Hidden inside the Oquirrh Mountains and tucked away in the Summit County library lies the ugly step-cousin of official Utah history—ghostly folklore. With Halloween only a stone’s throw away, I started to uncover the stories and tales that color our great state. These stories are almost too bizarre NOT to be true. The first story is about a gravedigger who “digs” corpses, the next is about Utah’s own version of the Loch Ness monster and the last involves a small town in northeastern Utah that has been plagued by a religious curse for nearly 50 years.

Acts of Anatomy: The Story of Utah’s First Grave Digger

In the early months of 1862, three outlaws were on the run from the law for attacking Governor John W. Dawson and for stealing a cash box from the Overland Mail Company. The three wanted men, Lot Huntington, John P. Smith and Moroni Clawson, were headed to California when the legendary Mormon bodyguard Porter Rockwell caught up with them. Resisting arrest, Huntington was killed while Smith and Clawson were taken into custody without incident. The death of Huntington and the subsequent arrest and deaths of Smith and Clawson a few weeks later begins the bizarre and sordid tale of John Baptiste, the first gravedigger of Salt Lake City.

John Baptiste was hired as Salt Lake’s gravedigger three years prior to the 1862 incident, but Baptiste’s previous background is clouded and muddled. Utah Census records in 1860 list him as being born in Ireland while other records place his birth somewhere around 1814 in Italy. Still other sources claim he was French and came to America from Australia. Whatever the truth is, after both Smith and Clawson died, the city buried them while they waited for relatives to come from out of state and claim the bodies. Clawson’s family claimed his body a few days later and planned to bury him in a family plot in Draper. When they opened the coffin to transfer the body, what they discovered shocked them: Clawson’s body was stripped naked!

Immediately, an investigation was put into order, headed by Salt Lake policemen Henry Heath. The first person Heath talked to was the most obvious suspect: the gravedigger who buried Clawson, John Baptiste. Baptiste lived with his wife in a home on Third Avenue. When Heath knocked on the door, Baptiste’s wife answered, invited him in and gave the permission needed to search the house. Unsurprisingly, Heath found piles of clothing, jewelry, and other possessions in the house from deceased residents of the community buried in years previous. Heath immediately confronted Baptiste with the evidence and he begged for his life.

Word of Baptiste’s crime and subsequent arrest spread like wildfire and the townsfolk were up in arms with anger and disgust. Baptiste was forced to identify the graves he had looted. The authorities guessed that he had been looting graves for two years, but they were never certain. It was estimated that he had desecrated around 300 graves.

Baptiste’s punishment for crimes against the community was not death or dismemberment—as requested by the community—but banishment as recommended by the LDS president and prophet, Brigham Young. Baptiste was banished to Antelope Island, an island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, where he was subsequently shackled with a ball and chain on his leg, branded with the words “Branded for Robbing The Dead” on his forehead and his ears cut off. From here, the story gets murky. Some reports say he made a raft out of the log cabin he was staying in, killed a two-year-old heifer for food and clothing and escaped the island. Others say he perished in the waters around the lake. To this day, John Baptiste still haunts the waters around Antelope Island, as recent eyewitnesses report that they have seen a man shackled roaming the outer edges of the island and have heard the groans and moans of a man in agony.

The Utah Nessie

On July 27, 1868, Joseph C. Rich, a Mormon colonizer of the Bear Lake region, submitted a story to the Deseret News describing how he first came to hear about a monster in the lake and subsequent eyewitness accounts from settlers in the area. His story recounted the stories Native Americans had told early Mormon settlers about a serpent-like monster in the lake. The monster had 18-foot-long legs and it could come on shore and shoot water upwards from its mouth. The monster was claimed to eat Indians while they swam in the lake.

The first reported sighting from a settler had the monster looking like a drowned man, but on closer inspection, it had distorted its body in the water. It had ears bunched to the side of its head that were the size of large pint cups.

