Weekly Feminist Happenings July 22nd-28th


Tuesday, July 22nd

Navigating New Literacies: In the spring of 2014, Granger High art students collaborated to create a 29-panel contemporary painting reflecting their impressions of how literacy in different fields of study is supported and at the same time challenged by new technologies and popular culture. Details: At the  Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City). The exhibit will run July 8-Aug. 27, 2014.

United Way Of Salt Lake Volunteers: Help United Way of Salt Lake “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for 8,500 low-income children served through neighborhood centers and community schools. Volunteers are needed to conduct school supply drives throughout their community. Details: For more information and to register to conduct a supply drive here or  contact Amy Worthington at 801-746-2566. Volunteers are needed until Aug. 31, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23rd

Locals Appreciation Party Supporting Utah Business & Culture: Merco Local & Salt Lake Acting Company will hold a locals appreciation party, July 23, 2014. Creatives, artists, actors, local consumers, local companies and business owners join up for a night to appreciate ourselves! We celebrate supporting local. We have partnered with Salt Lake Acting Company and reserved the theater for ourselves on July 23rd for a night of fun. Details: Dinner, apps, drinks, socializing and adult spirits at 5:30 and a show at 7:30 (Saturday’s Voyeur). You can bring your own food and drinks for additional treats during the show if desired. Visit here for information.

Thursday, July 24th

Native American Celebration: After the Pioneer Day Parade come to Liberty Park for dance, food, family fun, and fireworks as part of the 20th annual Native American Celebration in the Park. Witness the amazing cultures of Native America. The best drum groups share captive music as dancers energetically move with meaning and purpose. Artists featuring works in a variety of mediums from intricate Native American beadwork to authentic Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise jewelry. Enjoy a filling Navajo taco or mutton stew and frybread. Details: Starts at noon until 10 p.m. at Liberty Park (900 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City).

Friday, July 25th

Caregiver Support Group: Join the Neighborhood House Caregiver Support Group. The fourth Thursday of every month, visit Neighborhood House’s Cottonwood Adult Day Center to enjoy some time and discussion with other caregivers in the area. Hosted by Neighborhood House and Gentiva Home Hospice. Details: Contact Debbie Colby, Program Coordinator at Cottonwood Neighborhood House 801-277-3264 or cottonadmin@nhutah.org for more information.

Saturday, July 26th

Peru Fest: Come and celebrate Peruvian culture with Peru Fest, food, dance with live bands, folk and andean music, prizes, contests, and the crowning of Miss Peru Utah. Details: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City).

Monday, July 28th

Lemonade Stand And Bake Sale Fundraiser: Armani McFarland, 11, will hold a lemonade stand and bake sale  to raise money to buy backpacks and school supplies for Catholic Community Services of Utah’s Backpack Bonanza. Details: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goodwood Barbecue Co (4237 Riverdale Rd, Ogden).

Films Without Borders – Meet The PatelsFresh out of a break-up with his American girlfriend, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi Patel goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning. Ravi is desperate to find love and embarks on a worldwide search for his bride in this witty and heart-felt comedy. Post-film discussion with filmmakers, Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library – Main (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City). 

File This Under “Bad Ass Women”

Kacy Catanzaro at the 2014 Dallas Finals for American Ninja Warrior.

Weekly Feminist Happenings July 8th-14th

Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival

Tuesday, July 8th

Film screening of Buck: The 2011 documentary “Buck,” a profile of real-life “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, who overcame a violent childhood to develop gentle practices in training horses. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at  Salt Lake City Public Library – Main (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City).

Thursday, July 10th

Film screening of The Muslims Are Coming: The documentary “The Muslims Are Coming,” which follows a group of Muslim-American comedians on cross-country tour of the United States (including a stop in Salt Lake City). Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the  Viridian Event Center (1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan).

Cathryn Lokey reading: Cathryn Lokey will read from and sign her memoir, “The Perfect Daughter,” about growing up a faithful member of the Mormon church, and after mission work, marriage, and motherhood realizing she is gay. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the The King’s English Bookshop (1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City). 

