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Some of the Best Brobecks Performances

If You Like It Or Not, 2008, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), 2010, Salt Lake City, Utah

Visitation of the Ghost, 2013, LA, California

Die Alone, 2013, LA, California 

Le Velo Pour Deux, 2007, Hollywood, California

C’mon Vietnam, 2010, Layton, Utah

Small Cuts, 2009, Taylorsville, Utah

Bike Ride, 2099, Taylorsville, Utah

Boring, 2013, LA, California

If You Like It Or Not, 2008, Hollywood, California

Bike Ride, 2006, Provo, Utah

I’ll Be Fine, Really, 2006, Riverside, California

You Stole My Head, 2008, Riverside, California 

Better Than Me, 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah

Small Cuts, 2008, Unknown Location

Goodnight, Socialite, 2008, Unknown Location (the famous hands thing)

I’d Be A Punk If My Mom Would Let Me, 2010, Orem, Utah

The Nerve, 2010, Orem, Utah

Why I Don’t Smile, 2007, El Paso, Texas

Second Boys Will Be First Choice, 2008, Provo, Utah

Small Cuts, Le Velo Pour Deux and Visitation of the Ghost, 2008, Hollywood, California

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Twenty years ago, filmmaker Kimberly Peirce came to the 1997 Sundance Directors Lab to workshop her film Boys Don’t Cry. The film is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena—a trans man from the small town of Falls City, Idaho, portrayed by Hilary Swank—who adopts his male persona among an unaware new group of friends. As he tries to find love and acceptance in his newfound social circle, he begins a relationship with Lana Tisdel (played by Chloë Sevigny), who doesn’t know about his gender history. The intense story eventually culminates with the cruel and violent crimes committed against Brandon by two of his acquaintances. 

Director and writer Kimberly Peirce is pictured above at the Directors Lab at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo, Utah, working with actress Summer Phoenix (sister of River and Joaquin) as she workshops the script. Boys Don’t Cry was released two years after her time at the Directors Lab. In 2000, Swank took home both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Brandon, and Sevigny received nominations for both an Oscar and Golden Globe as well.


© 1997 Fred Hayes for Sundance Institute. Film stills courtesy of Boys Don’t Cry.

Provo, UT Gothic
  • Only people who have lived outside The Bubble know there is one.
  • Everyone smiles. Your neighbors smile. The bus drivers smile. The pedestrians smile. Even the graffiti tells you to smile. You wonder what happens to those who don’t grin back.
  • Game day. Either you plug your ears or you become a part of the horde. 
  • You walk a block. There is a church. You walk a block. There is a church. You walk a block. There is a church. You walk…
  • Everyone prepares plans for the zombie apocalypse, pretending they will barricade doors and stock ammunition. That is a lie. All they really do when it falls is slowly eat burritos on their way to the testing center. 
  • UFO websites are blocked on campus. Virus protection, you are told by the R.A. You know better.
  • The mint brownies are our specialty, she says with a stiff smile. The cinnamon bears and the mint brownies. Everyone is watching. Everyone is showing their teeth. You swallow the gloppy mass past the lump in your throat. Aren’t they delicious? You nod. The eyes turn away. 
  • You know about the tunnels because every Sunday night, you can hear singing carried on the breeze. You have never seen the singers, but the harmonies hail from 1838.
  • Do not call the Provo police, you are told. Call only the campus police. They can handle it. The city need not know.
  • I spy a violation, crow the khaki-clad employees, handing you a razor. They speak of your stubble. The Honor Code is law. The Honor Code is all. The Honor Code demands a sacrifice.
PEAKS ICE ARENA - VERY MUCH IN DANGER OF CLOSING

OKAY, IF YOU ARE ESPECIALLY A VOTER IN UTAH COUNTY, PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE ICE SKATING RINK!!!

THIS IS WHERE WE HELD THE 2002 OLYMPICS GUYS, THIS PLACE HOSTS MULTIPLE GROUPS AND PEOPLE EVERY DAY, AND IT IS A RARE AND IMPORTANT PART OF OUR AREA!!!

PLEASE HELP! 

These are reasons why the ice skating rink shouldn’t close, this is from a public document:

- With Countywide participation in figure skating, ice hockey, indoor soccer and public skating at an all-time high, this is a terrible time to push the Arena’s existence to the brink. 

-The Peaks Ice Arena has shown reduced operational subsidies every year. - Significant improvements have been funded by users, Utah County and Provo City including the ice refrigeration system, lighting, roofing and indoor turf. These investments should not be wasted by walking away. 

- The largest impacted group will be the youth of Utah County. Those wanting to continue participation in skating, hockey and group events will have to leave Utah County on a daily basis. These families pay taxes and vote in Utah County, so they expect services to be provided. 

-Utah County walking away from tax payer investments in the Peaks Ice Arena is a waste of public resources and the cooperative management agreement should be honored through the life of the arena. 

-Realistically, no other viable partners exist for Provo City, other that Utah County. Utah County terminating this agreement essentially closes the Arena at its most successful point. 

-When facilities and services are offered to Utah County residents, they become reliant on those services. The decision for the Arena to exist was made by previous County and City leaders. As the only ice arena in Utah County, this is their ONLY option for ice activities. 

 Polar Bear Youth Hockey: Only 25% of participants Provo residents 

 Peaks Adult Hockey League: Only 17% of team captains Provo residents  

Learn to Skate: Only 36% of participants Provo residents 

- Non-Provo residents should stress this facilities impact to them as a Utah County resident. - The decision to back out of the agreement was made by the County Commissioners, who are elected officials. 

HERE ARE PEOPLE YOU CAN CALL:

Bill Lee 

Commission Chair 

WilliamL@utahcounty.gov 

(801) 851-8135

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Greg Graves 

Commission Vice-Chair 

GregG@utahcounty.gov 

(801) 851-8136

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Nathan Ivie 

Commission 

NathanI@utahcounty.gov 

(801) 851-8133

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County Commission Meetings are held every Tuesday at 9AM in the Commission Chambers in Room 1400 of the Utah County Administration Building (100 E Center St., Provo). There is time for public comment at the end of each meeting.

HERE’S A VIDEO ABOUT OUR ICE SKATING RINK!!! It’s such a cool part of our community, please don’t let it go!!!

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Martin Turn on the Move by James Belmont
Via Flickr:
Utah Railway’s Martin Turn departs Provo, Utah for the Carbon County coal mines the afternoon of May 21, 1977. The Alco power consist includes RSD-15s No. 400, 402, 401, 403 and RSD-12 No. 600. Behind the layer of carbon haze are 11 former Union Pacific passenger cars stored in the old Columbia Steel yard at Ironton.

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Classic EMD High Hoods by James Belmont
Via Flickr:
Rio Grande’s Tintic Local meets the Provo Switcher on a beautiful October afternoon in Provo, Utah in October 1975.

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Alice in Wonderland

Performed by Brigham Young University Ballet 

Provo, Utah