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Dec. 4 - Dec. 11

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Dear family & friends,

The December issue is here. If you know anyone who lives in Utah and suffers from depression, read Alice Toler's interview with U of U neuroscientist Perry Renshaw. The U's Brain Institute, noted for its research on the connection between altitude and suicide, is finding treatment success with natural supplements. No kidding. Check this out.

And the week ahead? I've selected a book signing, dance party, film, concert, art exhibit, yoga extravaganza (is that a nonsequiter?), food fest, two cool lectures... and shopping opportunities with a "buy local" flair. There's a lot of home-grown lovin' going on.

~ Greta deJong
CATALYST editor & publisher
Event picks for
Dec. 4 - Dec. 11
Dec. 4-6, 7-9p. Babcock Theatre, 300 S 1400 E. $12/$6 students.
Babcock Performing Readers Professional Company presents a play staged in a 1940s radio studio, adapted from the classic movie It's A Wonderful Life. 

Friday, Dec. 5, 7-9p. 
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.
Do you want to know how we create monsters that linger in the shadows of our reasonable minds? In Jung's psychology, the dream is not only an expression of what lingers in the shadows but also a prophetic possibility. The Frankenstein prophecies describe how Shelley's novel re-images the biblical story of creation within the context of science and technology. 
Click here to view a short youtube clip of the previous time Romanyshyn spoke at the Jung Society of Utah. 

Friday, Dec. 5, 8-9:30p.  
Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E South Temple. Free. 
A decades-long Christmas tradition Children's choir. Seasonal music of early masters and familiar and lesser-known carols from many lands. Directed by Ralph Woodward with Lysa Rytting, harpist and Ken Udy, organist. Audience participation. Age 6 and older. 

Saturday, Dec. 6, 11a-3:30p. 
iconoCLAD, 414 E 300 S.
This will be the young store's biggest show ever with nearly twice as many artists as before. IconoCLAD supports local arts and crafts people and doesn't charge them anything to participate. "Find a great gift for the holiday season or buy something awesome for yourself," says owner Tom. 

Facebook Event Link 

Saturday, Dec. 6, 4-11p 1565 E 3300 S. Free admission.

Purring Buddha ("artisan body products with a higher conscience"), Madison Briggs Fine Art, Patric Bates with his new book Alphabet of Fantastic Beings, Candace from Mystic Mix doing soul contract readings, Heather and Dave from Cryptobiotic Designs with screen prints and upcycled pallet art, Aaron Grimshaw with a collection of crystals, gems and rocks, CATALYST's own Alice Toler (November's cover artist), Cantu's Culinary Creations, DJ Ebenflow. Donna Coleman LMT offering her seated massage--it should be a good time. 

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30-10:30p.  Studio Elevn, 435 W. 400 S. # 304. Free.

Hip hop has its stigmas, and this art style can easily get underestimated. The Bboy Federation wants to put a larger focus on hip hop and its arts this year. The featured artists are all involved in the hip hop scene not only as artists, but as dancers, MCs and DJs as well. These artists love hip hop. 

Dec. 6 & 7, 10a-5p.  Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Free admission. 
Handmade gifts for sale including jewelry, pottery, fiber art, photography and more. Complimentary cider and hot chocolate, and winter wonderland of a garden to explore. Bring your shopping list, your winter boots. Also check out the Glass Arts Show in the Visitor Center Gallery.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 10a-2p Rio Grande Depot 300 South Rio Grande Street. Free.
Shop for fresh local produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, fresh juices, dairy products and more at the Winter Market at Rio Grande. More than 60 vendors, plenty of parking and Utah's best food trucks. Also this month: Holiday Art & Craft Market--handpicked vendors offering unique local gifts.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30a-1p. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Black Box), 138 W 300 S. $25. 
Yogis Give Back 2014 is a collaborative effort among local studios, yoga nonprofits and yoga teachers in the greater Salt Lake City area to raise money for Inbody Outreach. CATALYST's own Charlotte Bell sets the tone, followed by 14 presenting teachers.  With Stephen Brown presiding. 

Facebook Event Link 

Saturday, Dec. 6, 12:30pm. Infinity Event Center, 26 E 600 S. $3 entry.
In recent years, Peru's eclectic cuisine has earned acknowledgement as one of the world's finest. Ceviches of all kinds, quinoa, and Pisco sour cocktails have migrated to become favorites around the world. Traditional Peruvian food, workshops, exhibitions, live music, folklore & traditional dances and more. 
Sunday, Dec. 7, 12-6p. I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Com­munity Center, 2 N Medical Drive. Free. 
Local vendors of arts and crafts, books and Jewish foods. 

Sunday, Dec. 7, 10a. Wheeler Farm Barn, 6351 S 900 E. Free.

Local venders gather to showcase the handmade gifts, soaps, food, skin care products and more. 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7p. The King's English, 1511 S 1500 E. Free.
Join local author and artist Teresa Jordan for a reading and signing of her new book, The Year of Living Virtuously: Weekends Off. Benjamin Franklin was in his early 20s when he embarked on a "bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection," intending to master the virtues of temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility. He soon gave up on perfection but continued to believe that these virtues, coupled with a generous heart and a bemused acceptance of human frailty, laid the foundation for not only a good life but also a workable society. Writer and visual artist Teresa Jordan wondered if Franklin's perhaps antiquated notions of virtue might offer guidance to a nation increasingly divided by angry righteousness. She decided to try to live his list for a year, focusing on each virtue for a week at a time and taking weekends off to attend to the seven deadly sins. 
The journal she kept became this collection of beautifully illustrated essays, weaving personal anecdotes with the views of theologians, philosophers, ethicists, evolutionary biologists and a whole range of scholars and scientists within the emerging field of consciousness studies. Teresa Jordan offers a wry and intimate journey into a year in midlife devoted to the challenge of trying to live authentically. 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 8:30p-1:30a. Metro Bar, 615 W 100 S. $5 ($3 with a donation). 

AFLA is throwing a groovy, psychedelic shindig (dress to impress Ken Kesey!) at Metro Bar. What's a better way to spend your Tuesday night than by supporting your local businesses, artists, and musicians while also donating to those who don't have a home to go to this winter season? All donations are welcome, be it food or clothing, but warm blankets and coats are in demand. 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.

Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner and call the Doctor, who lands on the planet below and meets Kazran Sardick, who can control the cloud layer but refuses to help. The Doctor attempts to use time travel to alter Kazran's past so he will save the space ship. 

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7p. The Leonardo, 209 E S. Free. 
Many studies support the notion that happy people live longer. But what makes us happy, anyway? Inspired by the happiness index from Happy Planet (, you'll hear a discussion of the practices that lead to health, happiness and longevity. 

Blog Updates 
'Tis not the season to be jolly, although all festivities and celebrations with the power to lighten the psychic mood and lift a heavy heart are welcome. 'Tis the season to be conscious and thoughtful -very, very thoughtful-about these extraordinary times and the role each of us plays in the ongoing process of individual and collective transformation. We're less than two weeks away from the sixth Uranus/Pluto square that occurs just past midnight U.S. Eastern time on December 15...(read more).