Salt Lake Magazinehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/feeds/rss/enA&EADVERTISEMENTAt HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsShop TalkUncategorizedWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:56:20 +0000Mary&#39;s Recipe: Preserved Cherrieshttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/marys-recipe-preserved-cherries/<p>Summer is just around the corner, and that means cherries. Print this one out and keep it around for June.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/August2013/cherry-21.jpg" width="333"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Preserved Cherries </strong></p> <ul> <li>1 pound sweet cherries, pitted</li> <li>½ cup sugar</li> <li>½ cup water</li> <li>2 tsp. lemon juice</li> <li>pinch of nutmeg</li> <li>¼ tsp. almond extract</li> <li>½ tsp. vanilla extract</li> <li>1 cup maraschino or other cherry liqueur</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Combine everything but the cherries and the liqueur in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and add the cherries. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the liqueur. When cool enough to handle, transfer cherries and liquid to clean jars and refrigerate, uncovered, until cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to two weeks.</p>Mary Brown MaloufWed, 16 Apr 2014 23:56:20 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/marys-recipe-preserved-cherries/Mary's RecipeOn the TableWeekend Getaway: Dead Horse Point State Parkhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/weekend-getaway-dead-horse-point-state-park/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/deadhorsepoint5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Clinging to a cliff edge, 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, <a href="http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/dead-horse-point-state-park">Dead Horse Point</a> is certainly one of the most scenic spots for a state park and for a weekend away.<span> </span></p> <p>Though the name may suggest otherwise, you won’t see horses dead or alive here. Big black bovines graze just outside the park, but the wild ponies are long gone. The gruesome legend behind the name holds that cowboys chased wild mustangs out to a point, across a narrow neck, corralling them on a spit of land high in the sky. Culling those they wanted, the rest were set free. One year the horses were left trapped and with no water the desert quickly claimed them. Remnants of a fence, perhaps <em>the </em>fence, still guard the neck of land that separates the point from the plateau.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/deadhorsepoint3.jpg" style="" width="490"></p> <p>Hiking, camping, biking, photography and stargazing are all pastimes pursued in this corner of Grand County. Six thousand feet above sea level, it is 10 degrees cooler here than the desert valley below at 4,000 feet. The lack of light pollution and the elevated nature of the park make night skies sparkle with pricks of starlight. A full moon will leave you moonstruck and a meteor shower will look like fireworks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/deadhorsepoint4.jpg" style="" width="490"></p> <p>The East and West Rim trails connect to make a four-mile loop with half a dozen side viewpoints clearly marked. On the East side, stunning views of the La Sal’s appear, playing peek-a-boo behind red rock outcrops. Cairns, flat rocks stacked precariously to mark the trail, stop you from wandering off track and taking the wrong turn at a juniper bush. As you wander, a glimmer of blue catches the eye. Too geometric to be natural, potash evaporation ponds gleam in a desert of sage and dun, stone and dirt. With nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks having strict no-dog rules, the canine lover can rejoice in miles of pet-friendly hiking trails. Just keep your pooch leashed less this become dead dog point!</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.utah.com/bike/trails/intrepid.htm">Intrepid Bike Trail</a>, suitable for the whole family, begins at the visitor center parking lot. Created through a public/private partnership between the park and Intrepid Potash Inc., various combinations of three loops will keep all members of the family happy for hours. Slickrock, sand and sage greet you at every turn. The views are stunning, the single track stimulating and the sensation of riding where wild horse once thundered is spectacular.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/deadhorsepoint1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The small <a href="http://utahstateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/dead-horse-point-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=UT&amp;parkId=344161">campsite</a> has 18 sites that can be reserved online, all partial hookup with electricity but no water. On the weekends, join a ranger for an informative walk or attend a talk in the amphitheater. The visitor center has exhibits that explain the park’s flora and fauna, the usual kitschy souvenirs and an art gallery stocked with local photography. There is even a coffee hut to provide you with caffeine stimulation if the views don’t do the trick!