Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:38 +0000Where to eat for Christmas and New Year&#39;s<p class="p1"><span>You’ve wrapped the gifts, sent the cards, decorated the house, put up the tree and taken the kids to meet Santa. You’re done. Let someone else handle the cooking. </span><span>Here’s a roundup of our favorite places for Christmas and New Year’s dining this year:</span></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/holiday_table_setting_cuisine_unlimited.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><a href="">Cuisine Unlimited</a></p> <p class="p1">Call with your ideas for a stress-free holiday dinner or family party with Cuisine’s Christmas Dinner to Go. Pricing is a la carte and orders must be placed by Monday, Dec. 22 and prepaid. Pick up or delivery on Christmas Eve is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Delivery in the Salt Lake Valley is $40 and delivery to Park City is $55.</p> <p class="p1">Main courses include herb roasted turkey with cranberry-orange chutney, cinnamon pork tenderloin with dried cherry vinaigrette; brown sugar and clove spiral ham; and prime rib with horseradish cream and au jus.</p> <p class="p1">For Salt Lake Valley orders call 801-268-2332, and for Park City orders call 435-647-0010.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Wasatch Front</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="">Caffe Niche</a><span> </span></p> <p class="p1">On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, Niche will be open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. </p> <p class="p1">On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a special four-course dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. Main courses include Morgan Valley lamb osso buco with creamy polenta and haricots verts green beans; sautéed scallops with green pea croquette, jumbo lump crab, bacon and lemon caper agrodolce; and house made pumpkin and ricotta filled ravioli, citrus brown butter beurre blanc, sage, roasted pumpkin seeds, house pickled jalapeños and roasted butternut squash.</p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Oasis Cafe</a></span><span> </span></p> <p class="p1">Three-course dinners, featuring poached escolar over Brussels sprouts and carrot risotto, with peach and coconut strudel for dessert, will be served Dec. 22 to 28 for $25 per person. If you make it to Oasis before Dec. 22, the three course dinner will be sautéed lobster meat over capellini pasta with balsamic reduction and saffron infused pear with a soybean sauce.</p> <p class="p1">On New Year’s Eve, a special four-course prix fixe menu will be served starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $40, not including wine pairings. Main courses include grilled salmon over Yukon gold mashed potatoes with roasted fennel, dill hollandaise sauce with balsamic reduction; truffle beef wellington with roasted red potatoes, baby carrots and port wine demi-glace; and stuffed chicken breast with bacon, feta cheese, roasted red peppers and spinach over soft polenta with hickory tomato sauce.</p> <p class="p1"><a href=""><span>Bambara</span></a></p> <p class="p2"><span>On Christmas Eve, enjoy breakfast at Bambara from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. From Friday, Dec. 26 to Sunday Dec. 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bambara will serve Chef Powers’ weekend brunch, along with dinner each evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Brunch items include Croque Madame, grilled chicken club sandwich, grilled king salmon salad and an all new brunch entree that’s to be revealed.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>On New Year’s Eve, Bambara will be open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Special offerings include short ribs or veal cheeks with dungeness crab and truffles; kumamoto oysters from Washington with champagne mignonette; endive, stilton and blood orange salad; and buckwheat blinis with caviar.  </span><span> </span></p> <p class="p1">Bambara will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Faustina</a></span></p> <p class="p1">On Christmas Eve, Faustina will serve lunch, followed by dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m.<span> </span></p> <p class="p1">On New Year’s Eve, join Faustina for a four-course menu of traditional American favorites starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person with $20 wine pairings. The third course, paired with Hob Nob Pinot Noir, includes your choice of herb crusted prime rib with wild mushroom au gratin, applewood bacon wrapped asparagus and port wine demi glace; pan seared Arctic char and butter poached lobster with roasted fennel and tarragon risotto and braised Swiss chard; and pork tenderloin roulade stuffed with spinach, caramelized onions and bacon, braised root vegetables and peppercorn demi glace.