SLUG Holiday Party 2015: SLUG Staff Slays St. Nick in Style


It is a remarkable thing to witness people from a myriad of backgrounds, talents, and passions serve a common goal: to enrich the community around them. The SLUG holiday party is the one time a year when the humans at the front line of community engagement come together and celebrate the impact they are creating. This year the theme was “A Punk Rock X-Mas” and was executed with perfection. Many SLUGgers have lives that are demanding outside the walls of SLUG’s office on Pierpont Ave. and this provides the opportunity to meet new faces, significant others, friends, and contributors who have made what SLUG Magazine is today. Every SLUG holiday party is a blast, and this year did not disappoint. Divine Esté pizza and drinks were served in the underbelly of SLC’s Metro Bar in their new location on 100 South. At first glance, an outsider may have pondered if a cult meeting of ghouls and golems was taking place, but upon further inspection would notice the warmth and “cheer” was genuine and anything but cold.

Music for the evening was spun by SLUG’s own illustrator DJ Tanner, who played tunes they certainly wouldn’t allow at my daughter’s Christmas recital. After feasting on pizza and libations, there was a white elephant gift exchange that made all other gift exchanges at your neighbor’s ugly sweater party a complete disgrace. I have not seen that many amazing gifts premeditated with love. It was impossible to receive a bad gift this evening and many probably would consider their gift better than their top item on Amazon. Before you get all jealous and teary-eyed, realize that there was also a tremendous amount of work and thought that went into making this event a reality as SLUG’s Editor Angela Brown doesn’t say thank you with a sausage and hot sauce collection; she says thank you by knowing how to throw a great f****n’ party. Honestly, that’s enough for me.

This year, I encourage the reader to spend time with those who care about them. Don’t even think of shopping at Walmart, and get or make something for someone who needs it.