Film Review: Doors

Film Review: Doors
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Doors is a science fiction horror film bereft of new or intriguing concepts and it’s hard to imagine it appealing to anyone. … read more

Film Review: The Courier

Film Review: The Courier
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The Courier isn’t going to be an Oscar contender or a blockbuster, but it’s a solidly entertaining thriller. … read more

Local Review: The Dream Tapes – The Dream Tapes

Local Review: The Dream Tapes – The Dream Tapes
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The Dream Tapes is a feel-good experience that solidifies the band as Utah’s 2021 version of the Beach Boys. … read more

 
 
Series Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Series Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier promises to be a wild ride that restores Fridays to the state of nirvana. … read more

Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League 

Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League 
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is really the same movie; there’s just a lot more of it. It’s bloated and wildly self-indulgent. … read more

Film Review: Coming 2 America

Film Review: Coming 2 America
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Coming 2 America rises easy enough to get through most of the time, which is about as strong a recommendation we can muster. … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Electra Jones

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Electra Jones
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Known onstage as the performer Electra Jones, Jordan Ruggeri explores themes of gender and identity through the art of transformation. … read more

Black History Month Gallery Show @ FICE Gallery, 02.26

Black History Month Gallery Show @ FICE Gallery, 02.26

The Black History Month Gallery Show helped set the tone for what is in store in terms of community-based fundraising for FICE. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Cherry

Film Review: Cherry
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There’s a difference between not entirely succeeding and outright failure, and the Russo Brothers’ Cherry is far from the latter. … read more

Finding the “And” of a Musical World: An Interview with Rachika Nayar

Finding the “And” of a Musical World: An Interview with...
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Our Hands Against the Dusk, the debut album from Rachika Nayar, envisions a more liberated reality full of flights of fancy and imagination. … read more

God, the Devil and Mad Forgery Skills: Jared Hess and Tyler Measom Discuss “Murder Among The Mormons”

God, the Devil and Mad Forgery Skills: Jared Hess and...
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No one is immune to deception is the perspective from which the filmmakers chose to tell the story of Murder Among the Mormons. … read more

Film Review: Chaos Walking

Film Review: Chaos Walking
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Chaos Walking is a disposable diversion at best, an embarrassing waste of time, and primarily, it’s just a lot of vague, unfocused noise. … read more

Local Review: Nicholas James – Somebody New

Local Review: Nicholas James – Somebody New
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Nicholas James’, Somebody New, makes it clear that he has the stuff and that his future in music is wide open to a range of possibilities. … read more

Strength in Shades’ Inaugural WOC Market

Strength in Shades’ Inaugural WOC Market
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Led by Alicea Marie and Kris Heals, Strength in Shades’ WOC Market provided a space for other people of color and women to network. … read more

Film Review: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Film Review: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is certainly aimed at fans, but it’s quite accessible even if you’re not. It made a fan out of me. … read more

Jesusxvix: Bringing Diversity to Utah Photography by Celebrating the Human Form

Jesusxvix: Bringing Diversity to Utah Photography by Celebrating the Human...
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Jesus Rodriguez’ photography is a celebration of people, and, for the artist, an opportunity to examine the diversity of the human form. … read more

 
 
Just Be Lovely: Jacobo Funes

Just Be Lovely: Jacobo Funes
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Jacobo Funes’ work embraces his human subjects as simultaneously familiar and unknowable entities while highlighting Utah’s people of color. … read more

Ahlstrom Photo: Escaping with Vibrant Memories  

Ahlstrom Photo: Escaping with Vibrant Memories  
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In order to create tangible memories, Kyle Ahlstrom uses vibrant colors to shape positive notions with others through photography. … read more

Virtualized: Valerie Rose Sterrett

Virtualized: Valerie Rose Sterrett
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Valerie Rose Sterrett wants her music to be able to connect to all walks of life—even if playing at Utah ski resort for a tourist mother. … read more

Finding Beauty in Anachronistic Ambiguity: karun_the_wzrd

Finding Beauty in Anachronistic Ambiguity: karun_the_wzrd
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karun_the_wzrd’s photography floats in an ether, mashing together different eras into hazy film photos that depict surreal dream worlds. … read more

Sarah May Uncovers Her Heritage in Photographic Layers

Sarah May Uncovers Her Heritage in Photographic Layers
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Sarah May brings together symbols and actions that contribute to the continual push to help BIPOC communities flourish. … read more

Virtualized: The Fervors

Virtualized: The Fervors
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With such an intense emotional descriptor as their band name, The Fervors deliver a unique sound that is just as captivating to listen to. … read more

Film Review: Raya and the Last Dragon

Film Review: Raya and the Last Dragon
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Raya and the Last Dragon is a magical, can’t-miss adventure that’s suitable for everyone while breaking the mold. … read more

 
 
Finding Light In Dark Places: the Film Photography of Yexenia Young

Finding Light In Dark Places: the Film Photography of Yexenia...
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Yexenia Young approaches her photography with a bold creativity and the desire to further each frame into another dimension. … read more

Film Review: Moxie

Film Review: Moxie
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Moxie takes the Mean Girls’ model of “girls can be so awful to each other” and provides an alternative story of sisterhood and empowerment. … read more

Forget the Photography, Remember the Story: For Rick Egan, Photojournalism is About Changing Lives

Forget the Photography, Remember the Story: For Rick Egan, Photojournalism...
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Rick Egan, a staff photographer for The Salt Lake Tribune since 1984, has spent the majority of his life documenting SLC in photographs. … read more

Making a Photograph with Ed Rosenberger

Making a Photograph with Ed Rosenberger
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The title “photographer” is more of a verb than a noun for Ed Rosenberger. It’s a lifelong commitment to learning. … read more

Film Review: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Film Review: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
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The World’s A Little Blurry is a coming-of-age story of Billie Eilish whose overnight rise to superstardom shook the entire music industry. … read more

Jamie A. Kyle’s Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Jamie A. Kyle’s Transfiguration of the Commonplace
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The photography from Salt Lake City–based photographer Jamie A. Kyle is, in her words, the result of “gathering”—lots and lots of it. … read more

Life in Color: Photographer Lirica Castañeda

Life in Color: Photographer Lirica Castañeda
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Lirica Castañeda broadens the meaning of beauty and gives a platform to the narratives of people of color. In the future, she plans to refine her talents. … read more

 
 
Local Music Singles Roundup: March 2021

Local Music Singles Roundup: March 2021
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In this month’s edition of our Local Music Singles Roundup, let local artists remind you that music never dies. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Roberto Valdez

Contributor Limelight: Roberto Valdez

Roberto Valdez has been putting an amazing image behind a story and providing a visual connection for SLUG readers since fall of 2019. … read more

Beer of the Month: Oat Pale Lager

Beer of the Month: Oat Pale Lager
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When we heard about Bewilder Brewing Company’s delicious Oat Pale Lager, just the simple name perked our ears. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Kelly Williams

Contributor Limelight: Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams (aka Bonneville Jones) provides SLUG with an exuberant energy through his stylistic lens to every photo he takes. … read more

Snow Photo Feature: Parker Szumowski

Snow Photo Feature: Parker Szumowski
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Parker Szumowski finding some late light and soft snow in Grand Teton National Park in this stunning capture not to be missed! … read more

Content Shifter: 11 Comedies to Stream on Paramount+

Content Shifter: 11 Comedies to Stream on Paramount+
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Here are 11 more comedies from the ’00s and the ’90s to check out on Paramount+ that you may have missed the first time around. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Shay Despain

Skate Photo Feature: Shay Despain
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My favorite part about this photo of Shay Despain is how the shadow from the overhang on the building frames him. … read more

Mike Brown: Pandemic Anniversary!

Mike Brown: Pandemic Anniversary!
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Quarantine hasn’t been that bad, you just need a positive attitude! Read up on a more optimistic take on COVID in this month’s “Mike Brown.” … read more

 
 
Independence Through Communal Living at The Family Support Center LifeStart Village

Independence Through Communal Living at The Family Support Center LifeStart...
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At the Family Support Center’s LifeStart Village, single-parent families can move from homelessness into a nurturing community. … read more

Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a pretty good film about magnificent talent, corruption and fear-mongering government operations. … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Lux Saint Diamond

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Lux Saint Diamond
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For Lux Saint Diamond, who has been performing since they were 19, drag is healing, strength and individuality. … read more

Review: Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place

Review: Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place
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Through indie-rock and folk-informed songwriting, Katy Kirby offers up the heart on her sleeve and one hell of a debut. … read more

A Tiny Ripple of Hope Brings A Story of Love and Sacrifice to Slamdance

A Tiny Ripple of Hope Brings A Story of Love...
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A Tiny Ripple of Hope is a powerful and emotional new documentary which premiered at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. … read more

Film Review: I Care A Lot

Film Review: I Care A Lot
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I Care A Lot is a gleefully wicked ride that has remarkable chutzpah and deftly zigs every time you think it’s going to zag. … read more

Dickinson: Season Two Has Fun Taking Poetic License With Its Historical Setting 

Dickinson: Season Two Has Fun Taking Poetic License With Its...
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If you like period costume dramas, then Dickinson, might be just the show for you—but it’s certainly not the one you’re expecting it to be … read more

 
 
Film Review: Flora & Ulysses

Film Review: Flora & Ulysses
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Flora & Ulysses isn’t going on a best-of-the-year list, but it’s a welcome family film that adults will even enjoy watching on their own. … read more

It’s not a gallery: The Valentine’s Exhibit

It’s not a gallery: The Valentine’s Exhibit
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The artwork, lighting and steady house music provided a fluid and inviting atmosphere for the It’s not a gallery space.  … read more

Slamdance Film Review: After America

Slamdance Film Review: After America
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Starring real-life criminal justice deescalation workers, After America is so becoming of its drab setting it is barely memorable. … read more

Film Review: Willy’s Wonderland

Film Review: Willy’s Wonderland
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Willy’s Wonderland is not unwatchable, but it’s not even the best new Nicolas Cage movie I’ve seen in the past three weeks. … read more

Review: Wobbly – Popular Monitress

Review: Wobbly – Popular Monitress
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Wobbly = Tujiko Noriko + James Ferraro + Kirby’s Nightmare in Dream Land OST … read more

Film Review: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Film Review: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
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As long as you have at least one person beside you who’s feeling as stupid as you are for laughing, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar is it. … read more

 
 
Film Review: The World To Come

Film Review: The World To Come
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The World to Come explores the question of how one deals with the realities of life versus the expectations of what it’s supposed to be. … read more

Who’s Behind The Music?: An Interview with Evvy Shark

Who’s Behind The Music?: An Interview with Evvy Shark
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Ms. Liza’s Psychic Hotline is a fragile album that makes you feel special and bewildered, as if you’re in someone’s most intimate moment. … read more

Film Review: The Mauritanian

Film Review: The Mauritanian
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The Mauritanian conveys when we talk ourselves into believing that the end justifies the means, we inevitably lose sight of the end itself. … read more

Slamdance Film Review: The Sleeping Negro

Slamdance Film Review: The Sleeping Negro
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Despite attempts to engage in a pressing dialogue, The Sleeping Negro reads as a bunch of ideas—full of potential, but starving for nuance. … read more

