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December 19, 2014

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Joe Downtown: Photo exhibit, event to focus on the people of downtown

If you really want to know what’s going on downtown, look no further than its people.

A photo exhibit called “Who Is Downtown?” launching Thursday night at Blackbird Studios, 1551 S. Commerce St., is a good starting point.

The installation, which is described as “featuring the craft and soul of people making a difference downtown,” will feature the photos of several downtowners, including Freeman White III, the director of production for Fremont East Studios and Le Thai restaurant manager Shauna Dong.

The food truck Slidin’ Thru and chefs from Cutthroat Culinary will provide eats; Events With A Twist LLC is making drinks, and music will come from Anna Duerden Music, Aziam and Joey Pero, the downtown trumpet master who has performed at two presidential inaugurations.

A free shuttle from the Ogden and the Juhl will be provided, leaving the Ogden at 6:45 p.m. and the Juhl at 6:55 p.m., then looping during the event.

In addition, free custom screen printing will be provided by Ink+Cotton Live Screen Printing, while Hot Mess boutique will open its fashion truck for shoppers.

By Monday afternoon, a few more than 160 people had RSVP’d to attend the event on its Facebook page.

Nomic.com, a downtown startup described as “a platform that connects passionate people in the local economy,” is helping to put the event together.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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