Five reasons to get off your couch

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Thurs., Feb. 28

Ken Sanders Rare Books Presents: “Trespass” reading and book signing by Amy Irvine

The City Library (210 E. 400 South) 7 p.m.Free

“Trespass: Living on the Edge of the Promised Land” tells the tale of Amy Irvine’s search for solace in southern Utah’s Red Rock Country after the suicide of her father. Not the average journey for spiritual fulfillment, “Trespass” reveals the beauties of a natural world ignored by its inhabitants and the dangers of humanity’s environmental ignorance. Irvine will read excerpts from “Trespass” tonight at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Fri., Feb. 29

Ken Sanders Rare Books Presents: A Cowboy Buddha Poet Leap Year Fandango by Poet and Novelist Gino Sky

Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S. 200 East)7 p.m.Free

Born from a brush with e e cummings at 16 and honed over five decades, Gino Sky’s poetry has led him from small-town Idaho to Haight-Ashbury and beyond. Folk singer Jack Elliot once described Sky as a “Western original. Mountain climber, poet, author, storyteller, tracer of lost birds, keeper of the truth, horseman, scribe, whopping great liar, kind lover, writer, high liver, truck person, olde truck hero, keen observer.” And atop all of this acclaim we can now add, Salt Lake City local. Meet one of our city’s most unique living legends this Friday at Ken Sanders’.

Sat., March 1

Dewey Lecture Series Presents: Edward M. Burke

The City Library (210 E. 400 South) 7:30 p.m.Free

In End of Watch: Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty, 1853-2006, Edward M. Burke delved into his experiences as a former Chicago police officer, the Dean of the Chicago City Council and his three-and-a-half decades of service as Alderman of Chicago’s 14th Ward to present an engaging portrait of the dangers serving the public safety. Burke will discuss what the experience he brought to End of Watch and the perspective he gained through its production.

Mon., March 3

Salt Lake Film Center Presents: Jane Goodall’s “Wild Chimpanzees”

Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium (410 Campus Center Drive) 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Free

Directed by Dave Lickley and co-produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Science North and Discovery Place Inc., “Wild Chimpanzees” takes its viewer into the heart of Jane Goodall’s 40 years of research in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. For an intriguing introduction to Goodall’s work in Gombe and the true wonder of the chimpanzee, this film is not to be missed. Not to mention, special guest Jane Goodall will actually be there!

Tues., March 4

College of Humanities Lyceum II: “Peace With Nature” featuring Jane Goodall, Terry Tempest Williams and Red Rock Rondo

Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple) 7 p.m.$10 to $25

Two of our nation’s sharpest environmental minds, Jane Goodall and Utah’s own Terry Tempest Williams, will shed light on the current state of humanity’s impact on nature and where they find hope for the future. The event will also host live music celebrating the history and beauty of Zions Naitonal Park from Phil Bimstein and Red Rock Rondo. Joining Phil Bimstein will be internationally known recording artist Kate McLeod, Desert String Band and Cowboy Poetry Gathering founder Hal Cannon and fellow blue haiku members Harold Carr, Flavia Cervino-Wood and Charlotte Bell.

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