Friday, January 2, 2015

First Friday, contra-dancing and a Washington/Italy vino showdown

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Happy 2015, people! And welcome to the new year's first weekend, one full of activities you can find in our event listings and via our carefully considered Staff Picks

In case you're still moving a little slow from New Year's Eve and can't scroll yourself, here are some highlights for Friday, Jan. 2: 
click to enlarge First Friday, contra-dancing and a Washington/Italy vino showdown
John Holen's "Ice Tree" will be one of his photos on display at Avenues West Gallery. Artist reception starts at 5 pm Friday.

| It's the first First Friday of the year today, with galleries throughout downtown showcasing new works from a wide array of artists. Brave the snow and ice, because awesome art can warm the soul. As can free wine at some of the stops. You can find more specific details about some of the artists debuting works right here

COMMUNITY | Ever been curious about learning how to contra-dance? St. John's Cathedral is hosting a family dance and potluck Friday night that includes free lessons for newbies. 

FOOD & DRINK | If your competitive juices are flowing after the batch of New Year's Day bowl games, and you're going to be in withdrawals this weekend without a Seahawks game to watch, consider a trip to the South Hill Rocket Market for Showdown Series No. 1: Washington vs. Italy, which matches wines from our home state with some from across the pond in a blind taste test. Sample eight wines in four flights, and see which you prefer. 

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the former editor of the Inlander. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied at the University of Utah and University of...