Archive for November, 2011

Around the SL,UT November 25, 2011

November 25, 2011

Avoid the nonsense of big-box stores, and let’s keep this holiday local. Here’s a quick list of places to shop and things to do. A quick edition of Around The SL,UT.

Wheeler Farm is holding a Christmas Farmers Market. November 25-26, and December 10 from 9:30am-1:30pm. Get some great local goods and even have breakfast with Santa for $8.

Through December 3, The Old World Christmas Market is held at the Grand Hall at Gateway from 11am-9pm daily (closed Sunday).

All tickets for the Grizzlies are only $11 tonight. Bring a teddy bear to donate to kids in need. After the Grizzlies first goal, toss the bear on the ice.

Wednesday, November 30, join City Weekly for their free night at Brewvies to see The Nightmare Before Christmas at 8pm.

Must hear music:

Friday –  Girl In A Coma, Fences at Kilby Court 7pm $12 
Saturday –  Youth Lagoon at Kilby Court 6:30pm $10 
Sunday –  Imagine – Remembering the Fab Four at Park City Egyptian Theatre 6pm $25 
Monday – Priory at Kilby Court 7pm $7 
Tuesday – The Dreaming, Downfall at Carol’s Cove 7pm $8  
Wednesday – The Kooks at In The Venue 7pm $18.50 
Thursday – Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Trappers at Urban Lounge 9pm $10 

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Around the SL,UT: Happy Thanksgiving 2011

November 24, 2011

It’s Thanksgiving, but you don’t have to stay home today. There are a few places that will invite you in with open arms to feed you and provide drinks. Here’s a special issue for Thanksgiving, with some better-than-Black Friday shopping ideas.

For a different kind of Thanksgiving meal, spend the day at Piper Down. $6 “heavenly spaghetti plates” while it lasts, and $3.50 Turkey & Red Bull shots. In the evening, DJ Jello is spinning old school/retro/dance music while they have free jello shots $3 cake martinis, and they’ll be giving away diamonds to a lucky lady.

If you’re looking for a late-night escape after dinner with the family, check out Area 51’s legendary 80s party. The doors open at 9pm for this night of dressing and partying like the decade of John Hughes, new wave, and A Flock of Seagulls.

Is there anything you really need from those phony Black Friday sales? Of course not. So rather than lining up at those super-stores to buy completely forgettable gifts, why not make a commitment to shop local and buy something decent this year. Show those people you love that you actually thought about the gift rather than buying something they’ll just throw away.

Give the gift of film and buy your loved ones a membership to Salt Lake Film Society. They bring us some of the best independent film from around the world, and provide entertainment that we would otherwise never hear of. Memberships start at $50 per year, and provide many benefits like discounts, special screenings, free Tower Theatre video rentals and more.

Have a music lover on your shopping list? Graywhale will have exclusive Record Store Day releases from The Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, and more. Head over to Slowtrain for great liquidation deals as well.

Salt City Brew Supply has a great gift this weekend for the curious brewer. They are selling a $75 starter beer kit that includes equipment and ingredients for the first-time brewer. Check their store out at 750 east Ft. Union.

Keep an eye here throughout December for more gift ideas, as well as things to do throughout the holiday season. Got an idea or event you want to share? Pass it on. Leave a comment or email to

Around the SL,UT November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011

The holidays are upon us, which means you need to make sure to plan some nights out to keep sane. You may think it’s the time of year when everyone’s too wrapped up with travel and shopping, but there are still plenty of great activities when you need that break from the family and madness. Here are a few quick ideas through the weekend.

Tonight, head to the movies. But make it something truly unique. The Organ Loft is a great unique gem in South Salt Lake where you can enjoy classic entertainment. See An Evening with Buster Keaton at 7:30pm Friday. Accompanied by a live organ player, you get to watch the films the way they’re meant to be seen. Tickets are only $6 for adults, $5 for kids. 3331 South Edison Street (just 1/2 block east of State Street off 3300 south).

The UofU Babcock Theatre presents Hair through Sunday night. See the classic musical of the hippie-culture and sexual revolution. Shows are 7:30pm Friday-Sunday, $23 tickets ($10.50 for U students).

The Salt Lake Jazz Vespers are performing the Music of James Bond at the First Unitarian Church this Sunday, 7:30pm. Admission is free (donations requested).

Next week, a taste of what to do on Thanksgiving, and some shopping ideas that don’t involve cheap junk in giant superstores.

Must hear music:

Friday –  Samuel Smith Band, The Suicycles, Lady Murasaki, Tommy & The High Pilots at Bar Deluxe 9pm $7 
Saturday –  Swagger at Piper Down 9pm (no cover if you’re wearing a kilt)
Sunday –  Cory Branan at Kilby Court 7pm $8 
Monday – Priory at Kilby Court 7pm $7 
Tuesday – Jazz Combos Fall Concert at Libby Gardner Concert Hall 7:30pm $7 
Wednesday – Royal Bliss at The Depot 8:30pm $20 

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