These boys were a strong contender for the "best group" award. Photo: John Barkiple

Halloween on a Saturday guarantees a wild night. From the early-evening trick-or-treaters on the corner of 9th and 9th to the late-night Sketch Cabaret aerialists spinning inside Metro Bar, Salt Lake had a Halloween party to suit every preference.

This Halloween 2015 tour of festivities started with Dead Train No. 666 on 1500 South and 900 East and roamed as far east as The Pie by the University of Utah. Stops along the way included the Windsor Street Taco Cart patrons and the 8:00 p.m. Rocky Horror Picture Show crowd at The Tower Theater.

A pair of Avenues parties followed that stop at The Pie. After a drive downtown, four Salt City Cycle Cabbies lined up for a photo before hoards of Garth Brooks fans poured out of the Vivint Smart Home Arena all dressed as cowboys. From there, a quick trip west revealed rodeo queens at The Sun Trapp and Metro Bar hosted Minx performing before passing the torch to Sketch Cabaret’s aerialists gyrating throughout the Metro Bar and Cirkus Pandemonium’s fire dancers lighting up the parking lot.

Spooky revelers filled the streets of Salt Lake, and 200 South once again hosted a hoard of costumed pedestrians. Thirteen trolls took a lap from Club Elevate to the Super Top Secret cosplay party on Edison Street and back, and the bar scene on second and second spilled onto the sidewalk from the crowded patios of Bar X, Beer Bar and Johnny’s on Second where sugar-skulled servers worked in the Bar X Taco Cart. Across the street, Este offered a much more casual pizza-by-the-slice scene.

Also, in what is becoming an annual tour stop, the party thrown by “The Ashley Madison Data Breach” (formerly known as “Ginger Gangster”) on 700 East turned it up to eleven this year with awards given for the best costumes in the categories of horror, group, made-you-think, cross-dressed, and celebrity. It so dominated the scene that it absorbed a party four doors north.

There was certainly a party for every personality in Salt Lake, whether it was a private gathering of friends or a costume contest in a packed bar.

Karma restaurant hosted a press party and tasting tour on Sept. 17 to introduce Sandy to its newest Indian restaurant. After nine years of restaurant experience at Aroma in Draper, the Obaid family is proud to present its second restaurant, Karma. Tonight’s private party serves as a preview of the Sept. 26 grand opening celebration. Reservations are encouraged to guarantee a table at Karma’s official opening, but don’t wait—the restaurant is now open and serving healthy, modern Indian cuisine during its regular business hours. (Unless otherwise noted, all captioned guests identified from left to right.)

(L-R) Kyle Blase, Jenny Handel and Greg Bebetich heard about KRCL’s 2015 Polar Jubilee on the radio, and they thought they’d check it out. They consider themselves KRCL donors and aficionados. Photo: John Barkiple

For the sixth year in a row, KRCL celebrated its birthday with a polar jubilee. The radio station is 36 years old and still going strong. Hundreds of fans, donors, sustainers, volunteers and KRCL staff bundled up and swarmed the Gallivan Center for an evening of music, food and conversation.

KRCL is crucial to the diversity of Salt Lake’s radio scene, but the station’s reliance on donations puts it in a tricky situation. Donors consistently provide KRCL with the funds it needs to offer eclectic programming throughout the week and provide a metaphorical “town square” in which all manner of Utahns can meet and mingle. And on a magical night like the Polar Jubilee, the metaphor becomes reality as the Gallivan Center fills with public radio supporters of all stripes.

From the Three Pines Coffee booth by the ticket table to the Salt Lake Photo Collective photo booth upstairs above the Gallivan Plaza, KRCL’s 2015 Polar Jubilee offered something for everyone. Hungry guests stood in line for Chow Truck tacos or for Fiore Wood-Fired Pizza and ate dinner standing under heat lamps or seated at communal fire pits. Coordinated guests even strapped on skates and took a few turns around the rink east of KRCL’s fenced event.

On the plaza, tables against a fence created a perimeter filled with activity centered around a giant tree covered in colored lights. On the north end, volunteers from Volunteers for America collected clothing donations for homeless youth. Proper Brewing Company poured pints of their KRCaLe, a collaboration between brewers and KRCL DJs and staff that produced a dark, hoppy ale. Another table offered a selection of wines. On the south end, bands performed on the Gallivan stage.

The upstairs event space at the Gallivan Center gave Polar Jubilee guests a chance to warm up and grab a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Dave Brewer was up there with a prop-filled photo booth experience to celebrate KRCL’s birthday, and PopArt Snacks had a seven-flavor popcorn bar filled with surprises like Thai coconut curry, nori sesame and white cheddar jalapeño.

Three bands kept revelers on their feet as the evening’s chilly air grew colder. Two Nations started at 6:00 p.m. and drew a crowd that swelled as The National Parks took the stage. By the time Fictionist started playing, Samba Fogo was also performing to a warmer crowd upstairs above the plaza.

In the end, loyal KRCL volunteers struck the tables and corralled the fences and called it a night as the moon waited to rise above a festive tree in Salt Lake’s town square.