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"><strong><span>Wasatch Back </span></strong></p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Powder at Waldorf Astoria</a></span></p> <p class="p1">This year, Powder is offering a special four-course Christmas Eve dinner on Dec. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. The price is $69 for adults, and a children’s menu is available. </p> <p class="p2"><span>On Christmas Day, join Powder for brunch, including breakfast favorites, soups, salads, seafood, hot and cold entrees and dessert, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children. Santa will be at the Waldorf Astoria Park City greeting kids on Saturday, Dec. 20, 3 to 5 p.m.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>On New Year’s Eve, Powder will serve a six course dinner and champagne, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $95 per person.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Cisero’s</a></span></p> <p class="p1">Enjoy a prix fixe Italian dinner, including a house salad, Tuscan bean soup or broccoli cheddar soup, three-cheese ravioli, butternut squash ravioli, chicken parmigiana or penne pollo, on Christmas. The meal is $45 and $5 for desserts, including tiramisu, lady fingers, coffee, Kahlua and whipped cream or lemon cream cannoli. Kids meals run $18 and include a house salad or broccoli cheddar soup and roast turkey or three-cheese macaroni and cheese.<span> </span></p> <p class="p1">On New Year’s Eve, Cisero’s three course prix-fixe menu includes choices like Carpaccio with Niman Ranch top sirloin and Agnolotti en Brodo with Niman Ranch beef. For dessert, choose between honey-ricotta cheesecake or apple cobbler with Bee’s Knees vanilla ice cream. $45 prix fixe, $5 dessert.</p> <p class="p2"><a href=""><span>The Brass Tag at Deer Valley</span></a></p> <p class="p1">The Brass Tag’s delicious holiday cuisine includes steamed mussels and a brick-oven shrimp skillet with curry chorizo, saffron-roasted red pepper and fresh tarragon parmesan, oven-roasted fresh fish and a local Chop of the Day. </p> <p class="p1"><a href="">Deer Valley Gorcery Cafe</a></p> <p class="p2"><span>Get your holiday meal to go, from $9.75 to $14 per four-person item. Options include lemon thyme turkey gravy, huckleberry chutney, Deer Valley roasted garlic mashers, roasted beet salad, green bean au gratin, roasted baby carrots and homemade Struan stuffing.</span></p> <p class="p2"><a href=""><span>Grub Steak</span></a></p> <p class="p2"><span>On Christmas, enjoy Grub Steak’s prix fixe menu for $41.75. Start with a choice between the salad bar, wild-rice-and-mushroom soup or hearts of romaine salad. Then enjoy a special entrée of grilled elk sirloin with dried cherry and gala apple chutney. For dessert, enjoy Christmas log cake with mocha cream ice cream.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Grub Steak, and enjoy the prix fixe menu for $63.75. Start with the salad bar, wild-rice-and-mushroom soup or Caesar salad. Follow it up with surf-and-turf with slow-roasted prime rib of beef with béarnaise sauce and cold-water lobster, along with a side of potatoes au gratin and roasted butternut squash. Finish your meal with chocolate lava cake with a side of creamy Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream. </span></p> <p class="p2"><a href=""><span>The Mariposa at Deer Valley</span></a></p> <p class="p2"><span>On New Year’s Eve, The Mariposa will serve a special four-course prix fixe menu for $125 per person with an optional $50 wine pairing. Reservations begin at 5:45 p.m., and the last reservation can be made for 9 p.m.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Montage Deer Valley</a></span></p> <p class="p1">Enjoy a four-course prix fixe Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day, at Apex for $125. A $45 kids menu will be available for ages 5 to 12.<span> </span></p> <p class="p1">On New Year’s Eve, Apex will serve a five-course prix fixe menu, $195 for adults, $65 for children. </p> <p class="p1">Make reservations for New Year’s Eve at Yama Sushi, and enjoy a selection of a la carte options.</p> <p class="p2"><span>Kick off 2015 with a dinner buffet, featuring live entertainment, mouth-watering food stations, dancing and a midnight balloon drop in the Vista Lounge. The celebration runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $175 per person. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span><a href="">Stein Eriksen Lodge</a></span><span> </span></p> <p class="p1">On Christmas Eve, there will be two seatings for a special prix fixe menu in the Glitretind. The first seating is between 5:30 and 6 p.m., running until about 7 p.m., $140 adults, $30 kids. The second seating is between 7:30 and 8 p.m., $155 adults, $30 kids. Musicians will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p class="p2"><span>On Christmas Day, Glitretind will serve its traditional Christmas Buffet, $75 adults, $30 kids.