On June 19, a family went to Bear Lake for some rest and relaxation. When they got to the lake, they decided to go for a swim. As they entered the water, a large commotion stirred the water around them, and large waves disturbed the tranquility of the lake. The monster then heaved his body, about as big as a few cars with a mouth just as huge, out of the water and proceeded onto the shoreline. The water in the lake receded until there wasn’t much water left. The monster opened its mouth, bellowed, and was about to make an aggressive move on the family when the family dog started barking, distracting the monster and driving him back into the lake.

On the weekend of September 20 through the 23 there were two professional skateboard events in town. One of them, the AST Dew Tour, had all the biggest stars, managers, videogames, pro-model hybrid cars, annoying announcers and, most of all, mega cash and a national television spotlight. During this event, Shawn White had a bitch fit and I don’t know if it was because he lost the vert event or because he doesn’t have a Pro-Activ endorsement. Ryan Sheckler was also making teenage girls’ hearts melt with his Beatlemania atmosphere. I don’t blame the kid, I just hate him; and no he is not the next Tony Hawk, mostly because Tony invented his own tricks and wasn’t a bitch like Sheckler.

South Jordan Skate Park hosted some serious skating on September 21. Known as the Bomb the Beehive contest, this event was coordinated by Brian Baade and, in my opinion, was a huge success. It was also the first of its kind in the Salt Lake Valley and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Since putting on such an event is no easy task, I commend Brian and all of the sponsors who helped out like, vitaminwater, go211.com, Milosport, South Jordan Parks and Recreation and Gardenburger. There was also a ton of local volunteers who helped make this thing happen as well as Analog, Bones Wheels and VOX kicking down some products for a giveaway.

As far as the skating goes at South Jordan, there was no shortage of professional and local talent battling it out for the two thousand dollars in cash prizes. Locals Austin Namba, Isaiah Beh, Levi Faust and Tyson Bowerbank all received some cash money for their efforts. Also ex-vert pro and now Utah resident Brian Pennington killed the bowl and kept heads turning. I know the World Cup of Skating judges, Tom Curran, Matt Milligan, Owen Nieder and President of the World Cup, Mr. Don Bostick, were more than impressed by the amount of local talent. Professionals on hand for the contest were: Rune Glifberg, Benji Galloway, Rodney Jones, Juian Ethridge, Chad Fernandez, Gumbie, Fabrizio Santos and Pete Eldridge.

Other highlights of the contest were announcer Dave Duncan, Darwin, being the first guy in a wheelchair shredding the bowl– and Tony Magnusson taking a taxi from downtown SLC to the event. I don’t know if taking the cab had anything to do with him being a corporate big wig or if it is just because he only has three fingers on one of his hands, making it hard to use a phone. I can’t wait until next year’s contest. Oh yeah, if you want to see the footage of this contest, just check YouTube or some other shit because there were plenty of dudes there with cameras.

Back in 1999, Andy Pitts helped build an indoor skate park with me and my family. The more I look back on this scenario, the more ridiculous it becomes. He did all the ramp plans, designed the layout, did the majority of the construction and was there every night until it was done. If anyone remembers Connection, you know how goddamned big that place was and how much wood it was made of — a feat by itself, but the part of this story that really blows my mind is the fact that he built the entire thing completely for free. He never asked for a single dime; all he wanted was a key to the front door so he and his homies could have a dope place to skate in the winter. Wait … what?

That’s Andy in a nutshell: cool as fuck and just down to skate. We still owe you big for that one.

Andy’s one of my best friends and over the last eight years of skating, road trips, drunken nights of anarchy, stories, insanity, sleeping in cars, filming, sleeping in front of the Arizona jail and breaking many, many boards and computers, I’ve come to learn that he has more weird quirks and phobias than anyone I’ve ever met. So, in this farewell article, I’d like to leave you with a list of some strange facts about Andy that make him so rad.

1. He doesn’t eat. He derives all of his nutrients from beer, cookies and coffee.

2. Never touch his neck. I karate chopped him once (not even hard) and it took him 20 minutes to calm down.

3. Ever seen E.T.? He has. He grew up in the middle of nowhere in South Dakota where he was frequently visited by aliens. After all of his fucked-up stories about burned rabbits and UFOs, I think I actually believe him.

