CATALYST Events ~ Resources for Creative Living
August 6 - August 13

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Dear friends and family,

If I had to describe the August CATALYST issue in one word, I'd say "delightful." Read about a 10-day meditation retreat, the fashion of Burning Man, the inside scoop on weeds (seriously, this is eye-opening) and dance addiction (how's that for a great affliction?), for starters. 

And below are some picks for the week ahead. (Find more events in the August edition and in CATALYST's online calendar.)

Greta deJong
editor & publisher

Event picks for
August 6 - August 13  
Twilight Concert Series ~ The Kills and Metz & Fictionist

August 6 6pm  
Pioneer Park 350 S 300 W $10/$5 adv.
The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Masshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Get there on time to hear Utah's own Fictionist, which recently won City Weekly's Best Band award. 
Dubwise w/ Frank Royal, Prophet and illoom (CATALYST's own garden writer, James Loomis).
Fri., August 7, 10pm-2am  
Urban Lounge, 241 S.500 E $10/$5 before 10:30p

Homecoming celebration for James, who is moving from Idaho back to his farm in the Sugarhood.


Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival

Fri., August 7, 5-10pm
Sat., August 8, noon-10pm
Gallivan Center 239 S. Main St. 
Day pass: $5, kids under 12 free

Craft food,
DIY engineers (electronic hackers), artisans and performers.


Sat., August 8, 6pm 
Westminster College, Dumke Student Theatre
1840 S 1300 E
Fringe Fest admission $10 suggested donation

Aerial Arts of Utah debuts their first-ever theatrical production in Salt Lake's inaugural Fringe Festival. Watch the story of a Circus transformed by a girl with big dreams. Trapeze, silks and lyra.

Alta Tree ID & History Hike   
Sat., August 8, 9am-noon
Albion Grill, Alta, UT.
$5 donation; preregistration suggested

Hike on the Upper Albion Meadows trail with TreeUtah and the Alta Environmen­tal Center and learn more about the important history of trees at Alta Ski Area.
Best of Africa & Jambo Africa Drummers
Mon., August 10, 6:45pm 
Liberty Park, on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts 
600 E. 900 S. Free
Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese Music and Dance.

New Ways of Looking at People: lecture by Rebecca Reese Jacoby 

Tues., August 11, 7pm
Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane  
Rebecca Reese Jacoby will talk about her work, "Fire Dances Ancestral," which shows Aug. 7-Sept. 25
 along with Richard Lance Russell's "100 Beautiful People." Finch Lane Gallery is located inside the Salt Lake City Arts Council's office building next to Reservoir Park. 


The Bee: True Stories from the Hive
Tonight's topic: "Lost & Found"
$10 ($7adv.)  

Wed., August 12, 7pm
The Urban Lounge 241 S 500 E

Lovingly competitive storytelling. Come super-early if you want a seat; be prepared to stand. This event always sells out! (Cosponsored by CATALYST.)  


Explorations in Ayurveda
Thurs., August 13, 7-9pm
We Are Yoga, 2645 Parleys Way, Ste. 100. Class pass or donation

Kyle Roberts is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, under the tutelage of Dr. Vasant Lad. This discussion will elaborate 
on foundational practices of ayurveda, a natural medical system founded in ancient India.

LaVonne Wells on Grief @ 
The Golden Braid
Thurs., August 13, 7pm
Golden Braid Books 151 S 500 E
LaVonne Wells will join us to share her experience of grieving the loss of her daughter, Kiva Daysha Wells, and the continued contact she has been honored to share with this vibrant soul.

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