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>On Christmas Night, Stein Eriksen will hold its Christmas Night buffet, starting at 5 p.m., $80 adults, $35 kids.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>On New Year’s Eve, Glitretind will serve a prix fixe menu and hold two seatings. The first will be at 6 p.m., $175 per person, and feature a four-course menu and a special kids menu for $50. The second seating will include a five-course menu for $225 per person. A kid’s menu will not be served for the second seating.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>And on New Year’s Day, enjoy Stein Eriksen’s Sunday Brunch, $50 adults, $25 kids.</span></p>Jaime WinstonFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:38 +0000 the TableFashion Friday Store Spotlight: Mary Jane’s<p>There’s nothing quite like shopping local. Considering the great customer service, knowledge of local culture and trends, and the worthwhile investment, buying local is great for all. So here we spotlight one of our favorite local stores, and asked store owner Lori Harris a few questions about her business. Do yourself a favor and check them out this holiday season.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/loriharris.jpg" width="300"></p> <p> Lori Harris owner of Mary Jane's </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Describe the aesthetic of Mary Jane's in 5 words:</strong></p> <p>Fun, trendy, affordable, fashionable, and local.</p> <p><strong>Mary Jane's has been open for many years, how many to be exact?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>11 years and 3 months: In September of 2003, we started as a pop-up store inside Bunya Bunya on Main Street in Park City. Then we opened the current store (also on Main Street) in Feb 2004.</p> <p><strong>What trends are you seeing/noticing this season?</strong></p> <p>Floppy bohemian felt hats</p> <p>Shearling Boots</p> <p>Faux fur vests</p> <p>Western inspired boots and booties</p> <p>Aztec prints on everything</p> <p>Sweater Dresses</p> <p>'Normcore' - transforming casual yoga/lounge wear to daily or evening wear, such as yoga pants.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a favorite trend?</strong></p> <p>I love the floppy hat w/ leather or feather trim, I think that it adds a sense of adventure to your outfit and shows that you don't take your self too seriously, yet you know how to kick it up a notch.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give people on incorporating seasonal trends into everyday outfits?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>I would caution people to not go overboard with trends.  Being a bit subtle is what it's about. For example, if I’m going to wear western boots, I would wear them with a more contemporary outfit, such as a tunic dress with a long cardigan sweater over it and add a slouchy beanie and some chunky jewelry. But I wouldn't wear say western boots, embellished jeans, western top and a cowboy hat...unless I am a rodeo queen.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maryjanes.001.jpg" width="600"></p> <p>From Left to Right:</p> <p>Kersh - Navy Faux Fur Vest $119</p> <p>Freeway - Ombre Vest $145</p> <p>Seychelles Good Advice Fringe bootie </p> <p>Delux - Jordana Felt Hat $55 </p> <p>Ugg pony haired bootie Charlotte $215 </p> <p>Judy's Aztec Poncho </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> </p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maryjanesshop.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Mary Jane's is located at:</p> <p>613 Main Street<br>Park City, Utah 84060<br><a>435.640.7463</a></p>Emi ClarkeFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:41:58 +0000 TalkDan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Christmastime blues in Park City<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tommycastro.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS, EGYPTIAN THEATRE</a>, Sun., Dec. 21-Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m., $28</strong></p> <p>Singer/guitarist Tommy Castro made his bones in blues circles via a horn-driven sound, but a few years back he decided to strip the band down to a tight, aggressive quartet. The Painkillers bring some added aggression to Castro's tunes, but they remain rooted in straightforward blue-rock and R&amp;B. The band's latest release is The Devil You Know, and Castro said upon release that the leaner, meaner band is a return to when he started in music. “The Painkillers really get me back to my roots," he says. "It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it.” indeed, and Castro and his band will undoubtedly make a lot of other folks have a lot of fun with their three-night stand in Park City.</p> <p><iframe height="315" src="" width="480"></iframe></p>Dan NailenFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Nailen's Lounge ActIn The HiveHandmade Holidays Pop-Up Shop<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some of you may have heard of <a href="" target="_blank">Big Cartel</a> (shopping cart for artists to sell their products online). In addition to creating their annual hand selected online gift giving list that you <a href="" target="_blank">can find here</a>, for the month of December they have a <a href="" target="_blank">brick and mortar pop up shop</a> in downtown Salt Lake City. Need that perfect last minute indie gift, they have you covered with recommendations for him, her, the kids, white elephant, and just because.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Wednesday - Friday 
