CATALYST Events ~ Resources for Creative Living
May 7 - May 14

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Movies, music, art, activism, plant sales and more this week! See my picks, below.

The May CATALYST theme: offbeat weddings. From soul level commitments to planning and partying, weddings can be proving grounds for cultivating social and spiritual skills. Click on cover, left.

Have a great weekend,
Greta deJong
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Event picks for
May 7 - May 14      
May 8-9, (garden members only on May 8). Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Free entry.
Buy quality plants that will grow well in our climate. This sale is also a source for unusual species that are difficult to find. Representatives from Utah Master Gardeners, Slow Food Utah and Rose Society will be on site to answer questions along with Red Butte Garden staff and volunteers.
Sat., May 9, 8a-1p. Rowland Hall 720 Guardsman Way.
Featuring Over 30,000 plants: Over 60 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes. Expanded selection of edible perennials and all organic herbs. Seed potatoes and onion sets. Replenish compost by the bag. Pop-up farmers market. This is WCG's major fundraiser of the year.

Sat., May 9, noon-7p; Sat., May 2, 10a-6p
Krishna Temple, 965 East 3370 South. Free.
The 4th Annual Festival of Colors In Salt Lake City: mantra bands, yoga, meals, DJs, color throws. The music lineup includes Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, TK & The Namrock Band, Lokah Bakti, Kirtaneros, Jai Krishna & Ananda Groove, Householders and Malini.

Sat., May 9, 7a.
Two Arrows Zen at Artspace 230 South 500 West. $35-$60 (half or full day).  


For beginners, A Day of Zen with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman is an opportunity to learn about meditation in a supportive atmosphere. For people familiar with the practice, a Day of Zen will provide an environment conducive to deepening that practice. Meditation practice sitting in a chair is entirely acceptable.

Engage in sitting and walking meditation. Listen to a Dharma talk and receive meditation instruction. Have the opportunity for an individual interview with the teacher. Enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch.

Sat., May 9, 9a-6p.
Tracy Aviary 589 East 1300 South. $5.  
All-day festival features local vendors, an art gallery, a Learning Lawn for nonprofits, classes, activities, food on-site, and opportunities to learn and explore the birds and environment.

Sat., May 9, 7-9:30p
Viridian Center, 8030 South 1825 West (West Jordan). Free. 
Local Gypsy punk band Juana Ghani will perform at the Excellence in the Community Concert Series. Juana Ghani shows are known for music that is "a savage, unrestricted mix of tradition, overlaid with
rocking dynamism, suffused with unstoppable gypsy lust and dark desire, with an added touch of punk  attitude." (Tim Carroll, FolkWords)

Performing with Juana Ghani will be Tabla Arabia (Middle Eastern drums), Amina (belly dance, swords), Jenn Shamsa (belly dance), LaNae (belly dance), LeyLa & Paris (Bollywood), Chad Rockstar (stilts, fire), Heidi-Lyn Butterfly (stilts, fire, hoop), Miss Rio (fire, hoop), August (magic), Celeste McCulley  (magic,  balloons), Hope Banrion (aerial), Heather Garden (belly dance, fans) and Elias "Lefty" Caress (Ringmaster, magic, juggling).
May 11-15. 

Bike to work this week. This event makes a difference, as many people who particiapte in their Bike to Work Day/Week as first-time commuters become regular bike commuters, so invite a friend.

Tues., May 12, 7-9p.
Salt Lake City Public Library (Main Branch)
210 East 400 South. Free. 

Sixteen year-old Sepideh spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe and dreams of going to a university to eventually become an astronaut.  Her family wants her to take on a more traditional role, but she is determined to pursue her dream.
Tues., May 12, doors 7:00p. Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Ct. (330 West). $12 (10 adv)

This 10-year-old psychedelic southern rock band from Austin is on tour with their second full-length LP, Space Is Still the Place. LA's Talk in Tongues opens. 
Wed., May 13, 7a.
The Tower at Rice-Eccles 451 South 1400 East, Suite 600. Free (registration required). 

Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL-Utah) celebrates a dozen years of working for a cleaner, greener state. Learn about HEAL's latest campaigns on depleted uranium, coal, clean air and more.
Special guest and former HEAL Executive Director Vanessa Pierce will share her reflections on HEAL's continued impact.

RSVP by calling 801-355-5055 or emailing [email protected] 
Wed., May 13, 6:30pm. Main City Library (Auditorium) 210 East 400 South. Free.

Last summer, 26 people were arrested on Utah's East Tavaputs Plateau for taking direct action to halt construction of the first potential tar sands mine in the U.S. The grassroots groups Utah Tar Sands Resistance and Peaceful Uprising maintained a five-month protest vigil in the potential sacrifice zone from May through October.

Campaign members will share what it was like to live on the land for months at a stretch, witnessing both incredible destruction and beauty. They'll describe upcoming campaign plans and how to get involved.
Land defenders will also explain the dangers of tar sands mining, what the process involves, and why direct action is the last and best option for stopping this mine. A Q&A follows.
Galleries across Salt Lake are open for the public to meet artists and browse the exciting and thriving visual arts mark in Salt Lake City. The event, as always, is free. Some sponsors offer special discounts and rates for those who participate in Gallery Stroll.

In celebration of National Bike Month, May's Stroll is also Gallery Roll.
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