4. Has a completely insane phobia of … I don’t think I should spill the beans on this one just yet. Even seeing the word in print is enough to send him into fits of cold sweats. Seriously though, he once punched a nurse to get away from a …

5. Maple syrup and/or apple juice will make him vomit.

6. Probably the best skateboarder ever, which is weird because of fact #1.

7. He can build anything, and I’m not just talking about awesome skate shit, but he actually built a working flux capacitor that goes back to the future.

8. He can drink your great-uncle Steve right under the table … well, with beer, not liquor. The funny part about this is after a long night of drinking three times more than the drunkest guy at the bar, he just stays drunk the next day instead of getting any sort of hangover.

I realize this list could honestly go up to about 20-something but let’s just call it good for now…

I’ll just go ahead and speak for everyone and say thanks for everything and GOOD LUCK IN PHILLY!!!!!!

Fuck The Informer is a band that I like. But they don’t like SLUG and said that they didn’t want any of their music reviewed in the mag. So I told them that I was doing a survey, just like a sneaky telemarketer. I guess that makes me an informer, ha! Fuck me! I’ll leave their names out as well since no one cares anyway.

Fuck The Informer recently put out an album and went on tour the old fashioned way where you do it yourself. First, you sell everything you own to buy a van, then you get a national AA meeting schedule that corresponds with your destinations for the drummer, and finally, you ask the bass player’s parole officer if it’s cool if he leaves the state for a couple weeks.

Surprisingly they made it home from tour without killing each other and with nothing catching on fire. The latter of the two actually shocked me.

I wanted to know what tour and cutting an album was like, and since they hate SLUG, I thought it would be funny to put them in the Mag. They are one of my personal favorite bands not so much for the music but more for the fact that you can throw things at them during their show and they will keep playing (They actually play better when you throw things at them). To me, that’s a sign of a great band; a band you can really set your watch to.

So let me make it very clear that this isn’t a music review, and it isn’t an interview either. It’s a survey. An annonymous survey done with some of the guys in the band. Every question has to do with a number and based off of the numbers you, the reader, will decide if you want to buy their new album or not.

Question #1: What is the combined amount of criminal charges amongst all the band members? “Six plus three plus…wait, does juvie count? Juvie doesn’t matter so we’ll stick with nine. “

Question #2: What’s the band’s combined total number of blackouts while recording the album and being on tour? “One to ten, granted you can’t remember. Tour could count as one big blackout.”

Question #3: How many times did you guys get robbed while recording the album and while on tour? “Once at gunpoint and with machetes during practice, someone took base amps out of the tour van; basically we get robbed at every show we play.”

Question #4: How many times have you used your instruments as weapons, during practice or otherwise? “At least three times with the guitar, two times with the bass, four times with a drum cymbal. It’s hard to say, I’d guess around 15.”

Question #5: How many times has the Plug been pulled on you guys? “Once in Missoula, four or five times around town. As far as the bar wanting us to actually stop playing? Countless.”

Question #6: How many practices have ended up in a fistfight? “Just a couple”

Question #7: How many bass players have you guys gone through? “I’ve fucked my fair share, oh wait, you mean for the band? Lets see … eight including you.”

Question #8: How many ounces of weed did you guys need to go through in order to get the album recorded? “Around three, may be two.”

Question #9: How many bands have refused to play with you guys? “Ask Jimmy the Tooth. I’d say at least 30.”

Question # 10: How many t-shirts did you sell on tour? “Maybe 10.”

Question # 11: How many cool people did you meet on tour? “Just one, Nick Garrols. The guy knowingly got fired from his job just so he could get us drunk.”

Question #12: How many text messages were sent out while on tour? “At least a billion.”

Question #13: What’s the combined total of STD’s the band has? “That’s totally unknown and potentially infinite.”

Question #14: How many members of the band wear underwear every day? “Just one.”

