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Mar. 26- Apr. 2

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Dear friends and family,

I like to say I "curate" the events that show up here. But even with all my powers of discrimination, this week's list is long. Films, festivals, food, dance, gardening ~ perhaps my personal biases are showing. But we like a lot of the same things, right? Isn't that why you subscribe to this list?

Have a great weekend,

Event picks for
Mar. 26 - Apr. 2  
Thursday, Mar. 26, 7-9p. 
University of Utah Union, 200 Central Campus Drive. Free.

SLC residents live with a high amount of light pollution. Parts of the valley rate a Class 8 on the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale (measured from one to nine), putting us at a similar level to LA and NYC. Watch this film and join the conversation about light pollution in SLC with Bill Leach, lighting director for U of U Facilities Management, U Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Weber State's Professor Jeremy Bryson. Panel moderated by Environmental & Sustainability Studies student Bettymaya Foott.
Thursday, Mar. 26, 7:30-9p. 
Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 W, 200 S.

Join Wasatch Community Gardens in watching eight inspiring short films that address food, gardens, sustainability and community. Event admission is FREE but bring your cash or credit card to donate to WCG as part of the  Love Utah Give Utah Day of Giving 2015.
Mar. 27-28, 10a-5p.
South Towne Exposition Center/ Exhibit Hall 5 9575 S State. $7.
(Complimentary admission coupon in CATALYST'S Feb. issue; $2 discount coupon in Mar. issue.)
Quality gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and earth treasures. Fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, tools, jewelry supplies & boxes all under one roof. Gem Faire dealers are direct importers, wholesalers & manufacturers. Cool prizes; drawings every hour. 150 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Classes & demonstrations. 

Friday, Mar. 27, 7p. The State Room,
638 S State. $15. 21+
PechaKucha Night-SLC, along with co-host and organizer, Women In Architecture-SLC, collaborate again to bring us volume 15 in the PechaKucha Night series. Come hear 13 exciting and inspiring creatives from our community as each woman presents 20 images x 20 seconds each. It's never boring (at least, not for long!). You can depend on PechaKucha gatherings to be nspiring, informative and, often, hilarious.


Friday, Mar. 27, 7-11:30p. First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, 569 S 1300 E. $5 donation with FREE coffee from The Coffee Garden.

What a great lineup! Ruth Naccarato and friends, The Nathan Spenser Revue, Kyle Wulle, Steve Lutz, Paige Meriwether, Rex Flinner, The Buckle Busters.

Friday, Mar. 27, 8-10:30p. Big Ed's 210 University St. 
Another downtown acoustic music option: Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars and mandolins to Big Ed's for an evening of old-time music in a cozy setting. No cover charge, food and beer available.

Saturday, Mar. 28, 9a-3p. 
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S. All day for $10.

Participate in any or all of the classes during the day for only $10 all day (no advance registration required). Prime Movement, Ballet, African, Jazz, Contemporary, Flamenco, Modern 1 & 11 and Hip Hop. See website for times.
Saturday, Mar. 28, 10a. 
Krishna Temple, 311 W 8500 S.
Spanish Fork. $5.

Attendance at Utah's event averages 55,000 over two days. After 15 years, it's still the largest, purest, brightest colors, still the most fun!!! Great bands and DJ's, dancers, yoga, cuisine, and lotsa love. Use early bird discount code to receive 10% off everything: admission, colors, gear; discount code HOLISF108.

Saturday, Mar. 28, 4-10p. 
Poor Yorick Open Studio 126 West Crystal Ave (2590 S).
We love this event. Visit with 45 participating artists, many in their own studios. Special musical guests: the Red Rock Hot Club, Sweet Django Jazz and Batman. Bring a clean item of clothing (T-shirt, undies, you name it) and for $10 Hexpress will print you one of their designs. Free, though donations will not be rejected.
Saturday, Mar. 28, 10a-2p.  300 S Rio Grande.

Available this week: fresh spring greens, herbs, spinach, kale, lettuce, winter squash, onions, kohlrabi, carrots, cucumbers, turnips, chard, shallots, garlic, potatoes, micro greens, cabbage, radish, and beets.

Other farm fresh goods and meats: grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, aquaponic farmed trout, eggs, honey, walnuts and dairy products. Also, it's Crumb Bros.' last week ~ at the Market and in business, we're sad to say. If you're a fan, too, come say goodbye.
March 28, 9a-5p. University of Utah, Union Building, Panoramic East Room, 4th floor.
Includes honey-tasting, Q&A. $40.

