CATALYST Weekly Reader June 26 - July 3

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Salt Lake Acting Company: Saturday's Voyeur 2014
Utah Arts Festival
Body Worlds: Animals Inside-Out
RDT Community School Open House
Get Close to Bats on Antelope Island
Christopher Kelly: GOD COMPLEX
Wasatch Iron Pen Writing Competition
Utah's Best Native Plants
Local Artisan Trunk Show
Urban Garden and Farm Tour
If you Build It
The Soulshine Tour Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead
Prayers for Compassion
The Aquarium Age
The Soulshine Tour: Michael Franti & Spearhead
Dear friends & family,

It's been an epic week for Utah. While the quest for equality can sometimes seem like an endless battle, it's still astounding to stop and see how much change is now possible. The issues of gay marriage and ordained women are clearly on the table, now. Fifty years ago, both were incomprehensible. We must be able to imagine the new reality; then we can create it. I see this repeatedly in my life, in small ways.

We were happy to host June's Green Drinks gathering at the CATALYST office last night. About 100 of you came by to say hi, meet new friends and old, share ideas and toast to a balmy evening with our new concoction which got dubbed
The Drunken Tadpole: strong green tea, chilled; simple syrup (blend with chocolate mint, let rest for 15 min., then strain out mint); light rum to taste. Serve on ice.

See Reader Rewards, below, for a chance to win a pair of tix to Michael Franti and Spearhead next week. His shows are more like joyous ceremony than a performance.
Greta Belanger deJong
Editor & publisher

P.S.: Look for the July CAT starting next Tuesday.  Click here for the June edition, OR you might still be able to pick up a copy in your neighborhood. Thanks for reading, and for supporting CATALYST!
Event picks for
June 26 - July 3
June 25-Aug. 31, 7-9p. 
Salt Lake Acting Theatre, Upstairs theatre, 168 W 500 N. $39-$55.
Saturday's Voyeur is known to be a voice for liberals in Utah. This funny, raucous, truly unique, musical satire written for Utah and about Utah will give Utahns a place to laugh and love living here. 

June 26-29, Noon-11p. 
Library Square Plaza, 210 E 400 S. $10-$12 ($35 4-day pass).
Visual art, music, dance, film, the spoken word, interesting food and beer: The granddaddy of Salt Lake's festivals happens this weekend on Washington Square and the library mall. See schedule and mark your calendar for what inspires you. Free bike valet. 

June 26-29, 7p. 
The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S. $2.60+ (regularly $19+). *Only during Arts Festival. 
See the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world's most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition, at a discounted price! 

Fri. June 27, 6-8p. 
Finch Lane Galleries, 54 Finch Lane. Free. (Exhibit runs through Aug. 8.) 
The exhibition features 30 of the hundreds of artists who have been shown in the space, many of whom also have pieces of public art in Salt Lake City. Some have also had their work featured on CATALYST's covers, too, including  Royden Card, Lee Deffebach, Paul Heath, Mark England, Layne Meacham and Trent Alvey. 



Fri. June 27, 7p. 

Meet at the Wild about Birds Center in Layton, 1986 N Hill Field Rd. Free. 


Learn about the important role bats play in the natural world. Acoustic recording devices will also be on hand to listen to and record sonograms of bat sounds. Biologists use sonograms to identify various bat species.


June 27, 7-9p (opening reception). 
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S West Temple. $5 suggested donation. 
Christopher Kelly's GOD COMPLEX expands and encapsulates a particular creationist motif by referencing the language and aesthetics of science fiction. A genre often associated with futuristic pursuits of new worlds and extraterrestrial life, sci-fi is also an apt metaphor for the discovery of the differences between self and other, human and alien.
Kelly will be onsite for the reception. The exhibit is on display through August 16. 

June 27-28, 6p-6p.  SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E 400 S, suite # 8. $12-$30. 
Artists of the written word face off in a 24-hour writing competition.  Adult and Youth writers can participate in one of three categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry) or can take on the Ultra Iron Pen challenge and write in all three! 
To register, visit: 

Sat. June 28, 9-10:15a. 

Conservation Garden Park Education Center, 8275 S 1300 W. Free.    


Utah-native plants require less water and maintenance and are adapted to our environment. Learn how to use their beauty in your landscape.

Sat. June 28, 11a.  iCONOClad, 414 E 300 S. Free to attend. 


Join iconoCLAD for some munchies, catered by Dan Cantu, and live DJ'ed tunes to kick off the festival shopping season. Some Utah's finest artisans to show off their handcrafted leather work, jewelry, clothing, and more.


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Sat. June 28, 10a-2p. Locations provided with registration.  
Join us for our annual Urban Garden and Farm Tour - a self-guided look at some of the interesting, creative, and inspiring backyards, urban homesteads, and community gardens. 

Tues. July 1, 7p. 
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S.  
Take a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education.
If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to the poorest county in North Carolina where they work with students to transform their community and their lives, offering a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom where students learn the tools to design their own futures.

Thurs. July 3, 7p. 
USANA Amphitheatre, 5125 S 6400 W. $25-$50 (additional $10 with yoga)/ $20 yoga only.
The tour is a celebration about love for music, yoga, and sustainability. Audience members are welcome to arrive early to participate in a mass yoga session led by Baron Baptiste and accompanied with acoustics by the featured artists. There will also be DJs for a dance party! Friend CATALYST on Facebook for details re. a chance to win free tickets to the event.


July 3-6, Thurs 6:30-Sun 2p. 

Urgyen Samten Ling, 740 s 300 w. Free.   


In celebration of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday. Day and night recitations of the mantra of compassion. Visiting teachers Choejor Rinpoche and Ani Lhamo.

Blog Updates 
Transformational Astrology: Will return July 9
Hello readers around the world!

If you are interested in supporting a really positive effort, here's a link:

On vacation for the next couple of weeks.

See you back here on July 9.

Reader Rewards 
Fri. July 3, 7p (doors 6p). USANA  Amphitheater, 5125 S 6400 W.   

Win 2 FREE tickets valued at $80 to the highly anticipated SOULSHINE TOUR featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead! This concert is expected to quickly sell out, so don't miss this unforgettable opportunity for you and a friend! To be eligible, all you have to do is post a selfie on your Instagram with any CATALYST issue with the #catalystmagazine. Please tag us, too!