CATALYST Weekly ReaderNovember 1 - November 7

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In This Issue
Kim Martinez presents Gallery Talk at Finch Lane
Orchid Show
Tycho + Beacon
Utah Environmental Congress annual conference
NaNoWriMo: Write a Novel in a Month
Tanner Lecture on Human Values with Andrew Solomon
The Art of the Article: Magazine Writing
Let's Talk Dirty! HEAL Utah's Annual Fundraiser
Film Screening !W.A.R.
3rd Annual Zero Waste Awards and Film Screening
Karen Tei Yamashite and Nick Montfort read
Glass Art Show
The Aquarium Age
Dear Friends and Family,

Here are your events for this week. Also, here is the November issue:

Whether or not you're a regular reader of Charlotte Bell's "Yoga Pose of the Month" column, read this one. You will laugh, and also learn a lot about yoga ~ from the "show-off" poses that she once took such pride in, to the stillness that comes from a different way of practicing.

Diane Olson has written one of my all-time favorite pieces: about, of all things, toxoplasmosis. I thought, "This has got to be a joke." But it's for real. Who needs aliens when you have T. gondii? Diane is a detective for nature. She really digs up the good stuff.

John writes about "stranded capital." Amy Brunvand brings us enviro-news from around the state. Margie McCloy continues the air series. Adele Flail reviews some DIY books. Dennis Hinkamp says keep the internet free and weird. Katherine Pioli talks with the Wasatch Commons Cohousing folks. Artist Pilar Pobil reflects on her life by making an exhibit of beloved artifacts. Heather May deconstructs the modernist meals at downtown's SLC Pop. Marlena Lambert reminds us that breast health, not just cancer, awareness deserves attention. Former CAT staffer-turned-lawyer, Barry Scholl, begins a series on law for CATALYST types. Pax Rasmussen brings us "Green Bits." Lacey Kniep, Queen of What's Going On, brings the Calendar. Dan Schmidt investigates bike studs. Steve Proskauer explores the concept of "the arrow of destiny." And Suzanne Wagner encourages us to stabilize our centers, to stay in loving presence.

That's a lot, packed into 36 pages (along with the Community Resource Directory and a lot of interesting ads). I hope that, in the course of the month, you enjoy it all (starting today).

But first, check out this week's events (below). Thank you for reading!

~ Greta Belanger deJong
(editor & publisher)

Event picks for
November 1 - November 7   


Fri. Nov. 1, 7p. 

Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane. Free.    


V. Kim Martinez's  installation, 7 Steps Forward 7 Steps Back, is based on her experiences traveling routes used by Mexican/Native American migrants for thousands of years along the now United States and Mexican borders. 


The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and an animated five-minute video, in her conceptual response to what she witnessed while traversing the southwestern border.



Nov. 2-3, 10a-5p.  

Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Regular Garden Admission (members free).   


The Utah Orchid Society will display unique orchids in the Red Butte Garden Orangerie. Society members will be available to answer questions and offer advice about growing and caring for orchids. There will also be a large selection of orchids for sale. 





Thurs. Nov. 3, 9p.  

Urban Lounge, 241 S 500 E. $15 adv/ $17.   


Tycho is the music project of San Francisco artist and producer Scott Hansen. As Tycho, Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon.


Sat. Nov. 6, 6p. 

Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 E Murray Holladay Rd. $20 donation.  


Meet fellow forest and wildlife lovers. Attorney Jay Tutchton speaks on the Endangered Species Act and the future of wolves in the West. Appetizers and sweets, and lots of cool silent auction items.

Saturdays, Nov. 2-30, 6p. SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E 400 S. $60. 


Explore techniques for writing 50,000 words in 30 days in honor of National Novel writing month. Coaching sessions will also be available during the week outside of class times. 


Mon. Nov. 4, 7p. University of Utah Union Ballroom, 201 President's Circle. 


The most basic mechanism of resilience is the ability to construct meaning out of adversity.  Is this meaning inherently there, or is it somehow manufactured?  Are there intimacies that are contingent on pain? 


In this lecture, author and journalist Andrew Solomon will address these questions from his life's work and experiences, including his time in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, his experience with depression, and his work with families of extraordinary children.


Wed. Nov. 6, 6p. SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E 400 S. $30.   


Ever have a great idea for a magazine article, but not know where to start? From fillers to features. the CWC can help you write a great piece that starts you on your way as a future journalist. Join writer Andrea Malouf to learn techniques of interviewing and visual writing, as well as understand elements of article writing, such as the sidebar and the hook.


Wed. Nov. 6, 6:15-9p (discussion 7p). 

The State Room, 638 S State. (VIP-$100, Regular-$50; Discount-$25.)  



"Yummy food, informed outrage." Utah's dirty air is a problem and this event addresses this problem. 


Hear about this year's opportunity to clean up air at both local and regional levels as well as what the state is already doing about the haze filling our valleys. 


Live music. Food provided by Finca, served from 6:15-7p.   


Wed. Nov. 6, 7-8:30p. Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr. Free. 

Through intimate interviews, art and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times. 


Thurs. Nov. 7, Doors open at 6p. Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S 200 W. $5. 

Zero Waste Awards recognize local businesses, non-profits and government agencies which have set the standards for zero waste in the Salt Lake Valley. Followed by a screening of Trashed


$5 admission includes one free drink ticket (Uinta Brewing), two raffle tickets, the awards ceremony, movie screening and an evening of Zero Waste revelry. Food available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Utah Recycling Alliance.  


Thurs. Nov. 7, 7p Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane Gallery. Free.

 Karen Tei Yamashita is one of the foremost writers of her generation. She is the author of six books, all published by Coffee House Press. Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award and the Assn. for Asian-American Studies Book Award.   


Nick Montfort is an associate professor of digital media at MIT and has served as president of the Electronic Literature Organization for the past three years. He develops text generators and interactive fiction and has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations.


Nov. 8-Dec 8. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Regular garden admission.

Reception: Sat. Nov. 10, 2-5. 


The Glass Art Guild of Utah returns to Red Butte Garden for another show of kiln work  and blown glass. Large and small  sculptural works and jewelry. Displayed items will be for sale. 


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