Jun 24 2005

Utah Arts Festival

The Utah Arts Festival combines a multitude of performing, visual, and literary arts, to present the best of artists in Utah and those Worldwide. Bringing together artists from all walks of life and all forms of canvas’s use to portray their work, from those that used glass, oil, clay, iron, celluloid, and the side of a building as a stage.

From those that molded metal to conform into any of their desires, like a 4 tiered fountain and 6 foot high bistro sets, flowers and vases, and a 5 foot long wrench along with matching bolts and screws, or even as eccentric as a full skeleton weighing approximately 150 lbs.

Some went down a simpler path as to their art work, by choosing to engrave thoughts and famous sayings into clay. A much easier (and cheaper for my pocket book) way to produce their art. A few of the ones that I appreciated most were, “Every time I hear the dirty word Exercise I wash my mouth out with Chocolate”, & “Before you criticize some one walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them. You’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have their shoes.”

The “Fear No Film Festival” (FNFF), is a festival promoting various sorts of “short and sweet” films; featuring 57 short films and videos from local, national, and international artists. FNFF incorporates works of all genres including animation, narrative, experimental, documentary, music video, and dance films. FNFF’s goals are first to enthuse, confuse, stir, and inspire its audiences through the exposure to underground and innovative short films that are rarely seen. FNFF aims to encourage the public to absorb new film experiences that dare to extend beyond the mainstream definition of cinematic entertainment. Second, FNFF wants to cultivate notable short film festival, with a flair for the inventive that functions as a resourceful filmmaker’?s forum and marketplace.

My Favorite film wouldefinitelyly have to be Non-Abductees Anonymous (Narrative) 4:15 (North Carolina, 2004, by: Philip Powell) The goings-on at a support group for people who have NEVER been abducted by aliens. Forlorn and rejected, they go to extremes trying to get the attention of those snobby extraterrestrials.

Project Bandaloop

Five of the Project Bandaloop dancers suspended from the glass wall of the downtown library in SLC, UT.While many groups chose to represent there art work by framing it or molding it out of iron rebar, Project Bandaloop makes a statement in a whole new spectrum. By suspending themselves from the sides of buildings and cliffs, and performing spectacular dance routines. This week the group chose to strap on there old jazz thongs (dance shoes) and harness themselves over the glass wall on the Salt Lake City Downtown Library, performing for nearly an hour these ladies strutted all their stuff along side the wall of the library. Combining climbing, rappelling, gymnastics, and dance into one exquisitely choreographed dance. Surrounded by on-lookers from both outside and in this group glided across the glass with ease with choreography that draws on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement to craft dances. This gravity defying group, defys all fears and works its way into the number one spot on my favorite things at the festival. They perform everynight at 6 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30pm.

The festival runs until Sunday June 26th from 12pm to 12am, the cost of admission is $4 before 3pm and $7 after three. I would recommend going as early as possible not only as to knock down the price but to be able to see all of the booths, film, comedy clubs, and musical performances.


Jun 24 2005

Bryce Canyon

This Tuesday my brother (Tom a.k.a. Digenis) journeyed out on what was supposed to be a three hour drive to the beautiful Bryce canyon. After a 100 mile canyon detour due to construction, we finally arrived at the national park.

We started out the trip by taking a eight mile hike around the Fairyland Loop, a very strenuous trail that changes elevation about every 50 meters. The views throughout the loop were exquisite due to the constant elevatory variations totaling a whopping 704 meters (2309 feet). Being able to be at one minute above the hodoos then not even ten minutes later, walking a good 50 meters below the point that you were just at; staring up at the towering pillars. After taking numerous stops to climb some rock faces and a good 512mb memory stick full of pictures we finished our hike a good 4 hours later. We ate dinner in the car over looking Bryce Point and watched the sunset over the Canyon.

After returning to our campsite, and crashing into the sleeping bags almost immediately; we slept for a good 11 hours before returning to our next hike. We were still a bit worn out from the previous days hike, our dear muscles ached from lack of strenuous work previous to this point, so we decide that just doing one hike would be a good idea. We agreed on the Peek-A-Boo Loop; a 5.5 mile hike, also with the extreme elevation changes like the day before. Unfortunate for us, we were to late to notice that the loop was also used as a horseback trail, so we got to walk the 3 1/2 hour hike with the scent of horse feces filling our nostrils.

Bryce Canyon has a good 20 more trails that we did not have time to do unfortunately, due to Tom’s flight back home was for Friday morning. Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorite National Parks, with Zion gliding ahead by a slim majority. I recommend Bryce to any National Park enthusiast and/or photographer, and tell you bring a very large memory stick.

National Park (Need to) Visit List:
Glacier National Park
Escalante National Park
dinosaur Nation Monument
Capitol Reef National Park


Jun 22 2005

Yellowstone

The Monday after graduation the whole thirteen of us, Kiehn’s, Denney’s, and Breen’s, packed up and headed out for yellowstone national park. Securely belted in a van, a minivan, and a little Chevy prizm we headed out on our jolly good way, a ride that would take us six hours to complete.

Once we arrived in the Park, we decided the first place to visit would have to be the most popular site, Old faithful. Which, still after all of the years blows punctually, every 45 minutes. We traveled through most of the popular sites like the Minerva Terrace, The Dragon’s cauldrons, Tower Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, and many more.

The trip was sprinkled with exciting adventures; like falling of a log into a 50* lake, weather ranging from high 70’s too low 30’s and 40’s with snow, and bison the decide that the road is their territory. Even with the freezing temperatures the trip was amazing and it was great to see the sites that I hadn’t seen since I was 6.

There are pictures of the trip posted here.


Jun 20 2005

movie quote monday

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Matthew Brodrick as Ferris Buhler in Ferris Buhlers Day Off


Jun 12 2005

movie quote monday

I’m kinda psychic. I have a fifth sense. It’s like I have ESPN or something.

– Amanda Seyfried as Karen in Mean Girls