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The Essentials | City Weekly’s Entertainment Picks March 13-19 

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By Geoff Griffin
Join the craic (pronounced “crack” in Gaelic, meaning “good times”) Saturday morning in a parade to honor not only St. Patrick, but the Emerald Isle that’s brought us corned beef and cabbage, James Joyce, four-leaf clovers, Guinness, Riverdance, U2, 40 shades of green, 40 ways to cook potatoes, Colin Farrell and the tradition of the “wake” (a funeral featuring a well-stocked bar).The Hibernian Society of Utah throws its annual ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE with the theme, “Bring on the Green!”—coincidentally, also the theme for the just-past 2008 Utah legislative session. The parade winds its way through The Gateway mall, followed by a siamsa (Gaelic for “party”) a couple of blocks away. If you even have to ask what sort of beverages will be served, you must be from Utah.Part of this parade’s charm is the diversity of its participants. Categories include family, dance, school bands, more dance, parish, pipe bands, and “miscellaneous.” Only corporations (City Weekly is one)and politicians pay to march, showing that the Hibernians are a clever bunch. It’s also perhaps the only parade in Utah where most of the entries don’t contain the words “ward” or “primary.”On a holiday when everybody gets to claim they’re at least a little bit Irish, get out to the parade or, as they say in the old country, Pog mo thoin! St. Patrick’s Day Parade route begins @ 400 West and 200 North, route through Gateway mall, Saturday March 15, 10 a.m. Post-parade siamsa @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 279 S. 300 West, 467-4574,


By Tawnya Cazier


MICHAEL POLLAN isn’t out to change the world, just the way you think about food. Not in the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals or Essence of Emeril kind of way. He’s got a different approach. Pollan has had a fascination with the evolving relationship between humans and food for the last 20 years. He’s a “foodie,” but he’s also widely respected in environmental circles. His appetite for cuisine meshes with environmental considerations in his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by The New York Times and Washington Post.The book begins with an exploration of what he calls “our national eating disorder.” He asks, where do humans fit into the food chain? He searches out the answer, embarking on his own journey, literally, by hunting, gathering and foraging for the elements needed to create what he calls “The Perfect Meal.” He ends up with a pig he hunted, mushrooms he harvested, and salt he collected in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s an attempt at “The Perfect Meal” but it also reveals what is possible. Pollan is not a preacher, nor does he use scare tactics regarding the environment. He’s conversational, his book peppered with images and stories. His quest, as it were, is interesting and engaging. It’s enough to make you bag the grocery store and go on your own expedition for the perfect meal. Michael Pollan: “The Nature of Things” keynote lecture @ Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 355-ARTS, Thursday March 13, 7 p.m.