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM<br><strong>Location:</strong> 163 S. Main Street 
Salt Lake City, Utah<br><strong>Follow:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">@bigcartel</a> for addtional open hours and more info.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-8.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-12.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-22.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-35.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-48.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-52.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bigcartel-76.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>This post originally appeared on <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p>Cynthia YeoThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:47 +0000 TalkFive for the Road<p class="p1">As you prep for the weekend, here are <a href="/blog/tag/five-for-the-road/">five things</a> to eat, see, do and think about.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>On the Table:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/12/16/slmags-holiday-lunch-at-jwongs/">Holiday Lunch at J. Wong’s</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/jwongsrib.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Who wants sugar plums when you can have J. Wong’s pork belly buns?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>A&amp;E:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/12/16/review-lower-lights/">Lower Lights</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kids2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">It’s not the MoTabs, so shake and shimmy! </p> <p class="p2"><strong>Talker</strong>: <a href="/blog/2014/12/18/the-challenge-of-marriage-equality-as-good-drama/">The challenge of marriage equality as good drama</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/marry-christmas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">While <em>Marry Christmas</em> at Plan-B Theatre, presented as a stage reading, may be more important as an artifact of history than anything else, marriage equality dramas, at least in their present form, are not destined to be part of the the permanent repertoire.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Dan Nailen’s Lounge Act:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/12/18/dan-nailens-lounge-act-free-tunes-friday/">Free Tunes Friday</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/thedevilwhale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Local rockers The Devil Whale are hosting a free show at The Urban Lounge.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Sundance: </strong><a href="/blog/2014/12/17/sundance-our-critics-game-plans/">Critics’ Game Plan</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/egyptian.jpg" width="259"></p> <p class="p2">No matter how fast you jump shuttles, you can’t see ‘em all.</p>Jaime WinstonThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:05:30 +0000 The HiveMary&#39;s Recipe: New Year&#39;s and Christmas Eve cheers<p>‘Tis the season for celebrations. Champagne cocktails offer a festive way to toast each and every one.</p> <p><strong>IN VOGUE... AGAIN</strong></p> <p>The champagne cocktail proves the classics never go out of style. Good sparkling wine can make a celebration out of any occasion. The current vogue for cocktails has revived interest in the champagne cocktail, and new versions of this classic are on bar menus all over Utah.</p> <p><img alt="" height="563" src="/site_media/uploads/December2013/holidaycheers1212.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>The Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe</strong>:</p> <p>3 oz. champagne or sparkling wine <br>1/3 oz. cognac<br>2 dashes Angostura bitters <br>1 sugar cube <br><br>Place the sugar cube in a champagne glass. Saturate with Angostura bitters. Add champagne and cognac. Enjoy.</p> <p><strong>BUDGET BUBBLIES</strong></p> <p>Three wallet-friendly bubblies when concocting a champagne cocktail.<br><br>1. Gruet Winery in New Mexico makes several styles of sparkling wine, but the flagship is the Gruet Brut, NV, a crisp but complex, classic wine; food-friendly, but great alone and a deal at $14.99.<br><br>2.  