Experience Today

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  – Confucius

That step might be into your local environment for a night on the town, a walk in nature, or cultural experiences within your zip code. Or, it might be a few more steps (or many, many miles) to discover new landscapes, native cultures, art, architecture, and global cuisine.

Now explore…locally, regionally, beyond borders, or within, and be ready to experience a joyous life!

“Think of your life as a canoe and if your decisions and actions as your paddle. You’ll get where you are going one stroke at a time with the decisions and actions you make.” – Eagle Bear

Posted in Inspired Journey | 2 Comments

Fashion, Flair, and Food

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint-Laurent

beehiveA festive event you won’t want to miss next year? The Holiday Fashion Show at The Beehive Tea Room. Vintage attire by Misc. Boutique. Full tea service with delightful treats—including cream puffs in the shapes of little swans. Excellent hip-swaying tunes from Old Blue Eyes and remixed classics. Eclectic ambience. The charming evening is truly a gem!

In it’s third year the December show was better than ever, with models donning four different looks throughout the evening—from loungewear to evening gowns (and dapper dress for gents) to nightcap worthy attire. Guests enjoyed an array of sweet and savory treats (including the best cucumber sandwiches this side of the Atlantic!), and choice of aromatic tea. Bubbly and other concoctions were available in addition to the very reasonable $25 ticket price. It’s seriously the best ticket in town for what you eat and experience.

Misc. Boutique is one of my favorites places in SLC (and in the world). Owner Missy Baber is an expert at finding the best styles and dressing her clients. Prices are astoundingly practical and you can be sure you won’t show up to a party wearing the same get-up as anyone else. (200 East 272 South, http://www.facebook.com/misc.boutique)

The Beehive Tea Room is an absolute jewel in SLC! Take a step back in time and relax with lunch, tea, libations, and/or a very worth it dessert like the pretty little homemade Petit Fours. (12 West 300 South, http://www.beehivetearoom.com). Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ballet West’s Dazzling Dances

“I don’t want dancers who want to dance, I want dancers who need to dance” – George Balanchine

balletwest1Dazzling…Ballet West’s 2012-2013 opener that is. I continue to be amazed by the world-class performing arts showcased in Salt Lake City. After experiencing the 2011-2012 season trio of mesmerizing vignettes, (highlights being “Petit Mort” with Mozart’s melodies and Balanchine’s “Emeralds”) I was determined not to miss this year’s set of shorts. My grand expectations were exceeded.

“But Never Doubt I Love” an ode from Shakespeare set to music by Mendelssohn and Liszt—elegantly played by a solo pianist staged behind gossamer curtains—portrayed passion and pathos with intricate movement; the world premiere of “The Lottery” was exciting and provocative, I enjoyed the use of fences, benches, and box to tell the intriguing story (where the final dancer was a surprise “lottery” and interactive experience for all); and “Bolero” with acclaimed music by Ravel was seriously stunning…the tunes built rapture as the set changed from stark, silver steel to soft, crimson velvet where dancers gracefully used props for mystery and excitement, engaging the audience (get a glimpse here). The standing ovation was very well deserved! Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Friday’s Contemporary Art

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

What do construction flagging tape, superstition, MSNBC, and Annie Leibovitz have in common? Exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA)! The museum celebrates the opening of a new show every month during First Friday (yes, that’s the first Friday of each month), from 8-10 p.m. with a DJ, food, and cash bar.

November’s opening features Megan Geckler’s site-specific installation “No chance to move backwards and see”. These 3-D layers of colors and patterns from construction flagging tape create woven wall murals, sculptures, and nine tape ‘paintings’—exploring principles of architecture and design. The artist will offer a pre-party Q & A at 7 p.m. During the Nov. 2 festivities the talented DJ Jesse Walker will be spinning tunes to funkify the ambience. Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Passion, Laughter, and Magic at the Utah Opera

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed and instead of bleeding, he sings.” – Ed Gardner

I’ve had season tickets to Utah Opera for over 30 years; on Friday night I heard the most magnificent soprano voice of the last three decades. Leonora (played by Jennifer Check in her Utah Opera debut) graced the stage of Capitol Theatre with an absolutely stunning performance in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. I am always amazed how divas can sing while lying down, embraced by a lover, and also act their part. The two male leads, Manrico (Scott Piper) and Conte di Luna (Michael Chioldi), were strong counterparts in the season premiere.

