CATALYST Event Picks for 3/31-4/7

THURS 3/31
@ Big Pink, the CATALYST office.  5-10pm. As a new nonprofit, CATALYST is participating in the "Love Utah, Give Utah" campaign. That's a great excuse to bring the community together for another good ol' CATALYST party. Refreshments, flower crowns, live performances, sparkly adornments, music and good company. 140 S. McClelland St. You can also pledge your support NOW on our Love UT Give UT profile here
FRI 4/1
The State Room 7th Anniver≠sary with Badfeather & Stone
@ The State Room. 9p. (Doors @ 8.) What would we do without TSR? Celebrate the venue's anniversary and rock out with local rising star Badfeather, an inspiring quintet that writes and performs original, soulful music. Rock, funk and soul. 21+. 638 S. State. More Info. .
FRI-SUN 4/1-3
Wild Women Symposium
The Leonardo. 9a-5p. A weekend of education and empowerment for women of all experiences and walks of life. $100-200. 209 E. 500 S. More Info. 
SAT 4/2
Dance All Day for $10  
@ Rose Wagner Performing Arts. 9a-3p. Sample all styles of dance offered at RDT's Open House ~ Prime Movement, Ballet, African, Modern, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Contemporary. 138 W. 300 S. More info. 
SAT-SUN 4/2-3
Spring Orchid Show
@ Red Butte Garden in the Orangerie. Sat. 9a-7:30p and Sun. 9a-4:30p. See common and exotic orchid varieties. Learn how to keep plants healthy and happy. Plants and pottery for sale. Garden admission prices. 300 Wakara Way. More info here and here. 
SUN 4/3
Michael Lucarelli 
@ Cathedral of the Madeleine. 8p. Lucarelli is known for his expressive style, blending classical, pop, jazz & Spanish and original compositions.  Free. 331 E. S Temple. More info here. 
TUES 4/5
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, documentary
@ The City Library. 7p. Depicting the life of the trappers in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. Free. 210 E. 400 S. More Info.
WED 4/6
Australian poets at City Art
@ City Library. Jen Webb, Jeri Kroll, and Paul Hetherington will present their work. An open reading follows. Free. 210 E.
400 S. 
WED 4/6
Spotlight, documentary 
@ City Library. 7p. Based on a true story behind the investiga- tion that would rock Boston and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions, the Catholic Church. Presented in part with Talk to a Survivor (more infoFree. 210 E. 400 SMore info.
WED 4/6
Wasatch Mountain Film Fes≠ti≠val 
@ Brewvies. 7p. Film screening of Humble Pie and Crash Reel. 21+. $15. 677 S. 200 W. More info.
WED 4/6
Talia Keys 
@ Urban Lounge. 8p. w/ special guests Mary Tebbs, Canyons and Medusa's Cross. Fundraiser for Rock Camp for girls, empowering girls about rock music. $5. 21+. 241 S. 500 E. More info.
Astrology Slam
w/ Christopher Renstrom
@ The Safety Consortium. 6:30p. Evening of astrological 
dialogue. $15. 400 Lawndale Dr.
Email for info  
WED 4/7
Gardening with James Loomis, CATALYST "Garden Like a Boss" writer
@ Sugagreen Hub. 7:30p. Beneficial Insects in the Gar≠den, pt. 1: Learn to design balanced garden ecosystems. 1967 S. 800 EMore info.
WED 4/7-9
Samba Fogo: Conex„o
@ Rose Wagner. 7:30p. The music and dance draw on Afro-Brazilian traditions and mythology with passion, fire and joy. $20. 138 W. 300 S.
From the Editor 
Embarrassing fact:

We're behind in paying our writers. About $10,000 behind. These are people I hold in the highest esteem. They write the words that make you want to read CATALYST month after month. They, frankly, love CATALYST and trust me so much that they know I'll make good, sooner or later. Can you help me keep that commitment?

Today CATALYST is participating in Love Utah Give Utah. Whatever CATALYST readers contribute today goes to paying our writers what they're already owed. We'll work hard to earn funds to keep up future payments. But today, we really need you.

Your $10 contribution counts twofold: 1) it helps us fulfill our commitments to these good folks so they can keep on writing; and 2) it's a vote of confidence. It says "CATALYST means something to me and the community. Please keep going ~ and growing."

Help keep CATALYST awesome. Contribute today!  

You can come to our office tonight, too. Here's the official party invitation:

Contributors will be publicly thanked in the May CATALYST.

A huge THANK YOU to those hardcore CATALYST supporters who have already contributed!

~ Greta Belanger deJong
editor & publisher
Transformational Astrology: 3/30 - 4/5      

by Ralfee Finn  

This week, it's important to make good use of time-yours and others', personal or private. Mars is preparing for a nearly three month retrograde that begins on April 17 and ends on June 29 (although if you count the ten to fourteen days before and after the official dates, this retrograde phase is closer to four months). As Mars gets ready to downshift into 'reverse', the regular routines of daily life are plagued with time distortions, and as these disruptions grow increasingly frequent over the next couple of weeks, schedules literally fall through the cracks. (Read more.)
The Novice's Grimoire: March 31 - Apr. 7

by Z. Smith  

This week in NG we'll be talking about the herb valerian, paying special attention to the uses as derived from its root. Historically valerian has been associated with mixtures for sedation, and most recognized by its pungent smell. In one variation of the Pied Piper tale, valerian, or the powder from the root, was used to lure rodents, and then children, out of the town. I am a bit skeptical about valerian's ability to lure any human, due to its abrasive smell (something like body-odor and dirt combined), but valerian is known to have a certain sway over rodents and cats: acting as a blood-pressure reducer in rats and performing a similar function to catnip in cats. Around the 10th century valerian was considered a panacea or all-heal, and since then has been used in many levels of medicinal and magical practices. (Read more.)
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