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CATALYST Weekly ReaderNov. 8 - Nov. 15
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In This Issue
Real Food Rising
Vegan Thanksgiving
Marking Time: Marilyn Arsem
Cultural Confidential
Science Movie Night: Never Cry Wolf
Understanding Muslim Societies
Turning Back the Nuclear Threat
WorlDance 2012: Gardens of Love
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Pop-Up Winter Markets
Local First Photo Exhibit
READER REWARDS: Free tix to Bolero

Dear Friends & Family,

My favorite cartoon making the rounds online last week first appeared in USA Today in 2009, but it's as viable today as it was then. And it's CATALYST, in a nutshell. (Thank you Joel Pett.) Here's a future I'm willing to visualize and help create. Really, is there an alternative more compelling?

Find your November CATALYST online in both HTML and Flip-Through format, or at newsstands around the valleyIt's beautiful, and fun, and thought-provoking. I hope you like it.


See our event picks below for the week ahead (you'll find many more on our website calendar).  

Thank you!




Event picks for November 8 - November 15
Fundraiser: Real Food Rising

Nov. 8, 6-9p.  Rico Warehouse, 545 W 700 S. $40.


Real Food Rising uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and to increase access to healthy food in Salt Lake. Meet the youth & tour the gallery of images from the farm. Admission includes two beverages. Food by Frida Bistro/Rico. Bring your checkbook--there's a silent auction, with items from LuluLemon and Dexterity Salon.

Nov. 10, 5-9p.

Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S 1700 E. $27 online/ $30 door/$15 kids & seniors.


Vegan feast and huge silent auction benefits this farm animal rescue facility. All proceeds go to hay, grain and veterinary care for the animals at the sanctuary. See website for list of silent auction items, food contributors and to volunteer.

Photo by He Chengyao

Nov. 10, 10a-6p

Nox Contemporary, 444 S 400 W. Free.


Internationally renowned American performance artist Marilyn Arsem will perform "Marking Time." Arsem specializes in live events, from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance. (See interview in this month's CATALYST.) Visitors are welcome to come and go at any time or stay all day.

Nov. 13, 8p. Rose Wagner Blackbox Theatre, 138 W Broadway. $5.


Three artists show clips of their favorite dance pieces by other people. Conversation between the audience and choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen (artistic director, Ririe-Woodbury), multimedia artist Gary Vlasic, and dance/theater-maker Stephen Brown (director at SB Dance).


Nov. 13, 7p. Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.


Never Cry Wolf is based on the Farley Mowat book by the same name. Filled with beautiful imagery, the film dramatizes the story of

Mowat's 1940s research into the relationship between Arctic wolves and declining caribou populations. While the book and movie have been credited with changing public perception of wolves, there continues to be debate about the accuracy of Mowat's observations of wolf behavior. Also hear from NHMU Research Curator Dr. William Newmark about surprising recent research on the impact and role of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.



Nov. 13, 7:15-9p.

Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S 1300 E. Free.


In the almost two years since Egypt's revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood has captured the country's presidency and dominated its parliament (until the latter was dissolved by the courts). What does the political ascent of Islamists mean for the future of Egypt, and for the future of America's relationship with that country?



Nov. 13, 6:15-8:30p.

The State Room, 638 S State St. $50/$100 VIP/$25 discount.


Professor Dan McCool, the author of the new book River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers will
speak about the power of committed and feisty grassroots groups to protect the West's precious rivers. HEAL's Christopher Thomas will also discuss the risks the Green River reactors pose to Utah's iconic canyon country, and the latest in HEAL's efforts to stop them. All proceeds support HEAL Utah and their work to protect our public health and environment from nuclear threats.



Nov. 15, 7p.

Kingsbury Hall, 1395 Presidents Circle, U of U. 

$10/$5 students.


WorlDance in the Gardens of Love presents music of Turkey featuring Latif Bolat, master musician, with dances by SLC Ballet, Character Dance Ensemble, BYU International Folk Ensemble, Indonesian dancers and more.

Blog Updates
The Aquarium Age: Nov. 7-13 
 --by Ralfee Finn

As many of you know, I live in New York City, where the devastation of Sandy has tilted the axis of everyday life. Nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be the same for millions of us. While the waves of the actual storm may have receded, the reality of Sandy's wounding persists: Waves of grief, despair, and dislocation will continue to pound the shores of our communal psyche and breach the barriers of individual hearts for quite sometime. There is no overestimating the kindness and care it will take to soothe so many souls from the shock of this storm...(read more)
News & Notes

The Downtown Alliance is launching a series of once-a-month winter farmers' markets at various downtown locations. Location and vendor lists are announced two weeks prior to each gathering. A variety of nearly 50 local vendors offering locally grown produce, local meat, cheeses, dairy, baked goods, artisanal food, food trucks and more will be found at each market.


The Downtown Farmers Market is offering workshops to help local growers and market vendors learn garden techniques for colder months with less light, including how to build hoop houses, planting for our climate, storing late harvest vegetables and more.


See individual vendor lists and locations at,  and


Winter Market Dates:


November 17: "Give Thanks"
Rico Foods Warehouse - 545 W. 700 South


December 15: "The Holiday Table." Location TBA

January 12: "Healthy New Year." Location TBA

February 9: "Chocolate and Cheese." Location TBA




CATALYST is honored to be a part of Local First Utah's iconic traveling photo exhibition featuring some of the faces behind Utah's local business community. Risk Takers & Place Makers takes over the first floor of the historic Salt Lake City & County Building on Washington Square, just west of the Main Library, for the month of November.


This collaborative event follows the efforts and mission of the annual City-sponsored spring Neighborhood Business Conference. This annual event focuses on the importance of collaborative placemaking within Salt Lake City's neighborhood business districts and the power of the dollar spent locally.


See the photo exhibit any time in November during normal business hours, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Admission is free.


There will be a reception for the exhibit on Nov. 15 from 5-8 p.m. Free, but RSVP required (email [email protected] to RSVP).



Reader Rewards
 Tix to Ravel's BOLERO  
November 9-10 | 7 PM Abravanel Hall 


We're giving away a pair of vouchers for tickets to the Utah Symphony's performance of the sexy, mesmerizing "Boléro," conducted by Thierry Fischer.


If you'd like to enter to win, email
[email protected] no later than 10pm tonight, November 8. We will contact the winner by noon on Friday.

Also: Congrats to Orlan Owen and Amanda Martin for winning last week's Reader Reward giveaways. Thanks for reading the Weekly Reader!