Friday, July 11th

Cultural Cartographies: Mapping Man-made Interventions In Contemporary Landscapes: Focusing on still image or film making as a primary medium, this series explores how varied manifestations of political, environmental, urban, and utopian interventions inform a more contemporary way of thinking about the entanglement of history and geography. Visit the UMOCA website for more information. Details: From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City).

Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival: The Utah Film Center presents Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival July 11-13 in Salt Lake City. Damn These Heels provides a forum in which LGBT issues, ideas, hopes, dreams, and art are explored through film and discussion. Details: Buy your passes here. 

Saturday, July 12th

Junior League Health Fair: The Junior League of Salt Lake City will offer medical test, screenings, and community assistance information provided by 250 local medical community agencies and volunteers to individuals and families through the Community Assistance and Resource Event Fair. Details: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at  Horizonte Instruction and Training Center (1234 S. Main St., Salt Lake City). For information visit the Junior League website or call 801-355-1868.

Animal Adoptions: Join The Leonardo and Humane Society of Utah on the second Saturday of each month for a chance to adopt a pet. Humane Society of Utah’s priority is to work hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters their facility will be placed into a loving home. Visit here for more information. 

Sunday, July 13th

“Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh” weaves the artist-activist’s portraits and the stories of a community of widows in the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan. A marginalized segment of Hindu society since ancient times, widows have few places of sanctuary. In Vrindavan, a city holy to the Hindu god Krishna, these women chant and pray every day in the hopes of obtaining moksha, release from the constant cycle of death and rebirth. Details: The exhibit runs July 11–Nov. 30, 2014. Visit here for more information. 

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Protest Hobby Lobby with Utah NOW


On Monday, SCOTUS ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby – stating that for-profit companies are not required to provide healthcare plans that cover reproductive care (including birth control and abortion services) if it conflicts with the administration’s religious beliefs. Ironically, Hobby Lobby’s owners have invested millions of dollars in the very same pharmaceutical companies and contraceptive options they claim to oppose.

Please join Utah NOW in a peaceful protest at the Hobby Lobby in South Jordan on Saturday, July 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

*Come give condoms to HL employees who will no longer have access to birth control via company provided insurance plans.

*Hand out information about supportive local craft stores to patrons who still visit the store in spite of the ruling.

*Bring signs with pro-women’s health sentiments to display loud and proud.

This is a peaceful protest:

- No profanity
- Ask to hand out leaflets. Do not try to force literature into anyone’s hands.
- Do not block patron access to the inside of stores (be wary of curb cuts so you don’t interfere with the needs of people with disabilities)
- If police arrive, behave respectfully, and comply with their orders

Visit her to to become a member of Utah NOW and help us fight back against those waging a war on women.

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Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: A Review

redefining realness-janet mock

I just finished reading Janet Mock’s, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, and I can’t recommend it enough. I was so engrossed by Janet’s story that I skipped precious hours of sleep to finish it. Janet Mock, as you can guess by the title, serves up a healthy dose of realness. She describes growing up in Hawaii and the mainland, watching both of her parents struggle with drug addiction, sexual assault, sex work, and navigating her identity as a trans* woman in relationships with others and herself.

Mock combines her story with a healthy dose of education for people who might be unaware of structural inequality affecting the trans* community, especially trans* women of color. She opens the book with a description of terms that is incredibly useful, and provides statistics on violence, access to healthcare, and more. She provides insight on relevant trans* issues while brilliantly weaving in quotes from Audre Lorde, Zora Neale Hurston, and other powerful women of color. Her story is bookended by her love story with her current partner, Aaron.

Janet Mock’s story is one that everyone should read. She presents herself openly, and makes it very clear that she does not speak for an entire community. She does not pretend that experiences of black women, trans* women, and/or poor women are monolithic. She is so real. She will make you laugh and cry, and along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two.

Show, Janet Mock some love, and go buy her wonderful book.