Salt Lake Magazinehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/feeds/atom/2015-03-03T14:16:00+00:00Westminster Concert Series: The Dance of Love2015-03-03T14:16:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/westminster-concert-series-the-dance-of-love/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/wcs_-_the_dance_of_love_(2-23-15).jpg" width="490"><br><em>Kimi Kawashima, Emily Williams, Christopher LeCluyse and Michael Chipman in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Westminster Concert Series</em></p> <p><span style=""><a href="http://www.westminstercollege.edu/music/?parent=3944&amp;detail=11486&amp;content=11487">The Westminster Concert Series</a> must be applauded for its innovative approach to programming. Each season, series director Karlyn Bond goes the extra mile to ensure that audiences are presented with the broadest scope of music imaginable, performed by Westminster College’s talented music faculty as well as local and national guest artists. </span><span style="">The quality and merit of the concerts in the series is exceptional, and the series is a welcome addition to Salt Lake City’s ever expanding classical music scene.</span></p> <p><span style="">I</span><span style="">ts most recent concert brought together soprano Emily Nelson and tenor Christopher LeCluyse, co-founders of Utopia Early Music, and two members of Westminster’s voice faculty, mezzo-soprano Aubrey Adams-McMillan and baritone Michael Chipman. The vocal quartet was joined by Westminster pianists Emily Williams and Kimi Kawashima and guest lutenist David Walker, a frequent performer at Utopia concerts.</span></p> <p><span style="">The Feb. 23 concert was titled “The Dance of Love” and featured a wonderfully conceived and imaginative program that explored the various stages of love as seen through the ages by composers as diverse as the medieval Guillaume de Machaut and the romantic Johannes Brahms.</span></p> <p><span style="">And rather than arranging the works chronologically, as one might have expected, the program mixed up style periods and placed pieces together based on thematic context. It was a fabulous way to do it. It put each of the works in a new perspective and showed that it wasn’t just the romantics who were passionate about love.</span></p> <p><span style="">One of the most powerful pieces on the program was John Dowland’s “Flow My Tears,” sung with eloquently crafted feeling and refined expressiveness by Chipman, accompanied by Walker. That was followed by Franz Schubert’s “Mignon und der Harfner,” another poignant song that was beautifully delivered by Nelson and LeCluyse, with Kawashima at the piano.</span></p> <p><span style="">McMillan, with Williams at the piano, lent her rich and warm mezzo to Stefano Dunaudy’s poignant “O del mio amato ben,” giving a touching account that captured the tender sensitivity of the lyrics.</span></p> <p><span style="">Rounding out each half of the concert was a short sampling from Brahms’ </span><span style=""><em>Liebeslieder Walzer</em></span><span style="">, </span><span style="">op. 52</span><span style=""><em>,</em></span><span style=""> which united the four singers and the two pianists. </span><span style="">Of the 18 songs in the set,</span><span style=""> the pieces they sang were well chosen (nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6 were sung at the end of the first half, and nos. 14, 17 and 18 at the end of the second half). It was a wonderful collaboration, and the performances brought out the many moods that Brahms expresses in these short and gorgeous songs.</span></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Weekend-long Fete of Wine and Skiing: 11th Annual Red, White &amp; Snow2015-03-03T13:39:00+00:00Vanessa Conabee/blog/author/vanessa/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/weekend-long-fete-of-wine-and-skiing-11th-annual-red-white-snow/<p><span><span><span>The 11</span></span></span><span><sup><span><span>th</span></span></sup></span><span><span><span> Annual <a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/">Red, White &amp; Snow</a> event (March 5-7) kicks off Thursday with <a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/uncorked/">“Uncorked,”</a> a sampling of more than 30 vintners’ favorite wines and hors d’oeuvres at the <a href="http://www.steinlodge.com/?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_term=hotels%20deer%20valley&amp;utm_campaign=Non-Brand">Stein Eriksen Lodge</a>. The first in a series of five signature events during an extended weekend of skiing and dining, Red, White &amp; Snow is the premier fundraiser for the <a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/about-us/">National Ability Center</a>, a non-profit organization empowering people of all abilities through adaptive recreation.</span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/ecclectic_brew.jpg" width="490"><br>Photo courtesy of Eclectic Brew Productions<br> </span></span></span></em></p> <p><span>The National Ability Center has been inspiring achievement through adaptive sports since 1985. Seasonal and year-round programs offered include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hippotherapy, indoor rock climbing, swimming, archery, sled hockey, cycling, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and challenge course activities. Individuals of all ages and abilities take part in the National Ability Center’s programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments and cognitive and developmental disabilities. Thanks to the generous support of donors, grants and the community, the NAC provides scholarships to 100 percent of applicants who make requests.