</p> <p><em>Dead Horse Point State Park is 32 miles from full service Moab, and 250 miles from Salt Lake City, off Highway 313.</em></p> <p><em>Photos in this post by Pippa Keene.</em></p>Salt Lake magazineWed, 16 Apr 2014 17:18:43 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/weekend-getaway-dead-horse-point-state-park/GetawayIn The HiveOutdoorsA Publik Gathering Spothttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/a-publik-gathering-spot/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/publikcoffeeshop_stephanienitsch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ve bemoaned the lack of coffee shops in Park City for years, but it seems that java aficionados are finally responding to the shortage of flavorful brews. In the past two months alone, three cafes have sprung up, giving a jolt to the underdeveloped coffeehouse community.</p> <p>Where <a href="http://www.publikcoffee.com/">Publik Coffee Roasters</a> differs is in its daily mantra: “Quality over quantity, community over corporate, planet over profit”—and above all, flavorful, small-batch coffee. Based on that, you could call them a collective brew of javaphiles, artists and scientists. Quite fitting, then, that a couple of bean merchants are experimenting with this new coffee shop inside the <a href="http://www.kimballartcenter.org/">Kimball Art Center</a>.</p> <p>The corner spot has seen a few cafes come and go, most recently with Park City Coffee Roasters, and once the Kimball Art Center shuts down for its year-long renovation, Publik will also close its doors—that is, until relocating to a temporary Kimball Art Center venue and eventually moving back into the gallery space after the expansion is completed.</p> <p>Nevertheless, Publik is doing what it does best (in their short lifespan). Roasting kernels at their flagship café in Salt Lake (opening late April, 975 S. West Temple), Publik’s signature brews are flavorfully fresh for a pour over, cold press or straight-up espresso. Just don’t expect to dunk a wedge of biscotti in your americano, or nibble a muffin alongside a latte. Publik forgoes the familiar shelves of coffeehouse pastries for a more peculiar—dare I say, curiously hipster—selection of baked goodies: toast. Yep, good ol’ toast.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/publikcoffeeshop_stephanienitsch-3.jpg" style="" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/publikcoffeeshop_stephanienitsch-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the mediocre breakfast table staple gets a glorified makeover that’s as hedonistic as Publik itself. Order one of the dozen-ish sweet or savory slices of toast from the menu, and you’ll need a knife and fork to dig into the thick-cut platform of bread and spreads. Gourmet, locally grown preserves from Salt Lake-based Amour Spreads are slathered across dense and chewy slabs of Park City’s own Red Bicycle Breadworks.</p> <p><span style="">With two more Salt Lake locations proposed, it looks like Publik has quickly made themselves a staple of the community.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="">Publik Coffee Roasters</span></strong></p> <p>Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.</p> <p>Sat–Sun: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.</p> <p>638 Park Ave., 435-200-8693</p> <p><em>Photos in this post by Stephanie Nitsch</em></p>Salt Lake magazineWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:53 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/a-publik-gathering-spot/On the TableHoly Bowly at Park City Mountain Resorthttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/holy-bowly-at-park-city-mountain-resort/<p><img alt="" height="821" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/holy-bowly23.jpg" width="491"></p> <p><a href="http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/index.html">Park City Mountain Resort</a> (PCMR) is home to one of the best terrain parks in the world, boasting marvels like the Eagle Superpipe’s 22-foot sidewalls and the massive tables of King’s Crown. But big definitely doesn’t mean better when the closing weeks of the season transform these feats of icy engineering into slush. Enter the <a href="http://www.irideparkcity.tv/iridepc/events/event34">Holy Bowly</a>, which gathers together winter’s last flakes and the world’s best snowboarders into a final weekend of tweaked transfers and big air debauchery.</p> <p>Over 80 pros—including vets like Jamie Lynn, Forest Bailey, Wes Makepeace and Scott Blum—are confirmed for Saturday’s session, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bottom of the 3 Kings chairlift.