Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedTue, 28 Jul 2015 22:12:00 +0000Preview: Robert Earl Keen<p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/keen1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen was in Salt Lake just a month and half ago, when he provided the opening act for <a href="/blog/2015/06/17/review-ricky-skaggs-ry-cooder-sharon-white/" target="_blank">Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs</a> at Red Butte. It was a perfect pairing because Keen had just released his bluegrass album <em>The Happy Prisoner, </em>but when he announced that he’d be coming through Zion again later this summer, the audience rejoiced.</p> <p>Now it’s later this summer and Keen and his band are playing a sold out State Room show Thursday night.  </p> <p>Keen was college roommates with Lyle Lovett, he’s good pals with Steve Earle, he toured with Texas legends Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and everyone from The Highwaymen to the Dixie Chicks have covered his songs. Yet, for some reason, though he’s got a cult following, he's not a household name.</p> <p>Keen was a recent guest on the NPR <a href="" target="_blank">podcast</a> <em>Death, Sex, and Money</em>, and he spoke about how fame has always been elusive for him, telling an anecdote about being in a broken down tour bus on the side of the highway and having no money, when, to add insult to injury, his buddy Steve Earle’s tour bus drove past him and his bandmates.  </p> <p>The important thing, though, is that Robert Earle Keen is one of the best living American songwriters. That’s not hyperbole, just truth. He has a pure voice for story-telling through music. Most of his songs  are about the working class (See: “Merry Christmas From The Family,” or “Feeling Good Again"), the criminal class (See: “The Road Goes on Forever”), or love, among the classes (See: “Coming Home To You,” or “Gringo Honeymoon").</p> <p>Or better yet, try to get your hands on some tickets through any means necessary (some may become <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAAahUKEwiRn-Lt7f7GAhWJlogKHVSgCOQ&amp;;ei=-_-3VdG1E4mtogTUwKKgDg&amp;usg=AFQjCNEK1w55YYoRLTaVstPCQ30x8lJhkA&amp;sig2=Of_eCgysK2yz3RSzsN6omA&amp;bvm=bv.98717601,bs.1,d.aWw" target="_blank">available</a> the day of) and convert to the Cult of Keen. We’ve been waiting for you. </p> <p>Doors open at 7, the show starts at 8. Bring your dancing shoes.</p>Christie GehrkeTue, 28 Jul 2015 22:12:00 +0000 The HiveModern west fashion hits the runway at the Kimball Art Center&#39;s Gala<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/kac1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Kimball Art Center</a> has moved its annual gala to kick off the <a href="" target="_blank">Park City Kimball Arts Festival</a> to the Montage Deer Valley.</p> <p>But just like last year's event, held at Stein Eriksen Lodge, this Thursday night's gala will feature silent and live auctions, a seated dinner and the most-exciting part of the night, a fashion show styled by Vanessa Di Palma Wright, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Farasha,</a> a local fashion consulting company.</p> <p>The 2015 gala marks Di Palma Wright's third year styling the fashion show.</p> <p>“This year's theme is modern west,” Di Palma Wright says. “It's infusing that cowboy bohemian look, but it has more of a cool girl, urban chic. It's not as cowboy as what we're used to here in Utah.” Lately, the trend has appeared on runways for Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant.</p> <p>And the dress code for the evening matches the fashion show's theme. “Even if you just wear a little black dress, incorporate a piece of turquoise or a hat or some boots," Di Palma Wright says. "It's a fresh take on the western vibe.”</p> <p>Farasha is partnering with sponsors Porsche Design and Roberto Coin for the show. “We're also working with The Montage's boutique, Pique, along with DiJore and Burns Cowboy Shop on Main Street,” Di Palma Wright says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/kac4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can also expect to see local designs from Zaiya Collection and Meilai Rags, a Utah company that repurposes vintage pieces.</p> <p>The show differs quite a bit from last year, which featured fashion that mixed with art. If you're inspired by what you see on the runway, you can hit a pop-up boutique at the gala following the fashion show. A percentage of all proceeds from the boutique will be donated to the Kimball Art Center.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/kac5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you can't make it at all, look for many of the designs at Farasha Boutique in Park City or at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The gala's also your chance to see spectacular artwork, along with a Porsche display. Join the party on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more info.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/kac6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photos provided by Kimball Art Center</em></p>Jaime WinstonTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:00 +0000 LifeShop TalkReview: Sugar Ray/Under the Sun<p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/sugarray2.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>“What can I give you to make sure this is the best night of your life?” Sugar Ray front man Mark McGrath asked the crowd at Red Butte on Monday night.<br> <br>It would've been amazing if he'd then brought out the Rolling Stones, but no such luck.