</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/nac.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Photo by Amber Schiavone<br></em><br></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Highlights of this year’s culinary, wine, and ski extravaganza include:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong><a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/uncorked/">Uncorked</a>, March 5, 6 p.m., Stein Eriksen Lodge</strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>: The intimate evening features tastings of more than 30 vintners’ favorite wines and is complemented by live music for an extraordinary experience. Learn first-hand about exceptional wines from the individuals who created them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong><a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/wine-on-the-mountain/">Wine on the Mountain</a>, March 6, 12:30 p.m., St. Regis Deer Valley: </strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>An exclusive slope-side tasting and lunch après ski party. Show off your best vintage ski gear and win prizes from vintners and sponsors. Vintners will highlight new releases or classic favorites.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong>Ski with the Legends (Invitation Only), March 6, Deer Valley: </strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>Deer Valley is hosting an invitation-only group to hit the slopes with skiing legends who include Anna Beninati, Trace Worthington, Shannon Bahrke, Chris Waddell and Holly Flanders.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong><a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/vintner-dinners/">Vintner Dinners</a>, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Private Park City Homes: </strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>Vintner Dinners are the highlight of Red, White &amp; Snow. Premier chefs and vintners craft exquisite meals with artful wine pairings in a luxurious, private environment. During the evening, a National Ability Center participant or volunteer will visit each dinner and share their personal experience of discovering the possibilities through the unique programs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong><a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/gala-and-auction/">Gala and Auction</a>, March 7, 6 p.m., Montage Deer Valley: </strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>The Gala Dinner &amp; Auction is an evening of culinary delights, decadent vintages and thrilling auction items. Featuring Celebrity Emcee </span></span></span><a href="http://www.billengvall.com/"><span><span><span><span>Bill Engvall</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> and an exclusive live auction. Seated at each table of eight will be one of the presenting vintners or sommeliers to share extraordinary wine selections.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><strong><a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/events/after-party-2/">After Party</a>, March 7, 10 p.m.–12:30 a.m., Vista Lounge, Montage Deer Valley: </strong></em></span></span></span><span><span><span>The fun doesn’t stop once the gala ends. Head upstairs to the beautiful Vista Lounge at Montage Deer Valley to enjoy live music by </span></span></span><a href="http://kttunstall.com/"><span><span><span><span>KT Tunstall</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> and dance the night away to the sounds of </span></span></span><a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/djdolph"><span><span><span><span>DJ Dolph</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. Specialty cocktails provided by </span></span></span><a href="http://www.beehivedistilling.com/"><span><span><span><span>Beehive Distilling</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> and </span></span></span><a href="http://ogdensown.com/index.php#fivewives"><span><span><span><span>5 Wives Vodka</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> will ensure the festivities last well into the night. 

</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For more information about vintners or reservations, visit <a href="http://redwhiteandsnow.org/">redwhiteandsnow.org</a>.</span></span></span></p>Film Review: &quot;The Tale of Princess Kaguya&quot;2015-03-03T12:09:00+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/film-review-the-tale-of-princess-kaguya/<p class="p1"> <iframe height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tM6hcHp0_kU" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="p2">Based on a Japanese folktale (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), Isao Takahata’s <a href="http://www.utahfilmcenter.org/event/tale-princess-kaguya/">"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"</a> is essential viewing for animation lovers ready for a very unique story. And you can see it for free on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at The City Library, thanks to Utah Film Center.