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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

Fictionist headline The State Room this Saturday

November 10, 2011

Another group of our local boys is hitting the big time. Recently signed by Atlantic, Fictionist is on their way to stardom, and it all started right here with their  fans.

This Saturday, you can celebrate the release of their new EP at The State Room. See the band live, along with The Devil Whale, and pick up a copy of their newest release.

The show is 9pm, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are only $12.

If you want to win a pair of free tickets, leave a comment. Tell us how you first discovered them, where you’ve seen them live, or just be really excited about seeing them this Saturday. Be sure to sign in with an email address so I can contact you.

The State Room
638 south State Street
21+, full bar available

Let’s go whole hog!

October 16, 2011

The Downtown Farmers Market and Edible Wasatch present a seasonal pig roast and party at the Utah State Fairpark. Ryan Lowder, Executive Chef for Copper Onion, has teamed up with local rancher Christiansen’s Hog Heaven to prepare a feast fit for a locavore. Enjoy live, local music and enjoy wine and beer pairings while honoring the end of the 19th season of the Downtown Farmers Market.

The event is 21 and older, cash bar. Tickets are $25/person, including food and entertainment. Register here.

It’s this Wednesday, from 6-10pm.

Utah State Fairpark
155 North 1000 West
Salt Lake City