</p> <p>Held exclusively in Japan for the past two years, the Holy Bowly is an international flow festival that pours soul surfers, jibbers and pipe jocks into the most creatively curvaceous terrain Jeremy Cooper and the crew at Park City can dream up. Conceived by Krush Kulesza as “a gathering, not a contest,” the Holy Bowly will feature hand-carved banks, big walls and perfect transitions inspired by the original Z-Boys but promising to be “the future of terrain park design,” according to Lib Tech, who sponsors the event.</p> <p>Once the pros have had their fun on the hips and gaps, the course will be open to anyone who wants to shred, rip, tear, stomp or maim all day Sunday—regardless of your preference for two planks or one. Registration for day one of the Holy Bowly is $20 and restricted to snowboarders only, but includes a day pass and lunch voucher at any PCMR food vendor. Whether you line up with the pros on Saturday or take a few turns on Sunday, the Holy Bowly is the proper way to say goodbye to another hallowed Utah ski season.</p> <p>For info about the Holy Bowly or to register, visit <a href="http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/index.html">Park City Mountain Resort</a>'s website.</p>Salt Lake magazineWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:03:24 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/holy-bowly-at-park-city-mountain-resort/In The HiveOutdoorsSalt Lake Comic Con FanX: Q&amp;A with author Aaron Geehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/qa-local-author-aaron-gee/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="378" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/aarongee.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Local author Aaron Gee, whom you might recognize as an Emmy award winning television journalist, will be at <a href="http://saltlakecomiccon.com/">Salt Lake Comic Con FanX</a> this weekend. We got to interview him about his buzz-worthy novel <em>Dark Escape. </em>You can purchase the hard copy on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Escape-Arabella-Aaron-Gee/dp/0989436101">Amazon</a> now. </p> <p class="p1"><em><strong>Give us the gist of your book Dark Escape? </strong></em></p> <p class="p1">"Well, it is an epic science fantasy tale about the forbidden love between two people in a far away planet where the sun never sets. That's the broad brush review of it. Basically, there's two warring kingdoms, and one is a very xenophobic society where essentially every trespasser is killed—it sounds so terrible but it really is so central. They just want to be left alone. To keep invaders out they have this little sheltered valley that's surrounded by mountains and there's one pass that they can get through. One day the prince is learning to guard his kingdom and he saves the princess from the other kingdom—instead of killing her, he spares her life. They take her back and they fall in love and do what teenagers do when they're not supposed to be seeing other people and they sneak out. Because of the war-like nature of this planet the prince is captured by another kingdom and it's up to the princess—who feels guilty—to rescue him. It's a little bit of a twist on sort of that classic genre. Most people when they look at it look at it as a fantasy novel, but its a little bit of a misnomer since it's more science fiction than it is fantasy. It does take place in a world where the technology is roughly that of what you would think of as the middle ages, but there is more going on. There's other forces at work that introduce technology that normally wouldn't be there. Sort of Romeo and Juliet meets Game of Thrones— although that's a really bad analogy, but there you go." </p> <p class="p1"><strong><em>What was your inspiration for writing this novel? </em></strong></p> <p class="p2">"Actually I'd done a lot of writing, short stories and things like that, in the past and that's how my wife found me. I had this little blog and I'd put them on there. She liked the stories and she said 'I really like these. I want you to write me a story.' I asked what kind of story and she said, 'Put it on a world where the sun never sets,' and that was it. The rest of it was just sitting down and thinking what kind of world would that be. In thinking about it, I came up with this idea and I wrote it down. The book I actually wound up with was nothing like what I'd outlined. Then when I was done I realized I had much more that I could say so that's how we got the story arch. It just gradually evolved. </p> <p class="p2">"The basis was alway the princess goes and rescues the prince, which you normally don't see. I've always wanted to have a very strong female protagonist and not to be outdone, I wanted to have a strong male protagonist as well. I wanted to have people break through the stereotypes, especially the way the book is structured there are different cultures. Different cultures have different ways of treating people. For instance, the princess comes from a culture where women are dumped on. I wanted to show that women could grow beyond that and could find strength even in places where it wasn't expected of them. I think that males are often portrayed as the only people who have any strength and that's just not the case."  </p> <p class="p1"><em><strong>Why did you choose to self-publish, instead of going the traditional route? </strong></em></p> <p class="p2">"For the most part, competing with the slush pile. Because you get in the slush pile that people have, and for the most part most of the stuff that's sent in from potential authors are really sub-standard. If you look at it, even some of the great books that have been published on the last few years didn't really get through. Even J.K. Rowling was turned down by <em>everybody.</em> </p> <p class="p1">"I'd gotten a few responses back and they were all form letters, so I knew I hadn't gotten past the front door. They'd just read the first few lines and said 'No, forget it.' But I decided that the book was actually worth something and I knew that publishing has been changing so much and with self-publishing there's a lot of traps involved and there's a lot of pit falls, but I thought 'Okay I'll research it and I'll try to do it right.' I think I found a pretty good way of doing it—it's just promoting the book that's been really hard." </p> <p class="p1"><em><strong>What sort of response have you received so far?</strong></em></p> <p class="p1">"I had some people say, 'This is not my kind of book' and that's fine. You're always going to get people who feel that way. But for the most part, the feedback has been quite good. Most people have said that they can't put it down. Especially when they get to the climax about the middle of the book onward. This story appeals to people who like books that do very well in crossover of genres." </p>Salt Lake magazineWed, 16 Apr 2014 15:08:51 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/16/qa-local-author-aaron-gee/In The HiveKid FriendlySoleful Atheist Invasionhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/souless-atheist-invasion/<p>You know a marketing genius is pushing the envelope of good taste when he decides to use Salt Lake City, headquarters of the Mormon church, as "ground zero" for launching a U.S. campaign to sell a footwear line called <a href="http://www.atheistberlin.com/">Atheist Shoes</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/atheiststatue.png" width="477"></p> <p><strong>"Founded in 2012 to promote atheism and encourage more people to declare the end of god through gorgeous, Bauhaus-inspired footwear. . ." says Atheist Shoe's press release.</strong></p> <p>Actually, Atheist Shoes are pretty cool looking, despite the gratuitously cheeky sloganeering like: "Thou shalt have no other shoe but me."</p> <p><img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/atheistguy.jpg" width="256"></p> <p>Added value! If you stomp around in the snow or on the Great Salt Lake mudflats in your Atheist Shoes—you'll leave an imprint that says "Ich bin Atheist" or "Darwin Loves."</p> <p>If that kind of shoe-fetish action turns your crank, check out Atheist Shoes' pop-up store Friday through Sunday at the Salt Lake Center Hilton. <span>It's the second stop in the brand's "mission" to America. According to founder David Bonney:</span></p> <p>"Coming to Salt Lake feels necessary, as it's ground zero for some very wooly and silly thinking about why we're here and what life is all about, not to mention that many people in SLC insist on wearing cheap, Asian-produced shoes by big famous brands that consistently screw people over..."</p> <p>Of course, if you really want to buy local (<em>Ich bin Utahn!</em>), screw the Germans and check out <a href="http://zuriick.myshopify.com/collections/featured">Zuriick shoes</a> at 9th and 9th.</p> <p>And Zuriick's marketing concept out-Nietzsches the German brand's, if you're into that kind of thing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/zurrick.png" width="491"></p>Glen WarcholTue, 15 Apr 2014 16:36:51 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/souless-atheist-invasion/A&EIn The HiveLocal Business Spotlight: Argentahttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/local-business-spotlight-argenta/<p><img alt="" height="388" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/argenta-02.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Brad Larkin, co-owner of Argenta</em></p> <p>We've all trekked back up the stairs to turn off a light, but what if our phones could do it for us? Or better yet, our house? <a href="http://argentanow.com">Argenta</a> can make it happen. Along with home theaters and audio, they offer automatic everything for your home. You may never have to turn off a light again.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Most people have more technology in their pocket than they do running their entire home," says co-founder Brad Larkin. But just like you want your phone in sync with your computer, Argenta can make your home in sync with you. N<span>ext time you get home with an armful of groceries, your house can disarm your security system, unlock the door, turn on the lights and tune in your favorite Pandora radio station before you reach the kitchen.