Michael Bush is the author of The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally. His focus is on simple beekeeping that takes less time and is more beneficial to the bees.

Event organized by Hollow Tree Honey Company, SLC.

To register, click here.

March 28, 1-3p.  University of Utah, Skaggs Biology Building, 259 S 1400 E, U of U. Free.

The second annual Chemistry Festival at the U is an event for children of all ages ~ and grown ups ~ to engage in hands-on experiments, including extraction of DNA, CSI-style forensic investigations, rocket building and more.
Facebook Event Link
Saturday, March 28, 11a-5:30p. Mindful Yoga Collective, 223 S 700 E. $50.

Includes yoga, an explanation of Desire Mapping and a bit of excavating your deep desires.

Saturday, March 28, 11a-5:30p.  Dancing Cranes Imports, 673 Simpson Ave.

Choose from a wide selection of psychic readers utilizing various psychic modalities. Holistic healing sessions & services, shopping throughout Dancing Cranes, dining at Café Solstice which offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine and specialty drinks. Workshops, info booths and more.

Sunday, March 29, 7:30p.  Utah Education Network (see channels below).

Salt Lake's Anna Campbell Bliss is a pioneering artist, architect and designer who has devoted her life to the creation of works of art that explore the complex intersections between art, technology, science, nature, poetry, mathematics and architecture. The film looks at the astonishing range of Bliss's work, from small painterly and digitally based studies of color and light to architectural site commissions of immense scale. It also puts her work in art-historica context and traces her Modernist influences, including the Bauhaus school artists of the 1920s.

- Digital Broadcast: 9.1, 9.2, and 9.32
- Dish Network: 9 or 8541
- DirecTV - 9 or 983 and 218
- Comcast - 9 or 114 FNX 101

Sunday, March 29, 8p.  The State Room,
 638 S State. $10

Featuring Jon Olschewski, Tony Holiday, Jeremy Whitesides, Ray Rosales and Talia Keys as the house band.
Special Musical Guests: Megan Joy and Quinn Allman, Sam Smith, Skyler Arbon, Jordan Young, Chandra Marie, Secily Saunders, Matt Pizza, Samantha Calmes, Jimmy Lauscher, James "Dad" Trevino and more!
Playing and singing music from Woodstock 1969, the songs of Santana, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, The Band, CSNY, Paul Butterfield and Jimi Hendrix.

Tuesday, March 31, 7p (doors 6p).  Grand America, Grand Ballroom, 555 S. Main St. Free.

In Norman Doidge's new book (subtitled "Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity") he shows how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works and helps patients suffering from MS, Parkinson's, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, ADD/ADHD, dementia and other neurological diseases. Sponsored by the Avalon Hill Foundation for Eating Disorders. We're looking forward to his talk.

CUE credits available.

Wednesday, April 1, 9-10a.  RawBeans Coffee House & Drive-thru, 611 S West Temple. Free.

Attend the Wasatch Community Gardens' Volunteer Orientation and learn about our deep-rooted history in Salt Lake's community. Learn how YOU can volunteer in our youth gardens while advancing your gardening knowledge, catch up with old friends while assisting at our special events, expand your professional resume by engaging in office work, donate your skills and talents to help out on special projects, or give back to your community while completing community service hours.

To reserve your seat, email  Felecia at: [email protected]

Thursday, April 2, 6-8p.  Dave's Health & Nutrition. 880 E 3900 S. Free.

Join other new and expectant parents to learn about the benefits of doula services (birth and postpartum). Meet the Doulas Night includes an overview of what doulas do, the benefits of doula services, and how to find the right doula for you. Birth and postpartum doulas from the community participate to answer parents' questions.

Thursday, April 2, 6:30p.  Sweet Library, 455 F Street. Free.

Growing your own organic produce is a fun and inexpensive way to eat healthy this year. This is gardening 101 ~ a great place to make your foray into organic gardening as easy and successful as possible. Learn how to craft a plan, pick out the right plants for Salt Lake City, get your soil in shape, care for your plants, and manage any insects and diseases that arise using organic methods. This class is also a great way to connect with folks interested in growing and eating local organic food.

Thursday, April 2, 3, 4. 7:30p.  Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center 138 West Broadway.

Drawing on rich Afro-Brazilian traditions and mythology, Samba Fogo brings passion, fire and pure joy to their performance as they weave traditional and contemporary dance forms, acrobatics and fire dance, all accompanied by live music.

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