CATALYST Weekly Reader February 20 - February 27

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Plan-B Theatre presents: Clearing Bombs
Energy & Climate Film Series: Carbon Nation
Natalie MacMaster with Utah Symphony
Off the Wall Dance Performance
Garden Planning and Design
Winter Market
RDT's Charette
Grant and Twain panel discussion
SLC Green Drinks
Fast, Easy and Fabulous Ferments
Beekeeping Basics
Pimps of Joytime
Coffee with a Cop
The Aquarium Age
RDT's Charette 2014
Dear friends & family,

I've just returned from the Fairpark Motor Vehicle Dept. with my new temporary license. For those who dread: It was a delightful experience. No joke. Yes, the laws are oppressive (must show passport or original birth certificate; W-2 or paystub w/ full SS#; mail with current address) and I must muddle through another govt. bureaucracy to finish the process. But the people running the show today have their act together. Only the offer of a latté could have improved my experience.

A word to all the other slackers out there: When that once-every-five-years driver license renewal notice arrives three months before your birthday, deal. ASAP.

I hadn't. I'd flown to Florida before a car rental employee pointed out my miscreant ways. Stuck in the Daytona airport without a train, bus, shuttle or plane to get me to Key West where I'd been headed to visit relatives Dave and Elaine, I had the opportunity to think some very new thoughts. You might say I finally learned something. There is hope for the world.

Below are our picks for this week's events. There's a lot to choose from. Enjoy the week!

~ Greta deJong
editor & publisher

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Event picks for
February 20 - February 27 

Feb. 20-Mar. 2, Thur-Fri 8p, Sat 4p & 8p, Sun 2p. 

Plan- B Theatre, 138 W 300 S. $20. 


During the summer of 1942,  economists Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes spent a night on the roof of King's College Chapel in Cambridge, waiting to clear away German incendiary bombs. Their conversation is as relevant to today's economic world as it was then.  

Featuring Kirt Bateman, Mark Fossen and Jay Perry. Directed by Eric Samuelsen.  


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Thurs. Feb. 20, 7p.  
Westminster College Gore Auditorium, 1840 S 1300 E. Free.  


A documentary illustrating how solutions to climate change boost the economy, increase national & energy security and promote health and a clean environment.


Panel discussion from Utah Clean Energy follows. 

Feb. 21-22, 8p. Abravanel Hall, 123 W South Temple. $29-$63.   


Grammy winner Natalie MacMaster joins the Utah Symphony for an electrifying fiddle performance a
s she step dances and plays her own blend of Celtic, French and Cajun styles. See below (Reader Rewards) for free tickets!) 


Feb. 21-23, 7:30p (Sat matinee 2:30p). University of Utah Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S 1500 E #106. $10-$16.


Are these dancers having fun or what? United We Dance is a West Valley-based urban dance company featuring the talents of dancers from many studios around the valley. See breakdancing, jazz, house, krump, popping and a little bit of tap and ballroom. (Here's a taste of what they do, from 2013.) 

Sat. Feb. 22, 10a-12p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. $10.

Are you wanting to start a garden? Attend this lecture to learn all you need to know to get started. Topics discussed will include bed design, placement and creation

Preregistration is required.


Sat. Feb. 22, 10a-2p. Rio Grande Depot, 300 S Rio Grand St (400 W).

Pick up a mushroom log from the Biocentric Brothers; stock up on choice meats from Morgan Valley and Canyon Meadows; taste the toum from Laziz. Nearly 60 local vendors offering locally grown fresh produce, locally raised meat, cheeses, dairy, baked goods, artisan food, food trucks and more. 

RDT's Charette

Sat. Feb. 22, 7:30p  
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. $30-$75.


This is a must-see ~ even though you may not believe your eyes. RDT's annual fundraiser and choreographer competition is when you get to watch five choreographers and 40 dancers think literally on their feet. Celebrity judges (susceptible to bribes) vote on how well each crew used the prompts and props. Hosted this year by Sister Dottie Dixon. Yes, it's ridiculous. Go.

(Some free tix still available; contact me today! [email protected]; include your tel. #.) 




Sun. Feb 23, 3:30-4:30p. 
Salt Lake Acting Company,
168 W 500 N. Free


A panel discussion inspired by themes from Grant and Twain: Financial Deception, Inequality, Media Circus: 150 Years Later, Is the Civil War Still Defining Us? 

Panelists include University of Utah professor Tim Chambless, Fort Douglas historian Su Richards, and consulting historian Will Bagley.



Tues. Feb 25, 6-9p. Hotel Monaco, 15 W 200 S. $5-$10 suggested donation.


This month's focus: A toast to green businesses. Meet Salt Lake City businesses who have made a commitment to sustainability with the support of SLC Green's e2 Business Program.



Wed. Feb 26, 6:30-8p. Real Foods Market, 2209 S Highland Dr. Free.
Probiotics is the word. Holistic health coach Nicole DeVaney will demonstrate how to make kimchi, kombucha, water kefir and raw milk kefir.


Wed. Feb 26, 6p. Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Park Dr, Park City. $5 (members free).


In this two-hour workshop, you will learn everything you need to know to get started with beekeeping ~ in
time to order all of your supplies, including bees, for the 2014 gardening season. 




Wed. Feb 26, 8p (doors open 7p). The State Room, 638 S State. $20


Soul, funk, afrobeat, Latin, reggae and rock ~ wanna dance? Oh yes. We'll see you there. 


Wed. Feb 26, 7p. Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr. Free.


Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason de Caires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he cast from live models. 
Directed by Marcy Cravat.

Thurs. Feb 27, 8 -10a. Piñon Market and Café, 2095 E 1300 S. Free


Chat with a cop over a cup of coffee.  Voice any concerns, ask questions, maybe say thanks? Gathering occurs in a different location each month.  

Blog Updates 
We're in the final stretch of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2014 ~ it ends on February 28. But, unfortunately, relief isn't really in sight. While there is only one more week of communication and travel delays, detours, and disasters, routines aren't going to revert to "regular" any time soon. We're only in the third lap of a five-retrograde relay that defines the first six months of 2014...(read more).
Reader Rewards


We're giving away tickets to Natalie MacMaster with the Utah Symphony this weekend! (See description above.)  

TO ENTER: Send me an email. Please include your tel. #. I will contact winners Friday morning.  [email protected] 
And now for your friendly weekly reminder:
Have you thanked your lungs today?

Try it. Focus on this hard-working organ, and give it some love. It takes just a few seconds.

Breath by breath, let's build a community that requires clean air. Because, after all, we cherish our life transport systems.