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Vegan Drinks
Beginning Knitting Class
Community Dance School Open House
Beyond Belief
The Shaman's Apprentice
Bullets & Belles CD Release Show
Clean Energy Now! Rally
Fowl Play: Goose Meets Her Maker
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
City Offers Plumbing Precautions
Free tix to Da Vinci: The Genius

Dear Friends & Family,


Here is the January 2013 issue! Inside you'll find the long-awaited "CATALYST 100" list: people nominated by our readers and staff, who have conspired to make this a wiser, healthier, more interesting place--not by virtue of their personalities alone, but by what they have set in motion. We are honored to present them to you.


You'll also find a story about ice fishing, and dumpster diving, and some (but not all) of the regular columns, due to space constraints.


We're busy preparing now for a gathering at which we'll celebrate the CAT100 honorees and their guests on January 16. My staff had a good dress rehearsal last week when they threw me a surprise birthday party at the Hotel Monaco. They're pro party engineers, complete with choreography and very pretty lights. The next one should be as good.


Enjoy the issue! And see our event picks below for the week ahead.  

Thank you!


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Event picks for January 3 - January 10

Jan. 4, 7-9p. Metro Bar, 540 W 200 S. No cover.


Vegan Drinks is a monthly social networking event for people interested in promoting veganism and advocating for animal rights. Regulars as well as new faces are welcome. Potluck, specialty cocktails and desserts as well as samples from local vegan-related businesses.  "Shout outs" at 8:45 p.m.  20% of drinks purchased will benefit the animals of Ching Farm Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.

Jan. 5, 10:30a. Blazing Needles, 1365 S 1100 E.


Class is free to all interested beginning knitters (or those wanting to review their skills) with the purchase of one skein of yarn and needles at Blazing Needles. Every Saturday.

Jan. 5, 9a-1:40p

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Complex, 138 W Broadway. $10.


Try one, try another one! It's a smorgasbord at RDT's dance school. $10 gets you in the door for a day of dancing (seven classes for less than the price of one)! Buy a 10-class punchcard for additional discounts. All levels welcome.


9:00-9:40 am Prime Movement

9:40-10:20 am Ballet

10:20-11:00 am Zumba

11:00-11:40 am SOMA (Simple Organic Movement for All)

11:40-12:20 pm Flamenco

12:20-1:00 pm Modern Technique

1:00-1:40 pm African

Jan. 8, 7:30-9:30p.

The Tea Grotto, 401 E 900 S. Free


Beyond belief is an ongoing series of conversations

open to people of all faiths or of no faith at all--conversations not about converting people

or about who is right or who is wrong, but where we will engage questions of life honestly and openly. Beyond Belief is sponsored by the Episcopal Church in Utah.

Science Movie Night:
"The Shaman's Apprentice"

Jan. 8, 7-9p.

Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.,


For 30 years ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin has searched 

the Amazon for plants that heal. A scientist who studies the relationship between indigenous people and plants, he set out on a mission to find a cure for diabetes, a disease that killed both of his grandmothers. 

The Shaman's Apprentice charts the story of Plotkin's discoveries, and looks at the astonishing ability of native people to manage their environment. Following the film, University of Utah biologists Lissy Coley and Tom Kursar will discuss the project depicted in the film and their own research on plants' chemical defenses.


Jan. 4, 8p.

The State Room, 638 S State St. $10. 21+.



We'll be there cheering on former CATALYST interns-turned-staffers Addie & Emma Ryder as they sing backup for the debut of B&B's first full-length album Be GladAlso guest bands Triggers and Slips, and The Bully. Bullets & Belles is Neo-Doo-Wop-Folk. Think Amy Winehouse and Dion & The Belmonts, but also Arcade Fire and Les Paul. Their sublime three-part vocal harmonies and deeply felt poetic lyrics seamlessly bend through the rules of genre. 


Jan. 10, 12:30-1:30p.