</p> <p class="p1">Kaguya, a Best Animated Feature nominee at the 2015 Academy Awards, tells the story of a princess found in a shiny stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter. He and his wife raise the tiny princess, who grows up fast, and later come upon riches to ensure their princess lives a life of luxury. But is a life away from one surrounded by friends and nature what she really wants? And what happens when Princess Kaguya’s true origin is revealed?</p> <p class="p1">I watched the original Japanese version with subtitles, but an English-dubbed version exists, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Kaguya. With either version, you’re in for an epic tale that requires an open mind (finding a baby in a bamboo stalk is just the tip of the spectacular iceberg). </p> <p class="p1">Hand drawn, the animation is nothing short of fantastic, and at times, it calms the spirit, not unlike a great landscape painting.</p> <p class="p1">Kaguya comes into the world with a knowledge of music and some supernatural abilities. Scenes where she demonstrates these abilities, created with incredible attention to detail, are the ones I enjoyed the most.</p> <p class="p1">The film also has its humor. In one part, five suitors try to court Kaguya by comparing her to mythical treasures, though none of them have actually seen her before, hoping to win her favor. She says she’ll marry the man who can actually bring her the treasure he mentioned. When she makes that offer, the men’s dumbfounded faces are priceless. </p> <p class="p1">Overall, the film is about Kaguya's relationships—with her adopted parents, her closest childhood friend, Earth and where she’s from.</p> <p class="p1">And while the film is PG, its contemplative nature and prolonged scenes without singing might make it a bad choice for some young kids I know. Older kids will love it. My recommendation: Bring a date, and talk about the film afterward over lunch (<a href="http://www.cytybyrd.com/">Cytybyrd</a> is just across the street).</p>Pruning your Petals for Spring2015-03-03T12:01:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/pruning-your-petals-for-spring/<p class="p1">Spring is just around the corner and now's the time to start thinking about pruning your plants to ensure beautiful blooms this year.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="539" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/pruning1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">It can be confusing to remember which plants need to be pruned in the spring and which need to be pruned in the fall. There are a variety of options and methods for pruning, but <a href="http://www.redbuttegarden.org/pruning_101">Red Butte Garden</a> at the University of Utah offers great tips for beginners who wants to start sprucing up their plants. </p> <p class="p1">If you like the foliage of grasses and perennial seedheads in your winter garden, spring is the time to prune your perennials and ornamental grasses. Prune these plants to a couple of inches above the ground level in February or early March before your plants bloom so this year's new growth won't be damaged. Many herbs, including chives, sorrel, rue and fennel are considered perennials and can also be pruned at this time. </p> <p class="p1">Partially woody herbs should be pruned in the spring after the threat of hard frost is over. Plants can be damaged by frost if the seedheads are removed too early. </p> <p class="p1">Roses, especially hybrid varieties, can be vulnerable to fungus and need to be pruned to allow air movement. For hybrid tea roses, select the three to five best canes and remove all of the other diseased canes to allow your best ones to floursh. Prune the best canes below any winter dieback or disease and to a bud that will grow outside the bush to minimize fungus. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/pruning2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Avoid pruning trees in the spring when the buds are enlarged because the tree's energy reserves will be at their lowest point during this critical growth time. </p> <p class="p1">Want to learn more about why some plants are pruned in the fall and some in the spring? Sign up for the Botany for Gardeners class at Red Butte Garden. You'll also learn about plant identification and watering practices. </p> <p class="p1"><a href="https://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/class/llhg_488_botany_for_gardeners%20" target="_blank">Botany for Gardeners</a><br>February 26—March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.<br>$67 for members, $74 for general public</p> <p class="p1">Looking to learn the basics of pruning but don't have a lot of cash? Conservation Garden Park offers free workshops:</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://conservationgardenpark.org/events/752/tree-and-shrub-pruning-workshop/" target="_blank">Tree and Shrub Pruning workshop</a><br>Saturday, February 21, 9:00—10:30 a.m.<br>Conservation Garden Park Education Center, West Jordan  </p> <p class="p1">If you're interested in learning how to prune fruit trees, Utah State University Botanical Center offers classes in three locations:</p> <p class="p1">March 14, 9 a.m.—12 p.m.<br><a href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/htm/classes-events/eventID=32742&amp;#calendarTop" target="_blank">USUBC Home Orchard Demonstration, Kaysville </a></p> <p class="p1">March 21, 9 a.m.—12 p.m.