Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted June 2016

By Staff

Women talk too much?

Have you ever heard that women talk more than men? It seems to be a commonly shared assumption, one meant to differentiate male and female characteristics, and, for us girls, it’s not exactly a good thing. That story is just one of many linguistic myths being challenged by University of Utah linguistics professor Abby Kaplan in her new book Women Talk More Than Men…and Other Myths about Language Explained (Cambridge Univer­sity Press).

“This is often framed as a bad thing – that women talk too much,” writes Kaplan. “Globally and historically, the common view has been that women’s ways of speaking – whatever we think they are – are inferior to men’s.” But, with the help of research and case studies, Kaplan is dispelling this myth and others. One study that constantly recorded over 400 college students over the course of a few days showed no difference between men and women; we both speak an average of 16,00 words per day.

Pick up a copy of Women Talk More Than Men (from King’s English and probably other local bookstores) to find out if texting is making you dumb, and whether apes can really use language to communicate their thoughts with humans.
Utah arts get money!

This year, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is granting over $82.3 million to thousands of arts projects in all 50 U.S. states. Here in Utah, 13 different organizations (Moab music festival, RDT, Sundance Institute, Art Access, Plan-B Theatre and the Salt Lake Urban Arts Festival and others) received a combined sum of over one million dollars.

The grants are great news for our arts community. The NEA, created in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, gives tremendous support to the arts every year. The NEA’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year shows that it awarded 2,357 grants totaling $116.9 million. Most of those gifts are small- to medium-sized grants which, spread around, promote arts in areas both rural and urban, wealthy and poor.

Change Leaders

The Change Leader Institute is a professional three-day development course, held twice annually, that equips arts and cultural leaders to deal with and facilitate organizational change and growth. Par­ticipants in the course are also supported with a statewide mentoring network.

This May, 13 new program graduates earned their certificates including, in the Salt Lake area: Kim Angeli, Julie Fisher (Utah Department of Heritage and Arts), Amir Jackson (Nurture the Creative Mind, a youth empowerment organization that promotes creativity through video arts, theater, writing and other creative outlets), Jen Lopez (Clever Octopus, a mobile arts, science and technology outreach vehicle that visits and conducts classes at schools, residential treatment centers, adult care facilities and private events), Serah Mead (KZMU Moab public radio), Una Pett (Utah Museum of Fine Art), Margo Richards (Holladay Arts Council) and Suzanne Walker (Midvale Arts Council).
The next Change Leader Institute will be held November 14-16 at the Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab.

Lights, camera, action

It’s time for filmmakers to pull out their best work and enter into the Open Screening Night competition hosted by VideoWest and the Salt Lake Film Society. This year’s theme is: the body is a temple. For an example of an excellent short documentary on this same theme, go to and watch This Body, produced with help from Doug Fabrizio for KUED Channel 7.

Filmmakers must turn in documentary submissions by June 14, 7 pm at the Tower Theater. Submission fee is $5. For more information on how to enter, go to The winning film will receive a $500 jury prize.

A free screening of the films will happen on June 15, 7-9 pm at the Tower Theater

What’s new at the Downtown Farmers Market

No More Plastic. We all know what a waste it is to use a bottle once and throw it out, yet how many of us do it? Now, the Downtown Farmers Market is living up to their own environmental mission and helping us do the same by no longer selling bottled water at the market. Instead, bring your own bottle and fill it at one of the market’s free water stations.

Forgot your bottle? The market will be selling stainless steel bottles for $3, thanks to project sponsor Garbett Homes.

Healthy Food Is a SNAP. The Downtown Farmers Market has, for years, made it possible for customers to use federal assistance money to buy produce at the market, because good and healthy food should be available to all. But we all know that market costs can be higher than at the store. To keep people on federal assistance shopping local, the Downtown market is

now able to let each federal assistance dollar count twice. The Double UP Food Bucks program will give SNAP recipients 10 bonus spending tokens for their produce purchase.

DesignArts Utah seeks

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is calling all designers, architects, brand/ packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theater, transportation, web and other, to participate in the annual DesignArts Utah 2016 juried exhibition. This year’s juror, James Childress, is the chairman of the American Institute of Architects, Com­mit­tee on Design and has himself been recognized with 60 design awards over his career. He will be entrusted this year with choosing a winner from among many qualified applicants, only designers currently living in Utah, of which you may be one.

Submit work or conceptual, pre-production documentation online at by 5 pm, July 15. Juror’s award winner receives $3,000.

New vegan doughnut shop on Broadway

Come June 3, between The Green Ant and Copper Common, on 171 E. Broadway, vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike will find a new doughnut shop they all can enjoy.

Jessica Curzon got the idea for Big O Doughnuts in March 2015, because Ally, one of her daughters had a craving for a doughnut—that is, a vegan doughnut. Jessica and Ally realized nobody did that… yet.

Curzon and her two daughters, Ally and Leah, and Curzon’s boyfriend and business partner, Zak Farrington, are vegan. “”Everyone loves a good doughnut. We are offering an awesome doughnut. It just happens to be intentionally free from any animal products and is 100% vegan.”

The Curzons began by selling their doughnuts at a booth at the 9th West People’s Market last summer and garnered quite a following. The business expanded on a dare when Leah challenged her mom to make Big O Doughnuts into something more than a fleeting endeavor.
Big O Doughnuts began operating out of commercial kitchen space on Highland Drive near 3300 South, selling their confections to Sugar House Coffee and Passion Flour Patisserie. The vegan des­serts were a hit, selling out every time they were delivered to Sugar House Coffee. Most people didn’t know they were eating a vegan doughnut. “You don’t have to sacrifice the flavor profile or the quality donut to leave out dairy and animal products,” says Farrington.

Big O Doughnuts, which will also serve coffee and tea, plans to eventually branch out into other vegan pastries as well.
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Holistic Health Practi­tion­er Diploma Program at Healing Mountain

Much to current Healing Mountain Massage School students’ delight, Heal­ing Mountain Massage School (HMMS) rolled out a new 1,600-hour diploma program in April. The program emerged out of feedback from many students asking for a broader spectrum of training beyond massage therapy.

Combining holistic health, Ayurveda, nutrition, massage therapy, yoga teacher training, reflexology and zone therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, advanced craniosacral therapy, Asian bodywork and other forms of healing, the courses offerered are based on survey results from HMMS students.

“For any LMT who wants to take this to the next level, it’s appealing. Massage can be physically demanding on therapists and they can burn out over time,” says HMMS CEO & president Randy Nikola. “With holistic training, they can use other modalities or techniques that are not physically demanding. They can stay in the field a lot longer, they can be happier, and their clients will be, too. Additional training in nutrition, stretches and meditation, as you can imagine, will add to a professional’s practice immensely.”

The program includes a 900-hour Massage Therapy core component. Stu­dents who have already completed HMMS or a massage therapy degree from any nationally accredited school may transfer their credits for the massage therapy component of the HHP degree. The remaining 700 training hours are completed on a 15- to 18-month track, and require a significant, dedicated time commitment. Morning and evening classes are offered across the program, offering flexibility to different lifestyles and schedules.
Nikola says this is the first program of its kind in Utah.

The school is now enrolling students for a course that begins in July.

This article was originally published on June 5, 2016.