<br> <br>Instead, it was McGrath playing master of ceremonies for the Under The Sun lineup, in a way that felt a little like game show host and a lot like a wedding DJ, guiding us along this trip down the less-traveled parts of Memory Lane. <br> <br>“Remember a thing called MTV and when they actually played music and videos?” McGrath asked the cheering crowd. Well, yes. I do. But that time was long gone by the time the bands on the stage Monday night ever had a hit. But, I suppose citing VH1, the channel that actually did play videos in the ‘90’s, might have damaged McGrath’s street cred.<br> <br>Eve 6, the least-known of the four bands on the lineup, played first, with singer and bassist Max Collins, decked out in what looked like black jeggings and a sleeveless t-shirt while he tried, in vain, to engage the crowd. They played a nine song set, or perhaps played the same song nine times. It was hard to tell, since all nine sounded basically the same. I’m told that “Here’s To the Night” and “Inside Out” were Eve 6’s big hits. They played both. <br> <br>Next up: Uncle Kracker. Wedding DJ McGrath introduced them by lying. “We have a lot of good music here tonight,” he said with a straight face. <br> <br>Kracker’s music has always been mediocre at best, and his voice matched it onstage — he sounded flat and uninteresting. He also failed to get the audience’s attention. At one point he tried to initiate a singalong that didn’t take. “Salt Lake City, did you fall asleep on me?” he asked, but got no response. He asked again. The crowd responded with a half-hearted holler. “Whatever,” the charming Kracker retorted. <br> <br>In another exchange with the crowd, after the bro-country meets Jimmy Buffet tune, “When the Sun Goes Down,” Kracker asked the crowd, “Does everything get hot in Salt Lake City when the sun goes down?” He got a mild response from the crowd. Kracker, unfazed, and apparently unfamiliar with how desert climates work, told the audience, “I know it does.”<br> <br>Kracker played the songs he’s best known for, “Follow Me," “Drift Away,” and “Smile,” sometimes inexplicably blending in other songs, in a weird sampling effort — Steve Miller's “The Joker,” and AC/DC's “You Shook Me All Night Long,” most notably. He also covered Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” saying it was “A song I wrote for my best friend a long time ago.” Kid Rock reference. Check. We’re rolling right along now, people!<br> <br>McGrath is back onstage to introduce Better Than Ezra. “Can you guys stand any more hits?” he asks. Actually, I wasn't sure I could. <br> <br>Thankfully, Better Than Ezra’s set was the highlight of the night. Lead singer Kevin Griffin charmed the audience, who finally seemed to focused on the stage. “We’ve been sitting in a yurt on the top of that butte all day long,” he said, pointing. “We’ve been sweating it out … to rock your fannies off!” <br> <br>Led by Griffin, Better than Ezra played a set of lesser known, but catchy songs and their two big radio hits “Good,” and “Extra Ordinary,” but the highlight of the set was when Griffin invited all the women on the stage to dance, and about 100 ladies of Red Butte, most still holding wine glasses, obliged. <br> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/crowd.jpg" width="460"><br>Griffin later pinch hit for McGrath to introduce Sugar Ray, saying with a straight face, that they “Owned the '90’s” — and calling them the “Don Kings of rock." <br> <br>Sure, this '90’s nostalgia fest is a Play The Hits tour, and everyone who was onstage seemed to understand that. McGrath took it next level, though, when he made it a point to remind everyone that their songs were hits, as if the audience didn’t know why they were there.<br> <br>“What’s that?” McGrath asked an imaginary audience member, cupping his ear. “Oh, you want a No. 1 song from 1999 right now?” And then they played, “Every Morning." He later said of “Someday," “It’s off the charts but in our hearts.” After “Falls Apart," a song he says he got a request for on Twitter—which didn't exist when Sugar Ray had their last hit—he apologized, “That only made it to No. 23 in 1999.” <br> <br>McGrath and crew also covered the EMF song “Unbelievable,” in what was the low point in the evening—a remarkable feat, considering Better than Ezra had done a cow bell solo—furnishing the crowd with beach balls while McGrath skipped around stage and sang with a fake accent of some sort.<br> <br>Sugar Ray closed out the night with “Fly," and then they were gone, thankfully without an encore.</p> <p>Definitely not the best night of my life.</p>Christie GehrkeTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:58:00 +0000 The HiveLocal Business Spotlight: Red Ledges&#39; Jack Nicklaus Signature 12-Hole Golf Park<p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="221" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/about-us-summer-slide-01.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Tucked in the hills above Heber is the <a href="" target="_blank">Red Ledges</a> community, home to a beautiful Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Despite that championship course's success (voted “Best Golf Course in Utah” in the Best of State Awards for six consecutive years), they've elected to put in another course, again with the help of Nicklaus. Only this time it's a short course. What began as an idea for a nine-hole course got quickly re-routed when Nicklaus surveyed the land and concluded that the available space made more sense as a configuration of 12 holes.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/unnamed_(1).jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Based on a theory that the interest in the sport of golf is waning, Nicklaus has been a vocal proponent of tweaking the game's current parameters to raise its appeal. His aim is to speed up the game, make it easier and more fun. And he believes that 12-hole courses are the way to achieve this. Not only do they shorten the somewhat daunting length of a full round of golf, short courses are a surprising return to the origins of the sport.