CATALYST Weekly Reader May 22 - May 29

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In This Newsletter:
Saline Stories: An Oral History of the Great Salt Lake
The Dream Press Dreamathon 2014
Garden Feng Shui
Chocolate, the Exhibition--Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
The Last Shepherd
Cedar Mesa: The Future of a Sacred Landscape
Green Drinks
Leonardo After Hours: Mind Control
The Aquarium Age
Dear friends & family,

Interesting flow of events this week: Go to the library tonight for Saline Stories and learn about our intriguing Great Salt Lake. Then on Saturday night, visit the lake itself for a performance of Feast. After the performance, hang around for the meteor shower (no one seems to know if this particular rare shower going to be... um, stellar, or a dud; you just have to go outside and look for yourself).
Speaking of stellar: This is a really diverse lineup of interesting activities this week. Here at CATALYST, we'll be busy putting together the June edition but we'll still get out to partake in as many of these gatherings as possible. Hope to see you soon.

Greta Belanger deJong
Editor & publisher

Event picks for
May 22- May 29
Thurs. May 22, 7p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.  
Take a 19-minute virtual tour over Great Salt Lake's brilliantly colored salt concentration ponds (Landscan, produced last November for the Utah Museum of Fine Art). Hear clips from Greg Smoak's ongoing oral history project, showcasing some of those who have a relationship with the lake: avian biologist Don Paul; Friends of Great Salt Lake's executive director, Lynn De Freitas; art historian Hikmet Loe; and geologist Genevieve Atwood (they will be present for a follow-up discussion).  

May 22-24, 5-10p (Sat 10a-11p). Granite High School, 3300 S 500 E. $3. 


See century-old Granite High School recreated as a landscape of dreams. Dozens of rooms will be filled with inspirational artwork; hundreds of artists sharing their stories, and thousands of dreamers.


Each evening, the exhibit will be accompanied by one of five featured events, including keynote speakers, music concerts, story writing workshops, inspirational presentations, and dance. 

Sat. May 24, 11a-1p.  Dave's Health & Nutrition, 880 E 3900 S. $28.
Good feng shui starts in the garden with the right mix of plants, water, shapes, orientations and colors, says Valerie Litchfield of LifeAlign Classical Compass Feng Shui. Learn some landscaping guidelines, feng shui garden tips and techniques to enhance the overall beauty and vitality of your property. 
Sat. May 24, 7:30p (6:30p doors). 
The Great Saltair, 12408 W Saltair Dr. $30 adv. $35 day of. 
Dance, theater, music and installation. NOW-ID, founded last year by choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen and architect Nathan Webster, turns its gaze toward the surreal, almost alien landscape of the Great Salt Lake, the salt flats, and the historic pleasure palace perched at their edge, the Saltair.
Collaborators include Jo Blake, Gary Vlasic, Amie Tullius, DJ Jesse Walker, Yumelia Garcia, Alexandra Harbold, Robert Scott Smith, Troy Deutsch, Jenn Freeman, Cole Adams and Jesper Egelund Pedersen.
Saltair was once considered the Coney Island of the West, featuring the world's largest dance hall, 600 bath houses, and carnival and boat rides.

May 24-26, Exhibit: 10a-5p, Activities: 12-4p. Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way. Price Included in admission (additional fee for tastings). 
Chocolate tastings, hands-on activities (cocoa grinding, residue tests, more); chocolate experts on hand sharing their knowledge of the plant, the products and the culture of chocolate; and Mayan dancers. 


Tues. May 27, 7p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.


Director Marco Bonfanti's film is a concoction of gorgeous scenery and beautiful music that takes viewers on a journey with Renato Zucchelli, the last man to tend sheep in the region of Lombardy, an area increasingly overrun by urban sprawl.

Wed. May 28, 6:30p.  Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.
A slideshow featuring America's last great "outdoor museum," the region blanketed with more than 56,000 prehistoric archaeological sites, Cedar Mesa. 
See dozens of intriguing photographs and have an opportunity to learn about the work being done to save this special place. 

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Wed. May 28, 6-9p.'s "NEW" venue, 250 W 1300 S. $5-$10 requested donation. 

Music, Mingle and Network ~ live music, delicious appetizers and libations from EPIC Brewing. is eager to share more information about its organization and new venue location. Save Our Canyons will give a rundown on their recent campaigns and EPIC Brewing will share how it's integrating sustainability at their SLC brewery.


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Thurs. May 29, 6p.  The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. Free.
The Leonardo, in partnership with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR), will host a discussion that investigates how our brain is affected by the constant connection to the Internet and digital communication.
Blog Updates 
Mars shifts the astral winds this week as it moves 'forward' for the first time in nearly three months, and even though the goin' will be slow until the planet of energy gains momentum, the air starts to clear almost immediately. Plans and projects as well as situations and circumstances that only seemed to simmer these last several months are definitely going to come to a boil. Expect people to be excited-just 'cause. Also anticipate having to handle a multitude of mundane tasks that just can't be put off any longer. Mars Direct equals very busy...(read more).