<br><a href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/htm/classes-events/eventID=31850&amp;#calendarTop" target="_blank">Ogden Botanical Gardens, Ogden</a>  <br><a href="http://usubotanicalcenter.org/htm/classes-events/eventID=32748&amp;#calendarTop" target="_blank">Boyd Hansen's Orchard, West Point</a></p> <div class="post-content"> <p class="p1">images via <a href="http://www.redbuttegarden.org/" target="_blank">Red Butte Garden</a></p> <div><em>Orinigially posted by <a href="http://utahstyleanddesign.com/blog/2015/02/25/pruning-your-petals-for-spring/">UtahStyleandDesign.com </a></em></div> </div>Giveaway: Shoe tree story for dinner at Silver 2015-03-03T11:44:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/giveaway-dinner-at-silver/<p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/shoetree.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Photo by Adam Finkle</em></p> <p>A recent <a href="/blog/2015/03/01/strange-harvest/">post by <em>Park City Life</em> writer Tony Gill</a> speaks of Park City's Shoe Tree as "emblamatic of the town's vibe." On the now snow-covered landmark hangs tradition and hopefully a few good stories.  </p> <p>If you've tossed a pair of shoes atop the iconic branches, we want to know your experience of this endeavor. If you haven't yet whisked away a pair of worn shoes to the tree, you can still enter by telling us your story of shoes—worn, loved, hated or to blame for some sort of mischief.</p> <p>Comment below with your story, and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to <a href="http://www.silverrestaurant.com/">Silver</a> on Main Street, Park City.</p> <p><em>We will pick the winning comment on April 20. Leave your email in the designated field or the comment itself, so we can get in touch with you if you win. Winner must be able to pick up prize from Salt Lake magazine's office in Salt Lake City.</em></p>Beauty Buff: Motivation and Dedication 2015-03-03T08:44:00+00:00Emi Clarke/blog/author/Emi/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/03/beauty-buff-motivation-and-dedication/<p>Many of us set goals each year to better ourselves, especially in our eating and exercise habits. During the cold winter months we attend holiday parties, hibernate, and eat heavier foods, leading us down a long pathway to unhealthy habits. But as spring rolls around we can now start thinking about getting back into shape. Dedication and motivation are key for getting back on track , and today we have compiled some awesome workout spots and classes to motivate you in your journey to a better you. </p> <p><a href="http://bikramyogaslc.com/pages/about" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/bikram.jpg" width="200"></a></p> <p>Bikram Yoga – If you dare brave the heat, it’s an amazing workout/yoga experience.</p> <p><a href="http://9thand9thpilates.com/#about%20" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="91" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/9thand9th.jpeg" width="200"></a></p> <p>9<sup>th</sup> and 9<sup>th</sup> Pilates offers many different classes such reformer, barr evolution, TRX strength training, yogalates and velo ride circuit. </p> <p><a href="http://www.corepoweryoga.com/classdescriptions" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="87" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/corepower.jpg" width="300"></a></p> <p>Core Power Yoga offers many different classes, including hot yoga, hot power fusion, core power heated yoga, and yoga sculpt. </p> <p><a href="http://www.dashfitnessstudios.com/classes-2/" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="67" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/dash.jpg" width="200"></a></p> <p>Dash Fitness Studio has many classes to offer, which are obsidian levels I and II, reformer pilates, les mills bodycombat, personal training, and zumba </p>Suzanne Vega comes to the Eccles stage2015-03-02T17:53:00+00:00Vanessa Conabee/blog/author/vanessa/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/02/suzanne-vega-comes-to-the-eccles-stage/<p><span style=""><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/suzannevega-pc.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span>Folk-singer songwriter Suzanne Vega, best known for smash hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” brings a new blend of inventive music to the Eccles stage Saturday, March 21. While Vega’s dreamy, melancholy style is iconic, the release of her latest </span></span>studio album, Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles (February 2014) has gained considerable attention owing to a sense of energy and urgency rarely found in previous work (“Fool’s Complaint,” “Jacob and the Angel,” “Laying on of Hands”).</p> <p><span><span style="">With poetic skills </span></span><span style=""><em>RollingStone </em></span><span style="">calls “</span><span><span style="">sphinxlike,” Vega was</span></span><span style=""> a leading figure in the singer-songwriter folk-revival of the early 1990s, paving the road for standouts Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin and the Indigo Girls. Though she has carried an acoustic guitar since she taught herself to play at age 11, her folk-Americana influences are more of the Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen variety than 1960s icon Bob Dylan.</span></p> <p><span><span style="">Vega’s live shows continue to deliver lasting musicianship and clever folk songs. According to </span></span><span><span style=""><em>The New York Time’s </em></span></span><span><span style="">Paul Krugman’s blog, “</span></span><span style="">If you saw Suzanne Vega years ago, as I did, and wondered if she’s still as good in live performance, she isn’t — she’s better.”