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>John Johnson, Club GM at Red Ledges, wonders why golf ever became so rigidly locked into the concept of consisting of only nine or 18 holes. “The fact that people get wrapped up in the idea of nine or 18 is funny because what's regarded as the home of golf [St. Andrews] started as a 22-hole course," he says. What's more, the first 10 British Opens were held at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, and at that time, Prestwick was a 12-hole course. Yet, somewhere over the course of the sport's progression, nine and 18 became the magic numbers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Red Ledges hopes their new endeavor can help to break that longstanding paradigm. With specific intention they've titled the new installation a “Golf Park.” “'Park' sounds more friendly,” says Red Ledges COO, Mitchel Burns. “Don't alienate [the less skilled players, the younger players], don't turn them off to the game of golf right away. It needs to be easy and fun for those just learning to play. Take them to the ‘park.’”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/01_jacknicklausegolf.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The new “Jack Nicklaus Signature 12-hole Golf Park” will be a series of par-three holes, with two different cup options on the green. For the more skilled player, there will be a standard 4-inch cup. But for those less gifted in the art of putting (like a certain </span></span></span><span><span><span><em>Salt Lake </em></span></span></span><span><span><span>magazine writer), Red Ledges also plans to install an 8-inch cup. But the park isn't just for the beginners and the less-than-skilled. A full 18 holes can take anywhere between three and five hours, so finding the time to play becomes a major obstacle for the seasoned golfer. The golf park aims to eliminate that obstacle entirely. The park holes can be played a la carte in sets of three, six, nine or 12, making the typical time constraints of the sport a little more malleable.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>They believe their golf park will be groundbreaking. “We don’t need to make golf more difficult,” Burns says, “we need to make it more fun.” Speaking for the less-skilled/short-on-time golfing population, I wholeheartedly agree.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In order to play the new park or the existing championship course, though, you're going to need substantial capital. In addition to the club membership fees, you must own property within Red Ledges. Current listings of available properties can be found </span></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you have the means, though, the championship course is as scenic and challenging a golf course as you'll find in the state, and the 12-hole park is an interesting development in the story arc of the game of golf. It's the first of its kind in Utah, and the first Nicklaus Signature short course anywhere. And according to GM John Johnson, “When you play a Jack Nicklaus ‘Signature’ course, you're getting Jack.” Tough to argue with anything that’s up to the Golden Bear’s standards.</span></span></span></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Red Ledges</em></p>Salt Lake magazineTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:29:00 +0000 The HiveOutdoorsPC LifeBeauty Buff: Orange Lipstick<p><img alt="" height="750" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/dsc_1100.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Wearing <a href="" target="_blank">Stila Stay-All-day Lipstick in Carina</a></em></p> <p><br>One beauty trend I am especially loving this summer is orange lipstick. Red can sometimes feel a little heavy and dark during the summer months, but orange strikes that perfect balance of feeling fresh and lovely without feeling too bold. It also looks great with a tan and is the perfect way to change up your lip color during the summer months. And since I’ve been wearing mine religiously, I wanted to share a few of my go-to’s with all of you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/orange_1.png" width="157"></p> <p>MAC Lipstick in Morange | <a href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/orange_2.png" width="148"></p> <p>Stila Stay All Day in Carina | <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/orange_3.png" width="175"></p> <p>NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave | <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/orange_4.png" width="152"></p> <p>Bare Escentuals Lip Oil-Balm in Tangerine Pop | <a href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/orange_5.png" width="194"></p> <p>Revlon Moon Drops Crème Lipstick in Orange Flip | <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a></p> <p><em><em><em>Abby Doll is a Regional Strategy Director for a major retailer and author of the popular fashion and lifestyle blog, All Dolled Up. Find more of her fashion and beauty inspiration by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></em></em></p>Abby DollTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:05:00 +0000 TalkEgyptian Theatre Announces Stand-Up Series<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/jta_egyptian_02b_1_905.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Egyptian Theatre</a> has announced two nights of comedy during this year's <a href="" target="_blank">Park City Kimball Arts Festival.</a></p> <p>The shows feature headliners <a href="" target="_blank">Sean Peabody</a> and <a href="!