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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Revival in the Desert: Art, Architecture and Design Unstuff-ify Scottsdale

Scottsdale Arizona is Phoenix’s posh neighbor, dotted with gated communities, resorts, spas and fancy hotels. While Arizona in general remains best known for retirees, snowbirds and a particular brand of Don’t Tread on Me conservativism, a new generation is taking up residence in the area,...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Quarters Arcade Bar Brings in the Crowds

The long-anticipated addition to SLC’s nightlife scene, arcade bar Quarters, at last opened its doors to throngs of nostalgic Gen Xers and gamer geeks. Arcade bars are a mainstay in most major US cities, where the combo of retro gaming, pinball—i.e. constant distractions for introverts—and...
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Originally published in Range magazine

Shopping Trip: Springdale

SHAKING OFF WINTER IN JACKSON HOLE can be slow. Spring tends to be muddy, overstay its welcome and, at times, rudely act like winter. Ignore these slights and distract yourself by planning a trip to a less-moody climate, like Springdale, Utah’s, for example. There are...
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Originally published in Lonely Planet

Best in the U.S. – No. 10 Southeastern Utah

Within the otherworldly deserts of Southeastern Utah, a local finds a thrill of a different kind. After spending weeks in Salt Lake City, I began to yearn for “the shift,” something I’ve found only in the red-rock landscapes of Southeastern Utah. It’s a phenomenon that...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Theater Review: Something Rotten at the Eccles

It was during the mid-first-act number “The Black Death”—a jaunty little song and dance from Something Rotten! celebrating the sunnier side of the bubonic plague—that I remembered I was supposed to be taking notes for this review. Was I having fun watching theater? It didn’t hurt...
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Originally published in Inspirato magazine

The Insider’s Guide to Park City

Skis are on the roof. Johnny Cash is walking the line on the radio. There’s hot coffee in the console. The drive to Park City’s first entrance is 25 minutes from my garage door in Salt Lake City and today I’m counting every second. Last...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Learn to Ski!

When to go: Look out the window. Is there snow on the mountains? This is when people who know how to ski are skiing. We know. It’s cold.  Why learn now? No idea. You’re the one who moved to Utah. You’re like, “Mom. No. I’m...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

How to enjoy a glass of wine at the Eccles Theater

When the ECCLES THEATER opened its doors last year, we celebrated the civilized addition of alcohol service at the new venue. But when it comes to showtime, Utah can’t quite get it right. Play our game and see if you can land a glass of...
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Originally published in Range magazine

Shopping Trip: NYC

New York. They say that if you can make it in here, you can make it anywhere. But how hard can it be? The streets are numbered, there is fantastic food and drink around every corner, fabulous clothing and home and hearth stores and it’s...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Theater Review: An American in Paris at the Eccles

Subtlety in these days is difficult. Subtle doesn’t shove plot points down your throat or play the hits. It doesn’t make lewd jokes. Subtle does not rock, neither does it roll. There are no puppets in starring roles and no one flies on wires or...