CATALYST Weekly ReaderOctober 17 - October 24

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Featured vendor:

Wilkerson Farm

Wilkerson Organic Farm is a certified-organic vegetable farm based in Orem, UT. They grow a variety of vegetables but are most popular this year for their selection of potatoes, carrots, melons and the famous pumpkin trailer pictured here.






This Tuesday's vendors:

  • Adam's Heirlooms
  • Asian & Heirlooms
  • Chad's Produce
  • Cooks Family Farm
  • Earth First Eco-Farms
  • Frazier Family Farm
  • Laziz Foods 
  • Little Denmark Farm  
  • Love Muffins Bakery
  • Mololo Gardens
  • Parker Farms Produce
  • Paul's Vegetable Farm
  • Pyne Farms - Apples
  • Red Bicycle Breadworks
  • Tequenos Factory
  • Urban Pioneer Foods
  • Weeks Berries
  • White Lake Farms LLC.
  • Wilkerson Farm 

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In This Issue
A Shared Tradition: The Islamic Art of Muslims and Jews
October Gallery Stroll
Best Friends Fall Pet Super Adoption
Psychic & Holistic Fair
The Witches High Tea
Food Day Forum
Ani DiFranco at The Depot
Spiritual Solar
North of the Sun
Joseph Campbell Mythological Round Table Group
Shigeyuki Kihara performs Taualuga
Literary Death Match
The Aquarium Age
Dear Friends and Family,

Salt Lake has much to recommend it this week. You're going to have all the pleasure and insight without me, however, as I head to California for the Bioneers Conference. (I will take notes for you.) Afterward, I'm going on a farm tour, and doing a half-day workshop on fermented foods with author of everyone's favorite book on the subject (Wild Fermentation), Sandor Katz.

Bioneers are social and scientific innovators who mimic nature's operation instructions to serve human ends. This year's speakers include Danny Glover, biomimicry leader Janine Benyus, Annie Leonard (co-director of The Story of Stuff), eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Salt Lake's own Nalini Nadkarni, world-renowned for her rainforest studies; and dozens more. If you want to catch a plane and join us, do: Visit And, of course, be prepared to read about all the interesting new ideas we'll be sharing in the months to come.

Have you read your October CATALYST yet? This month we talk about "pinkwashing" ~ with a plea for breast cancer prevention before cure; a look at the so-called Molly deaths; the birthing of an air quality activist; the conclusion to our Chakra series; big changes in the CATALYST office; and lots more. Pick it up on the newsstand or access it online at

Thank you for reading!

~ Greta Belanger deJong
Event picks for
October 17 - October 24 


Oct. 17, 7:30p.  

Westminster College, 1840 S 1300 E. Free. 


Until recently, Islamic lands were multicultural societies that included large Jewish and Christian minorities, so that works made by and for non-Muslims can appropriately be studied together with art made for followers of Islam.


Fri. Oct. 18, 6-9p.

Select Galleries (see below). Free. 

Don't miss the 'horrific' gallery stroll themed for Halloween. For a list of participating galleries and displays, click here: 
Oct. 18, 12-7p. Oct. 19, 10a-7p, Oct. 20, 10a-4p.
Utah State Fairpark, 155 N 10th W.   


Thinking about a furry friend? Find the perfect one at the Best Friends Fall Pet Super Adoption. All animals come spayed/neutered with updated vaccinations. Adoption fees starting at $25 for cats and $50 for dogs. 


Oct. 18, 7p. Oct. 20, 2p. Utah Opera, 123 W. So. Temple. $18 starting.


Salome is a disturbed and overtly sensual woman whose shocking behavior is matched in potency by the latent lechery of the king. The setting is not a tranquil court, but rather a den of vipers where no man is safe from seduction and harm. 


Sat. Oct. 19, 11a-5:30p.  

Dancing Cranes Imports, 673 Simpson Ave, 2240 S. 20 min $20; 30 min $30.   


Meet with some of Utah's best psychics, holistic practitioners and artisans for inspiration, guidance, love and wellness.


Sat. Oct. 19, 2-5p. The Grand America Hotel, 555 S Main. $35.

This gathering of Witches is the perfect opportunity to wear your finest robes, gowns, capes, jewels, staffs, wands, pentacles and of course your finest, tallest or pointiest hat. This is a formal event--fine witch wear and a hat are required. Warts, toads, brooms and pointed noses are optional.


Be sure to purchase your tickets soon, last year sold out! 


Sat. Oct. 19, 2-5p. The Grand America Hotel, 555 S Main. Free.

Learn about the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Have you been wondering about how federal sequestration cuts have impacted Utah non-profits that deliver food aid to our community? Have your questions answered at the forum. (For a list of panelists see event link.)


Sat. Oct. 19, 6p. The Depot, 400 W South Temple. $33 (21+).

Spend an evening with folksinger Ani DiFranco and special guest Toshi Reagon. 


Tues. Oct. 22, 11a-1p. Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 S 700 E. Free.

Join Interfaith Power and Light for a free solar workshop designed for faith leaders and building managers.  The workshop will cover everything from why solar power makes spiritual sense and dollars & cents, as well as how to apply for Blue Sky Program funding, and how to pick a solar installer.


Tues. Oct. 22, 7p.    

Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.   


A film of two Norwegian surfers who follow their dreams of surfing a secret uninhabited Arctic Bay all winter long. Using found trash to create tools and build their shelter cleaning the beach during their winter North of the Sun.  

Wed. Oct. 23, 6:30p. Crone's Hollow, 2470 S Main. Free.

Join the Salt Lake Mythological Roundtable Group as they embark on a discussion of "The Masks of God" by Joseph Campbell. The book covers the evolutionary roots of religion and sweeping characterizations of Neolithic goddess figurines. It is a remarkable synthesis of research and ideas.



Wed. Oct. 23, 6p (performance); Thurs. Oct. 24, 4:30p (lecture). 

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


"Salt 8"-featured artist Shigeyuki Kihara will perform her iconic solo dance, which draws on the classical Samoan taualuga to retell the cultural legacy of colonialism in Samoa from an indigenous perspective.


Thursday's lecture includes Shigeyuki in conversation with the curator. 



Thurs. Oct. 24, 8p-12a. The State Room, 638 S State. $12. 


In an era where books are desperate to evolve, Literary Death Match is a crowd-luring, bright-minded spectacle. 


Part literary reading, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today's brilliant writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat readoff critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the night's ultimate champion.


Contestants include: Independent filmmaker from Salt Lake, Trent Harris; poet Jesse Parent, and Salt Lake City writer Adam Love. 


Blog Updates 

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