There you have it. Fourteen simple questions to determine whether or not you like the band. If you get a chance to see these guys live I suggest you do it before they are kicked out of every bar in the country, which for now seems to be their goal.

On a separate note that has nothing to do with this article, peace out Andy Pitts! I know you don’t like public displays of gratuity so I won’t give you any. I mostly just want SLUG readers to know that Pitts has been down since The Leviathan Issue #3, and that Leviathan Issue #8 is still available and Pitts is still down!

As I sat and spoke with Joe Evans in nobrow Coffee and Tea, he kept his eyes on the front door. Whenever a customer would walk in, Joe would spring to his feet, often greeting the shop’s denizens by name and knowing just what they meant when they asked for “the usual.” He answered ringing phones, recommended drinks to first-time visitors and checked up on lonely looking customers with empty cups. It was clear that everyone in the place felt comfortable. You know how in Cheers whenever one of the main characters would walk in and be greeted by everyone with a cheerfully collective “CLIFF!” or “NORM!”? nobrow’s kind of like that, but instead of a dinky old bar populated by postal employees and bartenders with fake hair, you’ve got tattooed folks carrying sketchpads surrounded by huge paintings hung on red and brown brick walls. Joe has been working in various coffee shops for over ten years, and in that time, he has figured out just what it takes to cultivate a space where people can be comfortable enough to be themselves, drink some coffee and appreciate some amazing works of art.

Joe Evans officially opened nobrow in October 2006, inspired by his days working in a coffee shop at the Salt Lake Arts Center to fully integrate an art gallery within the aesthetic of a coffee shop. “I’m way better at consuming, understanding and appreciating art than creating it. I saw myself with an opportunity to go beyond what most coffee shops do and be able to operate as both a coffee shop and an art gallery.” Almost immediately, the local art community jumped at the chance to be a part of the environment that nobrow was creating.

People who may never go to a gallery opening or any other sort of art exhibition are exposed to art at nobrow in a way that they never would be at Starbucks. The artists featured at nobrow are being exposed to all kinds of new audiences simply because their work is on display in a place that isn’t traditionally considered an outlet for displaying art. Whether the Average Joe who walks into nobrow looking for a cup o’ joe likes it or not, he’s going to see some killer art. And if that Average Joe walks into nobrow at the right time, he’ll even get to hear some killer music. The music featured at nobrow goes far beyond the cliché of overly sensitive college students strumming acoustic guitars and singing tenderly about flowers and sunshine. Joe makes sure that the musical performances at nobrow feature musicians who are actually good. “A lot of musicians realize that I’m a fan,” Joe says, “Not some guy who’s trying to make a buck off of them.”

Being located on the bustling local business mecca of 300 South, nobrow is part of group of newly emerging local businesses that seem to be picking up where Sugarhouse left off. Since we all know what happened there, Joe has become vocal about forming some sort of business alliance to make sure that their voices are heard. “I look at what happened in Sugarhouse and I think that the businesses didn’t band together early enough. I think if Salt Lake businesses band together and get to know our city council, we can have a really strong voice and we can really get a lot out of it.” With an election coming up and a new city council coming into existence, this seems like the perfect time for Salt Lake’s small businesses to make their voices heard.

As if running a successful coffee shop/art gallery and lobbying for local downtown businesses to band together wasn’t enough, Joe has also started a new brand for local artists called IFLT. Joe’s motivation behind IFLT is not only to create something of quality to be consumed by the Salt Lake art community, but also to get artists the kind of recognition they deserve. “Artists need to become known and respected, but also commercially consumable and able to make a living by doing what they’re passionate about.” IFLT’s first product will be a limited edition t-shirt, complete with hand-made packaging and a short artist bio. Future plans include producing a limited edition EP by local act The Soundtrack Scene.

nobrow will be celebrating their one year anniversary on October 19, during Gallery Stroll. The celebration will feature the debut of The Soundtrack Scene, and new art by Sri Wipple, Trent Call and Cein Watson. Stop by and say hi to Joe and his wife Emily Evans (who Joe states is the only reason he remains sane enough to do all that he does). nobrow Coffee and Tea is located at 315 East and 300 South.