On Monday, Ashley Anderson hosted MUDSON: loveDANCEmore, a modern dance performance at the Masonic Temple in Salt Lake City. Her 501c3 organization, Ashley Anderson Dances, hosts events throughout the year and thanks its many individual supporters in addition to the SLC Arts Council, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and ZAP—the Zoo Arts & Parks funds. The event included four works in progress from Heather Francis, Amy Freitas, Shira Fagan, and Emma Wilson. (Unless otherwise noted, all names listed left to right.)

Bikes ruled the roads, changing lanes and running lights with abandon during the Fourth Annual SLUG Cat race. Racers registered at Saturday Cycles and relaxed in canopied shade before tackling their manifest’s challenges. With stops scattered around town from the Marmalade to Sugarhouse, riders had to plan their routes carefully or risk missing their cutoff time at 7 p.m.

Challenges included selfies at Porcupine Pub & Grille, cornhole at Salt Lake City Bicycle Co., skee ball at Proper Brewing Co., a quick trip on a GREENbike, and a memory game at Watchtower Cafe. From riders who purchased bikes recently to riders with trusty steeds from the ‘70s, the SLUG Cat competitors encompassed a wide variety of both skill and determination.

Darin’s flat tire derailed his cycle posse early in the race, so they took it easy and only hit a few Downtown stops on their manifest. Ian had a great time riding with his dad, Jeff Eggleston—a cyclo-kilted demon on wheels. Racers Amy Holmes and Mrs. Corn are both new to the Salt Lake bike scene, and they both enjoyed meeting riders throughout the day. Racer Adam Rosenberg put it best when he said, “It’s fun to ride bikes with goofy people having a goofy time.”

Behind Crank SLC, a wicked mini velodrome awaited race finishers and challenged them to complete three laps as a final challenge. An afterparty including tunes by DJ NixBeat along with a variety of prizes—both tossed and awarded—guaranteed that the SLUG Cat pleased all in attendance.

Sponsors included: SLUG Magazine, Monster Energy, New Belgium BrewingBeer BarCold Shoulder BagsCrank SLCCranky’s Bike ShopFishers CycleryGREENBike SLCK’UL ChocolatePorcupine Pub & GrilleProper Brewing Co.SLC Bicycle Co.Saturday CyclesThe StockistVelo City Bags and Watchtower Cafe.

A brew pub in Salt Lake City? Impossible? Maybe in 1989 when Squatters opened its doors to a stunned city ready to share the dream. But with characteristic devotion to quality, Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole defied convention and opened the first of Salt Lake’s many brew pubs — with a new Wasatch Brew Pub to open in Sugarhouse on the 15th.

The 2016 Utah Pride Parade painted 200 South with a colorful palette of enthusiastic support for LGBTQ+ Utahns as supporters marched under a proud rainbow umbrella. The three-day Utah Pride Festival culminated in a Sunday morning parade filled with dozens of floats for thousands of spectators.

SLUG Magazine’s bevy of bikers and bumblers passed out magazines, sunglasses, stickers, enameled pins and Death by Salt V compilations. Vinyl drew the biggest reaction from the crowd—not that kind of vinyl, Death by Salt V on vinyl! It’s the fifth in a series of vinyl releases highlighting the best local music Salt Lake’s underground scenes have to offer.

SLUG staffers marched in uniform. This time it was pink T-shirts with a typewriter on the front and the slogan, “everyone’s my type,” on the back, designed by Hey Rooney. As always, a few staffers made creative alterations to these unisex, blocky shirts including opened shoulders, rolled sleeves and scooped necks. One young girl wore her shirt as a tiny dress.

As this pink procession marched along 200 South, the natural ebb and flow of parade dynamics would spread the marchers thin on the street, and then they’d gather in a thick, pink blob of SLUG Mag solidarity for all things LGBTQ+. SLUG cyclists spun tiny laps around the group as SLUG strollers walked among the crowd passing out tchotchkes.

With the legalization of gay marriage in place and more and more anti-discrimination laws enacted, the LGBTQ+ community enjoys unprecedented support, but the current debates over transgender citizens’ access to the bathrooms of their choice make it clear that the fight isn’t finished, and that continued support is needed now more than ever.

The VIP Patio at the Craft Lake City DIY Festival offers a photogenic perspective of the KRCL stage and the delicious dinner options along Gallivan Avenue. Photo: John Barkiple

Craft Lake City’s 8th Annual DIY Festival expanded to three days this year, and all of the music, vendors, delicious food and beautiful art could hardly be contained in one weekend. From Friday through Sunday, attendees were able to see, taste, hear and experience new things. Whether that be trying out VR goggles in the Google Fiber STEM Building, getting their (mis)fortune told, having their portrait drawn or seeing all of the amazing things being built/made/crafted by local makers and artisans, attendees weren’t likely to go home without finding something interesting. Craft Lake City’s 2016 DIY Fest was bigger and better than ever before.

Read about some of this year’s performers and exhibitors in our August issue.

Words by Tyson Call (@clancycoop)

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DIY Fest Day 1 – Aug. 12, 2016

Rachel Molenda // @snowlenda

Jo Savage // @savagedangerwolf

John Barkiple