Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:49:00 +0000Preview: Intermezzo Chamber Music Series<p class="p1">The Intermezzo Chamber Music Series starts its 15th season today with a concert featuring two stalwarts of chamber music — Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms — along with a piano trio by a composer whose name one doesn’t see on programs very often but who nevertheless influenced several composers of the 19th century, Clara Schumann.</p> <p class="p1">“This is a program of blockbusters,” said pianist and Intermezzo music director Vedrana Subotic. On the program are Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, in F minor, op. 95; Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2, op. 111; and Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="720" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/vedrana_subotic_color.jpg" width="480"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Vedrana Subotic</em></p> <p class="p1">“It’s a wonderful program that’s also notable for the fact that we have some players who were with us from the beginning. Violinist Lun Jiang and cellist Pegsoon Whang played on our first season, and violist Carl Johansen and violinist Joseph Evans were part of Intermezzo early on.”</p> <p class="p1">The first concert also spotlights what Intermezzo is all about, Subotic said. “It’s the type of concert that we do well. We like to combine standard, well liked works with others that aren’t so well known.”</p> <p class="p1">Subotic said that each of the five concerts this summer has something special. One of the concerts she’s excited about is the one on July 11. The program is an eclectic mix of music by the three Bs — not the famous three Bs (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms), but a slightly different combination consisting of 20th century English composers Benjamin Britten and Arnold Bax, along with J.S. Bach.</p> <p class="p1">“The program spotlights [the Utah Symphony’s acting associate principal oboist] Titus Underwood in all three works — Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, Bax’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings and Bach’s cantata <em>Ich habe genug</em>.”</p> <p class="p1">This concert is also noteworthy because the harpsichordist in the Bach is Jeff Olpin, a musician turned radiologist who spent several years building his own harpsichord — a replica of a 1769 Pascal Taskin double manual harpsichord, which he will bring to the concert and perform on. “I’ve heard it and it has a beautiful sound,” Subotic said, adding that she’s thrilled to “welcome someone who is not a musician to our roster.”</p> <p class="p1">The rest of the concert schedule includes cello sonatas by Bach and Prokofiev; Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C major; a violin and bass duo by Penderecki; songs by Shostakovich; Brahms’ Piano Trio  No. 1 in B major; and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2, op. 81. There will also be a Utah premiere of a solo cello piece by Louis Chiappetta and Stravinsky’s <em>L’histoire du soldat</em>, presented in collaboration with Salt Lake Acting Company and Ballet West.</p> <p class="p1">All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and take place in Vieve Gore Concert Hall on the Westminster College campus. Tickets and complete concert and performer information are available online at <a href=""></a>. </p>Salt Lake magazineMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:49:00 +0000 The HivePreview: Brand New and Modest Mouse to Co-Headline The Saltair Tomorrow<p class="p1">Two very big acts are landing in Magna this Tuesday, June 28, and their cult followings would be remiss to pass on it. <strong>Brand New</strong> is set to co-headline the Saltair with <strong>Modest Mouse</strong>. It’s bound to be a packed house. </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/screen_shot_2016-06-27_at_11.29.32_am.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Of the two bands,<strong> </strong><a href="">Brand New</a> is perhaps a tad less recognized. The punk-rockers have been at it since 2000, and as a genre rarity, have remained at the fore of the scene given their signature angsty-yet-melodic sound: one that (apropos to their namesake) manages to sound reinvented with each new album. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/brand_new_single_cover.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Their latest release has been in the works for over a year, and is confirmed to be their last. It’s yet another reason to hit up the show and relish what they’ve got planned for 2016. While details of the full album are still under wraps, they have graciously released new single, “<a href="">I Am A Nightmare</a>” to keep us salivating – peek it <a href="">here</a>. It’s no doubt energetic and bears the traditional punk guitar progressions that’ll rouse a mosh; however, the track also skillfully treads the line of sappiness and nostalgia. What’s more, with its mentions of prophecies, it anomalously evokes past ecclesiastical content, a la 2006’s “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.” </p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="974" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/tour_poster.