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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


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


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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Around the SL,UT April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

There is just too much excitement and buzz happening around SLC this weekend and coming week. We’ve got food trucks from around the country, the big library book sale, open screen for local filmmakers, and so much more. Check it out, and pass this around. Your friends will think you’re some sort of omnipresent deity with this much knowledge of things to do.

The library is having their spring sale, which means you can clean up and stock your bookshelves. It’s time for the Friends of the library book sale, Saturday-Tuesday at the main downtown library. Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm, Monday & Tuesday 9am-9pm.

Food network is rolling into town Saturday with the Great Food Truck Race. Several food trucks have been traveling across the nation, and this weekend they will be set up here, serving up their great food for you. Check out Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese at Coffee Connection this Sunday from 11am-7pm. Cafe Con Leche will be outside Frida Bistro, follow updates on Frida’s twitter feed. Our very own Chow Truck will also be involved, and helping to host the other participants, keep an eye on their updates. The details of this event will unroll throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on those links, as well as my Twitter and Facebook updates for more info.

Tuesday night, Geeks Who Drink is hosting another Quiz For a Cause at A Bar Named Sue to support Cakewalk vegan bakery. Kelly Green (owner of Cakewalk) has been the victim of multiple burglaries, and needs some help. There will be prizes from Cakewalk and other local businesses, minimum $5 donation per player requested.  Quiz begins at 8pm, arrive early.

KRCL’s night out is this Wednesday, May 4 at Gracie’s. It’s an after-work event from 5:30-7:30pm, to unwind, enjoy snacks and drinks, and meet new people. Join them for this fun & mellow experience.

Salt Lake Film Society is hosting their first Open Screen Night of 2011, at the Tower on Wed, May 4th at 9pm. Submit your short film on dvd to the Tower Theatre at 6:00pm that night, to be shown on the big screen at 9:00pm. All films are eligible for entry and will be picked by random. Submission is $5.00, admission is FREE. This is your chance to have your work seen by an audience on the big screen! Critic’s, SLFS, and audience picks will all appear in December’s year-end “Best Of” festival.

Coming up on May 9th, Focused Tasting of fine meats and beer with Christiano Cremineli from Cremineli Fine Meats, and David Cole of Epic Brewing at Caputo’s. Space is limited, and this will sell out soon. Call 801-531-8669 to reserve your spot. $25 for the tasting, $15 for beer, worth every cent.

Must hear music:

Friday The Boomsticks, The Elephant Riders and I-Eclipse at The Woodshed 9pm $5
Saturday – Blackhounds, Reviver, Dirty Blonde at Kilby Court 7pm $10
Sunday – Christina Perri, Cameron Rafati at Avalon Theatre 7pm $13
Monday – The Felice Brothers, You Are Plural at Urban Lounge 9pm $13
Tuesday – Mogwai at Avalon Theatre 7pm $18
Wednesday – The Head & The Heart at Kilby Court 7pm $10
Thursday – The Strangerz at The Hotel 9pm $5


Friday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Saturday – $6 pitchers at Canyon Inn (3700e 7000s)
Sunday – $3 best bloody mary in town at Lucky 13 (135w 1300s)
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 cocktails at Cheers to You (315s Main)
Thursday – $3 wells, $2 PBRs at Lumpy’s Downtown (145w Pierpont Ave)

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