With raw production, blazing guitars, shrieking vocals and blasting drums, black metal has always purported an extreme display of individualism, making every effort to reject all things politically correct and socially acceptable. Like everything however, human beings have turned those sparks of individualistic expression into hackneyed, formulaic practices, which have become little more than parodies of themselves. It takes an overwhelming dose of praxis for this cycle to be broken. The somewhat reclusive members of Wolves in the Throne Room who hail from Olympia, Washington and are some of the few individuals who strive to break these patterns. Not only do they defy most typical black metal forms of tradition, but also black metal culture as a whole. “We have no intention of contributing anything to traditional black metal. The orthodox thinking involved in the construction of traditional black metal is repugnant and stifling” Rick (no last name given) states.

With their new album Two Hunters, released in late September, and their first national tour underway, waves are being made as their ideologies are expressed unto many for the first time. “Our live performances are concerned with transcending the ubiquitous confines of the here and now, leaving both band and crowd shaken free, in however small degree, from the smothering edifice of our modern culture.” Although many audience members may only be attending the show for loud music, there are also those who will be there to truly listen, “we endeavor to rouse those in attendance from the psychic torpor society demands of its constituents.”

While metal can be seen as a blatant assertion of masculinity, some bands attempt to balance this out with the inclusion of female vocal elements. Rick explains, “our lives are full of powerful women and naturally these experiences find their way into our music. We seek to honor the glorious nature of womanhood in our music as we do all the primal forces around us.” Wolves’s first album includes the talents of Jamie Meyers (Hammers of Misfortune), and the recent release of Two Hunters showcases the talents of Jessica Kinney (Eyvind Kang, Asva) who offers her femininity to two of the four tracks on the album. “Jessica is focused professional with a powerful talent.” Rick continues, “She quickly internalized our lyrics and ideas about her contribution and effortlessly surpassed our expectations with a performance more meaningful than we’d hoped for.” The band yields a strong reverence for femininity not only in their beliefs, but also when creating their music. “We have worked to make all representations of women in our music and art true to the feminine spirit as we have experienced it and find the prurient manner in which women are portrayed in the culture at large and metal specifically utterly sickening,” Rick affirms.

To many fans, black metal is simply a style of music, or a means to individualize them among the herd. However it has developed clichéd traditions and tired theatrics that have very little value beneath the surfaces of corpse paint and wrist spikes. I asked Rick about a previous statement I had read in regards to Two Hunters being “a tribute to the genre,” in light of their bold defiance to what black metal has become. “Our tribute is more to the radical and innovative spirit conjured when the bands at the genesis of black metal created something new and engaging with their music rather than to the sounds or appearances that spirit manifested as. Tribute by rote mimicry is a hollow gesture.” It could be said that these roots and this spirit which was evoked when the medium of black metal was created was not only inspirational, but completely essential. What once was vapid for many have been made new again with a “cleansing fire” and by seeking out these roots, the pallid representations of what black metal stems from can be interpreted in a new light. “Our influences for Two Hunters were much the same as for Diadem of 12 Stars, as well as the new material we’re currently writing. Life, death, horror, awe. There are never any unadulterated veins of influence in what we do as everything is a collaborative venture, the three of us continually working and reworking everything until any recognizable individuation in the work is obliterated.”

But is human expression, art or even black metal just another form of deep rooted narcissism? Rick explains, “The intrinsic and elemental human experiences reflected in black metal resonate with us and will always be fertile and valid inspirations for art in any medium.” Exhibiting these intense feelings of misanthropy may call for conjugation with an extreme medium. For many, this is why extreme metal continues to be such an abundant catharsis. Rick summarizes, “it will always be important for humans to reflect upon the world and puzzle at their place in it; whether it be rapture in the presence natures glories or the revulsion and disgust felt when faced with misery and death. To express these considerations is life itself.”

Wolves in the Throne Room play at The Broken Record on October 26th, 2007.