/" target="_blank">Nick Cobb</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/sean_peabody1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Peabody is a U.S. Marine Core veteran, who has been on the comedy circuit for 14 years. His large Polynesian build is an uncommon sight in comedy and serves to add to his allure. He has a knack for drawing in audience with his magnetic peronality and storytelling ability.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/nick-cobb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Memphis-born comedian Nick Cobb's stand-up has been lauded for its exceptional originality. In addition to being named a semi-finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," he has appeared on VH1's "Morning Buzz," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Inside Amy Schumer."</p> <p>Shows will be held July 31 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. All told, it should be two solid nights of laughs.</p> <p>Tickets are available <a href=";view=event&amp;id=199841" target="_blank">here</a>. Shows are recommended for a mature audience.</p>Salt Lake magazineMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:26:00 +0000 The HivePC LifePreview: Sugar Ray, et al<p>Already this year, the Red Butte Time Machine has travelled to the 1960s with former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, the 1970s with Steve Miller, and taken an unfortunate detour into the pre-Civil Rights-era Deep South with Hank Williams Jr.</p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/sugarray.jpg" width="470"><br> <br>Now the Red Butte concert bookers are setting the Way Back Machine for 1997, a simpler time, when there was a Clinton in the White House, a <em>Jurassic Park</em> was the blockbuster of the season, and a cocky band from California, Sugar Ray, cranked out “Fly,” the inescapable hit of the season.<br> <br>Yes, we all love nostalgia, and Mark McGrath and the boys will be counting on fans’ desire for a throwback when they visit Red Butte tonight for the Under The Sun Tour, along with Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6, companion bands on the fickle road of music stardom.<br> <br>It’s not that these bands haven’t been making music—they’ve just been making music nobody really wants to listen to. Sugar Ray’s latest album, for example, is called <em>Music For Cougars</em> and while they get points for knowing their target audience, you probably haven’t heard any of its cuts. <br> <br>Point is: You should hope they play the hits.<br> <br>For Sugar Ray, that of course will be “Fly,” along with the catchy follow-ups, “Every Morning,” Someday,” and “When It’s Over” — although all indications are that the band doesn’t really know when it’s over.<br> <br>Better Than Ezra will contribute their hit, “Good,” Uncle Kracker will probably talk about his friend Kid Rock and play “Follow Me,” and Eve 6 will offer up “Inside Out.”<br> <br>Maybe I’m being too hard on the guys. They were on the vanguard of frat-rock for a period of time and the fans who bought tickets to the show know what they’re getting and will probably have a good time. It also promises to offer up some of the finest people-watching of the season.<br> <br>Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7. Tickets are still available.</p>Christie GehrkeMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:54:00 +0000 The HiveWanted: Downtown developer for historic building<p><img alt="" height="757" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/downtown-developer1.jpg" width="490"></p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"> <p>Nothing makes us happier than finding a great before-and-after project. The creative engines who envision and produce well-done renovations—and in this case here, preservations—pave way for a legacy of smart and sophisticated design. Don’t you think?</p> <p>If you concur, then you’ll agree this announcement is great news for the SLC skyline: <a href="" target="_blank">Salt Lake City's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND)</a> agency is seeking a viable developer to restore downtown's historic Northwest Pipeline Building (a structure new to the National Historic Registry) and build onto the surrounding 2.7 acres.</p> <p>Exciting, right? For more information, please share this announcement to encourage possible developers—and any patron of preservation for that matter—to attend the Central City Neighborhood Council meeting on July 29.</p> <p><img alt="" height="757" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/downtown-developer2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>This post was originally published on</em></a></p> </div> </div>Salt Lake magazineMon, 27 Jul 2015 10:05:00 +0000 HomeIn The HiveKimball Arts Festival takes over Main Street, Park City<p><img alt="" height="738" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/kimballarts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For one weekend each summer, Park City’s historic Main Street transforms into a delightful art exhibition, outdoor concert and street bazaar. The Kimball Arts Festival, the largest fundraiser for Park City’s bastion of artistry, has long taken center stage among the town’s summer events with its incredible exhibitions and wide appeal. The 46<sup>th</sup> annual Arts Festival, which runs July 31–Aug. 2, is set to continue that tradition by featuring over 200 artists presenting their work in addition to 30 live music performances and local cuisine and beer gardens.</p> <p>This year saw a record 990 artists vying for a place in the show. That surge of applicants was narrowed down to just 220 artists, 70 of which are new to the show this year, representing 12 visual arts categories (You can view last year’s best in show for each category <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>). This diversity in artists and styles means even the most seasoned Kimball Arts festival-goers will find something new on tap, and everyone from discerning aficionados to nascent enthusiasts will find something to suit their predilections.