CATALYST Weekly Reader May 8 - May 15

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In This Newsletter:
Charles Belfoure: The Paris Architect
T'ai Chi
Red Butte Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale
Wasatch Community Gardens Spring Plant Sale
Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out opening
Live Music at Ken Sanders Rare Books
Indian Classical Music
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
300 Plates 12th Annual Fundraiser & Exhibition
Artist Workshop Series: Apothecary Kits
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Plan Ahead: Utah CORE
Plan Ahead: Living Traditions Festival
Plan Ahead: Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
The Aquarium Age
Notes from Spain
Dear friends & family,

The May issue of CATALYST is one of my favorites. It's a month where people talk about their passions: Fungophile Ardean Watts talks with Katherine Pioli about his life in nature; Darin Piccoli and Chris Mautz share with Molly Young how The State Room came to be a premier place for music in SLC; Jodi Mardesich interviews Mamachari Kombucha boss Christy Jensen on her love affair with fermentation. Dennis Hinkamp writes about Caffe Ibis co-owner Randy Wirth (who died in a motorcycle crash last month) and his love for coffee and community.

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Here are my picks for this week.
Enjoy. And thanks for reading the CATALYST Weekly Reader!

Greta Belanger deJong
Editor & publisher

Event picks for
May 8- May 15


Fri. May. 9, 11a-12:15p. Masonic Temple, 650 E South Temple. Free.


The New York Post selected architect
Charles Belfoure's first novel, The Paris Architect, for its
Must Read booklist. Sponsored by the Utah Heritage Foundation. 

T'ai Chi free class

Fri. May 9, 7-8p. Red Lotus School of Movement, 740 S 300 W. Free.


This demonstration class will guide you in developing strength in movement through softness, and change through consistency. You can slow down and replenish yourself with T'ai Chi.

May 9-10, Fri. (members only) 1-8p. Sat. (public) 9a-3p. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way.   


The Garden offers an impressive selection of herbs, specialty annuals, vegetables, perennials, ornamental grasses, roses and more.

Sat. May 10, 8a-1p. Rowland Hall,720 Guardsman Way (1580 E). 


Check out the Plant sale webpage for edible plant lists, insider tips on shopping the sale, and more!   


Sat. May 10, 11a-9p.  The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. $15-$19.
Anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens creates a zoological, biological and physiological tour of over 100 animal specimens, preserved through the process of Plasination. 

Sat. May 10, 7p Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S 200 E. Free.


A live concert with Duncan Phillips, Anka Summerhill, and Doug Wintch.
As the son of Bruce "Utah" Phillips, Duncan Phillips inherited the songs and stories of the people and places that his father wrote about over his 40-plus years of wandering the country.
For Anke Summerhill, songwriting is a natural extension of her passion for singing. Her own songs first found expression as part of the duo, Stillwater, which she cofounded in 1988.
Doug Wintch's interest in Bob Dylan's songs are evident as are the influences of blue, pop, and rock in his song unique with a harmonica and guitar.

Sat. May 10, 6:30-9p.  India Cultural Center of Utah, 1142 W South Jordan Parkway. $10. 


The India Cultural Center and the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah are hosting Thyagaraja and Purandara Daasa Aradhanal (group and individual recitals-these are free to attend). In the evening, a Carnatic Classical (Vocal) Concert will start at 6:30p.

Mon. May 12, 7p.  Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. 


The first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement -- grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell.


May 12-15. (Mon.-Tues.,  9a-5p. Wed.-Thurs.,  10a-5p.  

Fri. (fund-raiser), 6-9p. 

Art Access Gallery, 230 S 500 W,  #125P.

 $50/fundraiser. (Preview free.)  


130 established and emerging local artists prepare small works in their recognizable style on 11 x 10 inch plates (tempered panel or plexiglas). Finished plates include everything from landscape to assemblage to pop art to photographic emulsion and more. 
Preview the 300 Plates Exhibition before the fundraiser for free. At the fundraiser there will be music, cash bar, drinks, food by Barbacoa Mexican Grill and desserts from local bakeries.

Tues. May. 13, 7p. 
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.    
A heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. 

Wed. May 14, 7p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. $18.  
Learn how to use natural elements such as herbs, clays, flowers, and oils to make modern day potions, elixirs and bath products. 

May 15 & 16, 7:30-9p. Edison Street Events, 3331S Edison St. $6 adults $5 kids.  
A silent film produced in France in 1928. It is based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer; stars Renée Jeanne Falconetti. 

Fri. May 16, 8p. Club Metro, 540 W 200 S. $10.  
Paul will be hosting some amazing guests and showing his support for the 2014 Utah CORE Project for this August's Burning Man Festival.  

Facebook Event Link 

May 16-18, Fri. 5-10p. Sat. noon-10p. Sun. Noon-7p.  Salt Lake City & County Bldg., 450 S. 200 E.
Folk & Ethnic arts. Music: Red Baraat, A Tribe Called Red, Quetzal. Performing
artists, craft artists, 21 food vendors. Bike valet. No pets. 

May 15-19
. Davis Co. Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 100 West, Farmington. Workshops & presentations: free. 
Field trips, workshops, presentations and more. 

Blog Updates 
We're traveling through a peculiar planetary dimension for the next couple of weeks, and while it is not quite the Twilight Zone, where reality seems to slip away, we are in the Retro Zone, a dimension that distorts time-and sometimes space. Anticipate moments where time seems to stand still (even if that's not possible) and count on it happening the most when you're in the biggest hurry. Yet while some moments feel like an eternity, others evaporate at the speed of light, making it hard to luxuriate in what feels satisfying...(read more).
Editor's note: Associate publisher John deJong is still in Spain, working on his novel. Here is today's email:

It turns out I'm in Seville for the biggest fair in Spain. Just trying to get into town was nearly impossible for all the horses and carriages and ladies in big flamenco dresses.

Everyone in town sets up a caseta (a little marquee tent) and parties from nine at night till the wee hours of the morning. The main street through the fair grounds is called La Calle del Infierno. Maybe I'll get some ideas for a little shelter for us at Burning Man.

On my way here I had lunch in Jerez de la Frontera, where they really take their siestas seriously. When I sat down at a little bar at 2pm, kids were going home from school. By the time I was finished y croquettes and gambas al ajillo, the streets were deserted. Scary deserted, like everybody's been raptured deserted.

Already I miss the ocean. Five days with the constant crash of the surf, in Canos de Meca, was very addictive.

For the first time, I can see taking a vacation by the shore. Not some long, placid beach on the Caribbean or the Gulf of Baja but a real ocean beach with rocks and sand and big waves.

Here's a photo from the bell tower of the church in Medina Sedonia.

Notes from Spain