What’s new around town.
Finca moving in December
Finca and Pago proprietor Scott Evans has become the proud new owner of downtown real estate, the building formerly housing Lemongrass at 327 W. 200 South. He’s going to fill the 15,000-square-foot space with his popular tapas restaurant, Finca, which will be leaving its current location when the new space opens for business in December.
Significantly larger than the original location, the new Finca will more than double in size while also adding a coffee shop, with beans from Charming Beard, in the basement.
Till then, Finca remains at the northeast corner of 1300 South at 11th East. FincaSLC.com
6th Annual Beehive Brew-Off
It’s time for all you amateur beer brewers to try for the big leagues. August marks the 6th annual Beehive Brew-Off hosted by your friendly local homebrew supplier, The Beer Nut. But for those already sitting on some fresh bottles of home brew, planning must start now.
Even though beer entries will only be accepted August 1-15, pre-registration is currently open and recommended for all participants. Brewers can enter in multiple categories, all of which are listed on the competition website, with a $5 fee for each entry. A panel of 35 to 40 judges—certified beer judges and members of our own professional brewing community—will chose the winners on Sunday, August 24, with the Best of Show winner, and possibly category winners, earning the chance to team up with a professional brewer and enter the winning recipe in the next Great American Beer Festival.
For detailed instructions on how to enter your beer correctly, and avoid unnecessary disqualification, go to www.beernut.com/beercomp. -kp
Adopt a homeless kitten or cat
Cat lover and proud? This month is for you. Visit the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and bring home a new member of the family. During July, adopt a cat for only $10 or a kitten for $50, which includes shots, microchip and neuter/spay fees. Whether you enjoy the company of a calm, old soul or a playful kitten, you’re destined to find a new best friend! -ky
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm and Sun 11am-4pm. 2005 So. 1100 East. utah.bestfriends.org
RDT welcomes new dancers
Repertory Dance Theatre launches into their 49th season with some big company changes beginning with the departure of three dancers, Alyssa Thompson, Katherine Winder, and Aaron Wood. At the same time, RDT welcomes its newest members.
Lauren Curly began dance training at age six in Massachusetts. A graduate of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford she comes with training in Graham and Limon technique and has extensive teaching and choreographic experience in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, musical theater, jazz and repertory.
Dan Higgins, a Bay Area native, played football before he danced and brings the physicality of sports to his movement. Higgins, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, recently has previously worked as understudy for RDT.
Lacie Scott, originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, comes to the company after graduating with BA in dance performance from BYU. Scott also danced with RDT last season in “Missa Brevis” by Jose Limon.
RDT Dance Center on Broadway
At the same time that RDT’s performing company is shifting, the company’s adult classes will also see a few alterations. Starting with its name, the school will now be known as RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway. Naturally with the exit of certain company members, some of the school’s teachers will also change.
Alumni dancer Aaron Wood formed Simple Organic Movement for All (SOMA) specifically for the RDT dance school. A loose, modern-based style of dance for all ages that works on flexibility and coordination and was inspired by prime movement, SOMA will continue to be a unique offering at the RDT school even after Aaron’s departure. Company member Justin Bass will take over as the SOMA teacher, while Rosie Goodman will step in to teach the prime movement class. -kp
Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 SO. RDTutah.org
A theater is born
Continuing the legacy of the Eccles family, known locally for their ardent support of the arts, a great donation from the family foundation (in the order of $15 million) to the new downtown broadway-style has cemented the theater’s name, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater. The theater is scheduled to open in 2016.
This latest announcement of the theater’s naming also comes with sneak previews of the design plans, including those for the main façade, the lobby and main stage created by the world-renowned architecture firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli in collaboration with HKS Architects. -kp
You may kiss the bride
Even with last month’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling two-to-one on the side of same-sex marriage, Utah politicians, led by Governor Herbert, are still trying to make bigotry a legally recognized state’s right. Utah, they say, should not be forced to accommodate or give equal rights to those whose lifestyles are offensive to the moral majority.
Thank goodness some amount of reason resides over in Denver. The ruling will likely be appealed, possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Until then, CATALYST wishes all the best to those couples waiting for justice. We look forward to celebrating mightily when, in Utah, bride may finally kiss the bride. -kp
Summertime skincare from Dave’s
(Exclusive to CATALYST readers)
Dave’s Health & Nutrition goes all out for summertime nontoxic skincare and thinks you should, too. To lure you in (or thank you for coming), Dave is offering, exclusively to CATALYST readers, some free skincare stuff. Bring in the coupon from their ad on page __ and get some lip balm from Aubrey Organics or Elemental Herbs, or some Weleda body oil, or another goodie. (While supplies last, one per customer, valid through 7/31.)
Stock up on crystals now
(Exclusive to CATALYST readers)
Dancing Cranes Imports located just off of 7th East in Sugarhouse will be offering a rockin’ summer sale, literally, throughout the month of July. Just mention their ad in CATALYST and receive 25% off of all rocks, crystals and minerals.
Dancing Cranes is open seven days a week, with lots of yoga and meditation classes. There will also be two events this month: a Full Moon meditation on July 12 and a Psychic Fair on July 26. -ih
673 East Simpson Ave. (2240 S.) Salt Lake City, UT 801.486-1129.