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Utah’s Ghoul, Part II: Cadaver Haberdashery?

By Clint Wardlow, UtahGothic.com Cadaver Haberdashery? Our story begins in January 1862 with shooting of three local hooligans by law enforcement. Lot Huntington, Moroni Clawson, and John P. Smith were wanted for, among other things, the beating of Utah territorial Governor John W. Dawson. A posse had caught up with the three desperados who were making a beeline for California. When he refused to give himself up to the posse, Huntington was shot by notorious Mormon gunman Porter Rockwell. The other two fugitives, perhaps in deference to Old Port's skill with firearms, surrendered. Clawson and Smith, trying to “escape," were later gunned down in Salt Lake City by police.

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Upcoming Concerts: The Stills, The Independents, Rob Zombie, Saves the Day

The Stills It’s unclear if Montreal quartet the Stills’ name refers to illicit liquor or photographic images. But even more unusual, the band’s sound is influenced by Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division, whose heydays were when these guys were barely post-womb, let alone post-modern. Although these days, maybe it’s the same thing. Hmm. Rumor has it that a friend (one of their friends, not mine) needed drug money and in return gave the fan four a souped-up four-track. If there is such a thing. A friend in need and all that. The Stills (least likely meaning of name = a cult-like devotion to CSN old fart.) But the set of songs they created was disarming enough to land a deal with Vice Records. This year’s Without Feathers (a reference to a Woody Allen book? Hey that's also 80's hip) followed not too closely on the heals of 2003 debut Logic Will Break Your Heart. Hey, if they are Ian Curtis devotees, maybe their moniker is most likely a tribute to the epochal Joy Division album Still. April 17, Club Sound

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Water Plagues Homeowners, Development to Blame

Kalispell’s City Council meeting on Monday had a surprisingly high turnout, as southeast Kalispell residents came to discuss water and drainage issues plaguing their houses and yards. Frustrated and angry, homeowners told stories of burned out sump pumps, unintentional backyard ‘ponds’ and $30,000 home repairs due to water damage.

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Win New York Doll on DVD!

The absolute last place you’d look to find a former member of the venerated glam/trash/punk band the New York Dolls is in a church, much less an LDS temple. Yet this is where Dolls bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane wound up after the Dolls disintegrated and his own bands—and even a suicide attempt, failed. On the surface, it sounds like just another guy looking for salvation in the most convenient cubby: religion. But as New York Doll, Greg Whitely’s warm documentary about the impoverished, aged ex-rock star plays on, we see Arthur Kane find redemption and renewal on his own terms. That, and Doll’s singer David Johansen singing the Mormon hymn “Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”—reverently and quietly! That’s powerful stuff. So…how’d you like to win a copy of this bad boy?

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Utah’s Ghoul: John Baptiste

By Clint Wardlow, UtahGothic.com Some ghouls and grave robbers have carved names for themselves in history. Scotland’s Burke and Hare, and Wisconsin's Ed Gein come readily to mind. These historical figures have become icons, inspiring fear, pulp fiction and movies galore. Burke and Hare have been the subject of at least four movies and several books. Wisconsin Ed was the basis for several classic films, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Deranged. However, Utah has its own premiere grave robber, a man whose career was equally as bizarre as his three more famous counterparts. His name was John Baptiste. What does John Baptiste lacks that other historical ghouls possess? It is certainly not Ed Gein's keen fashion sense. The only difference between the two was that John only wore the corpse's clothes, while Ed donned their skins. Still, both men took to grave robbing as a way to augment their wardrobes.