Slamdance Film Review: Mia Misses Her Revenge

Slamdance Film Review: Mia Misses Her Revenge
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Mia Misses Her Revenge opens various conversations regarding men and the benefit of having supportive friends helping through bad breakups. … read more

Slamdance Film Review: ISAAC

Slamdance Film Review: ISAAC
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ISAAC is a film that gives you breadcrumbs and allows you to make meaning, and while that might be daunting, that final moment of clarity is worth chasing. … read more

Slamdance Film Review: Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

Slamdance Film Review: Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez
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Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez offers a well-rounded look into the evolution of Spain and how that impacted the world around him. … read more

 
 
Slamdance Film Review: A Family

Slamdance Film Review: A Family
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A Family offers its audience more than enough to chew on with a deep, emotionally sensitive reflection on family and trauma. … read more

Film Review: Minari

Film Review: Minari
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Minari is an emotional and lyrical work of art, and a moving portrait of assimilation and the immigrant experience. … read more

SLUG Style: Memorie Morrison

SLUG Style: Memorie Morrison

Memorie Morrison is a hairstylist, Owner of Central Ninth’s Troubadour salon and she’s known for her band ¡andale!. … read more

Film Review: Malcolm & Marie

Film Review: Malcolm & Marie
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It’s difficult to imagine anyone but people who really like Zendaya and John David Washington making it through Malcolm & Marie. … read more

Film Review: Nomadland

Film Review: Nomadland
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Nomadland is an immersive, cleansing experience that had me captivated from beginning to end, and it’s deserving of the love it’s getting. … read more

Review: Matthew Sweet – Catspaw

Review: Matthew Sweet – Catspaw

Matthew Sweet = Grateful Dead + The Beach Boys + Todd Rundgren … read more

Doula Ashley Finley Leads By Caring For BIPOC Parents’ Spirits

Doula Ashley Finley Leads By Caring For BIPOC Parents’ Spirits
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Finley started Sacred Sister Doula because she says she’d “always felt a calling to help babies, especially Black babies, to be born.” … read more

 
 
Igniting Empathy with An Other Theater Company

Igniting Empathy with An Other Theater Company
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An Other Theater Company focuses on stories of the “othered”—Creating a space that is intersectional and forever adapting. … read more

The Angle of Light: Black Refractions

The Angle of Light: Black Refractions
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Black Refractions speaks to the wide range of experiences that constitute how Blackness exists in our country. … read more

Sundance Film Review: You Wouldn’t Understand

Sundance Film Review: You Wouldn’t Understand
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Trish Harnetiaux’s You Wouldn’t Understand is an unassuming little gem of absurdist comedy that knows exactly what is is. … read more

Cueva Law Firm: A Story of Success

Cueva Law Firm: A Story of Success
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With a focus on family-based immigration, the work Cueva Law Firm does is at once tumultuous, exhausting and rewarding.
… read more

Sundance Film Review: Judas and the Black Messiah

Sundance Film Review: Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah, from director Shaka King (Newlyweeds), showed at the Sundance Film Festival last night and did not disappoint.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Sundance Film Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland
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Prisoners of the Ghostland is a nonsensical mess that had me feeling like one of those characters from a certain era of Bugs Bunny cartoon. … read more

Sundance Film Review: R#J

Sundance Film Review: R#J
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In this retelling of Romeo and Juliet, R#J feels more like a very intriguing experiment than a particularly good film. … read more

Sundace Film Review: Jockey

Sundace Film Review: Jockey
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Jockey is a triumph of melancholy and wistful moments woven together by a skilled director and actor who has never been fully appreciated. … read more

 
 
Sundance Film Review: Marvelous and the Black Hole

Sundance Film Review: Marvelous and the Black Hole
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Kate Tsang’s Marvelous and the Black Hole is by no means terrible, and it kills almost 90 minutes adequately enough. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Mother Schmuckers

Sundance Film Review: Mother Schmuckers
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Mother Schmuckers relishes in the glitching, sometimes senseless approach to collage afforded by the early internet era. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Mass

Sundance Film Review: Mass
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Mass is an uncompromisingly provocative film, one sure to be the subject of discussion if people can steel themselves up to watch it. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Flee

Sundance Film Review: Flee
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 Flee is a magnificent achievement in directing, and a genuine game changer for documentaries as an artform. … read more

Sundance Film Review: On the Count of Three

Sundance Film Review: On the Count of Three
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Jerrod Carmichael’s On the Count of Three is an interesting commentary on the difference between angry self-pity and true mental illness. … read more

Sundance Film Review: How It Ends

Sundance Film Review: How It Ends
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Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein’s pre-apocalyptic How It Ends is slight and forgettable, but it is an enjoyable little excursion. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Coda

Sundance Film Review: Coda
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Coda perfectly encapsulates the idea of challenging narrow viewpoints regrading the ways we communicate, the ways we live and the ways we love. … read more

Education and Inspiration: Blue Sky Institute

Education and Inspiration: Blue Sky Institute
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The Blue Sky Institute uses education and community engagement as the foundation for a wide array of grassroots projects. … read more

 
 
The West View Is You

The West View Is You
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The West View is here as a reminder to all of Salt Lake City that there is a culturally rich and closely knit community that exists here. … read more

Virtualized: Herring

Virtualized: Herring
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The five-member ensemble Herring creates sounds that do not fit into one specific category—a unique separation from genre labeling. … read more

Transformational Activism: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Save the Kids

Transformational Activism: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Save the Kids
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Save the Kids is a national nonprofit devoted to keeping youth from being institutionalized in the carceral system. … read more

Building Rome: Navigating Trans Identity with Natalie Day

Building Rome: Navigating Trans Identity with Natalie Day
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For Natalie Day, building Rome took time. Although she faced challenges, it was overcoming those challenges that have made her who she is. … read more

Virtualized: Ivouries

Virtualized: Ivouries
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Now a fine-tuned four-piece, Ivouries have grounded themselves in an area full of opportunity and astounding local talent. … read more

River Jude August: Gender Actualization in Utah

River Jude August: Gender Actualization in Utah
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River Jude August serves as a leader in the effort to defend gender-expansive rights, championing social justice, growth and change. … read more

PIK2AR: Providing Positive Change for the Pasifika Community

PIK2AR: Providing Positive Change for the Pasifika Community
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PIK2AR works to address domestic violence within the Tongan/Polynesian/Pacific Island community while providing other community programs. … read more

 
 
A Hot Lunch For Cozy Winter Comfort At Hong Kong Tea House

A Hot Lunch For Cozy Winter Comfort At Hong Kong...
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Hong Kong Tea House is a great, local spot for comforting food that will make you smile even on the dreariest of days. … read more

Beer of the Month: This is the Pilsener

Beer of the Month: This is the Pilsener
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Having won awards at several important beer events, This is the Pilsener has a clean taste with hints of sweet bread alongside floral notes. … read more

9th & 9th Book & Music Gallery: The Bookstore in Your Bedroom

9th & 9th Book & Music Gallery: The Bookstore in...
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At 9th & 9th Book & Music Gallery, you can peruse the shelves and while away the hours steeped in books you wouldn’t normally find elsewhere. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Hannah McBeth

Contributor Limelight: Hannah McBeth

With her jubilant and gracious approach to writing, Hannah McBeth has been covering community stories for SLUG Magazine since 2019. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Christan Bourne

Skate Photo Feature: Christan Bourne
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Lots of roll-ups and three tries later, Christian Bourne was celebrating the completion of his newest part in Shit Vortex by Wizard Winn. … read more

Mike Brown: Love Thy Neighbor

Mike Brown: Love Thy Neighbor
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With all the forthcoming evictions this year, I thought I’d write a few words about moving and being a good neighbor. … read more

Snow Photo Feature: Sam Taxwood

Snow Photo Feature: Sam Taxwood
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The Brighton backcountry is legendary in snowboarding. If you have watched a snowboarding movie, you’ve probably seen footage from here. … read more

Local Music Singles Roundup: February 2021

Local Music Singles Roundup: February 2021
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This February, turn toward your ever-reliable music community to help cure the winter blues with tracks from Rainy Dawn, KAL MARA and more. … read more

 
 
Content Shifter: 9 Cyberpunk Movies to Stream

Content Shifter: 9 Cyberpunk Movies to Stream
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Here are nine cyberpunk movies from the 1990s that you should stream that predicted The Future, both boldly and brainlessly. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Morgan Keller

Contributor Limelight: Morgan Keller

Morgan Keller is an invaluable addition to the SLUG team, and we look forward to more of her accomplishments! … read more

Film Review: Supernova

Film Review: Supernova
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Supernova is an absorbing enough trip, even if it doesn’t take us down many roads we haven’t visited before. … read more

Film Review: The Little Things

Film Review: The Little Things
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The Little Things is intriguing, but too grisly for people who don’t get into serial-killer movies, but too tame for those who love them. … read more

Local Review: Portal to the God Damn Blood Dimension – Rotten Fruit; Regular Orchard

Local Review: Portal to the God Damn Blood Dimension –...
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Portal to the God Damn Blood Dimension = Acres + Keaton Henson (Romantic Works) … read more

Film Review: The Dig

Film Review: The Dig
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The Dig is a well-made film that has a lot going for it. If not for the ill-advised deviations, this could have easily been a minor classic. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Violation

Sundance Film Review: Violation
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Violation Directors: Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli DM Films Premiere: 01.31, 10:00 p.m. Streaming on Shudder: 03.25 Content warning: This article  address issues of sexual violence and assault. Please take

“Own the Truth”: An Interview with Knocking’s Frida Kempff and Cecilia Milocco

“Own the Truth”: An Interview with Knocking’s Frida Kempff and...
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Knocking presents a war between Molly’s (Cecilia Milocco) resilience and society’s churn of normalized silencing. … read more

 
 
Sundance Film Review: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Sundance Film Review: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair offers an ode to the internet’s limitlessness, relishing in its complexity and its contradictions. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Playing With Sharks

Sundance Film Review: Playing With Sharks
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Playing with Sharks is so much more than just the latest cash grab on the subject—it’ s a loving tribute to an extraordinary person.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Prime Time

Sundance Film Review: Prime Time
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Prime Time is simply an exceptionally well-crafted and engaging thriller that goes beyond language barriers. … read more

Sundance Film Review: One for the Road

Sundance Film Review: One for the Road
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Baz Poonipiriya’s One for the Road is not without its moments, but it’s irritating, flashy and shallow beyond words, … read more

Sundance Film Review: Hive

Sundance Film Review: Hive
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Hive is a smack in the face that manages to be both devastating and inspiring, as well as profoundly moving.  … read more

Film Review: The White Tiger

Film Review: The White Tiger
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The White Tiger takes on an introspective look at greatness versus goodness and the vast differences between a prosperous life and spirit. … read more

Old Cuss Coffee Gives A Dang

Old Cuss Coffee Gives A Dang
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Brent’Lee K Williams’ eclectic touches make Old Cuss Coffee truck a roving charm in our city that we’re happy to see stick around. … read more