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Oh, and then there’s rock vets Modest Mouse to close things off. Expect die-hard sing-alongs, old favorites, and perhaps a tinge of bittersweetness. <a href="">Get dibs</a> on tomorrow’s show before before it sells out.  </p>Salt Lake magazineMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:31:00 +0000 Review: &quot;The Shallows&quot;<p class="p1"><em>At least the shark looks real</em></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/shallow1.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p3">If “Free State of Jones” would’ve worked better as a mini-series, then “The Shallows” would’ve worked better as shorter one-off on cable.</p> <p class="p3">But it has a great elevator pitch: a pretty girl in a bikini is trapped on a rock that is slowly being engulfed by high tide while a shark stalks her in the surrounding water. Blake Lively plays bikini-clad Nancy, as the filmmakers gratuitously remind us. Lively’s good though, and much of the movie rests on her performance.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/shallow2.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p3">“The Shallows” is noticeably divided into three acts, the first being setup: Nancy is disturbed by the tragic loss of her young mother to cancer. Now estranged from her overprotective father, she’s unsure if she wants to finish Med school, so she travels to a “secret beach” in Mexico to do some soul surfing.</p> <p class="p3">She speaks just enough Spanish to get there and understand the local surf dudes who explain the gnarly aspectsf the immediate area before the obligatory surfing-style music video ensues. She’s also headstrong enough to think she’ll be fine after the dudes head ashore for the day. </p> <p class="p3">Act two introduces the shark after Nancy discovers the carcass of a whale with a massive bitemarks in it. The biter then mouths her thigh, forcing her onto what little rock is exposed during low tide. Nancy is now injured, alone, with the sun going down and the tide coming up. Eventually she’ll lose the safety of her perch and be in the drink.  What to do?</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/shallow3.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p3">This second act is where “The Shallows” works well. The use of underwater shots and the lack of sound that accompanies it is used to great effect. The cinematography is beautiful both above and below water. But a McGyver involving making a suture for her wounds out of her earrings and necklace foreshadows the eye-rolling of the third act. Those last 30 minutes undermine whatever genuine tension was created in the previous 60.</p> <p class="p3">While the shark goes vengeful ballistic on Nancy (still preferring the hassle of stalking her over just eating a beast it already felled), and Nancy goes all John McClane on the shark (complete with one-liners), rushing into a tonal shift and a laughable climax. The denouement seems a sorry way to end what started off as a great setup.</p> <p class="p3"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p3"><em>87 minutes </em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language</em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Director: Jaume Collet-Serra</em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Writer: Anthony Jaswinski</em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Stars: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen </em></p> <p class="p3"><em>And? (Trivia from IMDB) </em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Originally titled “In the Deep”, the screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. Apparently, it was also featured on the 2014 Blood List; a list of the "most liked unproduced horror screenplays" of the year.</em></p> <p class="p3"><em>Louis Leterrier was originally set to direct but exited the film due to creative differences and the reduction of previously told budget.</em></p>Richard BonaduceMon, 27 Jun 2016 10:20:00 +0000 Trump Reigns Supreme on Kolob…<p class="p1">If you’ve been following along over the last 37 years, you know that <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Saturday’s Voyeur</em></a> has been creating a world where headlines like “Trump Reigns Supreme on Kolob” can exist. </p> <p class="p1">But this review probably isn’t for the loyalists, who religiously (maybe that’s not the right word)—<em>zealously—</em>attend every year. This review is for the uninitiated, the never-beens, never-heard-of-its or the saw-it-once-or-twices.