CATALYST Weekly ReaderSept. 5- Sept. 11

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Lucid Jubilee
Eat Local Week Utah 2014
RDT'S Dance Center on Broadway Open House
Pagan Pride Day
21st Annual Tomato Sandwich Part
12th Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity
The Tarot & Spiritual Transformation Weekend Workshop
9th West Farmer's Market
Eating Alabama
Foundations of Mindfulness-Meditation
Utah's Own Funeral Potato Contest
Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Evening Exploration: Garden Tour
Lecture: "Cracking the Humor Code" by Peter McGraw
Wonder Women! The Untold Stories of American Superheroines
The Aquarium Age
Dear friends & family,

Here, find your September CATALYST. Learn:
* what's new around town;
* the importance of staying centered, especially right now;
* 2014-15 dance season preview;
* sex ed taboos in Utah;
* five ways bees bestow health and healing;
* one of the bigger, better calendars we've had in a long time;
and more!

Last week we were at Burning Man, the planet's largest annual temporary art gallery, where you can climb on most of the art. Think Mad Max with blinky lights, no cellphones and a lot of propane. Corporate logos and cash were also pretty much nonexistent. The weather was perfect in that Monday's rain turned dust to deep mud (think platform sandals); and later, wind wore dust into every crevice, marking people and things for life. Most of the estimated 70,000 residents got around by bike. The speed limit for "mutant vehicles" (seriously artified former cars, buses, golf carts and trucks) was 5 mph. Pictured here is the structure we lived in, designed and built by John deJong (which Rachel Silverstone helped paint), in the style of the Austrian architect Hundertwasser.

This week's events center mostly around food (eat local!) and opportunities to deepen inner skills. You'll find performances, celebrations, workshops, movies and more.

~ Greta Belanger deJong
editor & publisher

Event picks for
Sept. 4 - Sept. 11 


Fri. Sept. 5 & 6, 8p. Sugar Space Studio for the Arts 618 E Wilmington Avenue. $15.


SLC-based Transfusion Hype Dance Company is a coalition of dance artists who combine contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and modern dance genres to create their work. Check out their YouTube Channel.

Facebook Event Link

Sept. 6-13
In your kitchen!
Eat Local Week celebrates the regional harvest, promotes local agriculture and the preservation of Utah's agricultural heritage, while bringing people together as a community. Eat Local Week educates the community about resources for eating locally, and increases awareness around food production, transportation and access to healthy food. 

Sat. Sept. 6, 9a-3p. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300. $10. 
Try a new class or an old favorite for only $10 all day (seven classes for less than the price of one), or free with purchase of a 10-class punch card. If you buy a 10-class punch card at the open house pay the special price of $90.

Sat. Sept. 6, 10a-6p. 

Murray Park Pavilions 1, 2, & 3, 5175 S. Parkside Dr., Murray, UT. Admission: free (nonperishable food item for The Road Home requested). 



Paganism is an umbrella term under which many paths fall, such as Druids, Heathens, Wiccans, practitioners of the Traditional Craft and followers of ancient Celtic or Egyptian practices--practices that revere natural cycles, the Earth, the universe. About 400-500 people attended last year, and the event grows steadily every year. Entertainment, workshops and hand-crafted goods. 


Sat. Sept. 6, 11a-2p. Grateful Tomato Garden, 800 S 600 E. Free. 


Start your Eat Local Challenge right at the Tomato Sandwich Party. Enjoy an afternoon at the Grateful Tomato Garden with friends and neighbors and sample their amazing heirloom tomato harvest. They will serve unique varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in their Youth Gardens, with pesto made from their homegrown basil, and fresh locally made bread. There will also be live music and fun activities for kids, so bring the whole family. You'll be hard pressed to find a better tomato sandwich party in the city!

Sat. Sept. 6, 10a-2:30p.Pioneer Park, 300 S 300 W.

Performances by Irish, Asian and East Indian dancers, and other performances. See website for complete line-up and schedule. Funding provided by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, & Parks, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, & Salt Lake City Arts Council. 


Sept. 6-7, 9a-5p. Officer's Club at the University of Utah, 150 Fort Douglas Blvd. $250.


This workshop, ideal for both newcomers to the Tarot as well as seasoned experts, will revolutionize your understanding of the Tarot. Robert M. Place, renowned authority on the Tarot and creator of The Alchemical Tarot and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery will lead the workshop. 

Sun. Sept. 7, 9a-2p.
900 W 1000 S.  

Eat Local Challenge, Grandparents Day info booths, benefit for Guatemalan children & multicultural performances throughout the day. 

Mon. Sept. 8, 7p.
Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S 200 W. Free. 


In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did--locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability. Presented in partnership with Utah Film Center, the Down­town Farmers Market and the Downtown Alliance. 

Sept. 8-Nov. 6 (Mondays), 7:15-8:30p. 
Mindful Yoga Col­lective, 223 S 700 E. 


Mindfulness Meditation is based in the traditional practice of vipassana meditation. Vipassana means "clear seeing." Mind­ful­ness practice teaches us how to see and be with our lives as they are. We learn to be present without thoughts, emotions and conditioned patterns. 
To pre-register, visit: 
[email protected] or 801-355-2617. 

Tues. Sept. 9, 7p. 
Utah State Fair Park, Zion Building, 155 N 1000 W. Free. 

Plan to enter the cook-off, to win a grocery-store gift card. Each participant must use a minimum of three local products in their dish. Prizes are $150 for first, $100 for second and $75 for third. 

Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 14, 7p.
 Inner Light Center, 4408 S 500 E.$120. 

Discovering the guiding stories of your past. Create a Vision of your Future. 7-9:30p. In this six-week workshop, which is a blend of group process and personal reflection, you will experience and become a witness to a redefinition of your personal perceptions. Taught by Sarah Rose. 

Thurs. Sept. 11, 6-7p.
 Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Regular garden admission.

Join a trained volunteer guide for an exploration of what's blooming throughout the Garden. Registration required. 

Thurs. Sept. 11, 7p.
 Westminster College,1840 S 1300 E. Free. 


Drawing on cutting-edge behavioral research and observations from his global travels, psychology professor Peter McGraw will discuss the secrets to what makes things funny and how to live a happier, healthier, and more humorous life. McGraw recently co-authored
The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny with journalist Joel Warner. The madcap scientist and crackerjack writer crossed the globe in an epic quest to discover what makes us laugh. 



Thurs. Sept. 11, 7p.
 Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. Free. 


The film traces the fascinating birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines. 


Blog Updates 
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