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CATALYST Weekly ReaderDec. 13-20

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Build a book sculpture with Jody Plant
Drumming Back the Moon
Art Talk with Jason Metcalf
Pop-Up Winter Market
Mexico Reconocido show & market
Winter Solstice Celebration: Artful Afternoons
Kate Macleod Fundraiser for Utah Food Bank
Plan-B Radio Hour: Sherlock Holmes & the Blue Carbuncle
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Free Yoga & Concert Tix

Dear Friends & Family,


 Greetings on this New Moon ~ a time I love, for it's a time of new beginnings. And I do love to start new projects. (Did you know CATALYST's "other" name is New Moon Press?)


Right now, however, we're working on the immense CATALYST 100 story, coming out in January 2013, which honors those who have helped make the Salt Lake City area a more lively, healthy and interesting place to live. There will be a party, too. We're really excited about this one!


Note: You can access the entire online calendar AND our Community Resource Directory from this email now. See top left.


ALSO: Our great old office space (1,000 sq. ft.) on Broadway is still available. Call me (801.363.1505) if you're interested in a great deal on a sweet space.


See our event picks below for the week ahead.  

Thank you!


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Event picks for December 13 - December 20
Build a book sculpture!
with Artist in Residence Jody Plant 

Through Sun., Dec. 16 (10a-10p.; Sun. till 5.) The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. $9 (museum admission).


What is the role of the book today? Is it outdated tech? Does a book have more than one life? Using abandoned books, artist and librarian Jody Plant creates small collaged sculptures. The book itself become the material as an extension of its original purpose.


Jody Plant will be finishing up her tenure as the Artist in Residence at the Lab @ The Leonardo this Sunday, so this is your last chance to see her work--and have her help you try your hand at book sculpture, too! Find her at the Leo during the above hours. 


Plant is an award-winning, widely exhibited artist, actively involved with the Salt Lake City art community since 1979. 


Dec. 13, 7-9p. Crone's Hollow, 2470 S Main St.  Donation.


Drumming Back the Moon is held each dark/new moon. Come for an evening of rhythm, laughter and magic. No experience is necessary. Bring a drum if you have one, as well as incense or candles if you'd like.

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Dec. 14, 7p

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S West Temple. Free.


Artist Jason Metcalf will discuss his exhibition, ABRACADABRA. Metcalf has painstakingly researched, re-enacted and refreshed languages of superstition long forgotten from day-to-day vernacular. Entities, obsessions, legends and lore from various local cultures -- with provenance in places as far as Haiti and as near as the Sanpete Valley -- provide the sculptural and performative language displayed in his solo exhibition. DJ, food and cash bar at event.


Saturday, Dec. 15, 10a-3p.

Gallivan Center, 50 E 200 S.


One-day event, focusing on local food (held monthly, Nov.-April) around downtown.  A winter market encourages local producers to increase food production in the winter months -- and allows the rest of us to eat local all year round. Let's hear it for hoop houses, greenhouses, root cellars, the animals, and all the locally made treats! 


Vendor list for December 15:

  • Hell's Backbone Grill and Farm - Squash, garlic, jams, and more.
  • Blue Spring Farm  -  Local, organic vegetables.
  • Parker Farms  - Squash, onions, and other veggies.
  • Mololo Greenhouse and Nursery - Variety of local produce.
  • Paul's Vegetable Farm - Chemical-free produce and free-range eggs.
  • Chad's Produce - Produce, greens, squash, more.
  • Pyne Farms - Apples and other tree fruit.
  • Zoe's Natural Garden - Organically-grown greens and veggies.
  • Clifford Family Farm - Pork, chicken, eggs, honey and winter greens.
  • Amour Spreads - Artisan jams and marmalades.
  • Chocolate Conspiracy - Raw artisan chocolate and hot chocolate.
  • Dessert Bites - Bite-sized and individual-sized treats.
  • Laziz, LLC - Authentic Lebanese hummus and spreads.
  • Millcreek Olive Oil - Extra virgin olive oils.
  • Yummy Products - Fresh salsa and other yummy products.
  • Sugared - Artisan confectionary.
  • Tankinz Noodle Mfg, LLC - Fresh pasta in Tuscan and Asian styles.
  • Tequenos Factory - Gourmet cheese sticks.
  • Terrapin Station Smokin' Co. - Smokehouse products, bbq sauce, and roasted nuts.
  • Tree Hugger Foods - European-style granola.
  • Blue Star Juice and Coffee - Fresh-squeezed juice and coffee.
  • Chow Truck - Haute Asian Cuisine.
  • Off the Grid - Food truck serving savory and sweet waffles and more.
  • WakiPaki Food Truck - Pakistani street food.
  • Lewis Brothers Food Services - Eclectic street food.
  • Street Sweets and Eats- Sweet treats from Utah County Food truck, paninis.
  • World Dog - Killer hot dogs from around the world.
  • Rico Foods - Salsas, handmade tortillas, burritos, and authentic Mexican food.
  • Pierre Country Bakery - Holiday specialties, pastries, breads and baked goods.
  • Love Muffins Bakery - Gluten-free baked goods.
  • SugarDaddy Sweet Shoppe  - Delectable desserts using local ingredients. 