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/voyeur.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Photo cred: dav.d photography</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Backstory</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Saturday’s Voyeur </em>is a Utah institution, a satirical musical review of a certain sort performed with gusto each summer by <a href="" target="_blank">Salt Lake Acting Company</a>. Its creators Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht (B&amp;N, hereafter) script a mashup of news items that generally poke ungentle fun at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormons. The play’s title is a spoof of a Mormon play, yes there is such a thing, called <em>Saturday’s Warrior</em> that, well, just Google it. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>This years, um, plot.</strong></p> <p class="p1">The 2016 <em>Voyeur</em> zeros in on an interpretation of Mormon doctrine that indicates women in the Celestial Kingdom (top level of heaven, umm… just Google that too) are essentially breeding stock for new spirit babies, i.e. the souls who get sent down to Earth to inhabit bodies. All very L. Ron Hubbard. </p> <p class="p1">In SV 2016, Donald Trump (Justin Ivie), who is God reigning supreme on the Planet Kolob, is working to up the count of Mormon Republican babies to swing the election toward mortal Trump and is in cahoots with Satan’s sister, Luci (Eb Madson). </p> <p class="p1">All of this, naturally, is occurring in a cannabis-inspired dream of Ned (Tito Livas), a young man born to two gay dads and two gay moms, who can’t get baptized because of a new ruling (this part is true) from the LDS Church on that subject and, for tenuous reasons (something about feeling invisible and not mattering), spends the entire performance in a purple spandex body suit.</p> <p class="p1">Still with me?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>The review. </strong></p> <p class="p1">This year’s plot, with its fixation on God-Trump pumping out spirit babies is really gross-out heavy. And while much of it works—like the rapid-fire holy sperm jokes bit (temple tadpoles, sacred swimmers)— the ensuing in-depth discussion of God-Trump’s leaking urethra and blue balls just drew ewwws from the crowd, devolving into nervous titters. I know. I know. This is the deal. <em>Voyeur</em> goes there, but do they have to linger so long? It all climaxes when Luci (remember, Satan’s sister, keep up) and God-Trump are about to copulate and fire and brimstone belches from betwixt her legs, twice. Once was funny, but twice? </p> <p class="p1">Ah well, it’s all for charity—funding SLAC.  </p> <p class="p1">One thing is for certain. Justin Ivie, kills it as God-Trump. The entire semen-laden evening rests on his broad, meshuganah shoulders and he is fantastic. B&amp;N’s have really captured the absurdity of Donald Trump, who might as well be running for God, in the lines that Ivie delivers.  </p> <p class="p1">“A lot of my best friends are queers,” for example. </p> <p class="p1">And the rest of the cast gamely soldiers on.  </p> <p class="p1">Poor Livas, trapped in his violet gimp suit for the duration, flits in and out.</p> <p class="p1">Robert Scott Smith reprises his always excellent turn as skeezy Joeseph Smith, who is helping God-Trump with his plans by pimping out spirit world versions of Ned’s lesbian mothers Rose and Mary (Becky Cole and Amanda Wright). Ned’s dads, Fred and Ted (Devin Rey Barney and Eric Lee Brotherson), mince about as is required for the caricature of Ned’s gay fathers, but one wishes both sets of parents had more to do than just play camp and butch. But caricature not character is the point here. </p> <p class="p1">Madson’s sibling to Satan was heavy handed and grating. I’m not sure that was his fault, he was only given one note to play and that note was: “Chew the scenery like a pitbull.” I missed his stoner Moroni from years past. </p> <p class="p1">Annette Wright, oh bless her, plays the Heavenly Mother who is the victim of God-Trump’s lascivious and rapey advances. Her menopausal, over-it—men and all of it, tone brings some much needed calm and quiet to the over the top God-Trump-Satan’s Sister brass knuckle band. </p> <p class="p1">Finally, SLAC newcomer Charlotte Brickwood valiantly fills in the gaps like the little Dutch Girl, playing Ned’s strangely Muslim love interest as well as a heavenly ingénue and chorus girl alongside Mikki Reeve and Bailey Walker. </p> <p class="p1">Bottom line, <em>Voyeur</em> is <em>Voyeur, </em>once<em> </em>again. I laughed out loud plenty enough to balance out my eye rolls and groans. And if nothing else we all could use a little comic relief this election year and the production-long roast of God-Trump is good medicine.  </p> <p class="p1">And for the <em>Voyeur </em>faithful, this is old school, <em>Voyueur—</em>a back to basics pre mortal-existence romp on Planet Kolob, complete with a rendition of the LDS Hymn, “Hie to Kolob” (the same arrangement from Trent Harris’s <em>Plan 10 from Outer Space</em>, no less). Those of you who know both of those references, have a current subscription to <em>Sunstone</em> and a closet full of old <em>Voyeur </em>programs, will love it. </p> <p class="p1">Runs through Aug. 28</p> <p class="p1">Buy tickets <a href=";event=0" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. </p>Jeremy PughMon, 27 Jun 2016 10:15:00 +0000;s Plate: It&#39;s not all pretty.<p>Many assume that because I write about restaurants and have done for 30 years, that I am automatically served the most perfect food by the most gracious servers in any restaurant because "they know who I am." </p> <p>Not so. </p> <p>Recently I was served this piece of chicken in a restaurant I frequent whose owners I know. </p> <p>I'm just sayin. The picture speaks for itself. <img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/rawchicken.jpg" width="413"></p>Mary Brown MaloufSat, 25 Jun 2016 14:07:00 +0000 the TableBilly Yang wins SPJ award for SLMag story &quot;Chinese Road Trip!&quot; Congrats Billy!<p>The Utah chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists handed out awards last night at their annual banquet. Here's what our friend and freelancer Billy Yang said this morning: </p> <p>"I guess I can update my LinkedIn/Tinder from award-eligible to award-winning writer. Picked up a Society of Professional Journalists prize for magazine feature writing last night. Thank you to all my dear friends and colleagues for all your support! And a HUGE shout out to <a href="">Mary Brown Malouf</a> and <a href="">Glen Warchol</a> at Salt Lake magazine for everything!"</p> <p>Yang wrote "Chinese Road Trip," a touching and insightful story about American Chinese food, for our May/June 2015 issue—If you didn't catch it in print, read it <a href="/blog/2015/05/01/the-chinese-restaurant-road-trip/">here</a>, now. </p> <p><a href="/blog/2015/05/01/the-chinese-restaurant-road-trip/"><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/chineseroadtrip1.jpg" width="475"></a></p> <div><span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption"><span class="hasCaption"><br></span></span></div>Mary Brown MaloufFri, 24 Jun 2016 11:55:00 +0000 The HiveOn the TableStaff Picks: Utah Air Show, Cucina Toscana, Urban Garden &amp; Farm Tour, Slip &#39;N Slide, Farmer&#39;s Market<p class="p1"><em>Salt Lake</em> magazine staff members know the hottest events in the Beehive. Here's just a sample of what we'll be up to this weekend.</p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/mig.jpg" width="650"></em></p> <h2 class="p2">Utah Air Show </h2> <p class="p1">Sometimes, you’ve got to put the carbon footprint out of mind and just give into the need for speed. You’ll have two opportunities to get copious amounts of wind in your hair this weekend.</p> <p class="p1">The 2016 Utah Air Show includes every risky aspect of flight from stunt planes to parachutists. The Gates Open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday to tour the aircraft on the tarmac. Then at 9:30 A.M. a pre-show with remote control aircraft. The full show opens with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Acts include the USAF Thunderbirds, the Breitling Jet Team and the Army Golden Knights. Parking will be provided at Hill Air Force Base in Layton. For more information:</p> <p class="p1">Or, if you want to keep your toes on the ground but still see humans hurtled at 170 mph, head west for the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park). It's a part of the North American Road Racing Championship, where professional racing teams square off on screaming motorcycles and manufacturers show off their performance models. </p> <p class="p1">It's all day through Saturday. 512 South Sheep Ln., Grantsville, 435-277-8000. For more info:</p> <p class="p1"><em>— Glen Warchol, Managing Editor</em></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/1_(1).jpg" width="650"></p> <h2 class="p2">Urban Garden &amp; Farm Tour </h2> <p class="p1">After planting my own urban garden this past weekend, I am looking forward to Wasatch Community Gardens’ Urban Garden &amp; Farm Tour this Saturday June 25, 2016. I am going for some inspiration and guidance to help my garden be even more successful. The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">The tour starts at the Grateful Tomato Garden on 800 South and 600 East. This tour is self- guided with 16 stops at some old favorites and nine new sites for you to choose from. You can expect to see demonstrations of urban chicken-keeping, small-space intensive gardening, water-wise growing, container