Under African Skies


It’s hard to believe that Paul Simon released his album “Graceland” over 25 years ago. Crazy, but true… That album has and will always be one of my favorites, just like Paul Simon will always be one of my favorite musicians.

I saw that there was a documentary called ‘Under African Skies” coming out about the making of the album a while back, and have looked for it off and on since. I’ve wanted to buy it on Amazon, iTunes and tried to find it on NetFlix. Not available (Well, I guess Amazon had this on BluRay, but I don’t have a BluRay player. If I can’t stream, I guess I don’t watch). Then this last week I saw it was on Hulu Plus. Well, I’ve never had a Hulu account, but I wanted to see the documentary and signed up.

I enjoyed the documentary and thought I’d post about it here. People who were around when that album came out probably remember the controversy that surrounded it. Back then, South Africa was in Apartheid hell, and there were all sorts of boycotts against that nation. One of those boycotts included Artists Against Apartheid, which strongly discouraged musicians from visiting, recording, or touring with South African musicians. Paul Simon seemed to think that it would be more productive to go to South Africa and record his new album “Graceland” in a South African Studio with South African musicians. Then he went on tour with those musicians in support of that album. I can see both sides of the controversy, Apartheid was an incredibly ugly thing, but I personally am glad Paul Simon chose to do what he thought was right. “Graceland” is a gem! And if you like the album, I’d definitely recommend you watch this documentary too.

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SLC White Party: A Night at the Moulin Blanc – Utah Arts Alliance


Poster Design by Todd Powelson

The SLC White Party, hosted by the Utah Arts Alliance, will be an evening to remember. Here is a description of what all is planned:

The 12th Annual White Party is this month! What is the White Party? Think all WHITE dress code: tuxedos, top hats, ball gowns, and all sorts of fun costumes. What can YOU do with white? This year’s theme is Moulin Blanc. We are channeling Parisian bohemian performance and style this year such as Moulin Rouge in its heyday! This is one of the most anticipated events for those in the know in Salt Lake City for 12 years running. Enjoy live performances, live music, cabaret, dancing, drinks, art, and much more. $30.00 at the door, ($21.00 pre-sale)—all proceeds benefit Utah Arts Alliance programs.

SLC Arts Hub
663 west 100 south, SLC, UT
January 26th, Doors open at 9pm (21+ event)

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Ticket info: utaharts.ticketbud.com/slc-white-party-moulin-blanc

Check it out, I also did the poster illustration and design for this year’s event, shown at the top of this post. Fun fun!

“Dag” Gentry Is Back on UtahFM.org

Our friend Daniel “Dag” Gentry is heading back to UtahFM.org. Originally formed back in 2008, the station has gone through a few different headquarters and a number of shake-ups over the years. Dag left about a year and a half ago, but the truth is, I’ve always known him to be passionate about broadcasting, UtahFM, and the local music and art community. It is great to see him back at the station!

Dag’s first show back will be this Thursday, September 6th from 3 to 6 p.m. He has a number of guests scheduled to appear on the show, including Salt Lake Film Festival director Scott Whiticker,  Music Makes Music coming into the studio a little later month, and more guests lining up all the time. Dag’s guests and the music he plays are sure to keep you listening, so be sure to check out his show.



www.youtube.com | The times, they are a-changin’

It hit me last Sunday. I told my friend Melissa that I had a dream about the first day of school. To get to class, I had to enter a building in New York City, wind through miles of corridors and  finally squeeze through a tiny doorway into Boston. Passing through that doorway was the only way to access my university, which happened to technically lie within the borders of the state where Mitt Romney is governor. Melissa said, “Freud would say the dream represents your rebirth.”

After watching the times change in the journalism industry, I decided two years ago to work toward returning to school. After all these years of using arithmetic only to add and subtract simple budgets, scoring well enough in the GRE’s math portion took a lot of preparation, as well as the help of a great tutor. Todd pushed me along, pointing out that “it makes no sense to wait until your 60s to finally get your Ph.D.” I’m returning to the path I started on in college: health care. Specifically, I’m going to study mental health, become a licensed therapist and later work toward a Ph.D. in psychology.

For now, Todd will serve as editor of ArtDuh.com. I hope that Jessica Klemm will continue to contribute excellent, well-written articles. And I will pop in between classes. Right now, balancing a master’s program in psychological counseling at Westminster College with part-time work in PR, as well as doing my best to run my household and beloved belly dance troupe seems like plenty.

So I’ll leave you with this thought: “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticize what you can’t understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, for the times, they are a-changin.”