The slurs are not usually words used to promote anti-racist ideas, but Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal have taken these racial slurs and turned them into a foundation for an extremely successful, anti-racist play. N— W— C—: The Race Play, written by three men who were tired of being typecast and discriminated against because of the color of their skin, has been on the road for the past two and a half years. It is finally coming to Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake, but not without controversy.

N— W— C— was originally invited to attend Kingsbury Hall about nine months ago after Greg Geilmann, the director of Kingsbury Hall, saw it in Los Angeles. “One of the things we really liked about the company was that they are not only performers,” explained Sheri Jardine, an affiliate of Kingsbury Hall, “but they are also dedicated to education and outreach in the areas where they perform, to talk about the [racism and stereotype] issues the play raises.” Not only has the company been booked for two performance dates, but also for a week of outreach and educational activities. Following the scheduled performance dates in Salt Lake, the trio has booked at three other Utah venues in Park City, Utah State University and Weber State University.

Last May, the group performed at the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, a conference that was attended by a number of students, faculty and staff from the University of Utah. “We encouraged them to go see the show, knowing we were bringing it here, and several did,” said Jardine. “Some of those who saw the show really hated it, and some liked it.” Once the cogs for the event started rolling, Kingsbury Hall invited those who had already attended the show, along with other U of U influences to discuss any issues they may have with the play, and to further plan specific activities that would take place during the last week of October.

“Many concerns were voiced, including concern about the title, and concerns that this play, by using humor to address serious issues, was not the best vehicle to steer this debate,” Jardine explained. While it may seem ridiculous that there is controversy surrounding a play that is fundamentally anti-racist, the points raised by students were not irrational. “There is a concern that the majority students will not understand the historical context of racism or these particular racial slurs, they will not understand how hurtful they are, and therefore the show will create a sort of environment where the students of color will feel that they are being laughed at.”

What the cast has to say about their show is reassuring to those who voiced concern about the use of n—, w— and c— in the title. “These are words that we’ve dealt with, we talk about these words and how they take place in our [culture],” said Rafael Agustin, one of the writers/performers of the play. “We’ve been called these words and we have the right to confront these words. We’re not going to have a show called ‘Ethnic Friends’ and expect people to understand what kind of material we’re working with.”

Last fall, fashion designer Heather Mathiesen and filmmaker Stephen Simmons collaborated to produce An October Evening, an arts event designed to showcase their creative endeavors as well as those of like-minded peers. “Stephen and I are both very inspired by the October season and wanted to capture what we felt was so intriguing about it,” says Mathiesen, “I first decided I wanted to make an event after being on many fashion show committees and in many fashion shows. I was tired of being a participant and wanted to see what it was like in the ‘big chair.’”

The ‘big chair’ seemed to agree with her; the first An October Evening was so successful that it completely sold out the Regency Theater. This year, Mathiesen and Simmons are hosting their second annual An October Evening on a grander scale. It will be held at the 1,000 capacity Masonic Temple, and a portion of each ticket price will be donated to charities that benefit children with health conditions.

“An October Evening is more of a formal art event than a festival,” says Mathiesen, “This is not necessarily a Halloween event, but a dark elegant evening that we hope will have a similar feeling to an old 1920s film.” Attendees of An October Evening 2007 are encouraged to wear costumes for a chance to win the “Autume basket.” After they pass between the two sphinxes that guard the Masonic Temple’s doors, a stilt walker will greet them and usher them into the main auditorium. There, the evening will be introduced by an elaborate multi-media performance that makes use of fanciful costumes on an ornate set in front of a green screen.

“I want to create a story around the clothes,” Mathiesen says. “I don’t just want to create clothes for people to wear; I want to create a whole entire fantasy world. When you see these clothes in the show and you wear them later, I want you to feel like ‘Oh yeah, I’m part of that fantasy.’” The introduction will be followed by a fast-paced fashion show, in which 11 local designers will showcase models walking across a red carpet. The fashion shows will be interspersed with four original short films, including the work of Simmons’ SKS Productions.

An October Evening will also feature a show by hypnotist Brian Swan, and a musical performance by an alchemic and ritualistic band from Portland called The Red King, whose performance offers a multi-sensory experience in itself. (Read an interview with The Red King for SLUG here.)

An intermission will provide an opportunity to visit the banquet hall to partake of free refreshments and view the works of local artists, including photographer Jeff Carlisle.

Mathiesen’s own Blue Medusa Fashion will headline the fashion performances. Her current line is titled “I Am So Hallow,” which she has described as “electric-pink Marie Antoinette on acid, a juxtaposition of queen and punk.”

She explains: “My fashion shows always incorporate a story. As a part of a show I want to create more than clothes; I want to create an entire artistic concept. I love theatrics and feel like a show should leave people entertained.”

Other fashion designers include the proprietresses of two local clothing stores, Arsenic Fashions and Obscura Clothing. Arsenic’s Donna Rhodes will display her trademark Victorian-inspired attire, while Obscura’s Mia Espinosa will present the debut of her first original line, a men’s and women’s collection which she describes as “Mozart meets punk.” Some of the other designers are students at Salt Lake Community College, who were recommended by their teachers. One, Krista Nielson, was the national finalist for a Steve Madden shoe contest.

Mathiesen notes that Utah can be a great place for fashion designers. “They’re actually able to create something from the ground up instead of getting involved in something that’s already established,” she observes. “If you’re going to get into the fashion world in New York, it’s going to be very hard to start with something that you want to do and make it huge. Here, you have a lot of independent people who are working together to create something.”

Simmons feels the same way about film. “Everyone’s always moving out to New York or L.A. to go do something, when they could actually just create and do something here in Utah,” he says.

Mathiesen is quick to point out that many designers who do choose to stay in Utah do have what it takes to make it elsewhere if they chose. “A lot of the people who are involved in this show have gotten national attention,” she says.

“I look forward to Utah’s growth and want to be a part of it,” she adds. “I see that there are more and more things going on every day that get me excited [about] where our city and state are headed.”

An October Evening will take place on October 19 at 7p.m. Tickets are nine dollars in advance and can be bought at Obscura and Arsenic Fashions.

Analog Clothing
Sumner 2 Denim Pants
Analogclothing.com

One of the best-kept secrets in the skateboarding circuit is not so secret anymore. The Sumner 2 Denim Pants are incredibly comfortable and designed to last a lot longer than your other jeans. With a wider thigh to prevent crotch blowouts and two-way stretch, these denim make you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. And on top of those fancy features there is a really fancy hidden pocket inside the front pocket that holds miscellaneous things safely, securely and stealthily. Analog is definitely on the up-and-coming with a whole new roster of skaters, including Arto Saari, Omar Salazar, Stefan Janoski and Dylan Rieder. Comfortable jeans with really interesting artwork on their shirts should be all you need to know about their vesture. Only at select skateshops as of right now; if you have the chance to purchase some of their gear it will definitely put you on the cusp of being the next big thing. –Adam Dorobiala

Ricta Wheels
Appleyard Crystal All Star
Ricta.com

I’ll have to admit when I first put this wheel on I was a little sketched. With a 78D durometer core and 82B durometer riding surface these wheels are much softer then I’m used to. However, all my doubt was quickly erased once I started skating. Even at 51mm these wheels are fast. I narrowly escaped the slobbery jowls of a young boxer pup named Mogli as he chased me full speed through the Technique parking lot before a skate park session. Once at the park these wheels took me by surprise. They’re the soft wheels with the hard wheel feel. Slashing through the bowls I could feel every little bump and change in the concrete and the 82B softness really gave you that extra grip you want when ripping through hard turns; don’t fear the softness because these wheels will slide through anything you push them through. Tail slides, blunt slides, power slides, everything goes. The only down fall is the flat spot factor. After only a couple power blunts at the park I had developed a small flat spot, slightly noticeable on smooth skate park concrete but unaccounted for on the streets. –Chris Swainston