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">An automated home may sound like a bigger electrical bill, but it can actually save money. If you leave a door or window open, your thermostat can be set to change accordingly, saving you energy. And lightbulbs can be set to 90 percent, lowering your electric bill.</p> <p dir="ltr">Argenta is not just about ease and economy, but safety as well. They can give you a lit pathway from your bed to the bathroom if you need to go late at night. <span>And if your kids forget to lock up the house, you can do it from your phone.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Ten years ago, home automation may have been upwards of $50,000, but now, you can get a lot done for less than $5,000. And if clients give Argenta access to their home, they can fix most issues from the office instead of charging cutomers to send someone to their home.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also known for home theaters, Argenta has <span>the largest selection of theater seats around. Unlike competitors, they've structured their showroom so that you only have to visit one theater to see all of your options, making it easier to make an informed purchase. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If it's electronic and you want it in your home, it's their goal to get it for you.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Non profits can often use Argenta's showrooms free of charge. The company will be featured in <span>the </span><a href="http://www.saltlakeparade.com">Parade of Homes</a><span> this summer. For more information, visit </span><span>their </span><a href="http://argentanow.com">website</a><span>. </span><span>Argenta</span><span> is located right off I-15 at the 9000 South exit. Bring your family for an impromptu tour.</span></p>Salt Lake magazineTue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:48 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/local-business-spotlight-argenta/In The HiveStyle File: Spring Feverhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/style-file-spring-fever/<p>The season's obsessions: vibrant flowers, fresh scents and lively colors. Why not pick some of your own?</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever1.jpg" width="451"><br><em>Spring flower arrangements by <a href="http://ellabellafloral.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Ella Bella Floral</a></em></p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever2.jpg" width="251"></p> <p>Pink Grapefruit, $20, Wiliams-Sonoma, Salt Lake City</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever3.jpg" width="251"></p> <p>Madrigal Water Lily, $44, <a href="http://www.tabularasastationers.com/" target="_blank">Tabula Rasa</a>, Salt Lake City</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever4.jpg" width="251"></p> <p>Michael Aram, Black Orchid, $60, <a href="http://www.gardenstoresaltlake.com/" target="_blank">Ward &amp; Child<em>—</em>The Garden Store</a>, Salt Lake City</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever5.jpg" width="251"></p> <p>Hobnail Glass Grapefruit, $35, <a href="http://detailscomforts.com/" target="_blank">Details</a>, Salt Lake City</p> <p><img alt="" height="88" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/springfever6.jpg" width="451"></p> </div> </div>Salt Lake magazineTue, 15 Apr 2014 15:00:41 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/style-file-spring-fever/At HomeIn The HiveDan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Summer shows announced for Red Butte Gardenhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/dan-nailens-lounge-act-summer-shows-announced-for-red-butte-garden/<p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/redbutteconcert.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Red Butte Garden has a tasty batch of shows filling its summer schedule in 2014, running the gamut of genres and generations.</p> <p>Any regular readers of this space will not be shocked to hear that the highlights in my book come early in the season with the first three shows: Emmylou Harris, Janelle Monae and Jason Isbell. Later on, dance-friendly gigs by the likes of Santana, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Galactic co-headlining with Trombone Shorty &amp; Orleans Avenue are not to be missed.</p> <p>Here's the rundown; information about the <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=red+butte+garden">new ticketing system for Red Butte Garden</a> is below the schedule:</p> <p><strong>June 3: EMMYLOU HARRIS, $42 for Red Butte Garden members/$47 public</strong></p> <p>One of the best voices in music, Emmylou Harris just won the 2014 Grammy for Best Americana Album for her collaboration with Rodney Crowell on <em>Old Yellow Moon</em>. Now she's touring in support of a reissue of her excellent <em>Wrecking Ball</em> album.