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/artists_thmb_pears.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s more than just art to peruse and purchase with over 30 music performances on three stages up and down Main Street. Attendees can walk through the exhibits and stop when the rhythm catches them, or plan ahead to see their favorites by checking out the scheduled lineup <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Other events that highlight the festival include <a href="" target="_blank">Food Focus</a> with Taste of Art, restaurant specials, an artisan tasting area and the Food Truck Roundup; <a href="" target="_blank">a kids area</a>, featuring face painting, painted pots and plants and wearable clay creations; and <a href="" target="_blank">Festival After Dark</a>, with concerts, comedy, movies in City Park and Park City’s famous nightlife.</p> <p>All the proceeds from the Kimball Arts Festival go to keeping the Kimball Art Center’s exhibitions and education programs free for the public throughout the year. Come contribute, have a great time and support incredible art in Park City.  </p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Kimball Art Center.</em></p>Tony GillMon, 27 Jul 2015 09:28:00 +0000 The HivePC Life2015 Salt Lake Comic Con: Q&amp;A with founder Dan Farr<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/saltlakecomiccon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Utah’s biggest geek fest for sci-fi and fantasy fans returns to the Salt Palace Convention Center in September, but you should probably buy tickets now. </p> <p class="p1">On July 24, <a href="" target="_blank">Salt Lake Comic Con</a> announced VIP tickets (offering early entry to the vendor hall and express lines for panels, photo ops and celebrity booths) are sold out. Given the convention’s celebrity lineup, we’re not surprised. Earlier this month, Salt Lake Comic Con announced Chris Evans, the actor who portrays Captain America, would make an appearance.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/chrisevans-comiccon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Evans joins a long list of other celebrities, including Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), and a personal favorite, Austin St. John (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).</p> <p class="p1">I chatted with Salt Lake Comic Con’s founder Dan Farr about the guest lineup and what else to expect from this year’s event.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202015/dan_farr.jpg" width="474"><br><em>Salt Lake Comic Con founder, Dan Farr, photo provided by Snapp Conner PR<br> </em></p> <p class="p2"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>We loved hearing that Chris Evans, Captain America himself, would be joining the convention. How did this come about?</strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>DF:</strong> We have been wanting to bring a big name like Chris Evans out for a while. This year, with our agents and contacts, it just worked out and he agreed to come. And we couldn't be more excited to have him here.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>Another guest I'm particularly excited to see this year is Linda Blair. How did you land her as a guest? </strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> Linda Blair has been on our radar for a little while, and again, this year we were able to make it work with her schedule.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>Right now, you’re also dealing with San Diego Comic-Con’s <a href="/blog/2014/07/28/salt-lake-comic-con-a-comic-con-by-any-other-name/" target="_blank">lawsuit over trademark infringement,</a> given the similar names of the conventions. Tell me about the status of the lawsuit right now.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> We are still working with San Diego, but nothing has been resolved at this point. We received a supplemental trademark for SLCC, but that does not end the case.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>What excites you most about this year’s convention?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> I am most excited this year about the same thing as every other event. I just love to see the excitement and joy the Con brings to our community. That is the exciting part for me.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>Are there any celebrity guests you’re particularly excited about this year?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> I am excited about all of them. I, myself, am not really a "fanboy.” I get excited mostly about the guests that have the most impact on the fans and watching how they interact with them.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>JW:</strong> <strong>What are some of the biggest changes you made this year?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> The biggest changes we have made this year are the RFID bands for check in and sending out all the wristbands and merchandise to our fans prior to the event versus having lines of people picking them up at the venue.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>JW: Do you think Salt Lake Comic Con might outgrow the Salt Palace, and have you considered adding additional venues to the convention?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DF:</strong> I love the Salt Palace venue, but eventually I do believe and hope it will get big enough to have to expand to some of the other venues nearby.</p> <p class="p1"><br>Salt Lake Comic Con will be held at the Salt Palace in SLC, Sept. 24–26.</p>Jaime WinstonSat, 25 Jul 2015 16:21:00 +0000 The Hive