Around the SL,UT February 17, 2012

By HolySavior | Filed in slc blog

It’s another exciting week ahead here. From music to comedy, board games to Mardis Gras, check out the highlights of what’s going on Around the SL,UT.

The very funny Dave Foley is in town, and playing 4 shows at Wiseguys West Valley. The star of News Radio and Kids in the Hall has shows Friday and Saturday night, 7 & 9pm. Tickets are $20.

Want to play games? SaltCON is an all-day board game convention, where anyone can join in a variety of board games. There will be tournaments, a game library, game swap for you to bring a game you would like to retire from your collection, and much more. The event runs from Friday, February 17, 10am – Saturday at midnight. Admission runs from $30+. The convention is at the Royal Garden Inn Convention Center at 154 west 600 south. Check out SaltCON.com for more info.

A few shows you won’t want to miss. Saturday, Feb 17 at Kilby Court is Laura Gibson, Breathe Owl Breathe, and Paul Jacobsen and The Madison Arm. It’s a great lineup of eclectic music, and only $10. Show starts at 7pm.

You will not likely see anything like Leslie Hall and the Ly’s this year, so don’t miss out on her show this Tuesday at Urban Lounge. The midwest diva and gem-sweater enthusiast will be playing with Pennyhawk, and Ramona & The Swimsuits. Tickets are $12, show starts at 9pm.

Big news for pub quiz enthusiasts, Piper Down is now hosting Geeks Who Drink twice a week (<-Facebook invite, spread the word). Starting this Sunday, the popular quiz-show spectacular will be there every Sunday and Wednesday to give you even more opportunity to play. Different quiz every night, and it’s always a good time.

Next weekend, support the Utah Arts Festival and get your Mardis Gras partying right here in SL,UT. It’s the 2012 Masquerade Party! A Texas Hold-Em tournament is held from noon-5pm, with the final table at 7pm. The masquerade party begins at 6pm. Tickets start at $50 and include food, non-alcoholic beverages, one complimentary beer or wine, and “just for fun” casino games. (Yes, there is a bar.) Get your tickets in advance to save at uaf.org/masquerade.

The 5th annual SLC Urban Iditarod is just two weeks away. It’s just like the real Iditarod, except fewer dogs, less snow, and a lot more beer. In the urban version, teams of ‘dogs’ lead by a musher will pull their sleds (shopping carts) through some of Salt Lake City’s most scenic areas. These teams of barking humans must negotiate through the unrelenting and unforgiving dangers of SLC’s urban frontier. As an incentive to run, dogs and mushers alike will have several ‘rest stops’ to replenish lost fluids and discuss tales of mayhem. The course is normally over four miles in length, so dogs and mushers alike need to be ready and able to run their tails off.

The start of the Salt Lake City Urban Iditarod will be at the corner of 400S and W Temple in the NW corner of the parking lot. Each of the watering holes will be announced @PubCrawlSLC on Twitter when it is time to move along to the next watering hole.

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Around the SL,UT January 13, 2012

By HolySavior | Filed in slc blog

Tonight & tomorrow, head to the Maverik Center for Utah Grizzlies Beer Fest! Extra beer selections from local brewers will be available. $2 beers, and live music from American Hitmen. Tickets start at $9, and there really isn’t a bad seat in this arena. Come be a part of the action.

Tickets are still available for Jim Gaffigan at Kingsbury Hall, Friday & Saturday shows. Don’t forget, Mike Birbiglia is debuting his newest tour next week.

Cool local ska legends, Sturgeon General (<-Facebook link) reunite this weekend for two shows, Friday & Saturday at Piper Down. Shows start about 9pm.

Q with Jian Ghomeshi is coming next week! Canada’s top arts, culture and entertainment show is at The State Room for a very special live-audience show. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch one of radio’s hottest shows live in Salt Lake City. The show will feature live music from Tennis, the Denver, Colorado indie rockers; Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal. Baichwal is the creator of the acclaimed documentaries “Manufactured Landscapes” and “Act of God”. Her new film, “Payback” is an adaptation of Atwood’s 2008 essay collection on wealth, debt, injustice and reparation and will premiere at Sundance.

Want to get politically active or at least more aware? There’s a group that meets most Fridays at Piper Down. You should come to a Drinking Liberally Pub Quiz at Piper Down. Coming January 20th, a special event with Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Come rub elbows with local politicians and candidates, and other like-minded individuals while enjoying an exciting night of pub quiz. They’ll begin assembling teams and getting their first round of drinks around 6:30, then the quiz begins at 7pm.

Speaking of pub quizzes, Park City will soon have their own quiz at The Sidecar beginning Thursday, February 2. If you’re a Park City resident, or happen to be up on the slopes on a Thursday, be sure to stop in and enjoy the game.

 

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Around the SL,UT January 6, 2012

By HolySavior | Filed in slc blog

January can tend to be a bit light on the entertainment options. People are recovering from the holidays, bands and other entertainers know that money is tight, but that doesn’t mean everything has shut down. Especially when it comes to comedians, who are descending on Salt Lake in mass this month. Which is great, because laughing is the cure for almost everything.

Comedy this month

Saturday night, see a number of great local comedians at Comedy with a Complex. Collen Waters, Cody Eden, Aja Sicks, Jason Harvey, and Toy Soup Improv will perform at The Complex at 8:30pm, and tickets are only $7.

Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14, we have Jim Gaffigan at Kingsbury Hall. Tickets start at $38.50, and are still available.

Then, Friday January 20 is Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend at Kingsbury Hall. Tickets start at $18.50.

Happening this week

SLC Vegan is celebrating their anniversary Friday, January 6 at W Lounge from 7-9pm. Join like-minded people for vegan pot-luck, cocktails, and dancing.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s First-Friday is a monthly celebration of the contemporary art world with five amazing exhibitions at UMOCA, music, food, and cash bar. Tonight (Friday) features the opening of Joshua Luther’s new exhibition, Meaning, and music by DJ TiDY! Also, the unveiling of Kim Schoenstadt’s Paint by Numbers after two months of interventions by members of the community.

Next Thursday, X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival 2012 begins at The Depot. The world’s top action sport filmmakers, athletes, DJs, & more in this 3-day festival. Tickets are $8 per film, $15 for a full-day, or $30 for a full 3-day pass.

This Wednesday, January 11, Mythbusters Behind the Myths tour is in town. Tickets are still available, but will likely sell out soon. The show is 7:30pm, and tickets start at $35.

Must hear music

Saturday –  Lady Marasaki, Afro Omega at The Garage 9:30pm $5 
Sunday –  Jazz: Maceo Parker at The State Room 8pm $30 
Tuesday – Mansions on the Moon at Bar Deluxe 8pm $10 
Wednesday – Blues: Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers at The State Room 8pm $12 
Thursday – Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Samuel Smith Band, Shar and The Lucky 7 at Bar Deluxe 8pm $10 

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