Review: Rhye – Home

Review: Rhye – Home
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Rhye = Elder Island + Robin Thicke (The Evolution Of Robin Thicke era) … read more

 
 
Film Review: Herself

Film Review: Herself
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Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself is a beautiful, sensitive and life-affirming movie that comes with my highest possible recommendation. … read more

Local Review: Victim To None – VTN ’20

Local Review: Victim To None – VTN ’20
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Victim To None = Power Trip ^ The Beautiful Ones + Higher Power … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Lady Façade

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Lady Façade
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A gothic villain one day and a space cowgirl the next, Lady Façade exudes “main character” energy wherever she goes.  … read more

Film Review: Outside the Wire

Film Review: Outside the Wire
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If you’re looking for slam-bang action and you like military thrillers, Mikael Håfström’s Outside the Wire is a fair use of two hours. … read more

Series Review: WandaVision

Series Review: WandaVision
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WandaVision is visionary and an exciting television event that should thrill fans, as long as they are willing to accept something different. … read more

Tradition as a Template: An Interview with Quinton Barnes

Tradition as a Template: An Interview with Quinton Barnes
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Quinton Barnes’ As a Motherfucker is music you can dance to, with a remarkable penchant for emotional honesty. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Locked Down

Film Review: Locked Down
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Locked Down is a unique take on the heist movie, but more than anything, it’s a good relationship dramedy. … read more

Film Review: The Marksman

Film Review: The Marksman
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The Marksman is an above-average but far-below-great January thriller that works because its star and director really sell it. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street

Sundance Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame...
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Street Gang: How We Made It Sesame Street is unforgettable, and it’s more than a film—it’s a living document of the work. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Censor

Sundance Film Review: Censor
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Censor aims to make its audience squirm in their seats, balking at the perversity of their own act of spectating. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Land

Sundance Film Review: Land
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Land is a quiet, introspective and metaphorical film that provides a rewarding experience and a very promising first feature. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Son of Monarchs

Sundance Film Review: Son of Monarchs
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Son of Monarchs explores the warring dichotomy between the sleek, fleeting promises of the modern world and the immoveable beauty of nature. … read more

Cryptozoo Brings a Dash of Imagination to Sundance

Cryptozoo Brings a Dash of Imagination to Sundance
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Prolific in the medium of graphic novels, Dash Shaw views the virtual format of this year’s Sundance festival as well suited to Cryptozoo. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Passing

Sundance Film Review: Passing
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Passing is a striking and provocative first feature that signals the arrival of a major new directing talent. … read more

 
 
Sundance Film Review: I Was a Simple Man

Sundance Film Review: I Was a Simple Man
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Christopher Makoto Yogi’s I Was a Simple Man spreads the fiction of life out into an elegy for a man, a time, a family and a place. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Together Together

Sundance Film Review: Together Together
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Together Together invites the audience to become part of a unique and very memorable character relationship. … read more

Film Review: Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets

Film Review: Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets
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Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets offers nothing of value and will fade from memory quickly, assuming it makes any sort of mark at all. … read more

Virtualized: $liing

Virtualized: $liing
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Piecing sounds together makes music interesting for $liing, who, after four years as a producer, still likes to keep things fresh. … read more

Stylish Smiles: Tooth Art with Middony Roman and Alyssa Vigil

Stylish Smiles: Tooth Art with Middony Roman and Alyssa Vigil
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Belonging to an ancient tradition of self-expression, Tooth Gem Art is rapidly becoming a popular modern practice. … read more

Film Review: Shadow in the Cloud

Film Review: Shadow in the Cloud
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Shadow in the Cloud is a high-flying, popcorn-popping movie that breathes fresh creativity into more than one genre. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Sylvie’s Love

Film Review: Sylvie’s Love
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Sylvie’s Love is old-fashioned in style and tone yet remarkably progressive and has the potential to become a favorite among romance lovers. … read more

Film Review: One Night in Miami…

Film Review: One Night in Miami…
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One Night in Miami is an intellectually and emotionally rewarding film that respects its audience and never talks down to anyone. … read more

Review: claire rousay & more eaze / Wind Tide – Split

Review: claire rousay & more eaze / Wind Tide –...
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claire rousay & more eaze / Wind Tide = crys cole + Takako Saito … read more

Amy Archuleta of Spa Trouvé: Love Yourself by Loving Local

Amy Archuleta of Spa Trouvé: Love Yourself by Loving Local
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Spa Trouvé’s combination of classy branding, exclusive products and effective procedures put them ahead of the beauty industry. … read more

Virtualized: Ben Ra

Virtualized: Ben Ra
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Though there’s no official “hottest in the whole town” award for hip-hop and rap in SLC, Ben Ra is definitely up there. … read more

High Brow with the Brow Frau: Exploring Microblading with Megan Davies

High Brow with the Brow Frau: Exploring Microblading with Megan...
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The world of permanent makeup has enhanced the beauty industry in so many ways, and Megan Davies is at the forefront of her industry. … read more

Everybody Loves Everybody Tattoo

Everybody Loves Everybody Tattoo
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Everybody Tattoo has been a rare studio in offering new opportunities for self-taught artists and creating a safe space for their clients. … read more

You Deserve This: The Salt Lake Barber Company

You Deserve This: The Salt Lake Barber Company
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The Salt Lake Barber Company prides itself on being able to provide nearly any cut a customer wants, whenever they walk into the shop. … read more

 
 
Reciprocal Care: Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare

Reciprocal Care: Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare
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Doubling as a school, a reciprocal exchange of needs and care defines Skinworks and sets it apart from other spa experiences. … read more

Finding a Wilder Flow with Rocky Lavoie

Finding a Wilder Flow with Rocky Lavoie
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WildFlow’s mission is all about deep integration and reconnection with our most native human truths, such as community, grief and relaxation. … read more

From Magic Mountain to the Painted Temple

From Magic Mountain to the Painted Temple
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There are a lot of killer artists along the Wasatch front, but the amount of talent coming from Painted Temple speaks for itself. … read more

Olio Skin & Beard Co.: Building Mindfulness and Self-Care in Sugar House

Olio Skin & Beard Co.: Building Mindfulness and Self-Care in...
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From modest beginnings, Olio Skin & Beard Co. now provides SLC with natural, organic and primarily vegan self-care products. … read more

Mike Brown: Coffee Talk

Mike Brown: Coffee Talk
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In this month’s Mike Brown, “Coffee Talk,” read as Brown celebrates coffee and encourages us all to add liquor into our daily cup of joe. … read more

Livin’ a Pug Life: Groovy Grandma Vibes and Body Positivity with Designer Mirmsy

Livin’ a Pug Life: Groovy Grandma Vibes and Body Positivity...
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A jack-of-all-trades, Mirmsy provides welcome rays of sunshine as you scroll through your Instagram feed with lovable and comforting art. … read more

Pioneers of Piercing-Only Studios: An Interview with Koi

Pioneers of Piercing-Only Studios: An Interview with Koi
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Self-expression in terms of piercing is as simple as wearing a T-shirt, but with quite a bit more permanence. … read more

Creature Comforts and Cozy Nights with Crust Club

Creature Comforts and Cozy Nights with Crust Club
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Crust Club offers a great chance to incorporate home-cooked meals into your week with the ease and convenience of delivery. … read more

 
 
Welcome to Chroma World

Welcome to Chroma World
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Chroma SLC strives to nurture and respect creative expression while providing a safe environment for all, regardless of identity. … read more

Through the Chaos Find Empowerment and Control at IRIS Piercing Studio

Through the Chaos Find Empowerment and Control at IRIS Piercing...
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IRIS Piercing is dedicated to making sure every person who walks through their doors feels comfortable and empowered. … read more

Transgender Health Program at the University of Utah

Transgender Health Program at the University of Utah
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The Transgender Health Program at the University of Utah provides a safe space for identity-affirming body transformations. … read more

Cake Hair Salon: Great Hair is a Piece of Cake

Cake Hair Salon: Great Hair is a Piece of Cake
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Cake Hair Salon offers an inclusive environment that specializes in the art of styling and self-expression. … read more

Snow Photo Feature: Griffin Siebert

Snow Photo Feature: Griffin Siebert
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Griffin Siebert makes use of some LCC steeps in the Wasatch backcountry. Another amazing shot from the incredible Jack Dawe @wjackdawe! … read more

Contributor Limelight: Dave Crespo

Contributor Limelight: Dave Crespo

A reliable and joyous force, SLUG is ever thankful for Distro Driver and Brand Ambassador Dave Crespo’s work on our team. … read more

 
 
Double Bubble, Toil & Dragons: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything D&D Sourcebook in Review

Double Bubble, Toil & Dragons: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything D&D...
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Though it’s an unassuming, slim manual, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything has a lot to offer both players and Dungeon Masters alike. … read more

Content Shifter: 10 Best New Series of 2020

Content Shifter: 10 Best New Series of 2020
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It’s not time to flush 2020 just yet: Entertainment critics must weigh in with their picks for the best new series of the year. … read more

Local Music Singles Roundup: January 2021

Local Music Singles Roundup: January 2021
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In the January edition of our monthly Local Music Singles Roundup, find reviews of tracks that span the gamut. … read more

Beer of the Month: Carcosa

Beer of the Month: Carcosa
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Once Proper Brewing Co. releases it, Carcosa is a beer you won’t want to miss the experience of tasting throughout the year. … read more

SLUG Style: Emmaly Anderson

SLUG Style: Emmaly Anderson

Emmaly Anderson is a local musician who does vocals for powerviolence band NARC and works for buy-sell-trade clothing shop Pib’s X-Change. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Patrick Gibbs

Contributor Limelight: Patrick Gibbs

For his unshakable tenacity and colorful voice, SLUG is honored to count Film Writer Patrick Gibbs among our ranks. … read more

Film Review: The Dissident

Film Review: The Dissident
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The Dissident is an important reminder of one of the most troubling chapters in the story of U.S. foreign policy over the past four years. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Shylio Sweat

Skate Photo Feature: Shylio Sweat
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If you get a chance, get down to the SLC police station and have a sesh. Give CJ Anderson a call and make it a photoshoot too! … read more

 
 
The Top 11 Films of 2020

The Top 11 Films of 2020
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Feel free to disagree with this list. I may not even agree with myself when I look back on it, but here it is just the same, presented in alphabetical order. … read more

Review: secat – fun at the boardwalk!