Outside the Salt Palace Convention

Center, on the corner of 200 South and West Temple.

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Up for some polite rabble-rousing? Come rally outside of Governor Herbert's Energy Summit to ask that our elected officials invest in Utah's bountiful supply of solar, wind and geothermal resources. Inside the summit, lobbyists and state officials will be discussing how to exploit resources like tar sands, oil shale and nuclear power -- sooo last century. Stand up for clean water, unmolested wilderness, clean air and putting the brake on climate change. Bring your friends. Let's envision a clean energy future! 

Blog Updates
 Fowl Play: Goose Meets Her Maker 
 --by Benjamin R. Bombard

One of our geese -- the youngest; we called her "Goose" -- had an untimely and yet strangely timely date with her maker yesterday.


We planned all along to harvest two of our geese to serve as the centerpieces of our holiday feasts. And anyway, four goose mouths are too many and too loud...(read more)

 The Aquarium Age: Dec. 2-8 
 --by Ralfee Finn

2013 begins with a 10-day whine, and whether you're a child who'd rather not go to back to school, or an adult who's dreading a return to the grind, or anyone, really, between the ages of one and 100 who'd rather stay in the lull of the holiday limbo, cranky is the mood of the moment. But don't despair -- the New Year isn't solely driven by irritation, and the "crankitude" won't last all year long. Yes, it's a year of agitation -- there are two more exact Uranus/Pluto squares -- and that unrest is sure to manifest as continued dramatic upheaval. But 2013 also holds plenty of opportunities for kinder, gentler approaches to the pressing problems of the planet, and for those willing to assume a conscious stance on a variety of issues, healing efforts, personal and collective, will yield positive results...(read more)
News & Notes

City Offers Plumbing Precautions for Chilly Weather


Simple steps can help avoid costly damage


Colder temperatures can wreak havoc on unprepared and unprotected pipes. Icy winds and low temperatures can cause extensive damage by freezing water pipes, leaving people without flowing water or with burst water pipes. These precautions can help avoid an emergency and minimize cold-weather issues:


 We hope you did this already; if not, do it now:


* Disconnect and drain hoses from outside faucets

* Turn off and drain sprinkler systems and backflow devices

* Wrap outside faucets and backflow devices with insulating material

* Cover foundation vents inside with foam blocks, thickly folded newspapers, or cardboard

* Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as the garage, attic, basement or crawl spaces

* Show household members how to turn off the water in case of an emergency


During freezing weather:


* Open cupboard doors under sinks, especially where plumbing is in an exterior wall, to let interior heat warm the pipes


* Temporarily keep a steady, but slow drip of cold water at an inside faucet farthest from the meter to keep water moving and less likely to freeze


* If you are away more than a day, shutting off your water and leaving the thermostat at 55 degrees can reduce the chance of broken pipes


* For extended winter absences, consider contacting Public Utilities to have your water shut off at the meter


* Be a good neighbor and notify Public Utilities if you suspect or notice a leak at a vacant home or building


If your pipes freeze:


* Never thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame; a hair dryer or the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner is a safer alternative

* If the lines are frozen, assume they may be broken or split; purchase leak repair clamps at a plumbing store and be prepared to turn your water off when the pipes thaw

* If there is no water to your home, the problem may be in the street; call the Public Utilities emergency number (801-483-6700)

* If your pipes break, shut off the water at the shut-off valve and turn off the circuit breaker or the gas to the water heater


Locating your shutoff valve:


* In the basement or crawl space near where the water lines enter the house

* In the garage where the water line enters the wall or the ceiling

* Outside near the foundation, often protected by a concrete ring or clay pipe



Reader Rewards
 Free tickets to "Da Vinci: The Genius" at The Leonardo 

We're giving away a pair of tickets to the "Da Vinci: The Genius" exhibit at The Leonardo. The traveling exhibit is open till January 27.
Email [email protected] by Monday, January 7 if you'd like to enter to win!