It's been a nice pause between PechaKucha nights here in SLC. So I was happy to hear it's the lead into Design Week 2013 on October 14th. Get your tickets before they sell out (they will) and hit some of the amazing events Design Week has lined up for you.
I'm proud to be a friend of SLC's 'Gay Mayor' Troy Williams who was honored at this years Equality Utah Allies Dinner for his years of service and activisim in the LGBTQ community. Click the photo to see his speech available now at Equality Utah's YouTube.
And speaking of friends getting some credit where credit is due, loved seeing this feature on Nick James over at the Collective recently. Nick who you may remember as my sometimes DJ partner opened his own Salon & Drybar "Jouissance"this year and has become a veritable hair star. (A Drybar is a quick blow-dry service that's become popular around the country but is new to Utah).
What a perfectly overcast day for Japanese-American producer SHIGETO to roll through town! Been looking forward to this show tonight for a few months. Anyone else going? If not, I highly recommend it. Here's his official Soundcloud and check this video live from Intégral Festival des Hauts de Garonne.
Short Bio: Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
Guess who's going to the Breaking Pointe Season Finale Party tonight?
I've really been into this show lately. It's drama filled CW soundtrack really lulls me to sleep once a week. But honestly, it's pretty great once you get into it. I have even more respect for the company and the work these dancers and put into their craft. Breaking Pointe also features Salt Lake City in a way that doesn't make your stomach turn. The event is open to the public. Info below...
Over the last two years Ballet West has been featured on a BBC produced reality TV show on the CW network, Breaking Pointe. This show has brought the company incredible opportunities of exposure within the community, as well as nation-wide visibility. On September 23rd the Ballet West Ambassador group will be hosting a special party to celebrate the end of "Breaking Pointe" Season 2. This promises to be a very exciting evening, with dancers from the show and company making an appearance and mingling with patrons.
There will be appetizers, a photo booth, a big-screen viewing, and a cash bar.
Logo I designed for my friend Creede Fitch. The man behind Grassrootsmodern.com and loads of Salt Lake based modern enthusiasm. Mr. Fitch is down in Austin TX making a name for himself, quite literally, in real estate. He's a great guy with a keen eye so keep in touch through his new website: www.creedefitch.com
My hood is coming up y'all. There's finally some energy and enthusiasm behind the Central Ninth and Ballpark Neighborhoods becoming more walkable and small business friendly. I will be providing music at this casual mixer. Join us if you can. There will be plenty of great people and things to learn.
My cousin who is a resident there tells me that before the parade, there were detractors who asked why they would bother to have a parade with "10 people". The local newpaper The Post Register counted at least 750 people, but others estimate closer to 1,000.
She also mentionted that the Idaho Falls city council passed a half-baked non-discrimination ordinance for the LGBTQ community last week. The original ordinance had 3 parts - housing, employment, and public accommodations. A local Mormon Bishop proceeded to send out 5,000 hateful fliers that incited "bathroom panic" to the more ignorant folks. Several members of the city council gave in to the fear-mongering, and they ended up passing an ordinance covering housing and employment, but leaving out public accommodations.
A gem of a friend and a Salt Lake Original Dallas Graham just launched his Kickstarter Red Fred Project where he's going to co-design and make books for critically ill children across the country. Watch the video and support this kind hearted adventure. More info at RedFredProject.com
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