Comings and Goings, Regulars and Shorts

Comings & Goings: December 2011

By catalyst

What’s new around town.

Comings & Goings this month written by Carol Koleman and Jane Laird.

Takashi: Showcased nationally and some seasonal (fish) joy 

Tamara and Takashi Gibo, who recently celebrated their wedding anniversary on 11/11 (congratulations!), reports that their Takashi restaurant was recently touted in two national magazines, highlighting something Salt Lakers already know about this artful, popular downtown dining spot specializing in extraordinarily fresh sushi and creative fusion cuisine. 

The November/December 2011 issue of Via magazine, published by AAA, showcased “Utah’s Bohemian Rhapsody,” an article of glowing astonishment at not only the emergent Salt Lake Bo-Ho scene after interviewing the Downtown Alliance Director Jason Mathis, but also its concomitant urbane wealth of art, shopping and eating opportunities. Via’s writer Nino Padova was so impressed with Takashi’s “butter-soft kampachi and uni” materializing in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, he quoted chef-owner Gibo’s response: Gibo gets “the same fish they do in San Francisco and Seattle, only I get it an hour earlier. It’s called mountain time.” 

In the “Top Ten Tables” section of Bon Appetit’s September 2011 issue, Ty Burrell, co-owner of Salt Lake’s Bar X, enthused that Salt Lake is the “most unexpected food city,” citing Takashi, “an amazing sushi place,” as an example.

To enjoy your own table at this lively local treasure, Sushi Chef Jacob Call points Catalyst readers towards Takashi’s enticing off-menu-on-the-chalkboard seasonal specialties (see photo) such as Iwana Sashimi featuring the environmentally-friendly, healthy Arctic Char ($15.00), a fall-winter fish. Come and get it while it’s cold! Weather, that is.  —JL

18 W. Market St. Salt Lake City. 801-519-9595

Organic can of food for the Utah Food Bank = free beverage 

In support of the Utah Food Bank, bring in an organic can of food, or any organic nonperishable item (only organic—that is important), to Rising Sun Coffee during December and get any 12 oz. beverage on the menu for free. Limit one per person.  Rising Sun is our local “drive-through indulgence” featuring vegan beverages, organic fair-trade coffee, real fruit smoothies, and, well, too much good stuff to mention here.   

Open M-F 5:30a-7p, Sat. 7a-6p. 2100 S 266 W, Salt Lake City, 801-486-0090.

Healing Mountain awarded “Best Massage” awarded Healing Mountain Massage School and Spa the “Best Massage in Utah” recently, reports Jesse Nikola, the School’s Spa Director. The site’s filmed interview at the school played on channels such as the Discovery Channel and is available at The Official Best Of site aims to be a reliable resource for out-of-state visitors (and in-state, too). Congratulations! —JL

Total Body Pilates opens new Sugar House location

Total Body Pilates, a full service and certifying Pilates studio, announces its new, centrally located space at 2065 S. 2300 East. Erica and George Lukes held a grand opening celebration in November, highlighting Erica’s nearly 20 years experience as one of Utah’s pioneers in Pilates, including being named “Best Fitness Guru” by Salt Lake Magazine in August 2004, and her skills at making everyone feel (and look) great.

Pilates is for everyone, of all ages and skills, the Lukes explain. Their calm, tranquil studio space supports a private, semi-private or group Pilates practice and offers Pilates Mat, Total Body Cardio and Total Body Barre classes. The Total Body Barre class, says Erica, is fun; “it is an amazing workout; it sculpts, burns calories and, the best part, it won’t hurt your knees.” A retail area carries Fitness Wear, jewelry and Pilates supplies.  — JL

2065 S. 2300 E, Salt Lake City. 801-824-8588 

Simply Skin Studios opens in downtown SLC 

“If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” is the maxim of Kimberly Warner, owner of Simply Skin Studios. Her newly opened full-service, organic salon downtown near The Gateway, lets you enjoy free samples of her new skin line featuring certified organic ingredients. “You can expect the highest standards of cruelty-free, eco-friendly products,” she says. Come away from Simply Skin feeling relaxed and reassured that real beauty means loving the way you look now, from natural product services such as essential oil waxing, fruit and veggie facials, aloe vera airbrush tanning, and luscious manicures and pedicures—priced from $5-$80.  Ten self-care packages are specially paired with the intentions of special gems. For instance, the Amethyst “peace courage happiness” package is a pedicure, facial, brow shape/tint; buy five for $350. The Ruby “wealth power joy” is an airbrush tan, Brazilian and pedicure; buy five for $425. How would you like that under your Christmas tree?                             —JL

