If you wanted to call the last couple of years a mulligan, you wouldn’t get a lot of arguments. Many of us had plans that were torpedoed by COVID itself, or by the actions taken at various times to try to mitigate it, despite the many, many actions taken by people who appeared to be trying to help COVID. If our pandemic decade (so far) of the 2020s has turned you away physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally, you are forgiven.

That said, for those of us who are still fortunate enough to have some more in the tank, now is the time to think about the next step. As the arts and entertainment editor for this publication, it is my responsibility to have my nose (safely masked) on the floor, trying to find the best and most interesting work from local creators. . And I would like to do better in 2022. So to motivate myself – with the caveat that a lot of these things require safe, infection-free environments – here is a list of my professional New Year’s resolutions. Please feel free to help me stick to it, and even offer suggestions for where to direct my energies.

Read 12 new books from Utah authors. This state is surprisingly rich in talented writers, spanning all possible genres. It seems reasonable that, as I more generally try to spend more of my free time reading rather than being extremely online, I could insert at least one headline per month that was created by a local author, and I am sure savvy booksellers at places like The King’s English and Weller Book Works can help point me in the right direction. Self-assessed bonus points if I can explore a wide range of genres – non-fiction, poetry, young adult, fantasy, literary fiction – along the way.

Find new theatrical talent by trying out shows from small companies. Don’t get me wrong: I can’t wait to return to places I haven’t been able to enjoy in person for far too long, like the Pioneer Theater Company and the Plan-B Theater Company. But I also know that they will give me the professionalism of familiar faces. One of the reasons I love Sundance is the chance to stumble upon a next big thing, and I’ll never forget the early discoveries of local theater talent like David Fetzer and Alexandra Harbold. Whether it’s exploring college theater productions or small company shows, I wish I could find a few people in 2022 where I can say to readers, “Keep an eye on this one, they’re a keeper. “

Attend a few Wiseguys open mic evenings. Open mic comedy serves a number of purposes. This can be a place where veterans can try out new gear; this may be the place where we eliminate those people to whom their friends have said, “you’re funny, you should do comedy”, but really should not. At the best of times, much like the item above, this can be an opportunity to find an exciting new voice that’s just waiting for the recognition it deserves. And it would be wonderful to contribute to this recognition in Weekly City.

Find the art galleries of Salt Lake City. Listen, I won’t lie, go inside any building next to my house for the past 22 months has been something I reluctantly engage in. Unfortunately, this forced me to limit my exposure to the local visual arts scene to virtual images. these same works up close and personal. I hope that the monthly SLC gallery walks will once again become part of my regular routine, so that I can experience the true depth of the work, the artists who create it and the gallery owners who share it with all of us.

Do a bit of everything else. I started my concert with Weekly City 22 years ago, covering theater, then cinema, and a few other things that were already in my comfort zone. I have spent a lot of time chatting with dance, symphony and opera creators, but far too little time to actually experience their work in person. It is high time to get to know them better.

This place is full of talented artists, and I have the privilege of sharing what I learn about them with the readers. Doing something that brings so much fun should make resolutions easy.