Review: secat – fun at the boardwalk!
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secat = Sweet Valley x WΔll Flowers (Subliminal Romance Part II) … read more

Review: Cobra Kai: Season 3

Review: Cobra Kai: Season 3
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Cobra Kai: Season 3 is a blast of nostalgia mixed with self-aware cheesiness that furthers the growth of the original and new characters. … read more

Film Review: Pieces of a Woman

Film Review: Pieces of a Woman
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There are few sequences can match the intensity of the first 30 minutes of Pieces of a Woman—unfortunately, what follows is a tedious drag. … read more

Film Review: Greenland

Film Review: Greenland
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Greenland is the newest “object hurtling toward earth” movie, and it reminds audiences how loosely “entertainment” can be applied to a film. … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Ya-Ya Fairley

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Ya-Ya Fairley
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Ya-Ya Fairley uses dance to highlight the dark and the light. As a Black trans-femme person, she’s connected to hyper-marginalized bodies. … read more

Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984
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With its dazzling action sequences and strong performances, Wonder Woman 1984 is worth the wait and will be a real treat for fans. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Promising Young Woman

Film Review: Promising Young Woman
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Promising Young Woman is one of the smartest, boldest and most elegantly crafted screenplays in recent memory. … read more

Wolfwalkers (Literally) Draws Upon Irish History and Folklore To Tell A Great Story

Wolfwalkers (Literally) Draws Upon Irish History and Folklore To Tell...
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Wolfwalkers is a must see and uses traditional 2D animation, in an eye-popping, stylized approach that resembles soft watercolors. … read more

Film Review: Soul

Film Review: Soul
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Soul comes with a strong message that life is a gift not to be taken lightly, and you should not just do what you love, but love what you do. … read more

Interview + Premiere: A/C Repair School – “lá vem”

Interview + Premiere: A/C Repair School – “lá vem”
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The debut record from A/C Repair School, Órfãs, exists in a singular dream world built on founding principles of openness and exploration. … read more

SLUG Style: FICE X UMOCA – The Limited Collaboration Uplifting Artistic Communities 

SLUG Style: FICE X UMOCA – The Limited Collaboration Uplifting...
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In the true spirit of their harmonious existence, FICE and UMOCA have collaborated on a limited-capsule clothing line. … read more

Film Review: All My Life

Film Review: All My Life
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A movie that purports to be a “true story” shouldn’t be clear cut, but All My Life doesn’t take place in anything resembling real life. … read more

Film Review: Fatale

Film Review: Fatale
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With Fatale, director Deon Taylor has lazily slopped Fatal Attraction and Strangers on a Train into a blender and hit purée. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Film Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
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Much like the very best music, Geroge C. Wolfe’s adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a whirlwind of emotions. … read more

Film Review: News of the World

Film Review: News of the World
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Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass’ News of the World is a testament to the power of the movies to take us on an epic journey. … read more

Film Review: The Midnight Sky

Film Review: The Midnight Sky
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The Midnight Sky is not without its strengths. George Clooney stars as an astronomer after earth has been devastated by a catastrophe. … read more

Film Review: WIld Mountain Thyme

Film Review: WIld Mountain Thyme
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Wild Mountain Thyme is a pleasant diversion, and it’s just cute and charming enough to overcome its flimsy storytelling most of the time. … read more

Local Review: Kira – Gag Order

Local Review: Kira – Gag Order
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Gag Order = Trash Talk (Eyes & Nines-era) + Ceremony (Scared People-era) … read more

 
 
Film Review: Girl

Film Review: Girl

Girl is a lurid, pulpy and shockingly lazy exploitation flick, and it’s a flimsy and inept attempt at schlocky ’70s grindhouse cinema. … read more

Local Review: Muzzle Tung – Gannet

Local Review: Muzzle Tung – Gannet
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Muzzle Tung = Post–Chelsea Girl Nico x (Rangers + Pocahaunted) … read more

FIlm Review: Ammonite

FIlm Review: Ammonite
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Ammonite is slickly done, and worth the investment of time if you’re a serious fan of either or both of the accomplished leading ladies. … read more

Film Review: The Prom

Film Review: The Prom
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It’s not perfect, but The Prom is a rousingly enjoyable romp that tugs at the heartstrings and presents a very worthwhile message … read more

Film Review: The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Film Review: The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
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The bad news is that The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone doesn’t succeed in turning The Godfather, Part III into a great film. … read more

Top 5 Electronic Albums that All Sound the Same: Nicolas Jaar – Cenizas

Top 5 Electronic Albums that All Sound the Same: Nicolas...
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Nicolas Jaar =  (Caterina Barbieri + Pantha Du Prince) x Arthur Russell (World of Echo) … read more

 
 
Top 5 Indie Rock Albums for Locking Yourself In Your Room Because It’s All Just Too Much: Young Jesus – Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Top 5 Indie Rock Albums for Locking Yourself In Your...
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Young Jesus = Pile + Horse Jumper of Love + Radiohead’s OK Computer … read more

Content Shifter: 11 Adult Swim Xmas Episodes

Content Shifter: 11 Adult Swim Xmas Episodes
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For this month’s “Content Shifter,” Here are 11 of the best Xmas episodes from Adult Swim to stream between eggnog blackouts. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Austin Beck-Doss

Contributor Limelight: Austin Beck-Doss

Whether behind the scenes or out on the front lines, SLUG is thrilled and honored to have Austin Beck-Doss as a force on our Editorial team. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Mason McFarland

Contributor Limelight: Mason McFarland

Joining the SLUG team in 2019 as a Contributing Videographer, Mason McFarland has played an important part in documenting SLUG’s events. … read more

Defining Time with Growing Rocks by Brad Evan Taylor

Defining Time with Growing Rocks by Brad Evan Taylor
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The uniqueness of Brad Evan Taylor’s Growing Rocks relies on the relationship between time, nature and our own knowledge. … read more

 
 
Snow Photo Feature: Dominik Wagner

Snow Photo Feature: Dominik Wagner
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In this months “Snow Photo Feature,” featuring Dominik Wagner, a classic spot with a timeless trick makes for a classy guy. … read more

Three Pines Coffee and District Coffee Co.: Preserving Community in the COVID-19 Era

Three Pines Coffee and District Coffee Co.: Preserving Community in...
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Three Pines Coffee and District Coffee Co. are among the many local businesses that have found creative ways to weather the pandemic. … read more

Local Music Singles Roundup: December 2020

Local Music Singles Roundup: December 2020
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Here, find four reviews of new singles from local artists, a set of music that showcases the breadth of our state’s artistic offerings. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Isaiah Sanchez

Skate Photo Feature: Isaiah Sanchez
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When the photos come out like this photo of Isaiah Sanchez, it has CJ Anderson getting excited to go out and shoot photos again! … read more

Mike Brown: Walmart, Y’all!

Mike Brown: Walmart, Y’all!
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Since this is a local-business issue for SLUG, Mike Brown thought it would be best if he would write about why not to spend time at Walmart. … read more

Beer of the Month: Sierra Nevada Narwhal 2020

Beer of the Month: Sierra Nevada Narwhal 2020
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When it comes to “stout season,” Sierra Nevada’s annual release of their Narwhal imperial stout is something we like to pick up every year. … read more

Oasis Games: A Smorgasbord of Board Games

Oasis Games: A Smorgasbord of Board Games
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Oasis Games Owner and Director Alex Sittner talks what board games offer during the darker months and which games you can pick up at Oasis. … read more

For the Love of Print: Half Pint Studio

For the Love of Print: Half Pint Studio
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Owned and operated by Allison and Skye Bitzer, Half Pint Studio is the definition of a modern ma-and-pa local print shop. … read more

 
 
Tailored Design: Himalayan Arts

Tailored Design: Himalayan Arts
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Nestled in historic Trolley Square, Himalayan Arts is a reflection of Yeshi Shekhang and both her Tibetan and Indian heritage. … read more

SLFS@Home: The Digital Arthouse Theater

SLFS@Home: The Digital Arthouse Theater
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SLFS@Home replicates the authentic arthouse experience, complete with concessions packages that can be picked up curbside from Broadway. … read more

A Little of a Lot at Central Book Exchange

A Little of a Lot at Central Book Exchange
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Community-building and heart-to-heart interactions that take place within the store are the all-important essence of Central Book Exchange. … read more

The Stockist: Quality Over Quantity

The Stockist: Quality Over Quantity
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It’s the what, the how and the where of what they sell that creates the value of The Stockist and shopping local as a whole. … read more

Eating Fast, Casually and Deliciously at Real Taqueria

Eating Fast, Casually and Deliciously at Real Taqueria
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Next time a Mexican-food craving hits, stop at Real Taqueria, perfect for a Saturday picnic that is both low-key and a pleasure to eat. … read more

Film Review: Sound of Metal

Film Review: Sound of Metal
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Sound of Metal plays things too safely to realize its full potential, but it could have been something really special. … read more

Local Review: Joel Willes – Ambition and Glory

Local Review: Joel Willes – Ambition and Glory
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Joel Willes = King Dude + Amigo The Devil + Hiss Golden Messenger … read more

Film Review: I’m Your Woman

Film Review: I’m Your Woman
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Directed by Julia Hart and starring Rachel Brosnahan, I’m Your Woman is one of the best character-based thrillers to come along in a while. … read more

 
 
Virtualized: Thunderfist

Virtualized: Thunderfist
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Despite 2020 putting physical concerts on hold, Thunderfist are looking to the future and hoping to share more memories with fans virtually. … read more

Virtualized: Fat Candice

Virtualized: Fat Candice
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The process of coming up with new material is different for everyone, but Rob Alvord of Fat Candice says it’s important to stay humble. … read more

Consume With Care: Shop Sustainably with Animalia

Consume With Care: Shop Sustainably with Animalia
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As sustainability becomes increasingly vital, Animalia recognizes a push for a more environmentally centered community in Salt Lake. … read more

Winter Tentacles: Clever Octopus’ “Not Yo’ Mama’s Winter Market”

Winter Tentacles: Clever Octopus’ “Not Yo’ Mama’s Winter Market”
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One would expect nothing less than Not Yo’ Mama’s Winter Market from an organization that values creative adaptability above all else. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Local Artist Sticker Machine

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Local Artist Sticker Machine
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Local Artist Sticker Machine, founded by Natalie Allsup-Edwards, provides a fun, bite-sized way to support your local arts community. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Yellow Yarrow Apothecary

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Yellow Yarrow Apothecary
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With seasonal stress looming over us, refuge can be found in Yellow Yarrow Apothecary’s products that aid in relaxation and self-care. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: BE:LIGHT Candle Co.

