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Editor’s note: In our use of the Sgt. Pepper art for this feature, we were remiss in not recognizing Sundance resident Jann Haworth. In 1967, Haworth codesigned with then-husband, Peter Blake, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper iconic album cover, for which they were awarded a Grammy. Thirty years later, she came to Utah on John Saltas an arts grant to study quilt-making, set- City Weekly founder ting up shop (literally) at Sundance. She founded the Art Shack Studios and Glass Recycling Works. In 2004, Haworth was again the creative force behind the “SLC Pepper,” a civic mural located on 250 S. 400 West in Salt Lake City. The new mural involved more than 30 artists and, Haworth says, corrects the gender and “LisaDuggan” ethnic biases of the original. Via

Richard Goldberger reminded us that The Salt Flat News (published 1970-75) deserved a spot on the list. As “The Only Paper in the World That Gives a Damn About What Happens on the Salt Flats,” the paper’s purpose was to cover desert “happenings.” But, to the surprise of Goldberger and paper photographer/writer Richard “bam” Menzies, there was actually a lot to write Via about. The paper was known for its unique photography and serialized stories written by a hobo, “Deputy Dump,” who lived at the Wendover landfill. The collection of issues occasionally goes on display, and Goldberger says a documentary about the paper is in the works.

• Thank you for including me as an Alternative Pioneer. Plan-B Theatre might as well be my middle name, so a lot of people assume I’ve been there from the beginning. But, alas, ’tis not so. I’ve only been around since 2000—the company was actually founded in 1991 by Tobin Atkinson and Cheryl Ann Cluff. Tobin still had hair, Cheryl hadn’t had kids and I was in Minnesota on my mission. There’s a play in there somewhere.

Jerry Rapier
Plan-B Theatre Company

City Weekly forgot about the only youth multimedia center in the city, Spy Hop Productions, and its founder, Rick Wray. Serving more than 800 Salt Lake City youth (ages 6-19) every year with critical 21st-century skills instruction in a safe, out-of-school environment, Spy Hop has led the nation in training the creative economic workforce of tomorrow. Previous nods have come from National Endowment for the Arts, Sundance Institute, Adobe, Peabody Awards, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, Utah Film Commission, even City Weekly in year’s past, XMission, Bruce Bastian Foundation, Denkers Foundations, et al.

“Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr.”

First, I have to say thanks to the CW staff for a fine compilation, though it wasted space on me. But, as a minor point of historical correctness, SLUG was not founded in the old Private Eye office in Midvale. JR Ruppel was already publishing SLUG when he began working with us. He did use our office, computers, tools, etc. for producing SLUG for a couple of years, I’d guess, helping to keep SLUG going, and Private Eye as well.

John Saltas
City Weekly founder

You left out Sister Dottie Dixon, star of her own passion play! Troy Williams, producer of RadioActive on KRCL, and Kathryn Stockton, legendary queer studies professor at the U. How could you?

“Lisa Duggan”

Beth & Jimmy Miklavcic, directors of Another Language Performing Arts Company, were overlooked, which is ironic since all City Weekly articles covering the company focus on the groundbreaking work they do.


You forgot Another Language Performing Arts Company. For nearly 25 years, the company has been redefining the performing arts. For the last seven years, the company has been “pioneering” live telematic performance and live, realtime, distributed cinema.


What about Szugye (the artist/painter), who brought a different style of painting to the City of Salt? I’ll never forget seeing his work for the first time at the Utah Arts Festival back in 1999—and have been a great admirer ever since. His show at Art Access in 2001 was beautiful and most telling of his world and his struggle with mental illness.


Radio From Hell has been around for more than 15 years. It’s definitely the only reason to ever tune a radio to X96, and it’s pretty much the only thing worth listening to in commercial radio in this city.


Re: Joe Vogel as alternative pioneer: Having been a student at UVSCC at the time that Michael Moore was scheduled to talk, I had a little insight into the issue. It may have been a freedom of speech issue for some. However, if that were all it was, then they only got part of the story. The uproar was more about the student council’s corruption with the allocation of funds that were necessary to book Moore in the first place.

Listen, I’m all for free speech, and I’m happy Moore was able to come and talk. However, that is not what the whole controversy is about, and I think that it must be said, although Vogel probably didn’t have anything to do with the controversy. The funds that brought Moore were the issue more than freedom of speech.


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