Roger Plothow, Kate MacLeod, Nathan Florence, and more 

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In "What's Happening to your News," news critic, editor and publisher Roger Plothow speaks about who and what you can trust in the digital age today. In other words, how do we fact-check what we're reading? He also touches on changes that Utah newspapers have been experiencing. A former journalist and Utahn, Plothow is now vice president of the Adams Publishing Group-Rockies and editor and publisher of four Idaho newspapers. Girl Scout Headquarters, 445 E. 4500 South, 801-272-8683, Thursday, Oct. 13, 5:30-8 p.m., free,

Utah's own Kate MacLeod is a regional artist whose original violin pieces inspired by local landscapes have received widespread acclaim. Aiming to raise money to take her music a step further, she's hosting a "Landscape and Utah Music Fundraiser" this weekend. A song of hers was chosen as a theme song for the 20th anniversary of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and she is now creating music on the Colorado Plateau, which is expected to be released early next year. Garage on Beck, 1199 Beck St., 801-580-6449, Sunday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., $10,

He's not who you'd expect an artist to be. Nathan Florence is both a designer and a surgeon, which you'll discover at "From Pre-Med to Artist," as he talks about his exhibition at Southern Utah University. "My definition of what it means to be an artist has expanded from traditional drawing and painting to include community activism and education, and is still expanding," he says. Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 S. 300 West, Cedar City, 435-586-5432, Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., free,

Thomas Moore is coming to Salt Lake City for the Season 8 Opener of the Jung Society of Utah. The former monk, musician, university professor and psychotherapist has turned to lectures on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts. Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and 15 other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul. And who doesn't need that? He talks about intimacy and separateness, and suggest that marriage is a sharing of differences. Salt Lake City Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-656-8806, Friday, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m., free,

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