</span></p> <p><span style=""><em>Park City Institute presents Suzanne Vega on Saturday, March 21 at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. </em></span><span style=""><em>Tickets range from </em></span><span style="">$20 to $69* </span><span style=""><em>(20-percent discount for seniors, ½ price tickets for children ages 16 and under; </em></span><span style=""><em>$5 seats are available in the Copper Section for Summit County students (K-12). Tickets and information are available at The Eccles Center box office, 435-655-3114 or <a href="http://ecclescenter.org/">ecclescenter.org. </a></em></span></p>The City Library Review: Story of a Girl2015-03-02T16:49:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/02/the-city-library-review-story-of-a-girl/<p><img alt="" height="739" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/story-of-a-girl-main.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Salt Lake City resident Sara Zarr is the award-winning author of five novels for young adults. She plans to publish a sixth in early 2016, as hinted on her <a href="http://www.sarazarr.com/">website</a>, which gives readers enough time to read or re-read some of her previously published works. While any of Zarr’s works offer enjoyable reading, her first novel, <em>Story of a Girl</em>, might be the best place to start. This story is young adult contemporary at its finest, a coming-of-age story portraying angst, disappointment, and, ultimately, love and forgiveness. </p> <p><em><a href="http://catalog.slcpl.org/search/title.aspx?cn=189709">Story of a Girl</a> </em>is about Deanna Lambert, a teen who is looked upon as a slut in her small town after being caught by her father in the back of a Buick with 17-year-old Tommy Webber, a friend of her older brother. Deanna considers herself a disappointment to her father, who can barely look at her. She tries to maintain a relationship with her brother, Darren, but he feels distressed by his own situation. He got a girl pregnant right out of high school and is now living with her and their baby in the family basement.</p> <p>Deanna lands a summer job at a local pizza place after her sophomore year of high school, and drama ensues when she discovers that she has to work alongside the one and only Tommy Webber. To further the drama, Deanna develops feelings for her guy friend Jason, who already happens to be dating her best friend. Over the course of the summer, Deanna experiences a gamut of growing pains: angst, fear, confusion, loneliness, and despair. But she also experiences resolution and hope. She longs to escape the label that people have placed on her; she just wants to enjoy her high school years without having to be reminded of the past.</p> <p>I enjoyed this book for its honest depiction of reality. Deanna Lambert is an approachable, unassuming character who is dealing with a not-so-happy set of circumstances. But the story depicts an inner transformation and maturation. She becomes more comfortable in her own skin and is able to face her junior year of high school with optimism and an open mind. I enjoyed her journey and was left having faith in her future.</p> <p>The story is internal and psychological, very much a reflection of what teenage girls might experience right before the inevitable leap into adulthood. Nothing seems to be changing on the outside, but severe emotions and internal conflict reign within. The teenage years are a difficult life stage for girls, and this book captures the whirlwind of severe emotions. In the end, the story teaches us that a willingness to forgive and forget can be a powerful factor in successful conflict resolution.</p> <p><em>Catherine Welker is a Library Assistant at the Sweet Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library. To find <a href="http://catalog.slcpl.org/search/title.aspx?cn=189709">this</a> and similar books within the Library’s catalog, or for more info on The City Library’s programs and services, visit <a href="http://www.slcpl.org/">slcpl.org</a></em></p>Veteran hip-hop collective Doomtree gears up for SLC2015-03-02T16:14:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/02/veteran-hip-hop-collective-doomtree-gears-up-for-slc/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/doomtree.jpg" width="490"><br><em>We spoke with Doomtree's Dessa (far right). Photo courtesy of Kelly Loverud</em></p> <p><span><br>Seven-piece hip hop collective <a href="http://www.doomtree.net/">Doomtree</a> have been consistently one-upping themselves over the past decade with a cacophonous blending of rap, pop-punk and indie sensibilities. Just as notable are their entrepreneurial beginnings, which have culminated into their own record label. </span></p> <p><span>Now, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, P.O.S., Paper Tiger, Sims, Mike Mictlan and Dessa are back on the road in a nationwide tour that will land at the </span><a href="http://www.theurbanloungeslc.com/urbanlounge/calendar/listing.html">Urban Lounge</a><span> on Saturday, March 7. We chatted with Dessa, one of the group’s MCs, on the release of their latest full-length album All Hands and the payoffs that come with hustling your way to the top.</span></p> <p><span><strong>CC:</strong></span><span> What are you most looking forward to on the next leg of your tour of the West Coast?