CATALYST Weekly Reader ~ Resources for Creative Living
April 17- April 23

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Dear friends and family,

Have you noticed? Instead of a calendar, the April issue contains a directive sending you to our online calendar or inviting you to sign up for this Weekly Reader. As a result, I've listed many more events here than usual. Do you like this? Do you prefer the print version? Drop me a note, let me know.
To read the April issue (special section: Gardening) click here, or on the cover (left).
Have a great weekend,
Greta deJong
editor & publisher

Event picks for
Apr. 16 - Apr. 23     
Friday,  Apr. 16, 6-9p. 
Charley Hafen Jewelers Gallery, 1411 S 900 E. Free.

Liquid color and woven light best describes the artwork of artists Liza Julien [mixed media collage], Polly Masaryk [fabric collage], and Dana Ryan Perez [botanical prints]. Exhibit continues through Saturday, May 9.
Saturday, Apr. 18, 7-10:30p. 
Montessori Community School 2416 E 1700 S. $8.

Contra dancing is every good thing that you have heard about square dancing, with none of the bad things. They dance in "longways" sets like a Virginia Reel, but everybody gets to dance instead of just having one active couple. They dance to live music, teach all of the dances, and welcome newcomers. You can walk in off the street knowing nothing about contra dancing and still have a great time. (We know; we've done it!)

Saturday. Apr. 18, 7:30p.
The George S. & Delores Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Boulevard. $20-$69.

A creative genius and master storyteller, Neil Gaiman mesmerizes ~ and inspires ~ his audience on both the page and the stage. A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," the bestselling British-born writer is an extraordinary raconteur, whose work tends to venture into dark and unusual places. He's done it all, including writing the script for an episode of BBC's "Doctor Who" and appearing as himself on "The Simpsons."

Saturday, April 18, 9p (doors 8p). The State Room, 638 South State. $15.
Triggers & Slips duo Morgan Snow and John Davis are releasing Buffalo vs. Train, their acoustic-driven followup to their 2012 self-titled honky-tonk EP. Co-producer Kate MacLeod sings back-up and plays violin. Duncan Phillips is also featured.


Sunday, Apr. 18, 4:30-7p. South Jordan Senior Center, 10778 South Redwood Road. $10.

The India Cultural Center's spring concert features an alluring Kathak dance performance by Ms. Labonee Mohanta and Ms. Cimeron Ahluwalia with live music ensemble: Mr. Ben Kunin on Sarod, Mr. Pankaj Mishra on Sarangi, Mr. Samrat Kakkeri on Tabla.

Tuesday,  Apr. 20, 6:30-7:30p.
Dave's Health & Nutrition, 880 E 3900 S. Free.  
Are you suffering from allergies? Allergens can be managed with lifestyle, herbs and homeopathics, says Dave Card, master herbalist, homeopath and nutritionist. He will talk about how to get allergies under control and remove the underlying problems.

Tuesday, April 21, 7p. Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. 
A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet "High Priestess of Soul." But amid the violent day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Film includes never-before-heard tapes, rare archival footage, and interviews with close friends and family.  
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 8a- noon. 
Rice Eccles Stadium (Free parking in lot on the west side) 451 S 1400 E.

Bring your unused TVs, computers, computer parts, printers, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, cell phones. Secure paper shredding is also available at this event.

For information on other permanent medication disposal sites throughout the state go to:
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 1-3p. 
Various locations: North Temple at State, 400 S at Main St., 400 S at 200 E, 400 S and 600 E, Trolley Square, the Trax stop at Rice Eccles Stadium..

On Earth Day, U of U students and volunteers will stand at heavily trafficked intersections with signs ~ photographs of blue sky, clean water and blossoms ~ asking passersby to rethink, reconnect and rejuvenate their relationship with the environment.

 Participating students ~ Janey Heyman, Jacob Hopkins, Kelly O'Neill, Sloan Russell and Sabrina Stein ~ are from the class "Art, Action and the Environment" taught by Wendy Wischer.

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 7-9p. 
Brickyard Wellness Community 1111 Brickyard Road #109. $15 ($10 prepay online).

Find out how your unconscious mind affects all areas of your life: health, wealth, career, love and happiness. From 20 years experience in applied psychology, Stokes has brought together the best brain skills and tools into a system she says can be used to tune your brain into your goals, focus your mind and create results.

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6-10p. 
Guthrie Building 158 East 200 South. Free.

Randall Lake, the artist on the cover of CATALYST this month, is showcasing new paintings from his recent two-month stay in Paris. The show will also feature other works ~ interiors, still life, landscapes and cityscapes of Utah and Southern California. In addition to the show, Lake is celebrating his 40th anniversary in the Guthrie Building.

  April 22 & 23, 7-9p. 
Salt Lake City (Tower Theater) and Park City (Prospector Square). $15 ($10 online).

Summit Land Conservancy has selected seven environmental and adventure films ranging from 2-36 minutes in length. These films will inspire, educate, and maybe even challenge viewers. Doors open at 6; arrive early to sign up to win door prizes. Proceeds to benefit the Summit Land Conservancy.

See film descriptions and read a review of Earthbook in "Sophie Says," below.

Apr. 23-25, 7:30p. 
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center 138 W 300 S. $30.

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Over 100 dancers have passed through the RDT studios as company members. Reunion  features choreography from alumni dancers past and present.

Blog Updates 

Here's a perspective changer: What if planet Earth had a Facebook profile? Earthbook, a short film by German filmmakers of Climate Media Factory, delves into planet earth's personal social media profile as Earth develops its relationship to humans, Earth's other inhabitants and the universe.


I Skyped with creative director Berndt Hezel all the way from Germany to talk about his short film. "We tried to think about a narration that can catch people who have been communicating digitally their whole lives," he told me. "First of all, we thought of Facebook. How would planet Earth comment on human?" (read more). 

The planets are realigning in new patterns this week, and their dynamic interactions signal another week of powerful transitions here on Earth. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring takes hold and hibernation becomes a thing of the past. In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite may be true, but that change of season also inspires action, even if the activity is geared toward contraction rather than expansion. Change is in the air-everywhere. But please don't jump to the conclusion that we're out of the reach of the Uranus/Pluto squares-we are well within their range...(read more).