Archive for May, 2011

Around the SL,UT May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

There’s a vicious rumor that I’m kicking off the end of the world Saturday, if you’re reading this on Sunday, it’s proof that the crazies are wrong again. There’s just too much left to do, can’t be bothered with that whole judgement day stuff. The only thing I want to judge, the best drinks and things to do in the SL,UT.

The Living Traditions Festival is a celebration of authentic and traditional folk and ethnic arts. This festival brings people together to honor the diversity and cultural traditions of our community. Local ethnic artists, craftspeople, dancers, musicians and chefs will be exhibiting. Best of all, no admission for the festival. Brave the weather and enjoy this great event Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-7pm. Takes place at Washington Square (City Hall 400s State Street). See the complete schedule here.

Saturday is also the Urban Arts Festival. Come see urban, artistic culture in a one day event benefiting YouthCity and Skate 4 Homies foundations. Enjoy live performances by local musicians, dancers, skateboarders, and more. Shop in the Pierpont shops or stroll the artist booths for fanstastic finds unique to Salt Lake City. You will have an opportunity to create your very own, one-of-a-kind decorated skate deck! The decks will be entered in a competition to be hung in Gray Wall Gallery. They will be voted on in the gallery and be eligible for a chance at winning many great prizes donated by local businesses. The Urban Arts Festival happens Saturday from 10am-9pm on Pierpont Ave (240s) between 300-400 west.

The newest installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise just opened, and Saturday is Area 51’s Pirates Ball. Come dressed in your best buccaneer gear for great drink specials, dancing, and prizes for best costumes from 9pm-2am.

DON’T PANIC! Wednesday, May 25 is Towel Day. The day to celebrate Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What better way to celebrate one of the greatest pieces of geek-fiction than at the biggest and best geek-culture event in Salt Lake, Geeks Who Drink at Piper Down. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a uber-nerd to have a good time, it’s general, pop-culture, and random knowledge questions that everyone has a chance to win. First question at 7:30pm, arrive early, and bring your towel.

Thursday, it’s the Cirque Du So Gay Pride talent show at Metro Bar 9pm. Entry is only $5, or free before 10:30 with RSVP text to 801-652-6543.

Must hear music:

Friday –  End of the World Party with The Suicycles at Piper Down 9pm $5
Saturday – Folk/blues: Stonefed at Johnny’s On Second 9pm (no cover)
Sunday – Punk: Guitar Wolf at Urban Lounge 9pm $12
Monday – Funk: Orgone, Marinade at The State Room 8pm $15
Tuesday – Ambient/alternative: This Will Destroy You, Pure X, Sleep Over at Kilby Court 7pm $12
Wednesday – Jazz: Joshua Payne Orchestra at The Hotel 9pm $5
Thursday – Pop/rock: Sodacon CD Release, Nobody Knows, Wistful Vista at Urban Lounge 9pm $5

Drinks:

Friday – $3 kamikazes, $2 Corona, $2 PBR tallboy at Area 51 (451s 400w)
Saturday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Sunday – $1 drafts at The Tavernacle (201e 300s)
Monday – $3.50 mini pitchers cocktails at Graffiti Lounge (342s State)
Tuesday – $3 Shiner Bock steins at The Huddle (2400e Ft. Union Blvd)
Wednesday – $3 sex on the beach at Wasted Space (1420w 200s)
Thursday – $2 cocktails at Cheers to You Midvale (7642s State)

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Around the SL,UT May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

The temperature is heating up, and Salt Lake is overflowing with things to do this week. The Renaissance Fest & Fantasy Faire is still going on up north, UrineTown playing at The Grand, and then we’ve got some more highlights below.

Our Real Salt Lake are in action Saturday night. Come see the hottest team in U.S. soccer as they take on Houston Dynamo at 7pm. Tickets start at $25 day of the game. Here’s a great idea, start your night at Lucky 13 to enjoy $3 PBR and $3 Sauza Tequila, and great burgers with house-smoked bacon. Then catch TRAX down to Sandy for the game.

Want to be in a music video for one of my favorite bands? Paul Jacobsen & the Madison Arm are filming a music video at Piper Down on Tuesday, May 17. Head over to Piper Down and settle in for a great dinner, $3 steins, and be a part of this great moment in music.

Who doesn’t love Bill Murray? Geeks Who Drink is celebrating the career of this funny man with a special themed quiz Tuesday, May 17. $5 entry per player qualifies you and your teammates for a $200+ cash prize if your Peter Venkman knowledge tops the rest of the crowd. Get up to 6 players for your team, and be at The Huddle before 8pm with cash in hand. Great food, $3 Shiner Bock steins, and a great time full of laughs as I host a quiz from SNL and Caddyshack to Fantastic Mr. Fox and beyond. Arrive early for best seats. Several great prizes throughout the night.

