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In This Issue
Bob Dylan Birthday Bash
SLAM Fest 2013
March Against Monsanto
Moab Arts Festival
Old Time Square and Contra Dance with Loose Shoes
Utah Pride Festival
Upcoming: Downtown Farmers Market Kick-Off Party and Fundraiser
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Free Pecha Kucha tickets!
Dear friends & family,

If you like this month's intricate cover, you'll enjoy watching artist Android Jones create it. Go to and scroll down to "Dharma Dragon Timelapse" (9:30 min.). My appreciation for this work, created live at last year's Boom Festival in Portugal, grew as I watched.

Click on the cover above to read about sex hormones (part of the Chakra series), the formation of a local grocery co-op, rain magic rock art, crowd-sourced advice for newlyweds, the place of ponds in the desert, and lots more.

Best wishes,
Greta deJong, editor & publisher

** You can access the entire online calendar AND our Community Resource Directory from this email now, as well as note sunrise times and moon phases. See left.




Event picks for
May 23  - May 30 

Fri May 24, 7p.

Garage on Beck, 1199 N Beck. Free.   

Facebook Event Link  


Watch and hear local bands perform their favorite Bob Dylan songs. Bands performing: Bullets and Belles, Wild Onions (ex Folka Dots), David Williams, Matteo, Rick Gerber, Luke Benson, Triggers and Slips, Hectic Hobo, Paul Jacobson, Redwing Sisters, Chanda Charmayne.

May 23-27. 

Jenk Star Ranch, near Green River, UT. $75 (kids under 12 free.).  


The Building Man Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival, aka SLAM Fest, again is down at Scotty Soltronic's Jenk Star Ranch near Green River. Attend yoga classes at the ranch or beach with dub yoga and partner specialties. Laughter therapy, recycling crafts and workshops, drum circles, healing the planet and much more are available all in one weekend.

May 25, Noon. 
 Utah State Capitol Building South Steps. Free. 


If you're "for" health and good food, gather your friends and come to this rally as a vote "against" this corporate killer. Monsanto is infamous for its manufacture of the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange; the endocrine-disrupting weed killer Roundup and "terminator" seeds; and now, seeds containing genetically modified organisms. Hear veteran Aaron Davis speak on Agent Orange, prior to the rally march downtown. Click for additional details here: Facebook Event Link 

Fri-Sat, May 25-26.-19, 10a-4p.

Swanny City Park,100 W 400 N. $2.


Be 'part of the art' celebrating 21 years of the Moab Arts Festival with live music performed throughout the weekend. Art vendors, children activities, food vendors and more on site.


May 25, 7:30p. 

First Unitarian Church, 1300 E 600 S. $5 donation.  


Live caller and live band contra dance. First timer? Introduction begins at 7:30. Dancing  at 8p. 

May 30-June 2, schedule varies, see website for details.  

Washington Square.$10-35.   

Parade: Sunday, June 2, 10a. 

To accommodate that growing attendance (28.000 last year), this year's parade route is longer: Starting on the corner of 400 E at 300 S, the parade will head north to 200 S and then west on 200 S to West Temple.

With more space on the route, the thousands of parade-goers can all enjoy great views of this colorful and very lively parade.


Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-8:30p. 

Squatters Pubs & Beers, 147 W Broadway. $40 


Plan ahead for the fundraiser kickoff of the Downtown Farmers Market 2013 season. Gather with growers, food producers, market staff, sponsors and patrons. Be the first to taste the summer release of Bumper Crop Ale, the result of a partnership of the Downtown Alliance and Squatters Brewery, a lavender honey ale using ingredients sourced from market vendors.

Ticket includes food from your favorite vendors, drinks, live music, beverage samples from High West Distillery and a silent auction. 

Blog Updates

It's a perfect week for data and details, so make sure the apps on your Smartphone are ready to handle the constant streaming and massive downloads of facts and figures. Four planets-the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter-are aggregating in Gemini, the Sign of communication, and that astral assembly has the potential to turn the days and nights of the week into a watershed of information...(read more). 

Reader Rewards

PechaKucha (pron. pe-CHA-ku-CHA): Experience a great line-up of presenters ready to share their passion, work and ideas. At PechaKucha Nights, ideas cross-pollinate across various disciplines, including the arts, architecture, science and education.

Night SLC at the State Room, 638 S. State St.; doors open at 6p.

Email [email protected] by Monday, May 27 if you'd like a pair! Make sure to include 'reader rewards' in the subject line!