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: BE:LIGHT Candle Co.
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The BE:LIGHT Candle Co. create products that serve as both a physical and symbolic embodiment of a shared communal message. … read more

 
 
Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Gloss + Shimmer

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Gloss + Shimmer
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As if Morgan Rhyan of Gloss + Shimmer’s work isn’t potent enough, it’s also empowered by a mission to provide accessible art to everyone. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Wave Coffee

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Wave Coffee
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Wave Coffee offers a to-your-door coffee-bean subscription service, stocking customers with high-quality brew without any hassle. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Davin Abegg Design

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Davin Abegg Design
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When brainstorming gifts, consider giving a gift that says “I like your face” with a commissioned portrait from Davin Abegg Design. … read more

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Glitter Ransom

Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses: Glitter Ransom
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Adorned with all manner of pop culture icons and sly references, Glitter Ransom products embody a love of all things cheesy and wonderful. … read more

Sheer Ambrosia: The Art of Baklava with Rita Magalde

Sheer Ambrosia: The Art of Baklava with Rita Magalde
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“Baklava isn’t just a food—it’s art,” Rita Magalde, Owner of Sheer Ambrosia, says. “I enjoy presentation beyond taste.” … read more

A Communal Cure: Peasantries + Pleasantries

A Communal Cure: Peasantries + Pleasantries
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More than just musical enjoyment, Parker Yates finds that the sounds stocked at his Peasantries + Pleasantries shop serve a special purpose. … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: The Stunning Space Clown Luna Slipstream

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: The Stunning Space Clown...
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Luna Slipstream’s aesthetic transformed from conventional makeup and rock n’ roll costumes to “stupid fashion and full-blown clowning.” … read more

 
 
Local Review: Scouty – Erasing Elation

Local Review: Scouty – Erasing Elation
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Scouty = Machine Gun Kelly + Dashboard Confessional + Angels & Airwaves … read more

Film Review: The Croods: A New Age

Film Review: The Croods: A New Age
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On the whole, The Croods: A New Age is good fun, even if it’s a lesser sequel, but it isn’t a must-see-in-a-theater event. … read more

Film Review: The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Film Review: The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
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Chris Columbus’ The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two is the epitome of the go-big-or-go-home Hollywood sequel. … read more

Film Review: Rebecca

Film Review: Rebecca
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Rebecca is is slavishly faithful, beautifully photographed and so completely and perplexingly devoid any good reason to exist. … read more

Film Review: Run

Film Review: Run
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Run is for those looking for a skillfully executed nail biter, but it’s a recommendation that comes with a nice big warning label. … read more

A Loving Cowboy: Jordan Reyes on Sand Like Stardust

A Loving Cowboy: Jordan Reyes on Sand Like Stardust
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On Sand Like Stardust, Jordan Reyes reframes the myths of the American cowboy and charts a musical journey set to the cycles of rebirth. … read more

Film Review: Mank

Film Review: Mank
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Mank is a masterful film. It’s about power, the creative process, and the constant struggle of how we each view ourselves. … read more

 
 
Series review: Animaniacs

Series review: Animaniacs
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Animaniacs was without a doubt the most cerebral, zany, imaginative and bizarre thing to hit the world of daytime cartoons in … well, ever. … read more

Local Review: Nick Simone – The Acid Prophet Pt. 1

Local Review: Nick Simone – The Acid Prophet Pt. 1
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Nick Simone = Ultravox (Systems of Romance) + Doon Kanda + Avey Tare (Down There) … read more

Film Review: Come Away

Film Review: Come Away
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Come Away is the cinematic equivalent of a burnt, frozen, reheated casserole made up of stale ingredients that don’t compliment each other. … read more

Jazzy Olivo En Vivo!: Excellence in the Community Virtual Concert

Jazzy Olivo En Vivo!: Excellence in the Community Virtual Concert
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Don’t miss Jazzy Olivo and her United Nations band live on the Excellence in The Community Facebook page on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., MDT. … read more

Film Review: Dreamland

Film Review: Dreamland
By

Dreamland is a mediocre drama that needed a good deal more creative development put into it before the cameras started rolling. … read more

Film Review: The Life Ahead

Film Review: The Life Ahead
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In The Life Ahead, Loren plays Madame Rosa, a holocaust survivor and former sex worker in the port city of Bari in Puglia, Italy. … read more

Supporting Local with Ogden Restaurant Week

Supporting Local with Ogden Restaurant Week
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As local restaurants close their doors due to the strain of the pandemic, Ogden Restaurant Week becomes increasingly important. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Freaky

Film Review: Freaky
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Freaky is just fresh enough to click, and if you are a slasher movie fan or enjoying making fun of them, you’ll definitely want to check it out. … read more

Interview + Premiere: Don’t Do It Neil – I WANNA SEE WHAT DEATH IS LIKE

Interview + Premiere: Don’t Do It Neil – I WANNA...

Don’t do it, Neil’s I WANNA SEE WHAT DEATH IS LIKE, presents Mabel Harper’s unique vision in its most thrilling and moving form to date. … read more

Film Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Film Review: Hillbilly Elegy
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Hillbilly Elegy Director: Ron Howard Imagine Entertainment In Theaters: 11.11 Streaming on Netflix: 11.24 A few years ago, I took a trip to North Carolina to help my brother shoot

Series Review: Dash & Lily

Series Review: Dash & Lily
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The new Christmas-themed miniseries Dash & Lily is a sweet, endearing and funny romcom that is filled with Christmas cheer. … read more

Review: Hausu Mountain in October

Review: Hausu Mountain in October
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Two new Hausu Mountain releases from Bbsitters Club and Nonlocal Forecast thrive in their inventive recapitulations of the past. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Film Review: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a vibrant and joyful holiday experience. It’s energetic, fun and made with heartfelt good intentions. … read more

Local Review: Villain – ACT III – The Getaway

Local Review: Villain – ACT III – The Getaway
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Villain = Bring Me The Horizon (pre-Sempiternal) + As I Lay Dying … read more

A Giving Culture: Fashion Designer Afa Ah Loo Encourages Sharing Your Art

A Giving Culture: Fashion Designer Afa Ah Loo Encourages Sharing...
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Fashion Designer Afa Ah Loo creates art as an extension of who he is, while noting that art is there to move people to be better. … read more

Demanding Industries and Underrated Historical Relics: Esko Type Foundry

Demanding Industries and Underrated Historical Relics: Esko Type Foundry
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Peter Esko’s decades of design experience, historical affinity and creative curiosity led him to establish the Esko Type Foundry. … read more

Film Review: Jungleland

Film Review: Jungleland
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Jungleland has a strong enough formula to go down easily, but it’s a shame that it ended up as an example of “making movies of other movies.” … read more

Art for Abolition: Local Propagandists

Art for Abolition: Local Propagandists
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It’s this sense of community connection—more than the pride of individual creation—that drives Local Propagandists in all that they do. … read more

Takeout Picnic With Diversion: Tacos, Fries and Everything Nice

Takeout Picnic With Diversion: Tacos, Fries and Everything Nice
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All in all, Diversion Eatery is a great takeout spot with excellent service and an easy online-ordering system. … read more

Design Brain: Plastic Attack and Yeehaw Studio

Design Brain: Plastic Attack and Yeehaw Studio
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During work or play, on and off the clock, Erik DeWaal (of Plastic Attack) and McKenzie Wallace (of Yeehaw Studio) have design on the brain. … read more

 
 
Virtualized: Josaleigh Pollett

Virtualized: Josaleigh Pollett
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Josaleigh Pollett and her team have managed to achieve an indie-rock-folk fusion sound that’s smashing and layered with intensity. … read more

Not Lost in Translation: Sor Juana Poetry and Art Celebration

Not Lost in Translation: Sor Juana Poetry and Art Celebration
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The Sor Juana Poetry and Art Contest awards ceremony was a revel in deep emotions and a presentation of atavistic and personal history.  … read more

Review: Woven in – Profess

Review: Woven in – Profess
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Woven In = Depeche Mode + Nine Inch Nails + Hunting Dog … read more

SLUG Style: Zoe Love

SLUG Style: Zoe Love
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This month’s “SLUG Style” features Zoe Love, a jeweler, creative and designer. Her designs can be found on Big Cartel. … read more

Film Review: Let Him Go

Film Review: Let Him Go
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Let Him Go is not a movie for all audiences, and it’s not to be confused with great art, but it is a skillfully executed western. … read more

Welcome to the Club: An Interview with Far Out Cassette Club

Welcome to the Club: An Interview with Far Out Cassette...
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In our digital age, one would think physical music is no longer vital, but Nick Anderson of Far Out Cassette Club argues otherwise. … read more

Film Review: Holidate

Film Review: Holidate
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Though Holidate has a good base premise, its many attempts to run itself as a “adult” comedy turn it into a butter knife with jagged teeth. … read more

 
 
Surmise Clothing Company: Justice Through Paradox

Surmise Clothing Company: Justice Through Paradox
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Surmise Clothing Company describes itself as an anarchist collective aiming to express radical ideas through T-shirt and fashion design. … read more

Everything Again: Nate Williams and the Illustration of Life

Everything Again: Nate Williams and the Illustration of Life
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Nate Williams sees today’s world as one rife in creative possibility, and his passion for creativity is wide-ranging and infectious. … read more

Virtualized: Marny Proudfit

Virtualized: Marny Proudfit
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Marny Proudfit and her team poured so much into the record that she felt it needed much more time to give it the release that it deserved. … read more

Sit Down and Gather ‘Round: Colby Wade Carper of Salted Grain

Sit Down and Gather ‘Round: Colby Wade Carper of Salted...
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Colby Wade Carper of Salted Grain thinks of building and designing furniture as a way to express himself—his art is where memories are made. … read more

Sit Down and Gather ‘Round: Justin Brown of Justin Brown Designs

Sit Down and Gather ‘Round: Justin Brown of Justin Brown...
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Designer and craftsman Justin Brown of Justin Brown Designs seeks to merge practicality with beauty in the chairs he creates. … read more

BMX Photo Feature: Mike Mastroni

BMX Photo Feature: Mike Mastroni
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In the latest “BMX Photo Feature,” Mike Mastroni snuck in an elusive full-pipe mission in the vast wasteland of the valley. … read more

Hot Slice Design Studio: One Piece of the Pie

Hot Slice Design Studio: One Piece of the Pie
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With Hot Slice Design, Alli VanKleeck Recognizes the symbolism behind the idea of a slice being just “one piece of the pie.” … read more

 
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Hog: FULL HOG ACCESS

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hog: FULL...
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FULL HOG ACCESS premiered a pair of oil paintings Tucker White and Jason Dickerson had each made depicting one another nude together. … read more

Review: Ghostemane – ANTI-ICON

Review: Ghostemane – ANTI-ICON
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Ghostemane = $uicide Boy$ + Slipknot / Marilyn Manson^Nine Inch Nails + Harms Way  … read more

A Show For a Cause: Salt Lake Community Bail Fund hosts a Virtual Halloween Variety Show

A Show For a Cause: Salt Lake Community Bail Fund...
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In an effort to raise money for local bail funds, Salt Lake Community Bail Fund is hosting a Virtual Halloween Variety Show and auction. … read more

16 Streaming Halloween Treats You Get for Staying Home This Year

16 Streaming Halloween Treats You Get for Staying Home This...
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Here are 16 movies streaming across a variety of platforms, perfect for the Halloween season and catering to a variety of tastes. … read more

Beer of the Month: Oh-J

Beer of the Month: Oh-J
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Lone Pine Brewing’s Oh-J pours like a classic New England IPA—murky and unfiltered with a natural haze and a fluffy, white head. … read more

Mike Brown: NBA Bubble Trouble!

