tribune called 71-year-old Robinson “head of the grandkids’ transition team.” She’s also been called “grandma-in-chief,” and “first g...
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  • The Ocho | Sundance Cutbacks
  • The Ocho | Sundance Cutbacks

    nEight signs of economic cutbacks at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival: n8. The Pussycat Dolls are headlining at the Big Lots! Party Lounge. n7. Swag bags downsized to swag vouchers, redeemable at the Big Lots! Party Lounge. n6. Buyers more carefully considering commercial appeal of films about gay quadriplegic heroin addicts in North Dakota. n5. Official festival transportation provided by “G...
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  • Hits & Misses | Jason Chaffetz, Utah's Wilderness & Utah Ethics Reform

    Chaffetz AgainnUtah 3rd District Congressman Jason Chaffetz loves publicity and seemingly doesn’t care if getting it means painting Utah as a racist, xenophobic backwater. That’s exactly what Chaffetz accomplished in a recent appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report where the host recommended Chaffetz anti-immigrant plans include coating Mexicans with fluorescent, paint...
  • The Way It Is | Hiding liquor from children
  • The Way It Is | Hiding liquor from children

    nState Sen. Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, believes more could be done to separate or hide drink mixing in restaurants, citing the barlike atmosphere of Chili’s on 668 E. 400 South. He’s proposed redesigns of restaurants to shield the eyes of children from the sight of liquor being poured. City Weekly asked Sammy Lofland of the Mutiny Ink tattoo parlor if he agreed: nThat’s ri...
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  • Editorial | Colorful Metaphors: Everything looks worse in black and white.
  • Editorial | Colorful Metaphors: Everything looks worse in black and white.

    That a black guy is moving into the White House has got me thinking in color. n(pause) nI pause to fiddle with that opening sentence. I keep changing “in color” to “about color.” The latter is as pedestrian as buying a can of paint at Home Depot. The former seems the province of a novel, not an essay. What’s a simple scribbler to do? nCredit Ellen Meloy for putting me...
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  • Deep End | Sob Story: Why Utah has a leg up when it comes to the manly lachrymose arts.
  • Deep End | Sob Story: Why Utah has a leg up when it comes to the manly lachrymose arts.

    Our office has been inundated by calls from ordinary citizens alarmed by the presence in downtown Salt Lake City last week of hordes of men walking around in various states of distress. Some had furrowed brows and trembling chins, some were biting their lips, others had eyes welling up with tears, and still others had tears streaming down their cheeks or mucus dripping from their noses. You saw me...
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  • 5 Spot | Igor Limansky, organizer of the National Day of Service
  • 5 Spot | Igor Limansky, organizer of the National Day of Service

    n Igor Limansky volunteered for and then worked as a field organizer for the Obama campaign. He is now volunteering to help organize the National Day of Service on Jan. 19. Visit USAService.org to learn about local service opportunities.n n nJanuary 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday—which usually means sleeping in, skiing, shopping and movie. Why a National Day of Service?n...
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  • Staffbox | Any advice for Barack Obama?

    Barack Obama's presidential term begins Jan. 20. Do you have any advice for him?nHolly Mullen: Be big, be brave, be radical. And count the silverware before the Bushes leave! nJeremiah Smith: Yeah—seriously, don't fuck up. Everyone is watching. nLarry Carter: Yeah. Run, Barack, run. nMatt Engle: He should start using smokeless tobacco instead of smoking. Then he could get his nicotine fix in...
  • Sundance | 5x5=25: Five Lists of Five for a Silver Anniversary Overview
  • Film & TV
  • Sundance | 5x5=25: Five Lists of Five for a Silver Anniversary Overview

    nIn 1985, a struggling little operation called the U.S. Film Festival turned a corner when it was taken over by Robert Redford’s nonprofit Sundance Institute. The rest is 25 years of snow-covered independent cinema history. nWith the festival’s 25th Sundance-supervised incarnation on the horizon, that history continues to be written. By way of looking back—and wondering what we&r...
  • Ask a Mexican | Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Edition
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  • Ask a Mexican | Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Edition

    nDear Mexican: What is it with Cesar Chavez? Recently in Dallas, we’ve gone through three attempts to name streets after Mr. Chavez. In one instance, the plan was to remove the name of two brothers who were city founders from a street named after them and rename the street Cesar Chavez Ave. This is being touted under the banner of, quote, “recognizing the contribution of Latino culture...
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  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 15-21
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  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 15-21

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nAccording to some historians, Barack Obama won’t be the first American president with African ancestry. As many as six previous presidents may have had black ancestors, with Warren Harding and Dwight Eisenhower being the most likely. None of the others claimed their heritage, however, choosing instead to pass as pure white. Obama is the first to acknowledge his blo...
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  • News Quirks | Put on a Happy Face

    Curses, Foiled AgainnAfter stealing two safes filled with at least $50,000 worth of rare gold and silver coins and a silver ingot, the thieves tried to sell the 62.5-pound silver bar to a metal recycling dealer in Bentonville, Ark. The dealer convinced them the bar, valued at $15,000, was made of lead and gave them $30 for it. Then he called police, who arrested six people, including a handyman wo...
  • The Straight Dope | Dirty Money
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  • The Straight Dope | Dirty Money

    Being the fount of all knowledge, could you tell me the best way to launder money? The information may come in useful one day. —Ben Vicken, somewhere in Asia nI’m confident you’re not contemplating anything illegal, Ben. However, it’s helpful for us law-abiding folk to understand the workings of the criminal mind. So let’s start at the beginning. Suppose you have a c...
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Eat & Drink

  • Wine
  • Wine: Clos Calls

    French name, all-American wine. Apparently, I’m not alone in my fondness for California’s Clos du Bois wines. There’s an extensive selection of Clos du Bois available here and the wines tend to sell like hotcakes. I suspect that’s in part because they sound fancy—klo doo BWAH—but don’t carry fancy prices. There’s Clos du Bois to drink for every budge...
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Music

Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Jan. 15-21
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Jan. 15-21

    nEVENTnBy Jenny PoplarnBeing frustrated with all things status quo can motivate some artists. Dancer, choreographer, SB Dance founder and straight married guy Stephen Brown decided that the outcome of Prop 8 was frightfully unfair. So, Brown—along with Plan-B Theatre Company’s Jerry Rapier—invited some of Salt Lake City’s finest theater and dance companies to participate in...

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