Simonnet-Febvre produces several made in the methode champenoise but called Cremant de Bourgogne. One of my faves is the 100% pinot noir, with a food-friendly sturdiness sometimes lacking in less expensive bubblies. $18.99<br><br>3.  Gloria Ferrer’s newish sparkler, Va de Vi Ultra Cuvee, is slightly sweet at first sip, but the sugar fades immediately to a tart fruit flavor with a toasty backbone. $17.99</p> <p><em>This post was originally published on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:18:20 +0000's RecipeOn the TableGetaway Highway 12: An All American Highway<p>Leaving the colorful, inverted canyon of Bryce National Park, more visual treasure unfolds down the road. Two state parks offer hiking, camping, vistas, visitor centers and perfect places for picnics.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kodachrome.jpg" width="490"> <br><span style="">First stop, </span><a href="" style="">Kodachrome Basin State Park,</a><span style=""> a mere 40 miles from Bryce. This park is so colorful that in 1949 a National Geographic expedition named it after the popular eponymous Kodak film. Sixty-seven weird and wonderful monolithic stone spires rise, like giant bowling pins, from the desert floor, so fanciful and fantastic, they beg to be climbed. Angel’s Palace Trail is a highlight that allows you to do just that: climb, explore the formations and gaze down upon the basin below. If you are a photographer, this is the spot for you, with sunset casting shadows a mile long. Take your time and a picture or two.</span></p> <p><span>Unlike national parks, Kodachrome allows biking on most of its trail system. Just be sure to yield to hikers and horses. Twenty-eight reservable campsites and three first-come-first-served sites fill up in summer but late in the season you are guaranteed a spot below the spires. It gets chilly when the sun sinks so be sure to have your winter layers handy. Lodging is available in Cannonville, nine miles away.</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/petrified.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Driving east an hour and a half brings you to <a href="">Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.</a> Established in 1963 on the shore of Wide Hollow Reservoir, this park’s name is nearly bigger than the site it describes. Though small in area, it is long on geology. Two short hiking trails take you through the heart of an ancient flood plain, where uprooted trees were buried in mud and preserved. Ground water leached minerals into the dead trees, replacing organic material with silica. Iron oxide created the orange, red and yellow colors in the petrified trees while white manganese oxide turned them purple, black and blue. Erosion has exposed this magic trick.</p> <p>There is so much petrified wood to see while you are hiking, you may forget to take a look at the view. Escalante lies over a bluff, the reservoir shimmers and sparkles in the sun while the breeze blows through majestic Cottonwood trees, providing a musical rustling to the day. Don’t be tempted to pocket a piece of this colorful stone—as legend says, misfortune will befall you.</p> <p>Twenty campsites are available year round, but facilities are closed during the winter. Lodging can be found two miles away in Escalante. Day use fee for these state parks is $8. If you are planning on getting away and discovering more of Utah, an annual Utah State Park Pass is $75 ($35 for 62 years of age or older).  </p>Salt Lake magazineThu, 18 Dec 2014 10:41:54 +0000 The HiveThe challenge of marriage equality as good drama<p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/marry-christmas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><span style="">Among the many ways Utah's same-sex couples will likely celebrate their first wedding anniversary this weekend is by attending the <a href="">Plan-B Theatre</a> premiere of </span><span style=""><em>Marry Christmas</em></span><span style="">, a play by Elaine Jarvik documenting the recollections of a dozen couples who were married almost as soon as U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling in Kitchen v. Herbert was announced on Dec. 20, 2013.</span></p> <p><span style="">While the play, presented as a staged reading, may be more important as an artifact of history than anything else, marriage equality dramas, at least in their present form, are not destined to be a part of the permanent repertoire. Even in the well-written </span><span style=""><em>Marry Christmas</em></span><span style="">, an ensemble piece which synthesizes the actual words of a fairly large group of individuals and runs just about an hour, it can be difficult to focus on how characters are introduced, delineated and expressed for the purposes of sophisticated drama. Likewise, the real drama of courtroom activity reached a foregone conclusion, as Utah’s case ended anticlimactically in early October when the U.S. Supreme Court denied to certify the case for further appeal.