</span></p> <p><span><strong>Dessa:</strong></span><span> I think a Doomtree tour is always exciting for the fact that we get to spend time with one another altogether. And obviously, the challenge of 10 people living in a bus is an act of sheer communion and camaraderie. That’s probably what I’m looking most forward to; to hang.</span></p> <p><span><strong>CC:</strong></span><span> How do you feel All Hands has been received so far?</span></p> <p><span><strong>Dessa:</strong></span><span> It’s only a couple weeks old, but so far it’s done really well. Every passing day, it feels like more people in the crowds know the words of our songs, and the reviews have been really good, so we’re feeling good about it.</span></p> <p><strong>CC: </strong>Your new music video for the single, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PTHFL63sTQ">“Final Boss”</a> is definitely gritty stuff, but it's oddly funny at the same time. What went into its conceptualization?</p> <p><span><strong>Dessa:</strong></span><span> Yeah, the director Maria Juranic and her team came up with the idea of a fatal dinner party, and I thought it was one of my favorite projects that I’ve been a part of visually, and they really killed it.</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/doomtree-allhands.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span><strong>CC:</strong></span><span> A large part of the collective’s staying power seems to be due to this genre-bending sound that defies what’s usually expected from hip hop artists. Has this been a conscious effort over the years?</span></p> <p><span><strong>Dessa:</strong></span><span> I think the blend of styles is kind of a product of our varied interests. Like, nobody’s set out to make it huge in hip hop; it’s more about finding sounds that move us and figuring out a way to incorporate them in a way that feels cohesive.</span></p> <p><span><strong>CC:</strong></span><span> From what I’ve read on your beginnings, it sounds like you’ve really built your careers from the bottom up into what’s almost a Doomtree “brand” now, including your own record label.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Dessa:</strong></span><span> When you’re learning to do everything yourself, you’ve gotta learn how to manufacture merch; you’ve gotta learn how to sell records and get a website running. At some point, one of us had to learn all of those skills. But the upside is you get to maintain complete control over your work, and you get to call the shots. One of the biggest advantages of being an independent (band) is that we’ve been nimble, change and act fast. But the disadvantage is that you do have to tread a lot of water to stay afloat financially during that first year, and you really have to swim upstream to get noticed by the industry at large.</span></p> <p><span><strong>CC:</strong></span><span> What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten that’s kept you in the game and true to your music this past decade?</span></p> <p><span><strong>Dessa: </strong></span><span>You know, I don’t know if I have a piece of advice about what keeps you going (laughs). I continue to work and write. I’ve been language-driven since I was a little kid; it feels like that’s the lens from which I best understand the world. Writing is something I do anyway, and it’s not strictly a vocational interest. I’m just lucky that I’m able to do it for a living.</span> </p> <p><em><span>You can listen to Doomtree’s All Hands and watch the music video for their song Gray Duck<a href="https://doomtree.bandcamp.com/album/all-hands"> here</a>. </span></em></p>Red Bicycle Breadworks2015-03-01T23:23:00+00:00Tony Gill/blog/author/Tony/http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2015/03/01/red-bicycle-breadworks/<p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/Feb%202015/redbicyclebreadworks.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Brett Whitford</em></p> <p class="p1"><br>“I baked 16 loaves the first week, threw them on the back of my red bicycle trailer and rode up the Rail Trail to the Silly Market,” says Brett Whitford, describing the origin of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/redbicyclebread">Red Bicycle Breadworks.</a> The former chef at Park City’s Chez Betty restaurant and his partner, Brad Hart, eventually moved Red Bicycle’s operations to The Market at Park City, and what started as a part-time gig in the slower summer season has grown into a budding bread empire that provides bread for some of Park City’s best restaurants, including Handle, Bistro 412 and Talisker on Main. </p> <p class="p2">Whitford doesn’t just serve bread locally; he sources as many ingredients as possible from Summit County. Red Bicycle breads incorporate spent grains from Wasatch Brewery and cheese and dairy from Gold Creek Farms, to name a few local suppliers. “It’s a lot of extra work, and it’s more expensive, but I think it’s important to keep it all close to home,” Whitford says. Despite the boom, Whitford continues to run his business in the relaxed Park City mold. “In the wintertime we totally revamp the schedule so my guys can get out and get some skiing in. We’re just a bunch of like-minded people baking bread.” </p> <p><a href="/in-the-magazine/pclife-marchapril-15/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Click here for other stories from our March/April 2015 issue.</a></p>