gardening, composting, permaculture, rainwater catchment systems, beekeeping, small urban farming, season extenders and much more. So many great things to learn! For event information please visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p class="p1"><em>— Melody Kester, Office Manager</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="395" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/10382073_536565586452094_8180601192076465347_o-700x425.jpg" width="650"></em></p> <h2 class="p2">Cucina Toscana</h2> <p class="p1">Cucina Toscana's summer series, Canta Bella, continues this Saturday at 7 p.m. Billed as a cultural tour of Italy, the evening features music from the great Italian composers as sung by acclaimed Soprano Rebekah Rota, unique Italian wines from Libation Inc. and amazing food prepared by Cucina Toscana's Chef Memo.</p> <p class="p1">The evening will begin with light appetizers and a chance to meet fellow Italophiles and the chanteause. Rebekah will then lead you through  a narrated journey through Italy’s greatest musical achievement: Opera.</p> <p class="p1">Starting in 1600 with the birth of opera, the listener is transformed by some of opera’s greatest hits, from Vivaldi to Verdi, in a presentation that educates and entertains, informs and inspires. Francis Fecteau will guide you through the Italian Wine Regions with samples of some truly amazing Libations and Memo will provide a culinary tour of Italy with notes by Stephanie Bailey-Hatfield.  </p> <p class="p1">This event will be running all summer and will sell out fast. The dates for the program are as follows:  </p> <ul> <li>June 25th 7:00 PM</li> <li>July 16th 7:00 PM</li> <li>July 30th 7:00 PM </li> <li>August 20th 7:00 PM</li> <li>Price is $90 with optional wine pairings for $40 </li> </ul> <p class="p1">For additional information contact Stephanie Bailey-Hatfield at or call 801-328-3463.</p> <p class="p1"><em>— Mary Brown Malouf, Editor</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/website-activity_slip-5.jpg" width="650"></em></p> <h2 class="p1">World's Steepest Slip 'N Slide Party</h2> <p class="p1">Kick off summer with an afternoon full of slip ‘n slide on the single and mini water ramps at the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. Enjoy live music, plus food and cold beverages will be available for sale. Partake in summer games including Bubble Ball Soccer, Ping Pong, Cornhole and much more!</p> <p class="p1">Find more information <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p class="p2"><em>— Danielle Holmes, Sales Executive</em></p> <p class="p2"><em><br></em></p> <h2 class="p2">Downtown Farmer's Market</h2> <p><img alt="" height="480" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/farmer_logo.png" width="543"></p> <p>I know, I know. We all go to the Downtown farmer's Market every Saturday. But this week is the 25th anniversary of the event, and so, organized have promised it's the <a href="">most fun</a> the market will be all year. Won't you feel foolish if you don't show up for that? I thought so. </p> <p><em>Schedule:</em></p> <p><strong>10:00 am — 2:00 pm</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Lawn Games</p> <p dir="ltr">Inflatable Obstacle Course</p> <p dir="ltr">Dunk Tank</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>11:00 am — 2:00 pm</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Beer Garden</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>11:30 am — 1:30 pm</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Millie and the Moths</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>11:00 am</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Round 1 of Pie Eating Contest</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>12:00 pm</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Round 2 of Pie Eating Contest</p> <p> </p> <p><em>—Christie Marcy, Editor  </em></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:29:00 +0000 The HiveBeauty Buff: Vitamin C—It&#39;s Not Just for Orange Juice Anymore<p class="p1">We have learned since childhood that our bodies require daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. We eat our veggies, take our Flinstone's vitamins and have a glass of orange juice as part of a balanced breakfast. #justsaynotoscurvy</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/oranges.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="p1">So, is it a surprise to know that these same vitamins are also great for our skin? There's Retinol or Vitamin A. Retinol helps everything from acne to wrinkles. We all know Vitamin D helps heal scars and builds strength in hair and nails. And then there is Vitamin C. </p> <p class="p1">Vitamin C helps rebuild collagen and it's antioxidant properties protect your skin from free radicals. This is especially important when the Utah air gets a little on the chunky side.  