</span></p> <p><span style=""><em>Marry Christmas</em></span><span style=""> (which already has sold out all four performances) caters to a specialized, undeniably committed audience, as all ticket proceeds are going to <a href="">Restore Our Humanity,</a> the group that coordinated the legal challenge to Utah’s Amendment 3 banning same-sex marriage. However, there is a merited question about whether plays like these can have the same lasting artistic value of many other original Plan-B productions, especially in inspiring audience members to see a topic, community or the world differently than when they first settled in their seats for the evening.</span></p> <p><span style="">Marriage equality, at the moment, does not seem to translate easily into complex, layered drama where the issues of advocacy are leavened with exploring contradictions, paradoxes and doubts. One of the Utah filmmakers who shot hundreds of hours of footage for a potential documentary about the state’s legal marriage battle recently explained they are stymied about how to make a decent cohesive film that does not come off as too judgmental or preachy as historical reenactment.</span></p> <p><span style="">Even talented writers such as Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for his exceptional screenplay about gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, have struggled. In </span><span style=""><em>8</em></span><span style="">, a play that also had a staged reading for Plan-B audiences during its development, Black constructed the script almost entirely from court transcripts of the Proposition 8 trial in California. The defense’s arguments for keeping a ban on same-sex marriage were picked clean of any merit during the actual proceedings. </span></p> <p><span style="">Black amplified the legal embarrassment and humiliation so aggressively, which certainly did much to stir the coffers for donations benefiting the cause of marriage equality but meanwhile failing to achieve the same dramatic impact of plays such as Moisés Kaufman’s </span><span style=""><em>The Laramie Project</em></span><span style="">, which focused on the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s murder in 1998. Incidentally, Plan-B had the honor of offering that play’s first independent, regional production. </span></p> <p><span style="">Kaufman and actors from the <a href="">Tectonic Theater Project</a></span><span style=""> interviewed more than 200 people, some directly connected to the case and others who were residents of Laramie, and they probed huge amounts of archived reports, materials, correspondence and press reports. </span></p> <p><span style="">The resulting play was a collage of those experiences focusing on how the residents of this small town in Wyoming responded to a horrific crime that occurred so close to their community. Nearly 17 years after Shepard’s death, critics are beginning to explore just how works of art such as </span><span style=""><em>The Laramie Project</em></span><span style=""> might have influenced the pace at which supportive attitudes about gay rights have evolved. </span></p> <p><span style="">Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s producing director, explained in a <a href="">blog post</a> earlier this year how the play inspired the theatre company to focus on the work of local playwrights, including plays focusing on issues of equality. </span></p> <p><span style="">He added: </span><span style="">"And in a world where it seems that a week can’t go by without another state embracing marriage equality, it may seem strange to say that LGBTQ voices need a platform. But there’s a lot of work to be done. Voices that have been ignored or silenced for generations will take time to reach their full strength. The very definition of socially conscious."</span></p> <p><span style="">In time the issue of marriage equality will not be challenging as it is now for the couples featured in </span><span style=""><em>Marry Christmas</em></span><span style="">. </span></p> <p><span style="">Last year, playwright Todd Kreidler adapted the story of the 1967 film </span><span style=""><em>Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner</em></span><span style="">, which exposed the hypocrisy of people posing as liberally minded intellectuals who could not abide the presence of interracial marriage in their own families. While the right to interracial marriage was settled constitutionally in Loving v. Virginia (1967), Kreidler’s play, set in the film’s period but with more details about the African-American characters and with a stronger emphasis on generational differences in social attitudes, pushes back against those who prematurely have proclaimed how the country has solved racism. </span></p> <p><span style="">Indeed, as we learn from ongoing court battles about marriage equality, the issues will long remain provocative and in time the benefit of history hopefully will guide artists and writers toward producing aesthetically worthy, socially conscious works about the topic.