Issue Section: Sophie Says

Podcast “Foreign Somewhere” Episode 1: Shanghai during the covid-19 pandemic with Jayden Ke

Foreign Somewhere is a podcast connecting with people from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. While we’re sitting at home in isolation all this time, feeling …


COVID-19 hastens the need for CATALYST’s first ever podcast – an introduction

Photo created by xb100 – As we start to hibernate in physical isolation, a necessary response to the fact that the U.S. is now considered the Coronavirus “epicenter …


Where skiing, science and art intersect

Ski map artist James Niehues visits Salt Lake City Hand-painted ski map illustration has a narrow lineage that still triumphs over its digital competition. The majority of ski maps …


Good Grief: After 20 years, OR show moves to Denver

No I don’t mean, good grief, they’re gone! I want to talk about the type of grief for good. Because the kind of grief that you don’t make something good out of is just a drag. As I …


Samba Fogo’s origins collide & ignite in CHAMA, featuring Rosangela Silvestre and Mark Lamson April 27, 28, 29, 2017

Beneath the fire, glitter and bikinis, the Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance culture of the Orixa tradition holds deep spiritual significance.   The Candomblé Priestess toss …


Yoga with the Sharks with Amanda Jones

“What are you afraid of?” Amanda Jones, yoga instructor, asks her packed yoga class as we sit cross-legged, staring ahead at the 300,000 gallon shark tank at Loveland Living Planet …


CATALYST @ Sundance | Major Lazer Meets Cuba: Give Me Future Review

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Deering Regan Give Me Future follows EDM band Major Lazer—a DJ trio comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire—during their performa …


Catalyst Winter Playlist #5 – “Sway” by Anna of the North

Homesick for being homesick “Being homesick inspires you to be more creative,” says Anna of the North, Norwegian born singer and graphic designer, in an interview with Wonderland M …


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Sophie Says: Catalyst Winter Playlist Song #4 – “Yes I’m Changing” by Tame Impala

Somewhere between the fog of poor air quality, haste and embarrassment I write you from the large hiatus in blog posts. I certainly hope I can make clear the ingenuity of Tame Impa …


Winter Playlist Song #3 – Black Mambo by Glass Animals

A lesson in not passing up random shows at Kilby Court. They could end up being Glass Animals. Or, in any case, some other up-and-coming band a year before the rest of the U.S. has …


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Comings & Goings: Sugarhouse Footwear & Apparel opens

— by Sophie Silverstone   Charlie Moulton and Frank Clay, co-owners of Sugarhouse Footwear & Apparel, have had their eyes on Sugarhouse for about three years now; it was …


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Winter Playlist Song #2: “City Lights” by Woolfy. Sophie Says: Reading about music can be awkward

I can do two things, give you exactly what every other music blog does ~ confirm to you this song, indeed, has a marimba in the background, and that’s why it makes you feel like yo …


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Winter Playlist Song #1: Sophie Says: The revolution will not be social media-ized. The revolution will be live

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a poem from the B-side of Gil Scott-Heron’s first single, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” and was written in 1969. What a hard-hitting year: …


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Sophie Says: I’m making you a playlist to keep you warm this winter

Catalyst Winter 2015-2016 Playlist With the invention of good ol’ Pandora and internet radio, we no longer have to search for our new music, it finds us.   Frankly, it’s made …



A Musical, Meditative, CATALYST-Concocted Love Story

Music was my first meditation,” says Charlotte Bell, as she serenely reflects on her youth, when she was first learning to play an instrument. “It was as if I was returning to some …