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Upcoming Concerts: Fall Out Boy, The Books, Kittie, Diamond Nights

All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, From First To Last, Hawthorne Heights, The Hush Sound If nothing else, Tyson Ritter (vocals/bass) and Nick Wheeler (guitar/programming) of All-American Rejects have taken the oft tiresome genre of emo and made it a little bit fun. But then there’s not much to do in their hometown Stillwater, Oklahoma. Listening to the standard Midwestern musical diet of bands like AC-DC, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi gave them some rudimentary knowledge of how to rock out. And self-deprecation is always a good way to go in naming your band. An independent self-titled debut on Doghouse records in 2002, reissued by DreamWorks, was followed with signing to Interscope and Move Along for that label last year. Fall Out Boy, named after a comic book character from the Simpsons, charted a similar course from their native Chicago. Beginning around the cusp of the new millennium, they played their live performances of emo-tinged newsic into a bidding war among labels, finally won by punk staple Fueled By Ramen, while also receiving an advance from major Island to record a proper debut after several EPs. The best of both worlds, or serving two masters? The deal enabled them to record the set Take This to Your Grave with master producer and decibel farmer Butch Vig. That and a well-reviewed 2003 SXSW appearance were enough to seal their cred, and they could embark on their more ambitious release Under the Cork Tree last year with no worry of proggy residue. On a smaller scale, LA/Florida combo From First To Last found release on punk powerhouse Epitaph for their Heroine sophomore LP. The more poppy combo Hawthorne Heights of Dayton, Ohio debuted on Victory Records in 2004 with The Silence In Black and White, including the single “Ohio Is For Lovers,” (I thought it was Virginia, oh well) followed by this year’s set If Only You Were Lonely. April 11, McKay Events Center (Orem) Also playing: April 12: Magness Arena, Denver

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Raunchy Real Estate

After about the fourteenth time the five kids who live above us decided to have a wrestling match, we thought it might be time to find a new living situation. Being the smart, savvy couple that we are, buying seemed like a good idea. We liked Salt Lake and loved the idea of having our own little home in Sugarhouse or the Avenues—both nice areas that had great homes with fabulous character. No more throwing money down the drain to rent and no more landlords dictating our living situation. Overall, it seemed like a sound idea.

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Flick Chick: Friends With Money, Inside Man, Take the Lead

By Jill Adler Friends With Money Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) isn’t one of the rich friends; especially now that she quit teaching at the private school and works as a freelance maid for $65/house. She’s cleaning up others’ messes at the expense of her own and swimming in the circle of friends she can’t relate to. At least not financially - Christine (Catherine Keener) and her husband write successful screenplays, Jane (Frances MacDormand) designs with her metrosexual husband; Franny (Joan Cusack) and Matt (Greg Germann) just have money to burn. This is Olivia’s posse and this is a chickflick all the way. You won’t go home with any heavy message like ‘treasure friends over money’ but, Ladies, you’ll love the wit, edge and comedy that shines through the talented cast. And here you thought Friends was over.

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Salt Lake City’s One World Cafe: Food For All

Swing open the glass door to the One World Café and you’ll see prep cooks chopping vegetables and serving food while people wait in line to pick out what they’d like from the day’s offerings. Professionals in suits, students with books and mothers with their children sit at small tables on the outskirts of the kitchen area. Laughter is heard further back through one of the doorways. The scene is the nearly perfect picture of a small café in the city. Besides some ordinary props that are missing -- a menu, a cash register, prices -- the to and fro of the café moves like a comfortable dance. The owner, Denise Cerreta, choreographs the dance, but the uniqueness of this place came from a small but determined voice in the back of her head. Call it conscience, or fate. Call it whatever you like, but this small whisper is about to make its voice heard -- loud and clear.

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Where My Girls At?

We’re living in a time where the most prominent, potential candidates for the 2008 presidential election are Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. Yeah, I know, two women in the front-running positions for presidential candidacy and Geena Davis is the Commander and Chief on TV. So, what’s the matter with Utah? Sadly, in our great state, only 22 percent of the seats in the Utah House of Representatives are held by women and matters only get worse when you look at the Senate where the number of women plummets to a discouraging 14 percent. And it looks like things will only be getting worse in November when we will lose such valued female leaders as Sens. Karen Hale and Patrice Arent and County Commissioners Carol Page, Davis; Camille Cain, Weber; and Suzanne Rees, Box Elder, who all chose not to seek re-election in 2006.

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