621 W North Temple. Suite 300, Salt Lake City. 801.573.6923

Utah Arts Alliance 

An exciting move for Utah Arts Alliance that has the potential of making a  great impact in Salt Lake City’s art scene. UAA is relocating to a 33,000 sq. ft. building (100 South and one block west of Gateway) that will have four dance studios/performance spaces, an events center, 35 artists studios, and office spaces for arts non-profits arts/cultural groups. There is also a large outdoor space where outdoor festivals and community gardens are planned. UAA’s Main Street location will remain but the 300 West and Pierpont locations will be moving all programs to the new space. —KC

150 Million Years in the Making

The new Natural History Museum of Utah is open! Within the spectacular Rio Tinto Center and surrounding landscape, designed to LEED Gold certification standards, you can explore 10 themed galleries of interactive, multi-sense science and nature exhibits developed to meet its mission “to illuminate the natural world and humans place within it” and connect visitors to the natural history, environment and native peoples of Utah throughout history and now. Located along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and close to the University of Utah main campus, the museum has a gift shop, café and event/party spaces, in addition to extensive collections in malacology, paleontology, archaeology, entomology, ethnology, mineralogy and vertebrate zoology. Museum events this year for the whole family (or just yourself) include Science Movie Night, Museum Theater, Scientist in the Spotlight, Bug Brigade, Phun with Physics and Children’s Spring Break and Summer Camps.

301 Wakara Way, 801-581-4303. Open daily 10a-5p, Wednesdays 10a -9p. Closed Christmas Day. Adult $9/Senior 65 and over $7/Youth 13-24 $7/Child 3-12 $6. Child 2 and under free. Museum charter members free. University of Utah students, faculty and staff with valid ID free. The museum will offer free admission on 1/9/12, 4/9/12, 7/9/12 and 9/22/12.

Repertory Dance Theatre

Congratulations to Repertory Dance Theatre for their $25,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant! The grant will be used to educate inner city and west side elementary school students and their teachers through movement.  —KC

Big Mind/Big Heart

Big Mind/Kanzeon (now called Big Heart) Zen Center is moving forward with some positive changes. The sale of their properties augurs a new beginning with a move on December 6 to 755 East 600 South for Tuesday and Thursday morning practice and Sunday talks, and 1224 First Ave. for Wednesday morning practice. Check the website for specific times and possible location changes.

Sunday, December 4 will be the last Sunday talk at 1274 South Temple. At 11:45 following the talk there will be a ceremony for the formal closing of the Zendo.

Big Mind/Big Heart also welcomes the arrival of their new CEO, John Quigley. John has studied Zen Buddhism since 1974 and for the last two years has studied under Genpo Roshi and Big Mind. He has been invited into the center to manage the organizational and financial details in order to help Big Mind/Big Heart embark in a new direction.

Be Joy! Mudita Yoga opens 

Mudita is a Sankrit word meaning joy, explains Carrie Coppola, who launched the beautiful, open and warm Mudita Yoga studio space in October with “an intention that you come as you are, feel at home, ease into your body, get out of your head. Whether you want to move and sweat, open and lengthen, chill and relax, harmonize and tone, there is a class for you.” Carrie and the other experienced instructors offer these seven days a week at its Canyon Rim location. If you are interested in exploring new twists on your practice, Mudita’s schedule includes Sound of Yoga, TGIF Yoga, Saturday Night Special, Yoga for Recovery, and more. Come explore, connect and “Be Joy!,” invites Carrie. —JL

1550 East 3300 South, Salt Lake. 801.699.3627.

Music Garage

Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, marks the grand opening for Music Garage. There is also a CD release party on Saturday, December 10. is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance that provides programs and services for youth and adults. There is an art gallery, stage and dance floor— a great space for private events, video shoots, fashion shows and film screenings — a small theater, classes, and art studios for rent. They provide audio production programs in public schools. This sounds like the new hot spot in Salt Lake! —KC

389 West 1700 South.

This article was originally published on November 30, 2011.