There are even studies that suggest Vitamin C helps to repair sun (UV) damage.  </p> <p class="p1">Vitamin C also leaves your skin looking and feeling beautiful. Almost immediately you will feel and see a difference. Your skin will feel softer, look clearer and more bright. If healthy, glowing skin is what you are after—and aren't we all?—then Vitamin C needs to be in your life. </p> <p class="p1">Because you are going for concentration of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), I would suggest either a serum or a Vitamin C treatment. Cleansers and moisturizers may not have the concentration to give you those immediate and, over time, most effective results. And, not to sound macabre, but your treatment should have a little "bite" to it; it will sting.</p> <p class="p1">If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest you talk to a dermatologist before using. I don't have sensitive skin at all and I still only use my Vitamin C treatment a couple of times a week. But it is still active enough for me to see amazing results. </p> <p class="p1">Good Vitamin C treatments are going to be a little spendy but you're only using a little at a time a few times a week. It's worth the splurge. Here are a couple recommendations, but don't be afraid to experiment and see what works for you.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lumene.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Lumene Vitamin C+ Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops (Walgreens, Ulta $19.99)</em></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/ole.henricksen.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Ole Henricksen Truth Serum (Sephora $15-$72.00)</em></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/ser.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Trish McEvoy Vitamin C Cream (Nordstrom or <a href="" target="_blank"></a> $75.50)</em></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:15:00 +0000 TalkBuckle up for Saturday&#39;s Voyeur<p class="p1">It's time again SLAC's annual send up of all things Utah.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/sv.jpg" width="650"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>Robert Scott Smith, as a rakish Joseph Smith and three of his wives (Camille Evans, Elena Der and, Erica Renee Smith) from the 2015 production of <strong>Saturday’s Voyeur</strong>. </em></p> <p class="p2">Summer in Salt Lake wouldn’t be complete without <a href="" target="_blank">Salt Lake Acting Company’</a>s annual send up of Utah’s  cultural collision of church and state and a walk through both the sacred and secular headlines of the past year. This year marks the 37th production of <a href="" target="_blank">Saturday’s Voyeur</a> which opens this weekend (June 24) and once again, I will drink a bunch of wine and boo and cheer as the annual melodrama of sarcasm, outrage and eye-rolling served up via inside jokes spills all over the tiny SLAC stage. </p> <p class="p2">This year’s script will zero in on the LDS Church’s gasp-inducing decree that children whose parents are gay or lesbian or who, in Church parlance “practice the gay lifestyle,” cannot get baptized (basically be members) until they are 18 (children with, you know, “normal” parents are baptized at the age of 8) and disavow their parents Mission Impossible style. Many, many hands were wrung over this announcement, including my own, and the new rule is teed up perfectly for a huge swat from Allen Nevins’ and Nancy Borgenicht’s dual bats of satire and scorn. </p> <p class="p2">Other topics thrown into this year’s stew include the recent outcry about the way BYU plays good cop/bad cop in investigations of rape allegations and honor code violations, health care, Utah’s unclean air and female priests in the LDS Church. You know—the usual. </p> <p class="p2">Along the way Voyeur regulars mortal and otherwise will make an appearance with the usual mix of song parodies based on standards and pop hits. (Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” becomes “White Prophet,” etc…).</p> <p class="p2">Owing to its “ripped from the headlines” plots, Voyeur is always a little bit of a bumpy ride. Borgenicht and Allen often prioritize cramming in one more dig at the clergy over narrative cohesion. But this ain’t Chekov, it’s a big ball of scorn and silliness after all and I find that the bigger the bottle of wine I bring to the BYOB show, the less I worry about what the hell is going on. No matter what, it’s easy to enjoy the big brassy numbers and over-the-top performances by a cast who plays whatever B&amp;N have written—to the hilt. </p> <p class="p2">---</p> <p class="p1">Opening Night: June 24, 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Runs through Aug. 28</p> <p class="p1">Buy tickets <a href=";event=0" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p class="p1">---</p> <p class="p1">Photo cred: <a href="" target="_blank">dav.d photography</a></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 24 Jun 2016 09:50:00 +0000 the Summit: Tupelo<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-35.