Mike Brown: NBA Bubble Trouble!
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The NBA took a bold step and decided to stop the season right when the Billy Ray Virus hit and shut shit down faster than a rabbit in heat. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Sarah Nagel

Contributor Limelight: Sarah Nagel

Design Intern Sarah Nagel has made her mark on each issue of SLUG with her inventive and eye-grabbing layout designs since May of this year. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: John Quezada

Skate Photo Feature: John Quezada
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As John Quezada started to throw up this crailslide at SoJo, the stars seemed to have aligned, and that feeling of pure joy swept over me. … read more

 
 
Snow Photo Feature: Jeff Richards

Snow Photo Feature: Jeff Richards
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Jeff Richards making a case for Utah’s claim to the “Greatest Snow on Earth®” on the northern side of Little Cottonwood Canyon, December 2019. … read more

Local Music Singles Roundup: November 2020

Local Music Singles Roundup: November 2020
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As an addition to SLUG’s coverage of EPs and albums, find here reviews on new singles from artists strewn throughout the Beehive State. … read more

Content Shifter: 11 New Series to Stream in November

Content Shifter: 11 New Series to Stream in November
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For this month’s Content Shifter, here are 11 series premiering in November to enjoy (or tolerate) in the bunker. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Ryan Peck

Contributor Limelight: Ryan Peck

Beloved events such as SLUG Localized would not have the response they do without the hard work of Ad Designers such as Ryan Peck. … read more

Film Review: The Witches

Film Review: The Witches
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Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches casts a magical spell, delivering plenty of big thrills and big action sequences on a mouse-sized scale. … read more

Series Review: The Queen’s Gambit

Series Review: The Queen’s Gambit
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The Queen’s Gambit is, in a nutshell, great television that should be remembered when next year’s Emmy Awards roll around. … read more

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Rose Nylon, A 24-Karat Queen

Bold & Beautiful – SLUG LGBTQ+: Rose Nylon, A 24-Karat...
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Rose Nylon is a beautiful queen, a well-spoken and confident individual, a talented artist and a true, gilded goddess of Salt Lake City. … read more

 
 
Review: Adrianne Lenker – instrumentals

Review: Adrianne Lenker – instrumentals
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Adrianne Lenker = claire rousay + Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing + Anne Guthrie … read more

Film Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Film Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a constant tug-of-war between comic genius and lowbrow stupidity, often at the same time. … read more

Review: Adrianne Lenker – songs

Review: Adrianne Lenker – songs
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Adrianne Lenker = Elliott Smith + Angel Olsen + Mimicking Birds … read more

Review: Butcher Brown – #KingButch

Review: Butcher Brown – #KingButch
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Butcher Brown = The James Hunter Six + Olympians + Blue Lab Beats … read more

Film Review: Happiest Season

Film Review: Happiest Season
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Happiest Season is both a great Christmas classic and a ten-best-of-the-year candidate, which is rare indeed. … read more

Film Review: 2 Hearts

Film Review: 2 Hearts
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To call 2 Hearts the worst film of the year feels like elevating it to a level of legitimacy that the film just doesn’t deserve. … read more

The Dad Horse Experience – Eating Meatballs…

The Dad Horse Experience – Eating Meatballs…
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Dad Horse Experience = (Will Sheff + Pete Seeger) / Thom Yorke
… read more

 
 
Still, Almost With You: The Church Return to SLC in Support of an Excellent New Release

Still, Almost With You: The Church Return to SLC in...
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2017 gives us Man Woman Life Death Infinity, a gorgeous album that liberally references The Church’s past phases. … read more

Fooling Around With Food @ The Leonardo

Fooling Around With Food @ The Leonardo
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I spent my April Fools’ Day with a four-course meal of creatively conceived dishes at The Leonardo’s Fooling Around With Food event. — SLUG Mag … read more

Review: Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m a Witch Too

Review: Yoko Ono – Yes, I’m a Witch Too
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Yoko Ono, the frontier pushing, primal screaming, infinitely supreme goddess has given us an album thats worth boldly slipping into our party playlists, discussing relentlessly with near and distant relations, and passing out to basically anyone with at least on hand and two ears. … read more

Review: Yuck – Stranger Things

Review: Yuck – Stranger Things
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Stranger Things does maintain the tangy sweetness in both slower, lighter songs and the harder, grungier ones that have always been present in Yuck’s music. … read more

Review: Wild Nothing – Life of Pause

Review: Wild Nothing – Life of Pause
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Wild Nothing Life of Pause Captured Tracks Street: 02.19 Wild Nothing = Toro y Moi + Beach House There is already a hype around Life of Pause with each pre-released

Review: Winkie – Come to My Party

Review: Winkie – Come to My Party
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Winkie describe their music as the sound of drowning, imagery reflected on the cover of their second full-length album. Come To My Party is an invitation. It’s definitely not an invitation to a party with balloons and frosted cakes with kids from school giving you hastily bought presents from the thrift store. This party is more like a meat grinder with strobe lights. … read more

Review: Victims – Sirens

Review: Victims – Sirens

Victims = Discharge + From Ashes Rise + Disfear
… read more

 
 
Review: The Wakedead Gathering – Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre

Review: The Wakedead Gathering – Fuscus: Strings of the Black...
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The Wakedead Gathering Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre I, Voidhanger Records Street: 2.05 The Wakedead Gathering = early Katatonia + Repulsion x Godflesh The band name completely threw me

Review: The Coathangers — The Devil You Know

Review: The Coathangers — The Devil You Know
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Needless to say I am “hooked” on The Coathanger’s The Devil You Know. It got me like a Little Ceasar’s pizza—hot n’ ready for more. … read more

Review: TEEN – Love Yes

Review: TEEN – Love Yes
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TEEN Love Yes Carpark Street: 02.19 TEEN = St. Vincent x Chairlift Love Yes, TEEN’s third album, finds the female quartet swimming in similar waters as their contemporaries, making big,

 
 
Review: Swans – The Glowing Man

Review: Swans – The Glowing Man
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Swans = Jesus thrashing the tables in the Temple + Howling Wolf + Art Ensemble of Chicago … read more

Review: Sorcier des Glaces – North

Review: Sorcier des Glaces – North
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This Québécois group has had something special and unique going on since the ’90s, and despite being underground in most regards, they’ve never put out a mediocre album. I first heard them through their split with Monarque, another under appreciated yet highly skilled and awesome band from the same side of our Northern neighboring country. Have Sorcier des Glaces lost their touch of frosty, sinister, Canadian black metal with this album, you ask? … read more

Review: Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant/Karkhana With Nadah El Shazly – Carte Blanche

Review: Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant/Karkhana With Nadah...
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Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant/Karkhana With Nadah El Shazly = Mary Halverson’s Code Girl + Derek Bailey … read more

Review: Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty First Century

Review: Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from...
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Other points of interest from Shock and Awe are the exploration of the Theatre of the Ridiculous and late glam’s fascination with authoritarian themes. … read more

Review: Shana Cleveland: Night of the Worm Moon

Review: Shana Cleveland: Night of the Worm Moon
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Shana Cleveland = Alice Coltrane + Sun Ra + Octavia E. Butler … read more

 
 
Review: Pinkshinyultrablast – Grandfeathered

Review: Pinkshinyultrablast – Grandfeathered
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Russian shoegazers Pinkshinyultrablast have quickly followed up on last year’s debut, Everything Else Matters, with Grandfeathered, an album that races off into the same horizon that the prior did. … read more

Review: PEARS – Green Star

Review: PEARS – Green Star
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PEARS = (Thought Riot x early Thrice)/AFI + Gorilla Biscuits + A Wilhelm Scream … read more

Review: Nilüfer Yanya – Miss Universe

Review: Nilüfer Yanya – Miss Universe

Nilüfer Yanya = Le Tigre + Toro Y Moi + Sonic Youth … read more

 
 
Review: Mothers – When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Review: Mothers – When You Walk A Long Distance You...
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When You Walk is achingly good: the pierced-heart, splintered-bone, blurred-eyes kind of good. That it is only Mothers’ first full-length album is a wonder. … read more

Review: Mean Jeans – Tight New Dimension

Review: Mean Jeans – Tight New Dimension
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Mean Jeans = ’80s Ramones x (Teenage Bottlerocket + toyGuitar) ^ Screeching Weasel
… read more

Review: M83 – Junk

Review: M83 – Junk
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M83 = Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming ^ (Tangerine Dream x George Michael x Mister Rogers)
… read more

 
 
Film Review: The Doorman

Film Review: The Doorman
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If you like urban thrillers and haven’t seen Die Hard, you can rent it for less than you’d pay for the meager wannabe The Doorman. … read more

Film Review: Honest Thief

Film Review: Honest Thief
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Honest Thief isn’t anything to get too excited about, but it’s just fun and diverting enough to be a step up for Liam Neeson’s career in popcorn thrillers. … read more

The Interpretation of AMERICAN DREAMS

The Interpretation of AMERICAN DREAMS
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AMERICAN DREAMS is perhaps, one of the most important plays I’ve seen to date, and it should be shown in cities all around the U.S. … read more

Film Review: The Kid Detective

Film Review: The Kid Detective
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Director Evan Morgan’s The Kid Detective is hard to recommend but impossible to dismiss, and it’s one of the most unique movies of the year. … read more

Film Review: Love and Monsters

Film Review: Love and Monsters
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When it comes to living through COVID-19, especially for those of us who are feeling very aware that we are single, Love and Monsters represents us. … read more

SLDW 2020: Why Design is an Essential Job

SLDW 2020: Why Design is an Essential Job
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Urban Ecology master’s student Taylor Maguire led Oct. 5’s timely “Why Design is an Essential Job” discussion for Salt Lake Design Week 2020. … read more

 
 
Local Review: Paul Jacobsen And The Madison Arm

Local Review: Paul Jacobsen And The Madison Arm
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Paul Jacobsen And The Madison Arm = Patterson Hood + Hiss Golden Messenger … read more

Learning to Solve Mysteries and Problems with Sesame Workshop on Apple TV+

Learning to Solve Mysteries and Problems with Sesame Workshop on...
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Sesame Workshop has been at the forefront of education for decades, and when partnered with AppleTV, the potential for innovative edutainment is limitless. … read more

Mind your Music: Welcome to HUM-TV

Mind your Music: Welcome to HUM-TV
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HUM-TV, the Salt Lake City Public Library’s new local music show presents as a “public access–meets–MTV format.” … read more

Film Review: Over the Moon

Film Review: Over the Moon
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Over the Moon is a triumphant debut feature. This is a family movie to be celebrated and enjoyed, so get the kids together for movie night and settle in. … read more

Film Review: The War with Grandpa

Film Review: The War with Grandpa
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The War with Grandpa is a tired, lazy and stupid comedy. It isn’t a contender for worst movie of the year, but that’s about as much praise as I can muster. … read more

Film Review: On the Rocks

Film Review: On the Rocks
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On The Rocks is Sofia Coppola’s overall best film in quite a long time, and it ranks right up there among her best works ever. … read more

 
 
Review: Ossemaan – Dream

Review: Ossemaan – Dream
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Ossemaan = Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker + Enigma + 9T Antiope … read more

SLUG Style: David Quiñones

SLUG Style: David Quiñones
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This month’s beer and spirits–themed “SLUG Style” features David Quiñones, a bartender at Purgatory, a bar and restaurant in SLC. … read more

Film Review: Yellow Rose

Film Review: Yellow Rose
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Yellow Rose is a very effective, absorbing and topical drama that creates suspense by giving the audience characters they really care about. … read more