Like many operas the story line of Il Trovatore is tragic: star-crossed lovers with unhappy endings. But the joy in experiencing such talent—by performers, musicians, conductor, costume designer, composer, and more—seems to lighten the mood.

It’s been 27 years since Il Trovatore was part of the four operas produced each season by Salt Lake City’s internationally-acclaimed opera company. Verdi was a master and even an opera novice would recognize the hum-able tunes from this production that debuted in Rome in 1853 (like the Anvil Chorus: used in Tiny Toons cartoons, spoofed by Gilbert and Sullivan, and played by Glenn Miller and his orchestra). Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Winter Walks in Liberty Park

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” – Pietro Aretino

scott-t-smith-tree-lined-promenade-in-winter-liberty-park-salt-lake-city-utah-usaWelcome snow. Boots. Mittens. Beanie. Puffy coat. I’ve been waiting for you (although somewhat reluctantly). When temperatures dip below Indian summer sweetness—and darkness descends earlier than desired—I find it more tempting to stay indoors, cozy by a fire, dining with friends, or a doing myriad of other busy-ness to avoid winter’s chill. Although the above are delightful in a well-loved home, the need for nature and movement remains. An easy remedy when I need the sky above? Liberty Park.

Situated in the heart of Salt Lake proper, this 80-acre urban oasis of green is accessible from any neighborhood in the valley. I believe there is no bad weather, only bad clothing…so get in the right gear and enjoy a stroll, run, skip, dance, or ride in and around this safe sanctuary (with a bright path for the post-sunlight set). Century old trees create stunning sculpture in the landscape; if snow stays there is a blank canvas waiting for snow angels and snowmen to be made; if it melts Frisbee and other lawn sports are allowed year-round; geese, ducks, and seagulls who opted out of migration offer a symphony, in or out of tune, with their feathered friends at Tracey Aviary.

5268278362_17edcb0c2f_zSpeaking of…a visit to the Aviary is a staple stop. The renovations are tip-top and the birds are all a flutter in their new refuge. A favorite is the Owl Forest and finding the wise ones nestled in their homes. Destination Argentina is also a worthy visit.  Don’t flamingos get cold? I guess if they can adapt to the weather so can I. The Aviary is a library of learning for all ages, and a welcome exchange of city noise for bird song. Prices, hours, and more at traceyaviary.org.

If seeing your breath while exercising isn’t your thing, move your feet inside tennis courts housed in a 72-degree bubble at the Liberty Park Tennis Center. League play, lessons, and court time are available at a small fee for the novice and the Nadal-like.

Al fresco (and in the bubble) liberty awaits you, everyday at Salt Lake City’s second largest park, between 900 and 1300 South and 500 and 700 East. And, it makes for a darn delicious jaunt when paired with dreamy breakfast or lunch dish from the Park Café (theparkcafeslc.com).

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Art Access: Off The Map

“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

For an artist’s perspective on famous—and curious—locales in downtown SLC head to Art Access Gallery. This unique exhibition displays artworks from 23 of Utah’s most-loved creative types like Darryl Erdmann, Julia Milliken, Blake Palmer, Ian Ramsay, Steven K. Sheffield, Doug Wildfoerster, and more.

Planning for this city-inspired show began at a spring 2012 soiree sponsored by the Downtown Alliance. Each artist presented their dart throwing skills by aiming at a map…and wherever the dart landed became the location to inspire their creations. The boundaries were set between 2nd Avenue and 700 South, and 600 East to 700 West.

A few of my favorite pieces are Erin Berrett’s striking portrayal of the brilliant staircase on the west side of Broadway Lofts and Squatters Pub Brewery, Sasha and Travis Tanner’s mixed-media magic of Market Street, Michal Luch Onyon’s whimsical Heavenly Jello at Temple Square, Steven K. Sheffield’s handsome homage to North Temple, and Michelle McFarlane’s photographic collage of 2nd Avenue and C Streets from Salt Lake City and other cities around the nation with the same address. Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment