Comings and Goings, Regulars and Shorts

Comings & Goings: July 2012

By catalyst

What’s new around town—and within the CATALYST clan.
by Carol Koleman

Pax and Deli wed

Congratulations to CATALYST’s awesome dynamic duo, managing editor Pax Rasmussen and writer Adele Flail, on their June 23 wedding. Pax and Deli were married at their westside farmstead surrounded by loved ones: human, vegetable and animal. Rev. Joel Long made everybody cry. Then we all paid respects to a giant roast beast. We toast to a long and healthy union!

Artist selection includes our Carol Koleman

CATALYST staffer Carol Koleman is one of 11 artists selected by Salt Lake City Arts Council for the 2013 exhibit season. Her photography will be shown next June. The Council’s Visual Arts Committee based their selections on artistic quality, craftsmanship and a balance in styles and mediums. The season includes both emerging and established artists, and innovations in the use of traditional and mixed mediums. Others selected to exhibit in the Finch Lane and Park Galleries are: Mathew Allred, photography; Artists of Utah/15Bytes, mixed media; Aaron Ashcraft, ceramics; Andrea Jensen, mixed media; V. Kim Martinez, video/drawings; Layne Meacham, paintings; Carl Oelerich, photography; Chauncey Secrist, mixed media; Heidi Moller Somsen, mixed media/ceramics; Suzanne Storer, ceramics; and Justin Wheatley, mixed media.

The City Library New Online Catalog

The City Library has started a new online catalog to make finding library materials easier, faster, and more intuitive. The social networking-inspired catalog is available at

Almost two million people will access the City Library’s online collection this year and without the aid of the traditional librarian, the catalog needs to be as easy and intuitive as possible. After exploring a bit I discovered that this website is indeed intuitive, attractive and actually pretty fun. You can search bestsellers, new additions, award winners, staff picks, or genre, and also browse the shelves virtually. Share your ratings, comments, tags and more with other users, follow users with similar interest and tastes, get recommendations and also share through other accounts like Facebook and Twitter. You can use personal Virtual Shelves to keep track of all of your books, music, and movies and even download audio books.

Also new: the free iPhone mobile app. Search “Salt Lake City public library” via your phone. An Android app is coming soon.

Dr. Keith

Congratulations to Salt Lake acupuncturist Keith Stevens. He recently completed his doctorate in Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon (OCOM) where he originally graduated in 2002 with a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Stevens is board certified by the National Certification Commission for acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the nationally recognized body for professional acupuncturists.

What’s become of Nancy Tessman….

Salt Lake City’s longtime beloved queen of librarians, who was the force behind the building of our world-class Main Library, has been traveling the world for many months. She and her husband Charlie recently returned to America and Nancy just took the position of director of the Fort Vancouver Library system in Washington state.

Ririe-Woodbury’s excellence is rewarded with an NEA Grant.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Ririe-Woodbury received $45,000 to support dance residency activities and performances in Colorado, Georgia and Idaho.

The Emperor’s Tea

Here at Catalyst office we’ve been sampling the teas and bodycare products from this new SLC company and love everything we’ve tried so far. From the beautiful and delicious loose leaf teas (150 of them!) to the luscious face moisturizer, we found everything to be really high quality —all natural and organic. The Emperor’s Tea is a local company (though sells its products only online).

New hours for Cali’s

Cali’s Natural Foods Market has expanded its hours. Now you can shop for all your yummy goodness, Mon-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 10-7pm and Sunday12-5pm.

Cali’s is located on 17th South and 3rd West, just north of CostCo.

Blue Star Coffee at local farmer’s markets

Blue Star Coffee has branched out from its two locations downtown and at Canyon Rim this summer. Owner George is supporting farmer’s markets by providing a booth with his delicious smoothies. Here’s where you can find Blue Star: Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday at Pioneer Park, Sugar House Farmer’s Market every Friday eve at Sugar House Park, and Wheeler Farm Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

Wine, beer at Cafe SuperNatural

There’s now a nice selection of organic & sparkling wines, cider, gluten-free beer and wine cocktails to add to the super healthy menu at Cafe SuperNatural in Trolley Square.