</span></p>Salt Lake magazineThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:26:43 +0000 The HiveDan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Free tunes Friday<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/thedevilwhale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">DEVIL WHALE OF A CHRISTMAS, THE URBAN LOUNGE</a>, Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m., Free</p> <p>How's this for a fine way to spend your Friday the weekend before Christmas? Local rockers/good dudes The Devil Whale are hosting a whale of a good time at The Urban Lounge, showcasing a bunch of their friends' bands over the course of the night. On tap besides The Devil Whale is Max Pain and the Groovies, the North Valley, Starmy and Pleasure Thieves. I suggest you put on your most ridiculous Christmas attire and head on down for some of the finest local tunes available. After all, it don't cost nothin'.</p> <p><iframe height="315" src="" width="480"></iframe></p>Dan NailenThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Nailen's Lounge ActIn The HiveSundance: Critics&#39; Game Plan<p>As the <a href="">Sundance Film Festival</a> approaches, film lovers are realizing again that worse than frozen feet, missed meals and dry-eye syndrome, the most painful part of the festival is that no matter what level pass you hold and how fast you jump shuttles, you cannot see them all.</p> <p><em>SLMag</em><span>’s critics, of course, have the same compulsion to see as much as possible, and are putting together strategies to see as many stand-out films as possible in hopes of witnessing a breakout success.<br></span></p> <p>At this point, choosing films boils down to personal hunches and the track records of directors and actors, but here's a preliminary list, including a bonus—a film each critic would blow off.</p> <h3>Michael Mejia</h3> <p><strong><em>The Forbidden Room<em><strong> —</strong></em> </em></strong><span>I never want to miss new work by Guy Maddin, who co-directs here. This one promises an abundance of baroque, silent-era joy, as well as Charlotte Rampling and Udo Kier.</span></p> <p><em><strong>Western<em><strong> —</strong></em>  </strong></em>One of two docs on Mexico's drug war I'm looking forward to. <em>Cartel Land</em> is the other. <em>Western</em> sounds more formally inventive, more poetic, <em>Cartel Land</em> more gritty. I'm particularly interested in <em>Western's</em> perspective on two sister towns connected by one street, separated by a river.</p> <p><em><strong>Liveforever<em><strong> —</strong></em>  </strong></em>Book to film isn't an automatic "must" for me (see below), but I'm interested in this take on the final work of highly respected, but little known here, Colombian author Andrés Caicedo, who's often cited as the flip side (read "dark, unmagical urbanism") to that other Colombian author, Nobel Prize winner and magical realist Gabriel García Márquez.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/liveforever.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Liveforever</em></p> <p><em><strong>Mistress America<em><strong> —</strong></em>  </strong></em>I loved Baumbach and Gerwig's <em>Frances Ha</em>. Not sure this narrative suggests much of a departure from <em>Frances</em> for Gerwig, but that can't be bad, right?</p> <h3>I'll pass, thanks:</h3> <p><strong>The End of the Tour —</strong> I was kind of ambivalent about Lipsky publishing his account of a five-day interview he did with David Foster Wallace that <em>Rolling Stone</em> chose not to publish. Turning that into a film just feels exploitative, reductive, and sad, a disappointment out of the box.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Glen Warchol</h3> <p><em><strong>Last Days in the Desert —</strong></em> Ewan McGregor as Jesus! And the Devil, too! It's the New Testament's smack down in the desert meets the <em>Parent Trap</em>. After the lackluster performance of <em>Exodus: Gods and Kings,</em> this could be the film that kills the biblical epic, at least until Judgement Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ewan.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Jesus/Satan/Ewan dance in the desert.</em></p> <p><em><strong>The Hunting Ground</strong></em> <strong>—</strong> From the makers of <em>The Invisible War</em>, an exposé of rape on campus. Following the <em>Rolling Stone</em> journalistic fiasco with the University of Virginia hoax, this is going to be one of the most talked about docs at Sundance.</p> <p>Just about anything in Park City at Midnight including:<br><em><strong></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Cop Car</strong></em> with Kevin Bacon. Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car and encounter Kevin. Truly disturbing.