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Salt Lake City’s “Secrets,” Revealed

Earlier this spring, while working on a story about a cool, new downtown development, I learned the backstory about a tidy little brick building with white Victorian trim located just east of State Street at 241 S. Floral St. The so-called Cramer House was built by Christopher Cramer, a Danish immigrant who arrived in Salt […]

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Call for Entries: Exhibitions on Main 2021/2022

THE BLOCKS presents Exhibitions on Main, an opportunity for our community to exhibit their stories, bodies of work, and more on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City Artist Allowance: $400 Entry Deadline: Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM Please submit your entry to Cassandra Yerkes, cassandra@downtownslc.org. Your submission must be sent as one […]

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Urban Plein Air Call for Artists

Artist Allowance: $200, plus any tips collected Application Deadline: Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM Required Materials: Digital Portfolio in PDF format, details below DETAILS THE BLOCKS will provide selected artists with one 12”x12” canvases to complete during the two painting days (July 15 & 16) as well as a drop cloth. Artists will […]

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Celebrating One of the World’s Oldest Professions

If you’ve ever strolled downtown New Orleans, Nashville or San Francisco, you’re aware of how street performers—aka buskers—add to the cultural richness of those cities. This weekend, Salt Lake’s heart will thrum with a similar energy when more than 60 buskers descend on downtown as part of the third annual SLC Busker Fest.  “The last […]

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Finding Beauty in the Mundane

For many artists, one of the most unexpected aspects of this last, strange year was the space it provided to create. Such was the case for Joshua Graham, whose thought-provoking installation Walking In Place—borne from a yearlong walking practice—is on display now through May 22 at UMOCA. This year marks UMOCA’s 90th birthday and, as […]

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Rock On: Where to See Live Music in THE BLOCKS Right Now

Oh, live music, how we’ve missed thee. For many, catching a soloist, band or DJ performance in the intimate setting of a bar or nightclub allows a connection to both performers and the energy of others that just can’t be replicated on Zoom. Thankfully, as more and more Utahns get vaccinated, bars and clubs throughout […]

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Q&A with Utah Jazz Music Man, DJ Joune

Music and basketball are notions that, at first glance, seem about as disparate as night and day. But if you’ve ever sat in downtown Salt Lake’s Vivint Smart Home Arena to watch the Utah Jazz play, then you know how much music enhances the experience. (In fact, the NBA is one of the few national […]

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