Film Review: Ava

Film Review: Ava
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Ava is very much a B movie—and shouldn’t be confused for anything more—but if you enjoy tense action thrillers, it should be an entertaining time killer. … read more

Film Review: The Lie

Film Review: The Lie
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The Lie Director: Veena Sud Blumhouse Productions Streaming on Amazon Prime: 10.06 The month of October is upon us, and with options more more limited in terms of Halloween activities,

 
 
Film Review: The Boys in the Band

Film Review: The Boys in the Band
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The Boys in the Band is hit and miss, but there’s enough raw truth and insight in the material—and the stellar performances—to make it worthwhile viewing. … read more

Content Shifter: 13 ’90s Horror Flicks to Stream

Content Shifter: 13 ’90s Horror Flicks to Stream
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This month’s “Content Shifter” delivers 13 ’90s horror flicks that range from bad, to worse, to even worse, to so bad that they’re good. … read more

Local Review: Golden Plates – From the Bottom of the Great Salt Lake

Local Review: Golden Plates – From the Bottom of the...
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Golden Plates = Death Cab for Cutie x Current Joys  x Hurricane Bells  … read more

Local Review: Lush Christine – Let it Love You

Local Review: Lush Christine – Let it Love You

Lush Christine = early-2000s Bright Eyes x Beach House + Elvis Depressedly … read more

Film Review: The Glorias

Film Review: The Glorias
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With oustanding performances and the importance and timeliness of the message, pluses outweigh the minuses enough for The Glorias. … read more

Contributor Limelight: Avrey Evans

Contributor Limelight: Avrey Evans

Fresh off of a year-long Editorial internship, Avrey Evans brings her professional insight to through her coverage of the spirits industry and local bars. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Coltyn Nelson

Skate Photo Feature: Coltyn Nelson

“I have no idea how, but Coltyn was able to nose grind this City Weekly box then quickly rip those shoulders around and do a back 180 out.” … read more

Trailblazing Breweries of Utah: Strap Tank Brewery and Zion Brewery

Trailblazing Breweries of Utah: Strap Tank Brewery and Zion Brewery
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In Springville and Springdale, respectively, Strap Tank and Zion Brewery have cultivated enough success to suffuse different parts of Utah with craft beer. … read more

 
 
#SAVEUTAHBARS: Change the Laws, Save the Bars

#SAVEUTAHBARS: Change the Laws, Save the Bars
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#SAVEUTAHBARS is a timely movement to make the necessary changes and preserve a burgeoning and economically important industry. … read more

Mike Brown: Vroom-Vroom!

Mike Brown: Vroom-Vroom!
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In this issue, Mike Brown discusses car troubles. Trading in a VW Jetta for a VW Beetle turned out to be the best thing to happen this 2020. Vroom-Vroom! … read more

Food Trucks, Safety and Utah Beer: Way Cooler Than Corona

Food Trucks, Safety and Utah Beer: Way Cooler Than Corona
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These breweries are serving up a safe way to go on a beer run and grab a bite from a variety of rotating food trucks. Check them out and show your support! … read more

Bike To The Future: A Collaboration Between Clever Octopus and The Salt Lake City Bike Collective

Bike To The Future: A Collaboration Between Clever Octopus and...
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The Bike To The Future program is helping kids and adults express themselves through the artistic repurposing of bicycle parts. … read more

Film Review: Spontaneous

Film Review: Spontaneous
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The ludicrous premise of Spontaneous is so out there that it allows the film to break free of the shackles that have been on many other 2020 teen movies. … read more

In the Spirit of Community: Utah Distilleries’ Hand Sanitizer Aid

In the Spirit of Community: Utah Distilleries’ Hand Sanitizer Aid
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SLUG staff interviews Alpine Distilling, Outlaw Distillery and Salt Flats Spirits about their production of hand sanitizer for the community. … read more

Cider of the Month: Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider

Cider of the Month: Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider
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This month, Chris and Sylvia Hollands are trading out the classic “Beer of the Month” for a cider: specifically, the Desolation Prickly Pear Hard Cider. … read more

 
 
UMFA Puts a Positive Spin on Women’s Suffrage in Utah Women Working for Better Days!

UMFA Puts a Positive Spin on Women’s Suffrage in Utah...
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Utah Women Working for Better Days! is a family-friendly and upbeat effort to focus on progress and a rosy view of the future of women’s rights in Utah. … read more

BMX Photo Feature: Adrian Evans

BMX Photo Feature: Adrian Evans
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During a classic “If you do this, I’ll do that” scenario, Adrian Evans casually laced a crank arm grind to get the session going. … read more

Tsunami Shochu: A Holystone Distilling and Tsunami Shochu Collaboration

Tsunami Shochu: A Holystone Distilling and Tsunami Shochu Collaboration
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For Holsytone’s Ethan Miller, crafting an exclusive shochu for Tsunami Sushi meant bringing out the best of its unique ingredients and ancient tradition. … read more

Cocktails from your Kitchen: Become Your Own Mixologist with The Bar Project

Cocktails from your Kitchen: Become Your Own Mixologist with The...
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In an effort to create a fun and safe drinking experience, The Bar Project launched their Cocktail in a Box series called The Nightcap. … read more

Rolling With It: How Three Locals Turned to Baking During a Pandemic

Rolling With It: How Three Locals Turned to Baking During...
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When the going gets tough, the tough get … their ovens pre-heating. Thy Mims of Mims SLC, Britt Jursik of Challahback Dough and Mandy Madsen of Mad Dough all pivoted to selling baked goods during the pandemic. … read more

Spirit + Experimental Music Pairings

Spirit + Experimental Music Pairings
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Following April’s Beer + Metal pairings, we’re looking at four locally distilled spirits and pairing them with excellent albums of experimental music. … read more

Film Review: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Film Review: The Trial of the Chicago 7
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The Trail of the Chicago 7 is certainly a nominee for Best Picture and a glorious reminder not only to never stop fighting, but of why movies still matter. … read more

Now and Never: An Interview with Tashi Dorji

Now and Never: An Interview with Tashi Dorji
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Ahead of the release of his new album, Stateless, Tashi Dorji talks about the urgency, immediacy and becoming of improvised music. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Critical Thinking

Film Review: Critical Thinking
By

John Leguizamo’s Critical Thinking bring an honest sense of hope to these times, and the film works on just about every level. … read more

Film Review: H is for Happiness

Film Review: H is for Happiness
By

H is for Happiness deals with the subjects of teen angst, dysfunctional families, young romance and tragedy in a way that’s quite unlike anything before it.  … read more

Film Review: Blackbird

Film Review: Blackbird
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Blackbird plays it disappointingly safe and sticks with the trappings of dysfunctional family melodrama, complete with the stock characters and revelations. … read more

SLUG Style: Alexx Lenzi

SLUG Style: Alexx Lenzi

This month’s “SLUG Style” features Alexx Lenzi, a baker, photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. She is a manager at Passion Flour, a vegan patisserie. … read more

September SLUG Picnic 09.19 w/ Aarushi and Amishi, Flamenco Del Lago and Maestro Gabino Flores Classical Guitarist

September SLUG Picnic 09.19 w/ Aarushi and Amishi, Flamenco Del...
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The September SLUG Picnic featured Maestro Gabino Flores Classical Guitarist, Flamenco Del Lago and sibling Bollypop duo Aarushi & Amishi. … read more

Film Review: Misbehaviour

Film Review: Misbehaviour
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Misbehaviour emerges as one of the biggest winners of the fall, crowned in glory and ready to take on the world as an inspirational and entertaining film. … read more

 
 
Review: Takuya Kuroda – Fly Moon Die Soon

Review: Takuya Kuroda – Fly Moon Die Soon
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Takuya Kuroda = Fred Hubbard + Herbie Hancock + Anderson .Paak … read more

Film Review: Challenger: The Final Flight

Film Review: Challenger: The Final Flight
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Challenger: The Final Flight is gripping and easy to binge, offering an overwhelming experience for those who will never forget January 28, 1986. … read more

Series Review: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

Series Review: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
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Camp Cretaceous is good fun and meant for those who still have a bit of kid at heart. It’s an enjoyable mix of popcorn movie and chocolate-cereal cartoon. … read more

Review: Unifactor – Batch #12

Review: Unifactor – Batch #12
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The latest batch from Unifactor tosses cohesion aside and delivers three vastly different albums from Nate Scheible, Whisker and Amanda R. Howland. … read more

Film Review: The Secrets We Keep

Film Review: The Secrets We Keep
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The Secrets We Keep is the kind of film that raises complex questions without trying to give us easy answers, and it’s disturbing in all the right ways. … read more

Film Review: The Devil All the Time

Film Review: The Devil All the Time
By

The Devil All The Time is not the beginning of Oscar season, just an elaborate mirage in the largely barren desert of September movie-going. … read more

Review: Spartan Jet-Plex – Live

Review: Spartan Jet-Plex – Live
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Spartan Jet-Plex = Julie Byrne + early Angel Olsen x CocoRosie … read more

 
 
Series Review: Ratched

Series Review: Ratched
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Ratched is a series rollercoaster, diving so sharply into horror, melodrama and wacky comedy that it’s a wonder there isn’t more vomiting involved. … read more

Tomorrow’s Monument: Monument for the Future

Tomorrow’s Monument: Monument for the Future
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Tomorrow’s Monument is a response and reflection on whether or not a monument that memorializes something rooted in racism also memorializes racism itself.  … read more

Film Review: The Broken Hearts Gallery

Film Review: The Broken Hearts Gallery
By

The best thing about The Broken Hearts Gallery is its relatability, although its potential to be a far more emotionally rewarding film is lost. … read more

Film Review: All In: The Fight for Democracy

Film Review: All In: The Fight for Democracy
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All In: The Fight for Democracy is a wake-up call about the issue of voter suppression, and may be the  most important film of 2020. … read more

Film Review: Enola Holmes

Film Review: Enola Holmes
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Enola Holmes has a breezy, adventurous and family-friendly feel with a knockout cast of Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill to support it. … read more

Local Review: Icarus Phoenix – Icarus Phoenix

Local Review: Icarus Phoenix – Icarus Phoenix
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Icarus Phoenix = Right Away + Great Captain + Dr. Dog + Book On Tapeworm … read more

Film Review: Mulan

Film Review: Mulan
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Mulan recognizes that it’s telling a timeless tale and allows it to be not so much a remake as a well-done alternate telling of the story. … read more

 
 
Being Wrong and Becoming Right: An Interview with Grex

Being Wrong and Becoming Right: An Interview with Grex
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On the massive and masterful Everything You Said Was Wrong, avant-rock duo Grex dive deep into their core ethos of evolution, exchange and exploration. … read more

Series Review: Away

Series Review: Away
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Away is full of intelligence, heart and hope, and is definitely one of the most sweeping and absorbing limited-run series of this year. … read more

Film Review: Attack of the Unkown

Film Review: Attack of the Unkown
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Attack of the Unknown is a cop thriller that has little to offer beyond close-range gunshots, gratuitous nudity and a violent, sci-fi, blood-and-puss fest. … read more

