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Around the SL,UT: Happy New Year 2012

December 30, 2011

The big holiday is upon us. When people celebrate the end of a year, and welcome a new beginning. Of course, there will be a lot of bars packed wall-to-wall with the celebrators.

If you’re not aware, many bars will have a cover charge for the extra entertainment and crowd control inherent in New Year’s Eve celebrations. Expect $5-10 cover charges at many bars. Chances are, many of you have your NYE plans set. For those of you who don’t, contact your favorite bar and find out if reservations are needed. This will save you having to drive all over town to find everything is sold out.

For a few highlights:

EVE is the celebration being held around the Salt Palace and other venues. Concerts, film, and more are happening Friday and Saturday night, and full-access passes are only $15. The Off-Broadway Theatre’s improv troupe, Laughing Stock, will be performing several shows this weekend, and are included in your EVE admission. Clark Planetarium is also participating, which means your EVE ticket will get you into their laser shows. See the music lineup, get tickets, and more information at

Looking for a masquerade? Maybe a little bondage? Leave it to Area 51 to host the most fetish-filled NYE party at their Fetish Ball Masquerade. Doors open at 8pm, admission is $10 and includes a free mask and gift bags.

How about great music, a grown-up atmosphere, and delicious pizza? The State Room has The Heartless Bastards performing two sets, along with Holy Water Buffalo. There will be pizza from Este, and a champagne toast at midnight. There are limited tickets available, and surprisingly they are still available. $40 admission.

Samba Fogo will be dancing and playing with fire at The Woodshed for New Year’s Eve. Check out this one-of-a-kind performance and spend the night with the Afro-Brazillian entertainment.

If you’re looking for a few places without a cover, check out Bourbon House (19 east 200 south), Scallywags (3040 south State St.), or Devil’s Daughter (533 south 500 west). All great new bars to ring in the new year.

Whatever you get up to, be safe, and be responsible. A DUI or a wreck isn’t worth saving a few dollars. Plan to ride with friends, take a cab, but don’t let the evening end on a bad note. Robert J DeBry’s law firm will even reimburse your cab ride, so take advantage of that.

Around the SL,UT December 23, 2011

December 23, 2011

It’s the big holiday this weekend, which means most people will be spending time sipping flasks while listening to insane kids ripping open presents. Others will be enjoying Christmas with friends, celebrating Hanukkah, or just enjoying another weekend. In case you want a bit more than sitting around Grandma’s house, here are some things to do in a quick edition of Around the SL,UT.

Friday night, head to Kilby Court for The Folka Dots Christmas Show. The local favorites will be playing with The Trappers and Holy Water Buffalo. Show is 7pm, tickets are only $5.

It’s true, a lot of places are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But you don’t need to go hungry or sacrifice your taste buds (and your digestive system). Here’s a great article by my friend Kathy Stephenson with good restaurants open this weekend.

Christmas night, Urban Lounge hosts Party Babes Christmas Night Party with a white elephant mix CD Exchange at Urban Lounge. Bring a mix of your favorites to exchange. Doors open 9pm, admission is $5.

Piper Down is open Christmas, and karaoke will be happening. Come to Utah’s favorite karaoke night on this special day.

Next Wednesday, Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays a pair of shows. 3pm and 8pm at EnergySolutions Arena, tickets range from $29-58.

Like video games? More importantly, the music from video games? Video Games Live: Bonus Round! is a show with the Utah Symphony and other performers. The show is Friday, December 30 at Abravanel Hall 8pm. Tickets are $28-$85, and are selling out fast.

Enjoy the holidays, and if you have any recommendations for your fellow people of the SL,UT for New Years Eve, pass them along!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyous Festivus to all!

Around the SL,UT December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011

Christmas is right around the corner. It shouldn’t be a stressful time, you should relax, and enjoy this holiday. I know there are some who say Jesus is the reason, but really it’s a time for you, Santa, and more excuses to drink warm spiked beverages.

A parade of drunken Santas will be taking over downtown pubs, as it’s time for this year’s Santacon. Join the Clauses and happy elves at Gracie’s tonight at 7pm and have a ho-ho-cheer as the group visits several bars through the night.

If Christmas music is more your cup-o-tea, there are a lot of great shows that can get even the biggest scrooge in the spirit. One Mind Studios presents Christmas Jam at 216 west Paxton Ave (1170 south) this weekend. Several local musicians will be playing and singing their Christmas favorites with a rock-n-roll flavour. Admission is $15 at the door for this 2-hour show. 7pm show Friday, December 16. Shows at 2pm & 6pm Saturday.

Other fun Christmas shows this week:

  • Pianist Jon Schmidt also has two shows this weekend at Kingsbury Hall. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, tickets are $18.50.
  • Also, up in Bountiful you can check out Rock the Halls Christmas Concert & fundraiser featuring Melody & Tyler, The Wayne Hoskins Band, Uncle Scam at The Fifth. Show is at 9pm, tickets are $5 or 3 cans of food.
  • Saturday night, head to Park City to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – A Swinging Christmas at Eccles Center. Show is 7:30pm, tickets range from $18-65.
  • Holiday Concert featuring Red Rock Rondo & the Salt Lake Symphony is at Libby Gardner Concert Hall (UofU) Saturday night at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Jazz Vespers Christmas Cool is on Sunday at the SLC Unitarian Church. Showtime is 7:30pm, admission is free (donations requested).
  • Monday brings the annual holiday tradition of the Christmas Carole sing-along at Energy Solutions Arena. This event begins at 7pm and is free.

For those who want to get the Christmas spirit frightened into them, The Carnival of Chaos Haunted House presents a Nightmare Before Christmas. Profits of this haunted house will benefit St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter and the Ogden Your Community Connection (YCC), which is a rape and domestic violence shelter. Admission is $12, or bring a donation for the charity for your admission. They will be accepting donations of coats, towels, paper goods, diapers, cleaning supplies, food, and dishes for these charities.

Carnival of Chaos  
1134 West Riverdale Road, Riverdale, UT
open Dec 16 & 17 6-10pm
This Sunday, the Geek Show Podcast is giving a Christmas gift of Joss Whedon. A free double-feature showing of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog and Serenity begins at 5pm at Brewvies.
Now for some non-Christmas shows you won’t want to miss:
Must hear music:
Friday –  Michael Gross & the Statuettes, Miniature Tigers, Black Carl, Samuel Smith Band at Bar Deluxe 9pm $10 
Saturday –  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at In The Venue 7pm $18 
Tuesday – Jerry Joseph (from the Jackmormons) at Burt’s Tiki Lounge 9pm $10 
Wednesday – Bullets & Belles, DJ AaronKnute, Fat Apollo & The Cellulites, The Red Bennies at Urban Lounge 9pm $5 

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and anything else you want to celebrate. Get in the spirit.

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