Santa Cruz Skateboards
Powerply Deck
Santacruzskateboards.com

Before I even set this board up, I was instantly hyped. Made from crisp Canadian maple this Santa Cruz board looked amazing. At 8.12 inches it’s the ideal width and with a virtually identical nose and tail. Looks can be deceiving, but not this time; it’s the perfect shape. Once I put this board on I was instantly skating better. It is one of those boards your feet just connect with like they are attached to it. No matter what stance I was skating this board popped, flipped, and slid perfect. The concave and nose/tail steepness is right where I like it, the paints not too sticky and not too slippery. It has definitely been one of the best decks I’ve had this year. –Chris Swainston

The Salt Lake Gallery Stroll started as an underground event, offering an after hours chance to view exhibits and mingle with artist and gallery owners. Twenty years later, its reaches include but are not limited to, breaking down barriers and classes, providing a family friendly environment to view art, revitalizing Salt Lake streets and businesses. I hope our newly elected officials realize how much the art community has done for promoting local business and getting people downtown. Since it’s called a stroll, not a mad dash, may I offer a bit of advice and suggest you plot the exhibits you want to see. Map out a route based on who closes first and one night only shows, and lastly but equally as important, where will the best late night/after party be?

On Friday October 19th begin the stroll at the new Artspace building at 500 West and 230 South. Cat Palmer is scheduled to show at the Utah Arts Festival Gallery but her collaborator Ty Norager. Ty is actually in Iraq fighting Bush’s war and trying to stay alive. As many soldiers have confessed, in the beginning the reasons seemed clear for joining the fight but as the months drag on and the people you are supposed to be liberating are trying to kill you, it makes your reason for being there less and less compelling. In the mist of all this chaos, I’m sure any distraction would be welcome and a different view on the mundane imperative. For Ty, his mental salvation is the perspective found through the camera lens. Whether, you support the war or not most want to support our troops. I am thrilled to see what Ty’s raw unedited look at what our government claims to be “business as usual.” Cat Palmer will be showing some of her anti-war photographs and interjecting her style and creativity on some of Ty’s pieces to give it all a finished touch. If you can’t make it during the Gallery Stroll, the show will hang October 19th through November 13th. You can also call for hours at 322-2428.

Within walking distance of Artspace is the adorable and unpretentious eatery, the Tin Angel Café, located at 365 West 400 South. This café is a wonderful stop on the stroll to rest those dogs, grab a bite to eat, and receive some of Salt Lake City’s friendliest service EVER! The name of the café implies a tough yet gentle feel and that’s exactly what you get from artist Daisy Johnson’s body of work entitled “Fallen Angel.” Daisy is a photographer, painter, conceptual designer and the director of the Jlife Salon. In her day she has seen many women and men trying to achieve angelic qualities but in this collection she explores angels discovering their human qualities. Johnson relates, “The moment we let go of our aspirations for the divine we can embrace our humanness, then true power, beauty and indeed our experience of divinity can begin.” Amen, Sister! If that’s true then I’m a goddess. Check out Fallen Angel all month at the Tin Angel. For more information about Daisy Johnson check her out at www.daisyjohnson.com or visit the Jlife Salon, 69 Gallivan Ave.

When you are ready to crank it up a notch, head to Red Light Books, on the corner of 300 South and 200 East. This bookstore has edgy art, books, music and tons of crazy miscellaneous things, which make it a perfect fit for our very own Bob Moss. Not to be confused with Bob Ross, the PBS painter who painted “happy little trees.” A beatnik at heart, you might remember Bob as the banjo man but that’s all changing as he is finally receiving the recognition he deserves as an amazing artist. His work was recently showcased in a book entitled Beatsville where he graces the pages with the likes of Mark Ryden, Shag, Coop, The Pizz, Sunny Buick and Tim Biskup to name a few. Red Light is known to stay open until (if not a little after) 10p.m. so make it down for some live music, local art and a wonderful end to the month’s Gallery Stroll.

Go pedestrian, support local art, STROLL.