Content Shifter: 9 New Series Streaming in September

Content Shifter: 9 New Series Streaming in September
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There are some fresh shows streaming in September, pandemic be damned. Here are eight new series, and one returning champion, premiering this month. … read more

Film Review: Tenet

Film Review: Tenet
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Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited Tenet is a smart popcorn film that doesn’t rank among his best work, weighed down by characteristic sound-mixing issues. … read more

SLUG Picnic: Flamenco Del Lago

SLUG Picnic: Flamenco Del Lago
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Katie Sheen-Abbott founded the nonprofit Flamenco Del Lago, which offers intricate and colorful dance classes in various styles for ages 6–70-plus. … read more

Film Review: Bill & Ted Face the Music

Film Review: Bill & Ted Face the Music
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Bill and Ted Face the Music makes for a very fun piece of nostalgia and a much better ending to the story than the one we were given 29 years ago. … read more

 
 
Contributor Limelight: Talyn Behzad

Contributor Limelight: Talyn Behzad

For coming up on eight years, SLUG photographer Talyn Behzad has regaled the magazine and our readers with veritably delicious photography. … read more

SLUG Picnic: Aarushi & Amishi

SLUG Picnic: Aarushi & Amishi
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Performing at the next SLUG Picnic event, Aarushi and Amishi Rohaj merge Western and Indian culture together through their Bollypop music stylings. … read more

Skate Photo Feature: Tyson Bowerbank

Skate Photo Feature: Tyson Bowerbank
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“Shooting this spot was a badass experience.” Salt Lake skater Tyson Bowerbank executes a sweet kickflip on a broken-down roof. … read more

Juried Design: Rio Gallery’s Annual Design Arts Exhibit

Juried Design: Rio Gallery’s Annual Design Arts Exhibit
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Each year Rio Gallery’s Design Arts Exhibit highlights the art of good design from disciplines such as fashion, architecture, graphics and furniture. … read more

Mike Brown: I Hate Horses

Mike Brown: I Hate Horses
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“I hate cancer. I hate global warming. And yes, I hate horses.” After a deadly encounter, Mike Brown says the disdain he has for horses runs deep. … read more

Beer of the Month: Raspberry Gose

Beer of the Month: Raspberry Gose
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The team at Hopkins Brewery is dedicated to creating interesting beer using locally sourced products, such as their fan-favorite the Raspberry Gose. … read more

Antojitos: Latin American Street Foods

Antojitos: Latin American Street Foods
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Antojitos translates literally to “little cravings,” which is an appropriate way to introduce the following local businesses that left us craving more. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Get Duked!

Film Review: Get Duked!
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Get Duked! is nothing particularly fresh, but it does what it sets out to do very well. It’s a good film If you’re looking for raucous and irreverent fun. … read more

Review: Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess

Review: Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess
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Angel Olsen = Marianne Faithful + Patsy Cline + Roy Orbison … read more

Fatso Ice Cream: A Sweet Addition to Salt Lake’s Dessert Scene

Fatso Ice Cream: A Sweet Addition to Salt Lake’s Dessert...
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For Alia Marrero, the self-isolated energy of quarantine was directed toward growing her business of serving Fatso ice cream to the SLC community. … read more

Harmons Kickstarts Local Businesses Through Their Community Grant Program

Harmons Kickstarts Local Businesses Through Their Community Grant Program
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Harmons’ Local Supplier Development Grant has been helping small Utah businesses connect with wider audiences since 2016. … read more

Dining Out During a Pandemic: Advice from Your Server

Dining Out During a Pandemic: Advice from Your Server
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There are a few things you should know about dining out during a global pandemic from someone who is working in the service industry. … read more

Film Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Film Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a spellbinding film that ranks among Kaufman’s best work, a triumph of atmosphere and unsettling tension and loneliness. … read more

 
 
August SLUG Picnic Presented by Sparrow Electric 08.22 w/ Elowyn, Cherry Thomas and Fur Foxen

August SLUG Picnic Presented by Sparrow Electric 08.22 w/ Elowyn,...
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The August SLUG Picnic featured Fur Foxen, Cherry Thomas and Elowyn, as well as a variety of craft vendors and food from Kafé Mamai. … read more

Film Review: The One and Only Ivan

Film Review: The One and Only Ivan
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Starring the voice of Sam Rockwell, The One and Only Ivan is a glorious alternative to the increasingly stagnant remakes that Disney has been churning out. … read more

Send in the Clowns: A Creature Feature with Madazon Can-Can

Send in the Clowns: A Creature Feature with Madazon Can-Can
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This month’s “Creature Feature” stars Madazon Can-Can, or Maddy, a performance clown, drag artist, educator and also—not surprisingly—a Gemini. … read more

Film Review: The 24th

Film Review: The 24th
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The 24th is a challenging and deeply disturbing film, but one that deserves to be seen and discussed. It shares a story that desperately needed to be told. … read more

SLUG Style: A ’La Mode SLC

SLUG Style: A ’La Mode SLC
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Angelique and Jasmine Gordon are sisters, small-business owners and personal stylists. They own A ’La Mode SLC, a boutique and personal-styling service. Every month, “SLUG Style” features a distinct and

Film Review: Chemical Hearts

Film Review: Chemical Hearts
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Chemical Hearts is involving but also quite depressing. Whether it’s for teenagers or for those who used to be, it’s unlikely to be a favorite of either. … read more

Film Review: Unhinged

Film Review: Unhinged
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Unhinged is sold as a nail-biter about the dangers of road rage, but Crowe’s character is motivated by something far more dangerous: explosive misogyny. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Words on Bathroom Walls

Film Review: Words on Bathroom Walls
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Words on Bathroom Walls has all of the right ingredients for greatness, but right now it just leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. … read more

SLUG Style: Q Dixon x Embrogo

SLUG Style: Q Dixon x Embrogo
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Q Dixon is a dancer, entrepreneur and creative. He is also the creator of Embrogo, a custom embroidery brand based out of Salt Lake City. … read more

Film Review: Project Power

Film Review: Project Power
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Project Power isn’t quite as groundbreaking as it wants to be, but it’s an absorbing crime story that is filled with heart-stopping sequences and impressive visual effects. … read more

Film Review: Fe@rLeSS_

Film Review: Fe@rLeSS_
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While it’s not exactly Pixar quality, Cory Edwards’ Fe@rLess_ is an enjoyable and clever little movie with plenty of humor and heart. … read more

Play Review: Good Standing

Play Review: Good Standing
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Matthew Greene’s Good Standing is a heartfelt, one-man performance that battles with concepts of identity, religion and humanity. … read more

Series Review: Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Series Review: Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
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Wizards is far less episodic than others in the Arcadia series, and it moves at a breakneck pace, jumping straight into the action and rarely letting up. … read more

Film Review: The Secret Garden

Film Review: The Secret Garden
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Marc Munden’s take on the childhood classic may not be a terrible film, but it’s not a good one, and it most certainly is not The Secret Garden. … read more

 
 
Curing Musical Monotony: An Interview with John Dieterich of Deerhoof and Caustics

Curing Musical Monotony: An Interview with John Dieterich of Deerhoof...
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John Dieterich talks Deerhoof, Caustics and the musical freedom found in less-than-perfect gear and the creative potential of falling into self-dug holes. … read more

Review: Nyssa – Girls Like Me

Review: Nyssa – Girls Like Me
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Nyssa = Florence and the Machine + Annie Lennox + U.S. Girls … read more

Review: Thaumiel Sonozaki – Amber Ethereal

Review: Thaumiel Sonozaki – Amber Ethereal
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Thaumiel Sonozaki = Lucid Sound Driver + Noveller + Michael Rother … read more

Film Review: Work It

Film Review: Work It
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Starring Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy, Work It is light as a feather, and it’s a pleasant enough diversion that will get your feet tapping. … read more

 
 
Film Review: Summerland

Film Review: Summerland
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Summerland is a very good film that is well worth your time, and it’s an excellent showcase for Gemma Arterton’s acting talents. … read more

Film Review: Yes, God, Yes

Film Review: Yes, God, Yes
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Yes, God, Yes is a charming little indie that deals with difficult issues that teenagers face and are too often unable to discuss with their parents. … read more

Content Shifter: 10 Worst Movies of Summer 2020

Content Shifter: 10 Worst Movies of Summer 2020
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August’s Content Shifter presents 10 of the absolute worst movies to premiere over video-on-demand streaming over summer 2020. … read more

Film Review: Radioactive

Film Review: Radioactive
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Though the leads in Radioactive delivered fantastic performances, the director wasn’t able to find a find a happy medium between formula and razzmatazz. … read more

Outer Space: A Performance for Community

Outer Space: A Performance for Community
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Outer Space transformed an industrial locale into a full-blown stage, highlighting the work of six local choreographers amid the current COVID crisis. … read more

Film Review: The Secret

Film Review: The Secret
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The Secret: Dare to Dream, based on the self-help book, needs more than good actors and a high production value to turn it into something worthwhile. … read more

 
 
Abraham Von August: Creating a Whimsical World with Fashion & Art

Abraham Von August: Creating a Whimsical World with Fashion &...
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As Abraham Von August illustrates fantastic characters and pioneers fashion without labels, they make Salt Lake a more inclusive and interesting place. … read more

Kafé Mamai

Kafé Mamai
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Abudujannah Soud’s African-Carribean fusion creations served at Kafé Mamai are a nod to the dishes his grandmother created. … read more

Craft Lake City’s Virtual DIY Festival: A How-to Q&A with Festival Developers

Craft Lake City’s Virtual DIY Festival: A How-to Q&A with...
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Check out SLUG’s Q&A with the Craft Lake City Virtual DIY Festival developers, who details some of the functionalities of the new format. … read more

Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab: Craft Lake City DIY Engineers

Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab: Craft Lake City DIY Engineers
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The GApp Lab at the University of Utah is exploring how health sciences and game programming can be brought together to heal, nurture and teach. … read more

The Cart: Craft Lake City Craft Food

The Cart: Craft Lake City Craft Food
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At Jessica Rovin’s and Kristi Bendick’s mobile coffee shop, The Cart, every cup of coffee is carefully created to be as smooth and flavorful as possible. … read more

Film Review: The Outpost

Film Review: The Outpost
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The Outpost is a worthy memorial for the fallen, a moving tribute to heroism and a testament to the senseless losses suffered in a seemingly endless war. … read more

Gnome Two Ways About It: Lawn Gnomes 2020

Gnome Two Ways About It: Lawn Gnomes 2020
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UMOCA’s Lawn Gnomes 2020 is a growing exhibition of art installations that lives on the front lawns of artists across the state. … read more

SLUG Picnic: Cherry Thomas

SLUG Picnic: Cherry Thomas
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When Cherry Thomas talks about what performing now feels like, she says, “When I’m singing, that is when I feel the happiest, and it’s an addictive feeling. … read more

 
 
Home Glow Hydroponics: Craft Lake City DIY Engineers

Home Glow Hydroponics: Craft Lake City DIY Engineers
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Home Glow Hydroponics is a local business that offers consultation, products and produce to help make soil-free gardening more accessible. … read more