Going local isn’t a fad or a buzzword, it’s a strategy to repair our fractured world. This is the premise of The Economics of Happiness, a new film that examines how local economics are improving our lives. It will show at Brewvies, Thursday, May 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $6 Q&A afterward with locals who are helping to drive this movement.

Must hear music:

Friday –  Rock: Dark Seas, Fox VanCleef, Scully’s Dope at The Woodshed 9pm $5  
Saturday – Kilt Night: Swagger, Heathen Highlanders, Crawford Irish Dancers at Piper Down 9pm $5
Sunday – Alternative: Jimmy Eat World, Kinch at In The Venue 6pm $30
Monday – Rap: Devin the Dude, Coughee Brothaz at Urban Lounge 9pm $12
Tuesday – WTF: Captured! By Robots at Urban Lounge 9pm $10 (this is one of those, “you have to see it to believe it kind of acts. 1 man, and a band of robots. Yes, seriously.)
Wednesday – Folk/rock: William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner at Urban Lounge 9pm $12
Thursday – Soul/jazz: Soulive, Lettuce at The State Room 7pm $25

Drinks:

Friday – $3 kamikazes, $2 Corona, $2 PBR tallboy at Area 51 (451s 400w)
Saturday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Sunday – $1 drafts at The Tavernacle (201e 300s)
Monday – $3.50 mini pitchers cocktails at Graffiti Lounge (342s State)
Tuesday – $3 Shiner Bock steins at The Huddle (2400e Ft. Union Blvd)
Wednesday – $3 sex on the beach at Wasted Space (1420w 200s)
Thursday – $2 cocktails at Cheers to You Midvale (7642s State)

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Around the SL,UT May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

It’s springtime, and the knights and maidens will celebrate the warmth at the Utah Renaissance Festival for the next three weekends. Friday-Sunday, May 6-22, come explore the world of Kings and Queens. Entertainment, crafts, food, magic, and more in the scenic village of Marriott-Slaterville, just 30 minutes north of Salt Lake. Admission is $12 for adults ($10 if in costume) and $6 for children 3-11.

See one of Utah’s funniest and most original comedians, Levi Rounds at Mo’s Neighborhood Grill Friday, May 6. Admission only $5 at the door, show starts at 9pm.

Saturday is Astronomy Day, and Clark Planetarium will be the place to be. Science demonstrations and activities will take place throughout the day, all Hansen Dome Theater shows will only be $1 until 6:30pm, and later in the evening (weather permitting) there will be a star party at the UofU Astronomy department’s observatory. Look towards the sky and let your imagination run wild. Of course, don’t forget to check out the new Led Zeppelin show running every evening.

Learn to appreciate our mother earth, and enjoy some great entertainment at the Live Green SLC Festival Saturday, May 7. A full range of sustainable products, local and organic food, beer from Uinta Brewing, music from Daniel Day Trio, and much more. Admission is free, festival is 10am-6pm. Located at Library Square, so easy access to TRAX.

Opening next week, the Tony nominated UrineTown at SLCC’s Grand Theatre. Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturday matinee at 2pm, tickets start at $10.

Want to see The Janks and The Shivers next Thursday at The Depot? Post on Facebook that you want to see these great bands Thursday, May 12. Be creative, and a random winner will get a pair of tickets to the show.

Must hear music:

Friday –  Joan of Arc, Airwaves at Kilby Court 7pm $10 
Saturday – YYBSMax Pain & the Groovies, Incendiary Circus at The Woodshed 9pm $5
Sunday – Hunx & His Punx, Shannon and The Clams at Urban Lounge 9pm $8
Monday – Of Montreal, Painted Palms at In The Venue 7pm $19.50
Tuesday – Houses at Kilby Court 7pm $8
Wednesday – Yelle, French Horn Rebellion at Urban Lounge 9pm $15
Thursday – The Janks, The Shivers at The Depot 8pm $10

Drinks:

Friday – $1 PBR at Tony’s (3165s 1300e)
Saturday – $4 mint julips, $3 oak lilys at Lucky 13 (135w 1300s)
Sunday – $1 drafts at The Tavernacle (201e 300s)
Monday – $3.50 mini pitchers cocktails at Graffiti Lounge (342s State)
Tuesday – $2 & $3 steins, $4 Jager bombs at Johnny’s On Second (165e 200s)
Wednesday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Thursday – $2 cocktails at Cheers to You Midvale (7642s State)

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