Monday- Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-3pm

Live music at Vertical Diner

The Vertical Diner (2280 South West Temple) has reintroduced live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:30-10:30. You can partake from the great list of local beers and $3-a-glass house wine while you listen and eat of the local harvest. B!, Gene Sartain and Clarksdale Ghosts are some of the musicians performing this month.

See the schedule of events at

Caffee Ibis’ new menu

Our favorite CATALYST supporter from the far north is offering a new “from farm to plate” seasonal menu in its Gallery Deli. When you travel to Logan, visit and enjoy their local garderners’ market-sourced fare.

In the meantime, we drink their fair trade organic coffee daily, with pleasure, from the Coffee Garden here in SLC.

EarthWell Festival looking for vendors and volunteers

The Earthwell Festival (Aug. 25-26) is moving from Kimball Junction to the beach at Jordanelle State Park this year. Festival organizers attempt to mix Green with Wellness because “there is a lot of crossover between these two groups. Many of the interests and concerns are the same; often the goals of one happen to coincide with the direction some segment of the other is taking.”

If you would like to be a vendor or volunteer, visit their website for more information.

Events in July that CATALYST sponsors

Twilight concert update

Just a reminder that the ridiculously popular concert series at Pioneer Park now has a modest cover charge—$5, cash only, at the gate; or you may get them at Graywhale locations (, as well as Or buy a season pass for $35 and save $10.

Or maybe you’d like to volunteer? Call 801.596.5000 for information or visit the homepage and fill out an application. July’s lineup: 5th: Beach House; The Walkmen. 12th: Raphael Saadiq; JJ Grey & Mofro. 19th: Nas; Tinie Tempah. 26th: Band of Horses; Lower Dens. Aug. 2nd: My Morning Jacket; Joshua James.

Urban Flea Market: July 8

Urban Flea Market has 70 vendor spaces still available (the size of 1.5 regular parking spaces). They’re $40 per market on a first-come-first-serve basis ($50 reserved) . No food or edible items, weapons, animals (except for the featured rescue), drug paraphernalia, illegal or questionable items, mass produced items, physical or cosmetic services are allowed. Yes, this market is flea-free. North of City-County Building, downtown.

People’s Market: every Sunday

People’s Market gives folks 2-for-1 tokens with an EBT (foodstamps) card. Seriously: They give you a 50% discount when using foodstamps. Everyone gets to each some vegetables.

July 15 is Cultural Celebration Day at the People’s Market, and August 5 is Book Day. They’re *surprise* looking for volunteers as well.

CATALYST columnist Charlotte Bell’s new book

Meditation is a great prescription for finding quietude of the mind, but sometimes it can often have the opposite effect upon the body. Sitting still for long periods of time is challenging, and for many of us the practice invariably highlights all the aches and pains and bodily imbalances that we are normally able to ignore during our dynamically fidgeting daily life. In her new book, Yoga For Meditators, longtime CATALYST contributor Charlotte Bell provides us with yogic solutions to this knotty problem.

Bell has blended the practice of yoga and meditation since 1986. “Asana practice, by its very nature, is about preparing the body for meditation,” she writes. So though a yoga book on meditation may seem redundant, “Still, there are poses that I have found to be optimal in addressing the specific physical challenges that arise during meditation, and it is in this spirit that I offer the practices in this book.”

Bell addresses common issues encountered by sitting meditators, and suggests gentle practices to awaken the spine, calm agitation of the body, relieve stress, and ease the lower back. The book also covers moon cycle and pregnancy issues. In the final section it details other traditional non-sitting meditation poses (walking, standing, and lying) and provides ways of settling into each successfully.

— Alice Bain

Available from Rodmell Press as part of their Yoga Shorts series; $14.95, paperback.

This article was originally published on June 27, 2012.