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April 23- April 30

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Dear friends and family,

Yesterday was Earth Day. Whatever. I remember the excitement of the first Earth Day in 1970. It grew out of the social energy created by young people across the nation, enraged over a manipulative war, and was formalized by a man from my own state, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who was troubled by the Santa Barbara oil spill ~ small potatoes compared to what's transpired since. Anyway, it became a movement. Created awareness. And grew commercial, too, as attractive forces do.

At the heart, now as ever, it's up to each of us to ask: How do I love and honor Earth?  If we might pause to feel this in our bodies, not just our heads, maybe even for a moment each day, grounded actions might follow.

To that end, I wanted to tell you that the UN has declared 2015 "The Year of the Soil." We're talking not just organic gardening, but permaculture (see here). A related term is "regenerative agriculture." It's time to get super-serious about soil.


The thing is, it's not gloomy. But we have to get our butts in gear. A film released yesterday, explains this: We'll let you know when it comes to SLC.  


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. 23 - Apr. 30     
Thursday,  Apr. 23, 6-10p. 
Guthrie Building 158 East 200 South

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 also features other works ~ interiors, still life, landscapes and cityscapes of Utah and Southern California. Lake is also celebrating his 40th anniversary in the Guthrie Building.
Thursday, Apr. 23, 7p. 
Main Public Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. 

"Without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years," says primatologist Jane Goodall re. Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, by Steven Druker.

Druker is in town with Goodall, who wrote the foreword to his book, and he will speak at the Main Library tonight. A public interest attorney, Druker initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that forced it to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods, lied about the facts, and then ushered these products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law. This book is already changing the way global leaders think about GM foods. 

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.

Friday. Apr. 24, 8p.The State Room, 638 South State Street.
BoomBox, the electronic duo compromised of versatile producers, DJs, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalists Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux, recently released their first new studio album in 4 years, Filling In The Color, following 2010's downriverelectric and 2006's debut record Visions of Backbeat. Godchaux calls the new record "further evolved" from the band's signature sound, an electronic blend of soulful Rock and Blues based dance music incorporating Backbeat, Psychedelia and Funky House sounds.

Friday, April 24, 7-10p. 825 S 599 W. 
See some art, meet the artists: Trent Call, Suzi Elmore, Skyler  Shubak, Sonja Blackham, Jonathan Frioux, Trent Alvey.

Saturday, Apr. 25, 10a-2p. Rio Grande Train Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St. 
Time to take a breather before the Pioneer Park market begins. Stock up on locally raised grass fed meats, baked goods, fresh veggies, and plenty of your favorite jams, spreads, sauces and drinks. Over 60 vendors inside the Rio Grande Depot and outside under the Portico. This market also features a plant sale: vegetable and herb plants, as well as native and water wise ornamentals.

Saturday, Apr. 25, 10a-5p.
Japantown Street (100 South between 200 & 300 West) Free admission.

Traditional and modern culture including tea ceremonies (11am, 1pm and 3pm; free but tickets required), taiko drummers, martial arts and cosplayers. Rain is predicted; bring an umbrella. Free parking at Salt Palace if you say you're attending the festival.
Saturday, April 25, 7-9p (doors 6p). Rail Event Center, 235 N 500 W. $25 (students $15). 
Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute presents a showcase for all the senior designers in the program. Come support!

Performances from Warner/Chappell Music Vocalist Sonia Lopez and SLCC Dance Company.
Saturday, Apr. 24, 9a-5p.
Main Public Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. 

Utah Film Center, in partnership with Spy Hop and SHIFT, is launching the inaugural TiltShift Festival, a film and media arts festival organized and programmed by teens dedicated to presenting work for a teen audience. TiltShift is the first festival of its kind in Utah. 
Tuesday, Apr. 28, 6-9p. 
Schneider Auto Karosserie Body & Paint,1180 S. 400 W. $5-$10 requested donation.  

Salt Lake City Green Drinks, a monthly networking event, is a fun, informal opportunity for people interested in sustainability to get together & talk "green." If you'd like to receive invitations to events as a member of SLC Green Drinks, email [email protected].

Thursday, Apr. 30, 7-9p. 
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S.  Free. 

An ongoing series of important lectures, aimed at raising awareness and providing support within our community. This month, the focus is on the current science of psychedelic and MDMA research. Speaker: Melissa Brewster, PharmD, BCPS. Following the lecture will be a Q & A and social hour. (There's a rumor of pancakes....) This lecture series aims to improve the lives of our community by providing information, awareness and support. Invite those whom you think might benefit. 
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