Urban Arts Festival

Believe it or not, urban art forms like graffiti art, street performances, and break dancing are thriving in Utah. These art forms will be celebrated at the second annual Urban Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban artists will fill the outdoor space, offering art for purchase at the SLC Arts Hub property, located at 663 West 100 South, where the festival will take place.

“The new SLC Arts Hub will make full use of its nearly three acre property with three stages for music and entertainment, and one of them is located in the full-sized circus tent we are proud to call our own,” says Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, SLC Arts Hub and festival co-organizer.

The entertainment line-up includes:

The Cube – Music stage:
11:00 a.m. – The Swinging Lights
12:00 p.m. – MiNX
1:00 p.m. – Louie Troupe & Konsickwence
2:00 p.m. – Big Blue Ox
3:00 a.m. – YZE
3:45 p.m. – Oso Negro & Dusk One
4:45 p.m. – Johnny Utah & DumbLuck
6:00 p.m. – Music Garage
7:00 p.m. – Dark Seas

Street Stage – DJ stage:
11:00 a.m. – DJ Trixx
12:00 p.m. – DJ Blessed
1:00 p.m. – DJ XSpand
2:00 p.m. – DJ Planet
3:00 p.m. – Street Jesus
4:00 p.m. – DJ Deyjuice
5:00 p.m.- DJ Che
6:00 p.m.- DJ Lishus

The Circus Tent – Performance stage:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Salt City Indie Arts Poetry Slam Contest
1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. – BBoy Federation – Break Dance Battle
3:30 p.m. – People’s Production- African American Theater Company
4:30 p.m.- S.L.A.P.
5:30 p.m. – Samba Fogo
6:30 p.m.- Lunar Collective
7:00 p.m.- Transfusion Hype

Food, art demonstrations and educators helping the public learn to make urban art with their own two hands are highlights of the award winning day-long festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the brand new SLC Arts Hub gracing Salt Lake City’s downtown west side.

“The public will be taught urban art projects by professional artists, and they will get the chance to practice their new skills on the outdoor walls of the Hub,” says Tamara Fox, Gray Wall Gallery director and event organizer. “Other art activities festival-goers may enjoy trying include screen printing, creating aluminum sculpture and repurposing aluminum cans to make jewelry and pinwheels. The cost to make these crafts is just $2 to $5.”

A skate deck painting contest will also take place at the festival. For $30, the public can buy a skate deck, paint it with their own creative urban art and enter it into a contest. Art lovers can vote for their favorite deck throughout the day, with prizes awarded between 6 and 8 p.m. A group of professional artists have also been selected to paint skate decks and these will be on display as well.

Throughout the day there will be skateboarding demonstrations, competitions as well as open skate periods. The Urban Arts Fest skate area is designed by We are One Skate Park.

Salt Lake City’s best street food vendors will be on hand with vegan tacos, gourmet hot dogs and rosemary-infused lemonade, among other treats. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will include beer sales which are offered by Red Rock Brewery. Entrance to the festival costs $5.

The event is sponsored by Brand32; Broadview Entertainment Ats University; Redrock Brewing Company; vitaminwater; jetBlue AIRWAYS; The Downtown Alliance; Salt Lake City Arts Council; SLUG Magazine; Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; Romney Lumber Company; Bboy Fed; KRCL; TheJeromeShow.com and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit www.urbanartsfest.org.

About the Utah Arts Alliance
The Utah Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts and educational organization committed to fostering the arts in Utah in all forms. In addition to the SLC Arts Hub, the UAA has a gallery and recording studio at 127 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit www.utaharts.org.

About The Gray Wall Gallery
Brain child of Tamara Fox, The Gray Wall Gallery is interested in showing new and unusual art work. It is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance and is the driving force behind the festival. For more information, visit http://www.graywallgallery.com


Friday this week was a fun day. The West Public Relations Team  took the band Uniphi in studio to KUTV (channel 2 news) for their first news appearance. Once we all agreed that “love” is a word that makes people uncomfortable (the band’s mission is to spread love through music) and that we were there to sell tickets, everything went great. Uniphi is a band out of Davis County made up of, mostly, daddies of young kids. They have hit the big time and have been invited to open for Sublime with Rome at Salt Air on Wednseday, March 7. Tickets are discounted on the band’s website, you can get them for just $35 there, at http://www.uniphiband.com.

Which Way do you Fold your Origami Crane

I don’t normally blog about music – but I think this song is worth it. My dance company, The Fourteenth Ward, has been looking for  a chill veil song. Our music up to this point is intense and psychological, and we wanted to lead our audience down a more introspective path at some point in our set. Here is the song we chose, by Trevor Hall.