CATALYST Events ~ Resources for Creative Living
June 11 - June 18






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Sharing information about contraception was made illegal in the U.S. in 1873, thanks to the efforts of an uptight postal inspector. Anthony Comstock convinced Congress to make it illegal to send info about birth control, venereal disease prevention and all other sex-related information or products through the mail. A nurse named Margaret Sanger began an offensive against the Comstock Act in 1914. It took 20 years to finally get it overruled. Margaret Sanger went on to found the organization known today as Planned Parenthood.

Read "Margaret Sanger, Latter-Day Heroine" in the special "Contraception" section of the June CATALYST. Follow one young woman's story as she explores birth control options. Learn about fertility awareness ~ there's so much that is useful, beyond the rightfully maligned rhythm method.

Seek out the issue with the big cool cat on the cover. (Or click on the cover to the left.) And check out this week's events, below.

Have a great weekend,
Greta deJong
editor & publisher


Event picks for June 11 - June 18 
 
Fri., June 12, 6pMain City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.
   
6pm: Music, tarot, astrology readings & healers (including Krista Clement, Jill Rasmussen, Cheryl Fowler, Renne Keith, Laurie Frazier, Stephanie Hekker, Nick Critchlo and Shelly Fadon). 
 
7pm: Dream Dialogue with Machiel Klerk: A relational and experiential approach to dreaming. Machiel is the founder of the Jung Society of Utah. His way of working with a dream is to befriend it and see what it has to say. You're sure to leave with some new insights. 
 

Sat., June 13, 8a-2pm (every Saturday through October)Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 W.  
 
Food! Locally grown and prepared. In its 24th year, the Downtown Farmers Market now attracts more than 250 vendors. This year meet six new farmers, 13 new producers of packaged food (baked goods, bitters, more) and four new food preparers.

Come prepared to buy: baby garlic, garlic scapes, Swiss chard, parsley, dill, cilantro, tarragon, sunflower microgreens, radishes, strawberries, spring salad mix, baby rainbow carrots, salad turnips, arugula, beets, snap peas, chard, rhubarb. Other farm fresh goods: cheese, yogurt, beef, lamb, pork, eggs, honey.  
 
Sat., June 13, 1-10pmUtah Cultural Celebration  Center Outdoor Park and Amphitheater, 1355 W. 3100 S., West Valley City. $20 ($15 adv).

Ten local blues bands, two national headliner acts. Two music stages for non-stop music. Food trucks, beer garden. First annual!

Sat., June 13, 10a-7p
South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy. Free.
 
Performance, exhibits, marketplace, arts, crafts and food from Asian communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian , Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan andVietnamese. Who says SLC is white-bread? 
 
Sat., June 13, 3-9p.
13 venues in the Imperial Park neighborhood: corner of Atkin and Filmore Streets (1500 East 2700 South). 

Hear music in the parks, streets and porches of this Sugar House neighborhood, starting with Jaboom (classic rock 'n' roll) at 3pm and concluding with the Stratford St. Big Band (dance music) at 7pm. 
Mon., June 15, 7p.
Brewvies 677 South 200 West. Free


This documentary about urban farming kicks off Wasatch Community Gardens' Urban Garden and Farm Week. Panel discussion follows. 
 
Tues., June 16, 7p54 Finch Lane (1340 E. 100 S.) Free.
 
First in a series presented by the SLC Arts Council in which people involved in creative industries talk about their work, followed by Q&A. Free. This week's speaker: Maxine Turner, caterer.  
 
    
Wed., June 17, 6-8p.
Grateful Tomato Garden 800 South 600 East. $10.
 
Join Wasatch Community Gardens and USU's Dr. David Frame for a workshop on the basics of raising chickens in an urban environment. Great eggs and great fertilizer come from happy poultry. This workshop will cover local regulations, coops, breeds and any fowl questions you might have.
 
Registration required at: 
   
Thurs., June 18, 6-9:30p.
The Leonardo 209 E. 500 S., 3rd fl. $7.
 
An evening of "lovingly competitive storytelling." The theme of the night is "The Wild." Doors & bar open at 6pm. Stories at 7pm. 18+ event. Libations for 21+. Bring ID. Co-hosted by Giuliana Serena & Francesca Rosa. Presented in partnership with The Leonardo and with the support of CATALYST, KRCL 90.9 FM and Utah Humanities.
 
Blog Updates 
 
Welcome back, dear readers of the Aquarium Age. Only one more day until Mercury Retrograde ends-it's over tomorrow, June 11, at 6:33 p.m. EDT-and what a long, winding, mind-bending retrograde it's been. Some days sped by like the winged feet of Hermes himself, with quick plot twists and instant agenda shifts, all packed with the power to turn even well-made plans topsy-turvy.

Some days creaked by at a glacial pace that made it impossible to accomplish anything or even to stay awake. The last three weeks were a mishmash of all the things that can go wrong when Mercury "reviews" its affairs-lost email, passwords, keys, and opportunities. But those delays and detours were nothing compared to the final week of Internet interference, much of which was so consistent with retrograde expectations that it felt premeditated, as if hackers, spammers, and trolls were following the planets, making a point to hide under the cover of Mercury Retrograde symptoms. But all that will be completely behind us by the end of the day tomorrow...(read more).