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Salt Salon: Featuring Shawn Shafner

Salt & Pomegranates

Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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You are very cordially invited to the final Salt Salon installment of 2011…



But where, oh where can I find a spot to shit?

Not here…it’s a bit public…

Oh, I don’t know, though. It’s dark. Who’s to see?

--Aristophanes, Eklesiasdosai (The Assembly Women)


Our ancient Roman ancestors enjoyed eating at home while bathing and pooping in public. How did the tables turn? Join Shawn “The Puru” Shafner for a journey through the bowels of history, from the fall of Rome to the modern day, as we unearth the rise of “civilized” man over that most uncivilized of actions. A communal Mediterranean meal will be served in a casual, home setting (togas optional, Dionysian revelry and lounging expected). Guests are encouraged to bring your own bottle of wine.

Please Note: This event is taking place in a private residence that houses two cats. Please email if you have allergies. Since it is a private residence, the address and directions will be included in the Eventbrite Confirmation email you will receive upon ordering your ticket.


SHAWN SHAFNER is a theatre-maker, educator, and the creator of The People's Own Organic Power Project (, an organization that uses education, art and humor to heal the cultural shame that makes potty talk taboo and promote critical conversations about sustainable sanitation for the person, planet and world community. Since the inauguration of the project in April 2010 with the Chashama installation "A Process of Elimination," Shawn has promoted public conversation about our often private business with performances at venues around NYC, including Dixon Place, Adult Education, The SOHO Gallery for Digital Art, and The VENT Performance Festival. Shawn produced and hosted NYC's only World Toilet Day 2010 event, gathering storytellers, comedians, musicians and burlesque dancers to Home Sweet Home for a sold-out evening in honor of the 42% world population living without safe toilets. He collaborated with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, site of the city's largest wastewater treatment plant, to curate and host a panel series featuring some of New York's most prominent environmental voices, including Dr. Dickson Despommier, Kate Zidar, and Mary Mattingly. Shawn has written guest blogs for,, and Alef: The NEXT Conversation and teaches educational workshops to all ages about food systems, waste, and breaking down the chains of social shame. His work with The POOP Project has been featured in The Huffington Post, Treehugger and GOOD. He lives in Brooklyn just down the road from Marina.


MARINA BERGER is a Personal Chef who lives in Brooklyn and works mostly in Manhattan. In 2009, she left her former life working at a prestigious SoHo art gallery to pursue good food. She has cooked for politicians and entertainers, but is happiest when cooking for friends and family. Marina believes in preparing the season's best -- responsibly sourced -- ingredients with straightforward cooking techniques to highlight flavor and quality. She has been featured on Heritage Radio Network's Hot Grease with Nicole Taylor, and resides on the internet at and on Twitter @MarinaCooks.


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Salt & Pomegranates

Salt & Pomegranates is a Sunday Supper Series born from my love of entertaining guests and feeding people. Growing up, my family entertained often, and every gathering was a feast, cooked from scratch. I grew to understand that inviting guests into your home was an act of lovingkindness and generosity. It is in this spirit that meals are served — family style — to foster an atmosphere of warmth, conviviality, and boisterous conversation.

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