This month’s Comedy Showcase invites a trio of jokesters to excavate laughs in The Depot’s urban space. Comic J. Chris Newberg enlivens standard standup with his blend of audience interaction and short songs that bait giggles with a grab bag of controversial topics, from religion to the usefulness of the metric system. Newberg’s edgy humor nabbed him stage time with Dane Cook, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. A seasoned DJ and comedian, DJ Cooch sweet-talks microphones with confidence gained from co-hosting MTV’s Rock the Vote with Ashton Kutcher and flying overseas to entertain troops in Iraq, and funny woman Jen Murphy dissects dating and intergender communications. Before the show, host AJ from 97.1 ZHT warms up the stage with only a microphone and a huge electric blanket, as audiences settle into the urban interior of the old Union Pacific Station.
The beauty supplier boasts a bounty of top-of-the-line cosmetics and fragrances from high-end beauty-enhancing brands. Carry a compact of Smashbox's antioxidant-dense Bronze Lights matte powder ($28) in your fanny pack this summer for an on-the-spot and UV-free tonal transformation, or gift your chapped chap with Cargo's lip gloss quad ($24), for silky-soft lips on the go. Apothica's abundant selection of skin and hair-care products offers candy-coated skincare options such as the Whish Almond Three Whishes Sugar Scrub ($38) and earthier hair-care options, such as the Philip B rejuvenating oil. Apothica also carries products from bareMinerals, Essie, Dermalogica, and H20+. See all of the brands offered here.
Visitors to the Utah Arts Festival stride across concrete promenades and grassy lawns sprawled out between fountains and modern buildings, which have glass walls that reflect the fest’s vibrant paintings and eclectic sculptures. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the four-day festival has taken over a multiblock radius to accommodate hundreds of visual artists, musicians, performers, and culinary artists, each celebrating modern art and the local community. Throughout indoor and outdoor exhibitions, visitors explore varied works of visual art represented through special exhibitions and hands-on workshops with featured artists. A marketplace also gives artists a place to sell their paintings, wearable art, and sculptures to help disseminate their crafts and raise enough money for van Gogh’s ghost to move out of their basements.
Musicians score the festival throughout its days with worldwide genres on several outdoor stages, and storytellers and other literary artists tickle ears with eclectic tales and recitations of the UN staff directory. Across the grounds, festival staffers recycle the fete’s discarded plastic, aluminum, and cardboard as well as food scraps and vegetable oil, and promote eco-friendly practices with a protected bicycle lot and bike valet.
Uptown Cheapskate's mission is to help teens and young adults find on-trend looks for less than they'd spend at the mall. Backed by a team of stylists identifying seasonal styles, each location's staff pays cash for like-new pieces. Then, shoppers can indulge in current looks such as ombre tops, patterned jeans, and Air Force–inspired men's bomber jackets without smashing open heirloom piggy banks.
Some customers stop by to permanently stock their wardrobes. Others "upcycle" their wardrobe to keep it fresh for new seasons by opting for store credit—and earning 25% more than they would have if they had opted for cash.
Fresh spring rolls neatly line a plate. Curry clings to cubes of tofu. Swirls of heat escape from a heap of pad thai, and the aroma of mango fish wafts through the air. The diversity of the 100 items on Café Trang's eclectic menu secured the Zagat-rated eatery the title of Best Vietnamese on Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of Utah list in 2011. But large quantities don't mean low quality—delicate notes such as lemon and curry flavor the more than one dozen chicken dishes, and walnut shrimp gain subtle texture with a sweet honey glaze. A menu key that denotes the spiciness of each meal helps heat-averse patrons avoid burnt tongues and suddenly ashen chopsticks.