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Revival in the Desert: Art, Architecture and Design Unstuff-ify Scottsdale

Scottsdale Arizona is Phoenix’s posh neighbor, dotted with gated communities, resorts, spas and fancy hotels. While Arizona in general remains best known for retirees, snowbirds and a particular brand of Don’t Tread on Me conservativism, a new generation is taking up residence in the area,...
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Quarters Arcade Bar Brings in the Crowds

The long-anticipated addition to SLC’s nightlife scene, arcade bar Quarters, at last opened its doors to throngs of nostalgic Gen Xers and gamer geeks. Arcade bars are a mainstay in most major US cities, where the combo of retro gaming, pinball—i.e. constant distractions for introverts—and...
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Theater Review: Something Rotten at the Eccles

It was during the mid-first-act number “The Black Death”—a jaunty little song and dance from Something Rotten! celebrating the sunnier side of the bubonic plague—that I remembered I was supposed to be taking notes for this review. Was I having fun watching theater? It didn’t hurt...
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Learn to Ski!

When to go: Look out the window. Is there snow on the mountains? This is when people who know how to ski are skiing. We know. It’s cold.  Why learn now? No idea. You’re the one who moved to Utah. You’re like, “Mom. No. I’m...
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How to enjoy a glass of wine at the Eccles Theater

When the ECCLES THEATER opened its doors last year, we celebrated the civilized addition of alcohol service at the new venue. But when it comes to showtime, Utah can’t quite get it right. Play our game and see if you can land a glass of...
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Theater Review: An American in Paris at the Eccles

Subtlety in these days is difficult. Subtle doesn’t shove plot points down your throat or play the hits. It doesn’t make lewd jokes. Subtle does not rock, neither does it roll. There are no puppets in starring roles and no one flies on wires or...
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Good Vibrations: Laguna Beach’s Dreamy Scene Awaits

Laguna Beach, California, is track one, side one of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. It is the silhouette of a tousle-haired blond emerging from the surf, with a board under his arm as the sun sets. It is crashing waves, calling California gulls and barking sea lions...
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Land of Ghosts: Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears Hide Sacred Mysteries

In Utah’s southeasternmost reaches lies a land of secrets thinly veiled—a vast wilderness where once an ancient people thrived. An expedition onto Cedar Mesa in San Juan County and into the newly proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument brings back childhood thrills of searching, seeking and...
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Summer Nights

THOUSANDS OF KIDS have come of age on the midway at Lagoon, Utah’s biggest and best amusement park. Writer Jeremy Pugh looks back at his own history with the park and the history of the park itself. Along the way we’ll examine the rides, how...
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Up Close and Personal: Fans Here Get a Front Row Seat

SLC’s MUSIC SCENE has flourished in the last decade because of a few promoters who put quality before quantity. As a result, bands love to play here and fans get a front row seat, every show. Thirty-eight years ago, Robert Plant’s howling vocals reached an...