</p> <p><strong>June 8: JANELLE MONAE, $57/$62</strong></p> <p>A fast-rising star, Monae is the show I'm personally most excited about this season. I'm seen her in clubs and arenas, and her charismatic stage presence and incredible attention to detail in her live concerts are always a treat. Think of a female Prince, Outkast or James Brown with a flair for fashion and leading a monster band. I can't think of anything similar that's ever been at Red Butte Garden.</p> <p><strong>June 17: JASON ISBELL/THE LONE BELLOW, $30/$35</strong></p> <p>Isbell is an excellent singer/songwriter of the roots-rock ilk, and his 2013 album Southeastern earned the former Drive-by Trucker much-deserved hype from all corners. The Lone Bellow crafted a great debut album themselves last year, and Red Butte audiences might remember their gig opening for Brandi Carlile.</p> <p><strong>June 20: ROBERT CRAY/MAVIS STAPLES, $35/$40</strong></p> <p>Cray is one smooth blues dude, and Staples is simply a soul music legend who has made regular visits to the garden in the past.</p> <p><strong>June 24: NATALIE COLE, $42/$47</strong></p> <p>The pop vocalist most recently delivered a critically praised album sung in Spanish.</p> <p><strong>June 29: GAVIN DEGRAW/MATT NATHANSON/MARY LAMBERT, $45/$50</strong></p> <p>This evening is full of pop-oriented singer/songwriters taking the stage.</p> <p><strong>June 30: FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS/MAX FROST &amp; HOLY CHILD, $30/$35</strong></p> <p>This American indie rock-meets-neo-soul crew has become a festival favorite the past few years, and their tourmate Max Frost fits that description pretty well, too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/fitztantrums.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>July 1: SARAH MCLACHLAN,$60/$65</strong></p> <p>More recently seen on Portlandia and animal-rights commercials than the charts lately, the founder of Lilith Fair is still sure to pack the place for her lush pop songs.</p> <p><strong>July 9: THE AVETT BROTHERS, $47/$53</strong></p> <p>The high-energy quartet has grown both creatively and commercially since they first played Red Butte a few years back.</p> <p><strong>July 10: BOB WEIR &amp; RATDOG, $50/$55</strong></p> <p>Deadheads will rejoice at the idea of a night of Bob Weir and his Ratdog pals jamming at Utah's best summer concert venue.</p> <p><strong>July 21: PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP/BRUCE HORNSBY, $42/$47</strong></p> <p>The guitar ace Metheny brings his latest band to town for a show pairing him with another instrumental master--pianist Bruce Hornsby.</p> <p><strong>July 22: TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, $45/$50</strong></p> <p>The bluesy, worldbeat-influence sounds of guitarist Derek Trucks, his wife/guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi and their crack band have become a regular part of  Red Butte's summer series.</p> <p><strong>July 25: LYLE LOVETT &amp; HIS LARGE BAND, $47/$52</strong></p> <p>Lovett and his consistently excellent Large Band are old favorites at Red Butte.</p> <p><strong>July 27: GARY CLARK, JR., $32/$37</strong></p> <p>If you're looking for incendiary guitar work and a star on the rise, Texan Gary Clark, Jr. fits the bill just fine.</p> <p><strong>July 28: AMOS LEE, $37/$43</strong></p> <p>Lee traded in a career as a school teacher to pursue his blend of folk, rock and soul music.</p> <p><strong>July 29: SANTANA, $95/$100</strong></p> <p>The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been thrilling audiences of his live shows for more than four decades.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/santana.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Aug. 3: JOHN HIATT &amp; THE COMBO/TAJ MAHAL, $37/$42</strong></p> <p>Two old favorites join forces for a show sure to please blues-rock fans who have seen both Hiatt and Taj Mahal come to Red Butte for years.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 5: CHRIS ISAAK$49/$54</strong></p> <p>An ace band he's been playing with for years allows Isaak to put on remarkably entertaining roots-rock concerts with a retro vibe.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 8: RAY LAMONTAGNE/THE BELLE BRIGADE, $47/$53</strong></p> <p>Neo-folkie LaMontagne is touring in support of his new <em>Supernova</em> set.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 10: TROMBONE SHORTY &amp; ORLEANS AVENUE/GALACTIC, $38/$43</strong></p> <p>Talk about a serious dose of New Orleans in one night, this double-bill is sure to be one of the sweatiest shows of the summer.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 12: MICHAEL MCDONALD/TOTO, $57/$63</strong></p> <p>McDonald is one of the most recognizable voices in pop music thanks to his solo success and years with the Doobie Brothers; Toto is a band that I thought broke up around 1983. I bet they play "Rosanna."</p> <p><strong>Aug. 14: SHERYL CROW, $69/$74</strong></p> <p>A Red Butte favorite in recent years, Crow's most recent music skews towards country more than rock.