February 2016

BY Katherine Pioli

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January 30, 2016

A slight girl, her smooth black hair half revealed by a slipping head scarf, holds a spoon to her lips like a microphone and stands above a crowd of school girls as she belts out a rap in Farsi that they gleefully chant back to her. Fortune cards! Buy …

BY Staff

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January 30, 2016

I go walking, almost daily. I like to walk uphill. It’s great exercise and the view of Salt Lake Valley (from what I call the Top Of The World) is fantastic. Here’s my routine: A familiar play list of music and a consistent path. This path leads me to …

BY Staff

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January 30, 2016

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the 14th of Feb­ruary? Why more than 58 million lbs of chocolate are sold during Vale­n­tine’s week? It’s the most important holiday for florists, accounting for 32% of annual sales. What’s up with ye …

BY Staff

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January 30, 2016

CATALYST isn’t big on rehashing materials from marketing and publicity firms. But once a year, one organization produces a press release that makes us, well, swoon. It’s the Garden Media Group, and they define annual trends regarding garden, landscape …

BY James Loomis

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January 30, 2016

Every year, without fail, I’m ready to declare “SPRING!” months before the calendar gives consent. Sometime in February, when a 48-degree day feels like T-shirt weather, the soil peeks its dark little face out of the melting snow and immediately begins …

BY Z. Smith

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February 18, 2016

When I saw that The University of Utah’s Theatre Department would be putting on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest this February 26-28 and March 3-6 at the Babcock Theatre, my immediate reaction was one of gratitude and wonder. Finally, some …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 9, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand Only 26% of Westerns support selling federal public lands to reduce the deficit. Not even a majority of Republicans support a sell-off. There is a big disconnect on public land issues between what Utah voters want and what Utah politi …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand The North arm of Great Salt Lake reached a new historic low in December. The exposed lake bed means danger for nesting birds from predators and ATVs, and blowing dust is likely to cause serious impacts on air quality. Friends of Great …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand The newly released 2015 report from Salt Lake City’s Department of Sus­tain­ability de­scribes the many ways Salt Lake City is taking action to become a more sustainable community. Salt Lake City’s new mayor, Jackie Biskup …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand Last month the Obama Administration announced a moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands in order to evaluate overall health and environmental impacts. Also last month, Arch Coal, one of the nation’s largest coal mines with mine …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand In January, armed militants occupied the Malheur bird refuge in Oregon demanding a “right” to pillage public lands for their own profit. Naturally, there is a Utah connection, and it’s not just the overheated political rhetoric surrou …

BY Z. Smith

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January 28, 2016

Tickled: Yes, certainly we all have been; by a family member, friend, or bosom buddy; yes. But, can any of us rightly say that we’ve had our lives ravaged by tickling? – by Z. Smith Has tickling ever penetrated our professional, economic, and social li …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–by Amy Brunvand For many years the State of Montana has followed an abhorrent policy of killing bison that walk out of Yellowstone National Park, effectively preventing wild bison from reinhabiting their historic range. The good news is, in January M …

BY Katherine Pioli

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January 25, 2016

Sonita is a brave young Afghani refugee in Iran (now a resident of Utah) and the subject of the film Sonita, by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, showing this week at the Sundance Film Festival.—by Katherine Pioli A slight girl, her smooth bla …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 4, 2016

–By Amy Brunvand In December, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a group of American Indian tribes advocating designation of Bears Ears National Monument in the Cedar Mesa area, withdrew from negotiations on Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands I …

BY Staff

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February 1, 2016

Current issues with simple actions that can make a difference. —by Paul Duane The 2016 Legislative session began Monday, January 25. In this month’s edition of “Catalysts,“ I’ve selected a few issues that center around respecting the rights of the indi …

BY John deJong

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January 30, 2016

Making way for the next big thing: The ugly side of land-banking and “economic development.”—by John deJong Some of the more interesting views of downtown Salt Lake City are from the second floor of the soon-to-be-former Salt Lake Roasting Company site …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 30, 2016

In 2013 Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Ut-1) announced plans for what he called a “Grand Bargain for Public Lands” to bring stakeholders together in a collaborative process to help solve public land controversies in Utah. —by Amy Brunvand In 2013 Congressma …

BY Elaine Jarvik

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January 30, 2016

A time traveler’s journal. —by Elaine Jarvik I’ve often thought that I could really get into yoga if the people in charge of yoga would come up with the Worrier Pose. Worrying is my forte, my go-to stance, my best worst thing. So, while worrying one da …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 30, 2016

From Revel to Regalia: How a repertory company remains relevant. —by Amy Brunvand I usually don’t review performances once it’s too late to go but I’m making an exception for “Revel,” last November’s show at Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT). For RDT’s 201 …

BY Charlotte Bell

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January 30, 2016

Stemming the latest epidemic.—by Charlotte Bell We’ve all seen it. Chances are if you have a smart phone you’ve done it, maybe a whole lot. That is, you bend your head forward to text, surf, shop, socialize, whatever, on your smart phone. Other than th …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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January 30, 2016

Safety is overrated. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Morality, Intensity, Moment to Moment Medicine Cards: Squirrel, Mountain Lion, Beaver Mayan Oracle: Akbal, Kan Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Queen of Swords, 2 of Wands, The Devil Aleister Crowley Deck: …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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February 2, 2016

One part hearty bong rip, one part immaculate conception, one part government conspiracy, and a heavy dose of gore: here you have the recipe for director/screenwriter Danny Perez’s new feature film, Antibirth, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Fi …

BY Z. Smith

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February 4, 2016

The five-member world music band, Nahko and Medicine for the People, will be playing in Salt Lake City at The Depot on Sunday, February 14, 2016. **Update from November 4, 2019: Nahko will be playing at The Depot on November 8, 2019. He’ll be releasing …

BY Diane Olson

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January 30, 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. —by Diane Olson FEB 1 The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a colder than usual February, with an average temperature of 33F and snow the last two weeks. FEB 2 Groundhog Day/ Imb …

BY Z. Smith

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February 2, 2016

Will Allen is a family man: he believes that unity, honesty, and love are invaluable virtues to the family unit; honesty being the most important. So, when Allen found out that his “father” had been lying to his sisters and hurting his brothers, he lef …