<br><strong><em>The Hallow <strong>—</strong> </em></strong> An environmentalist disturbs an ancient forest, raising a horde of terrifying beings. Rep. Mike Noel in a cameo role?</p> <h3>I’ll pass, thanks:</h3> <p><em><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kimjungununiform.jpg"></em></p> <p><strong><em>I Am Michael, </em></strong>starring James Franco as a gay activist who rejects his homosexuality to become a Christian pastor. Based on a trueish story. <em>Michael</em> reeks of gratuitous James Franco—do I need any more reason to avoid it? In fact, Sony can strike back at Kim Jong-un for forcing them to cancel the release of <em>The Interview—</em>by parachuting thousands of unsold copies of Franco's <a href=""><em>Your Highness</em></a> into North Korea<em>—</em>the Supreme Leader will assassinate himself.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Richard Bonaduce</h3> <p><strong><em>Being Evel</em>  —</strong> An unprecedented, candid portrait of American daredevil icon Evel Knievel and his legacy. I used to want to be Evel Knievel when I was a kid (aside from breaking every bone in my body). I jumped over wheelbarrows, a car, other kids—on my bicycle.</p> <p><em><strong>Racing Extinction</strong></em> <strong>—</strong> The Academy Award-winning director of <em>The Cove</em> assembles a unique team to show never-before-seen images that expose issues surrounding endangered species and mass extinction. With some shmucks still not buying climate change and all of the damage it can cause directly and indirectly, this is tough for me to resist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hotgirlswanted.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Hot Girls Wanted</em></p> <p><em><strong>Hot Girls Wanted</strong></em> <strong>—</strong> <em>Hot Girls Wanted</em> is a first-ever look at the realities inside the world of the amateur porn industry and the steady stream of 18- and 19-year-old girls entering into it. No jokes here. I often wonder how and why some people get into that business, and if they ever make it out alive.</p> <p>From Park City at Midnight, films that fulfill my doc-tooth as well as a slight horror fetish:</p> <p><em><strong>The Nightmare</strong> </em><strong>—</strong> A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. They (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to disturbing sights and sounds. I know some folks who say they suffer from sleep paralysis, and I think it's bullpucky, so I guess we'll see!</p> <p>From New Frontier:</p> <p><strong><em>Station to Station</em></strong>  <strong>—</strong> A compilation of 60 individual one-minute films featuring different artists, musicians, places, and perspectives. This revolutionary feature-length film reveals a larger narrative about modern creativity. It's like 60 movies in one!</p> <h3><span>I'll pass, thanks:</span><strong><em></em></strong></h3> <p><strong><em>Advantageous</em></strong> <strong>—</strong> "In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world." Wait, "near future?" That future is now; no need to go to a movie theater to see people struggling to hold their heads up, just look out the window. Or hell, look in the mirror.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Jaime Winston</h3> <p><span><strong><em>The Witch <strong>—</strong> </em></strong></span><span>In this one, the son of a devout Christian couple in the 1630s vanishes into the nearby wilderness where a supernatural evil lurks. Honestly, I love horror, and missed </span><em>The Babadook</em><span> during the festival last year. I’ll be there for this. </span><span>Same goes for </span><em><strong>The Nightmare.</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/thewitch.jpg" width="490"><br></strong>The Witch</em></p> <p><em><strong>Call me Lucky <strong>—</strong> </strong></em><span>I was turned on to Bobcat Goldthwait’s directing when I saw <em>World’s Greatest Dad</em> starring Robin Williams a while back. In this film, he turns to documentary work to profile comedian, political satirist and activist against child pornography, Barry Crimmins. It will be interesting to see how one experienced comic covers another and these heavy topics.</span></p> <p><strong><em>The Tribe <strong>—</strong> </em></strong> (Ukraine) Director and screenwriter: Myroslav Slaboshpvtskiy. T<span>his film is set in a Ukranian boarding school for the Deaf, and all of the dialogue is in sign language sans subtitles. I just want to see if they can really pull that off.</span></p> <h3>I’ll pass, thanks:</h3> <p><em><strong> The Strongest Man <strong>—</strong> </strong></em>A<span>n anxiety-ridden man who believes he’s also the world’s strongest man, goes on a quest to recover his stolen bicycle. Sounds like a plot my 6-year-old niece made up, and I’ve seen Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.</span></p>Glen WarcholWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:18:56 +0000 The Hive