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Our 9 Favorite Independent Coffee Shops in THE BLOCKS

In the 20 years I’ve lived in Utah, Salt Lake City has transformed into a place I hardly recognize.  For starters, the urban landscape is much denser—apartment buildings seem to be springing up overnight these days. And there are many more people living here than did when I rolled into town in 1999 for what […]

 Last Hurrah: How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in THE BLOCKS

Yes, there’s plenty to love about Christmas—the food and drink, gift-giving, good cheer, etc. But the holiday that we look forward to even more—the one that’s full of out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new promise—is, of course, New Year’s Eve. And nowhere in Utah will you find a more raucous, inclusive, festive and just plain fun New Year’s Eve celebration […]

Top 10 Things to Do in THE BLOCKS to Get Your Holiday Spirit On

Thanksgiving is in the books, which means the holiday season is now in full swing. And there’s no better place to get your holiday spirit on than in THE BLOCKS. Here we offer a curated list of December events and activities to help you make this Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza/Winter Solstice season your most memorable ever. You’re welcome.  

Repertory Dance Theatre’s Sounds Familiar: A Modern Marriage of Unlikely Bedfellows 

What do Beethoven—and Puccini and Bach and Haydn—and modern dance have in common? Plenty. So says the choreographers and dancers behind Repertory Dance Theatre’s Sounds Familiar, a series of modern dance pieces set to iconic classical music. This high-energy, old-meets-new mash-up runs at the Rose Wagner Performing Art Center November 21-23.   Sounds Familiar runs November […]

Downtown Date Night: Three Night-on-THE-BLOCKS Itineraries for Mid-November

With the annual holiday crush nearly upon us, there’s no better time than now to bank a little one-on-one time with your soul mate. Following are four, super-fun pre-holiday date night ideas for an evening on THE BLOCKS, sure to earn you brownie points with the one you love … or maybe just the one […]

Public Art Explosion – THE BLOCKS SLC 

If lately you’ve felt downtown Salt Lake City seems a bit brighter, a bit more colorful and simply filled with more good vibes, you’re not imagining things. Over the last few years, murals have popped up on building walls in both traffic thoroughfares and along intimate nook-and-cranny alleyways throughout THE BLOCKS, including the Ave Maria […]

Plan-B Theatre: The Perils of Existing in a Black Body and What Happens Next

There are times when the bottom doesn’t seem low enough. Then, after surviving a car crash and knocking on a door seeking assistance, Renisha McBride was shot and killed near Detroit. In the midst of those stirring and unrestful early days of the Black Lives Matter movement, it was hard to feel anything but the […]

Traveling While Black in America, Then and Now

A high-tech and sobering reality check playing now at the Broadway. The next time you’re out and about in THE BLOCKS, whether for dinner, drinks, shopping at City Creek or the Gateway or simply on your lunch break, consider stopping into the Broadway Centre Cinemas (111 E. Broadway) to check out Roger Ross Williams’s virtual […]

Man of Many Mediums

Call it versatility or maybe it’s just plain curiosity, one thing is for sure: Trent Call likes to create. And he does so with a diversity that’s pretty atypical. Just this year, in fact, his commissions and just-for-fun projects have included murals, signs, oil paintings, photography, screen printing and a very cool letter and number […]

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