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Dear friends & family,

Happy New Year, everyone. Wishing you mysteries, miracles, successful science experiments, good jokes, small favors and a whole lotta love in 2016.

Greta Belanger deJong
Ed. & Publ, CATALYST

PS: Click on the cover (left) to read the January 2016 CATALYST. And click on the "donate" button if you'd like to contribute! Thank you!

Event picks for
December 31- January 7 2016

Annual New Year's Eve Puja 

 Thurs, Dec 31, 10pm-1am
Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 740 S 300 W

Here's another opportunity to let go of obstacles, obscurations and negativities of the past year, and mindfully establish positive motivation and clear intentions for the new year. You will be asked to write down what you would like to let go of from the past. These slips of paper will be burned, with the fire transforming the negativities.


Now or Never New Year's Eve
Thurs, Dec 31, 9pm-2am
The Leonardo, 209 E 500 S.

Say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016! Dance the night away with incredible views of the city. Contribute to the communal art piece. Add to the Resolution Tree. Compete in fun games for prizes. Feast on delicious food. Toast to the New Year's with drinks from the cash bar. Price includes access to The Leonardo's general exhibits 7-10pm and buffet.

Hot Buttered Rum | Head For the Hills
Fri, Jan. 1, 9p
The State Room,  638 S. State
$45. 21+

Old School Ski Party theme, wear your favorite one-piece snowsuit and come Hot Dog it to start 2016 in style.
New Year's Sound Bath
@ Dancing Cranes

Sat, Jan. 2, 1pm & 5pm
675 E. Simpson Ave. (2240 S)
$7-$30 suggested offering.
Himalayan metal bowls, crystal singing bowls, flutes, drums, didgeridoos, etc. which invoke deep relaxation, naturally assist in meditation, stress reduction and holistic healing. Bring a cushion of mat to sit on. 

RDT Dance All Day @ Dance Center on Broadway
Sat, Jan. 2, 9am-3pm
Rose Wagner, 138 W. 300 S. 
$10 for all day.

Hip hop, modern, contemporary, flamenco, African, repertory & prime movement.
Winter Market @ Rio Grande
Sat, Jan. 2, 10am-2pm
300 S. Rio Grande St.

Stock up on fresh produce to start your new year off right. All your favorite farmers, crafters and local shopkeepers will be there. 
The Power of Four - Personal Mythology
Saturday, January 2, 10-2p 
Suggested donation: $50

Begin 2016 by allowing your life to become an adventure! What if you could be anything? What if the bounds and limits of yesterday had no bearing on how you live today? Learn the art of storytelling and how it has the power to reveal your true self. Facilitated by Linda Forrest.
Sunday Artist Showcase
Sun, Jan 3, 6-9pm
Garage on Beck, 1199 N Beck St

Sunday acoustic showcase featuring Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Scott Willis, Cole Maxwell, Jeremy Harmon.
2016 Oath of Office Ceremony
Mon, Jan 4, noon-3pm
SL City and County Building, 
451 S State St
 See Derek Kitchen, Charlie Luke and Andrew Johnston be sworn in as new City Council members, followed by the induction of our new mayor, Jacqueline Biskupski. Calvary Baptist Church Choir will perform. Reception follows. Yep, we're all invited.

Tues, Jan. 5, 7pm
Main City Library, 210 E. 400 S.

A film by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller. This film is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
BoomBox @ The State Room

Wed, Jan. 6, 9pm
The State Room  638 S. State
21+ $18
Two former DJs blend psychedelic rock and electronica and also incorporate elements of funk, soul, R&B and house. With special guest Ryan Bauer.  
Sierra Club Social: Viva Los Tres Reyes (Feast of the Three Kings)

Wed, Jan. 6, 5:30pm
Sage's Cafe, Jade Room,
234 W 900 S
Meet new friends, socialize with Sierra Club volunteers and staff, learn about club campaigns. Eat good cake! RSVP: [email protected]  
Our Melting Ice: Climate Disruption and Energy Choice

Thurs, Jan. 7, 7pm
SLC Public Library, 210 E. 400 S.

View episode 4 of Years of Living Dangerously, followed by U of U Professor Summer Rupper sharing experiences from traveling and researching remote, melting parts of our planet; and Sierra Club's Lindsay Beebe, who will talk about energy choices in Utah and their connection to public health and climate change.
Bevies for Avy's with special guest Pixie and The Partygrass Boys @ The State Room

Thurs, Jan. 7, 8pm
The State Room
638 S. State
21+ $6
Somewhere in the Wasatch Mountains, during the cold winter months, a rowdy group of ski bums and hippies gathered in the belly of a warm house. Drawn together by a common love of snow, fun, and bluegrass, they set out to howl at the moon and dance through the night in hopes of shaking a storm loose from the heavens to cover up the the stones and ice, and to wash clean the filthy air in the Salt Lake Valley. Watch films, drink some beverages, and enjoy good music in support of the Utah Avalanche Center. 
Blog Updates 
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