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Dining al fresco adds a refreshing dimension to any occasion, but a seat at tupelo, a restaurant that has built its reputation on showcasing local producers, provided a memorable opportunity to Savor the Summit.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-23.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="413" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-16.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Brigham City Apricot Bourbon Sun Tea welcomed diners to Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party last Saturday night, where a cordoned section of the grande table offered dramatic views of dark mountains beneath a peach and yellow sunset, leavened by the parade-like atmosphere of revelers, friends, and roving musicians stopping by or waving from adjoining sidewalks. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="975" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-8.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Diners sat down to a table styled with flowers and linens that channeled the simple elegance of the restaurant’s interior, with subtle hints at chef Matt Harris’s Southern roots in the place settings (magnolia leaves with guest’s names written in gold ink) and miniature canning jars of honey butter that accompanied baskets of homestyle biscuits, a recent departure from the standard sourdough.</p> <p class="p1">“We want to give a taste of the south without being a southern restaurant,” explained Harris, who drew  inspiration for the evening’s menu from fresh apricots, melon, berries, morels, and Maine crab and halibut. “It was fun to write a menu showcasing the best of the season, because that’s the whole influence behind tupelo.  We try to be ever evolving and keep current with what’s at its peak.”  </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-19.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">Bright garden flavors complemented the first course, a Tartare Trio of Wild Salmon with horseradish and avocado; Wagyu with smoked mustard and quail egg, and Ahi Tuna and pickled melon and smoked pepper hot sauce, served with a light and lively Bisol &amp; Figli Prosecco Superiore Crede Brut. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="975" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-25.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">The second course arrived as summer in a bowl— heirloom vegetable gazpacho poured over servings of Maine crab and summer berries.  Paired with a white table wine and aforementioned biscuits, (Tablas Creek Estate Vineyard, Cotes de Tables Blanc, Paso Robles 2013), this dish rendered the table to a reverent silence for a small spell, before the addition of the third course, a Parmesan Crusted Casco Bay Halibut with peas, morels and pickled onions, roused new conversation.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="975" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-28.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="933" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-36.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">The final entrée, a roasted Wagyu Beef with creamy marrow glaze and buttery English Popovers,  enhanced by a beautiful garnet Carpazo (Brunelli di Matalcino 2009) which tasted of strawberries and cherries.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-33.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">A dessert trio rounded out the evening, with something for every palate— Ritual Chocolate Cake, Apricot lemon almond trifle, Black forest ice cream sandwiches and a macaroon assortment in rainbow colors that generated cries of delight.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="428" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-27.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">“I’ve attended Savor the Summit a few times at other restaurants and it’s always been such a fun event, but putting it on this year made me realize how much work really goes into it behind the scenes, from how you rope off the area and decorate the space to who sits where,” explained tupelo partner Maggie Alvarez.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/jamybeecherphoto_savorthesummit-20.jpg" width="650"></p> <p class="p1">“It’s really incredible that so many restaurants participate.  It’s almost like a parade or a block party, with people on the sidewalks waving and stopping in to say hi.  It was so enjoyable to get to be part of that this year.” </p> <p class="p1"><em>Photography by Jamy Beecher</em></p>Vanessa ConabeeFri, 24 Jun 2016 09:24:00 +0000 Life