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 19: PORTUGAL. THE MAN/GROUPLOVE, $35/$40</strong></p> <p>A fine combination of young rock acts--Portugal. The Man is a rock band hailing from the hometown of Sarah Palin; Grouplove is an L.A. crew with a dance vibe to their music.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 21: DAVID GRAY, $48/$53</strong></p> <p>The British singer/songwriter's popularity in the states has remained intact far longer than I thought it would.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 24: BRANDI CARLILE, $39/$44</strong></p> <p>The charismatic folk-rocker is a regular at Red Butte these days, delivering spirited performances there nearly every summer in recent memory</p> <p><strong>Aug. 29: EARTH, WIND &amp; FIRE, $60/$65</strong></p> <p>After having to cancel last fall, the soul and funk pioneers bring their show of familiar hits to town.</p> <p><strong>Sept. 11: AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH BEN HARPER, $48/$53</strong></p> <p>This man is a wicked player on any guitar he chooses, acoustic or electric, and a winning storyteller as well.</p> <p><strong>Sept. 14: CONOR OBERST, $35/$40</strong></p> <p>The alt-rock wunderkind is all grown up, and while most remember the 34-year-old Oberst for his Bright Eyes records, his recent work in his own name has been excellent. His new release, <em>Upside Down Mountain</em>, comes out in May.</p> <p><strong>HOW TO GET YOUR RED BUTTE GARDEN TICKETS</strong></p> <p>Red Butte Garden recently announced a change to its ticket-sales operation, one that is sure to streamline the process from the past years. Here's the lowdown:</p> <p>1. Tickets  go on sale to members of Red Butte Garden on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m., and will only be sold online until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, when in-person sales  and phone sales at Red Butte Garden, as well as online sales via Ticketfly, will be available. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 5 at 9 a.m. So it remains advantageous to secure a membership to the garden to have a chance at your preferred shows. You can <a href="http://www2.redbuttegarden.org/memberships">get a membership here</a>.</p> <p>2. Online ticket sales will now be handled by <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/">Ticketfly.com</a>, which also has a phone-order option. To be able to act fast when you want to buy tickets online, <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/account/login/auth">set up a Ticketfly profile</a> in addition to securing that Red Butte membership.</p> <p>3. Red Butte Garden will be providing Ticketfly with its list of members at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, so be sure to get your membership by then if you want to get in on the members-only on-sale date April 28. Red Butte Garden will not be renewing memberships between 6 p.m. April 27 and 9 a.m. April 29.</p> <p>4. Ticketfly purchases will have a ticket fee of $4.50 per ticket for online sales; in-person and phone-order sales at Red Butte Garden have no ticket fees. Buying through Ticketfly allows you to print your tickets at home, pick them up at Will Call, pick them up at the Red Butte Garden Visitor Center or have them mailed to your home.</p> <p>5. There are no longer season-ticket packages available.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Dan NailenTue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/15/dan-nailens-lounge-act-summer-shows-announced-for-red-butte-garden/A&EDan Nailen's Lounge ActNational Eggs Benedict Day.http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/14/national-eggs-benedict-day/<p>Look, I don't know who decides this stuff, but Troy Greenhawt, owner of <a href="http://www.wildgrapebistro.com">Wild Grape Bistro</a>, told me that April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/benedict.jpg" width="259"></p> <p>Of course I had to wrack my brain about why, and my theory is that everyone who put off doing their taxes until the last minute and ended up at the post office at Midnight to get the last possible legal postmark, probably sleeps late and wants a big breakfast the next to recover and celebrate. </p> <p>Sounds plausible to me. </p> <p>But whatever your excuse, know that at Wild Grape Bistro, they'll be serving their Eggs Benedict until 2 p.m. At Wild Grape, they serve three different versions: ham, spinach and hollandaise over a poached egg on a housemade biscuit; grape tomatoes, avocado, crab and spinach on poached eggs on housemade cornbread and cream cheese, spinach, zucchini, red peppers, mushrooms on poached eggs on a housemade biscuit. Plus potatoes!</p> <p>The obvious advantage of this timing instead of the usual pre-noon brunch hour, is that it's totally legal to have a bloody mary at 2. </p> <p>Cheers!</p>Mary Brown MaloufMon, 14 Apr 2014 19:48:54 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/04/14/national-eggs-benedict-day/On the Table