Dec. 15, 6-9p.

Mestizo Coffeehouse, 631 W North Temple.


Mexico Reconocido, or Mexico recognized, is a play on words from the title of the book Mexico Desconocido, or Unknown Mexico, written by the anthropologist Carl Lumholtz about the Sierra Tarahumara. The idea behind this exhibit is to show aspects of Mexico that most Americans are unaware of, and to provide Americans with an opportunity to better know their neighbor. The photos were taken in the Sierra Tarahumara region, famous for the Tarahumara Indians and their long distance, barefoot running tradition. 


The artist's share of the proceeds (70% of items over $50 and 90% of items under $50) will be donated to a the Montessori school La Comunidad Eduvativa Tamuje Iwigara. 


Also on hand will be artists selling locally made art and crafts. Part of the proceeds will go to support the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art. 


Dec. 15, 1-4p.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Center Campus Dr. Free.


Celebrate Utah's winter wonderland and solstice with art making, science activities, and fun performances at the UMFA. This free family celebration will take place inside and outside of the Museum, so bring your winter clothes.


Dec. 16, 6-8p.

The Garage, 1199 Beck St. Free. (Bring nonperishable food items or monetary donation for Utah Food Bank.)


Kate Macleod will be playing some of her original and holiday songs. Expect some surprise guest musicians. The event is part of a music series that primarily features acoustic music performances from the region. Come for dinner or a snack with your beer.  21+. 



Dec. 18, 7-8:30p.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. $10-20.


Holmes and Watson must discover how the Countess of Morcar's stolen jewel came to be inside a Christmas goose. Join this wild goose chase of a holiday whodunit, performed as radio drama with you as the live studio audience!

Blog Updates
 The Aquarium Age: Dec. 12-18 
 --by Ralfee Finn

Uranus continues to disrupt the routines of daily life, and as it catalyzes major and minor quakes ~ physical, psychological, and spiritual ~ the solid ground of normal obligations ~ working, parenting, commuting ~ easily morph into Herculean labors. And none of that heavy lifting includes the demands of seasonal/holiday preparations. It's hard to imagine that life could get even more intense; yet for some of us, the last 10 days have been overwhelming with interruptions and interference, some welcome and some not, and some so bizarre and shocking, that long after the actual news or event, emotional bodies are still reverberating with aftershocks. What's more, sleep ~ that thing you need the most to cope with shift ~ also continues to be disrupted: Deep sleep, sleep without interruption, sleep that allows the psyche to digest and dream, seems just out of reach for far too many, and getting the requisite rest, next to impossible. As a reader emailed last week: "Oy." I wrote back: "Say 'hello' to Uranus Direct - and it hasn't even shifted!"...(read more)
Reader Rewards
5-Class Passes at Avenues Yoga  

More yoga passes to the great little studio in the lower Avenues:


If you'd like to enter to win, email
[email protected] no later than Mon., Dec. 17!

Free Tickets to Andy Frasco at The State Room  

We're giving away two pair of tickets to Andy Frasco on December 28 (doors at 8p, music at 9p). 21+.


If you'd like to enter to win a pair, email
[email protected] no later than Mon., Dec. 17!