Elephant Revival, a folk quintet from Nederland, Colorado, is back in town, almost. This time they'll be packing the house at Park City Live. The Utah scene has an infatuation with Elephant Revival. As it turns out, Elephant Revival has a special devotion to Utah, also; they last played in Salt Lake just a few months ago at the State Room for New Year's Eve and the night prior. This was their second New Year's playing in Salt Lake.More...
I've never been to Chez Panisse. I've only read about it, imagined it. Its food is legendary, but just as vital as its revolutionarily simple yet divine menu is the philosophy of the great Alice Waters: from local farm to table with a focus on community. Bringing that philosophy to life in Salt Lake is Avenues Bistro, a comfortable little Avenues restaurant where I was greeted one recent afternoon by a friendly hostess, and an old chalkboard with the hand-written words: Community, Conversation, Cuisine.More...
In some circles, people wanting to avoid GMOs are being lumped together with climate deniers as enemies of science. So be it. I still want to know if my food has been genetically altered in a lab. Same goes for my beer. Without any labeling requirements in the US, how do I know if my brew of choice uses GMO ingredients?More...
I don't trust anybody with clean fingernails in spring. The people I trust can't help but thrust their winter-weary hands into the rich, living soil as soon as the sun begins to warm it. The people I trust are out as early as February, pulling mats of leaves off their favorite garden beds, eagerly shoving pea seeds into the earth. They're just better people than those with meticulously groomed fingers. They have their priorities straight. That's simply an honest observation. Deal with it.More...
The room was abuzz with excitement. On an otherwise ordinary Thursday night, more than 300 fine folks had assembled for the second gathering of "The Bee: True Stories from the Hive," an evening of lovingly competitive storytelling. The lights of downtown glittered through the third floor windows of The Leonardo. When Ashley Sanders took the stage, after a lively intermission, no one quite knew what to expect, only that she would tell us a true story, on the theme of the night,"Attachment," in five minutes or less.More...
This week, next week, and for quite a distance into the future, you're likely to define success and stability by how skillfully you work your way through a multitude of shadows. Don't misunderstand—I'm not suggesting that the future is only dark and murky. But I am going to be honest about our current situation, which is clouded by a vast number of issues that will continue to insinuate themselves into our personal lives as well as into our collective experience until we find a way to transform and resolve those concerns through consciousness and creativity.
Despite a below-average snowpack and a dry March thus far, Spring is coming in like a lion, as evidenced by the acid-yellow forsythia, the soft pinks of the flowering plums, and all the other buds ready to burst forth. It seems that this dry winter has not yet had an adverse effect on our landscapes—are we conflicted if we want to use less water in the landscape and still have astonishingly fabulous gardens? We may cringe at the very notion of sprinklers running this early, and yet, is it wrong, given how dry it is? Well, the answer is both "yes" and "no."
The planets align in complex patterns this week, and working through the astral intricacies requires an expansive perspective. Expect to be confounded by the challenge of figuring out not only where to stand on a variety of issues, but also how to stand in relation to this mashugana world. So many significant transitions are occurring simultaneously that it's simply impossible to track the shifts. From political nervous breakdowns to the realization of just how deeply the fault lines of bigotry penetrate societal structures to the widening economic and educational chasms that exacerbate divisions in an already too divided world to religious fanaticism based on literalism, it's a mind-boggling mess. How to walk through the collective upheaval and still find meaning and purpose in the routines of daily life is the trial of the times. And while it is not an easy one, answering the call of this challenge is soul forging.
Nervous systems are likely to grow increasingly twitchy this week, as Uranus and Pluto form their seventh and final square on March 16, turning up the heat on the caldron of change—personal and collective—and bringing it to a roiling boil. We've been in the unrelenting grip of this fractious interaction since spring 2012, and so much has shifted during the last three years that it's impossible to deem any one event as emblematic of the entire cycle or to deem this last contact as the most significant.
Genes and fancy poses.
—by Charlotte Bell
Environmental news from around the state and the West.
Too, too Soon. Is there a doctor in the house?
—by John deJong
Air quality crusades: 2015 roundup.
—by Clare BoeRigter
I was born in East Los Angeles on January 9, 1948, Southern California bred and educated and after one year at UCLA, graduated from Cal Arts with a BFA. Moved to San Francisco and then to Canada for a few years, where I worked as an illustrator and muralist. Got sent to Tahiti on assignment for Vancouver magazine.
Contrary to unpopular beliefs.
—by Dennis Hinkamp
The key to succeeding at persistence.
—by Alice Toler
Draw anything!—by Suzanne Wagner