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Catching Up With the Calfornia Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Things are picking up at the California Academy of Sciences for 2009, to say the least. Sign up for the monthly eNews if you’d like. (They didn’t sell my email address to Ukranian spammers, so that’s a good thing.)

So what do we have this month - the fairly inexpensive every-Thursday Nightlife program (for those 21 and older); Evolve 2009 - the citywide celebration of evolution in honor of Charles Darwin’s bicentennial; a conversation with Paul Ehrlich (President of Stanfoo’s Center for Conservation Biology) on March 30 at the Herbst Theatre; and iconic images from the Hubble Telescope.

Spot the elusive Paradise Tanagerin the Rainforests of the World Dome / exhibit and then quickly make a wish. (Sadly, the pleasuredome is closed for maintenance this week.) Anyway, the tanager(s) the CAS has look(s) just like this one. Click to expand:

via Alumroot

And of course, the CAS is Web 2.0 ready, with the requisite number of blogs, Facebook friends, YouTube channels, Twittertweetings, Yelp reviews (including food), and Flickr Group Photostreams.

See you there! 

NightLife Continues Every Thursday
NightLife got off to a rockin’ start last month with thousands of visitors enjoying music, provocative science, mingling, and cocktails at the Academy after-hours. The March 5 NightLife will feature DJ Malarkey and a sneak preview of clips from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. NightLife takes place every Thursday from 6:00 – 10:00 pm and is for adults 21 and older; a valid ID is required for entry. Tickets cost $10.
Purchase tickets.

Evolve 2009
Evolve 2009 – the citywide celebration of evolution in honor of Charles Darwin’s bicentennial – continues in March with lectures and book discussions. On March 10, the Academy’s adult book group debuts with a focus on The Voyage of the Beagle. On March 21, teens can discuss the book Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature. And on March 24, Kevin Padian of UC Berkeley will share his personal experience during Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 trial about intelligent design.
See the complete schedule of Evolve 2009 events.

Iconic Images from the Hubble Telescope
As part of the Benjamin Dean lecture series in astronomy, Sandra Faber of UC Santa Cruz will give a tour of the Universe with the most beautiful and notable images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Lecture takes place on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 seniors.
Visit the Events + Lectures page for details.

Conversations at the Herbst Theatre
The 2009 Herbst series resumes on Monday, March 30 with Paul Ehrlich, President of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, in conversation with Academy scientist Healy Hamilton. Takes place at 8:00 pm at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Tickets cost $20.
Visit www.cityboxoffice.com to purchase tickets.

Science Briefs
Chasing Beetles, Finding Darwin
Academy scientist Dave Kavanaugh has been studying beetles for more than 40 years. His knowledge of the mountain-dwelling Nebria beetles is so extensive that he even predicted the existence of a new species in California’s Trinity Alps. Did his prediction come true? A new 30-minute episode of KQED’s QUEST series follows Kavanaugh on his journey of discovery, and explores how his work and that of other evolutionary biologists continue the legacy of Charles Darwin today.
Click here to watch the QUEST episode.

Google Earth 5.0 Debuts at Academy
Last month, former Vice President Al Gore, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and others launched “Google Earth 5.0″ at the Academy. This new version allows users to dive virtually underwater to see trenches, ridges, and other submerged features. In conjunction with the launch, Academy educators debuted a Google-based quiz on marine habitats, and Academy scientists unveiled an interactive map of the Philippine coral reefs that draws upon 17 years of research.
Notes
Rainforest Dome Closed March 2-8
Note to those planning to visit the Academy in early March: the Rainforests of the World exhibit will be closed for scheduled maintenance from Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 8. The Academy apologizes for any inconvenience, and recommends that visitors explore the many other exhibits and programs the Academy has to offer during that week.

Get Ready for Thursday Night Fun at the California Academy of Sciences, Starting Feb 12, 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Just as Golden Gate Park‘s de Young Museum has a Friday night program, next-door-neighbor California Academy of Sciences will soon have a Thursday night program. It’s called “nightlife,” get it?

Now, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum‘s approach to after-hours is wide-ranging, with some parts being very family/kid friendly. But evenings at the CAS will be for adults 18 and up only. Rather more Stolichnaya, Banco de Gaia, with a DJ here and a DJ there. As they say on their website:

No strollers!”

Well, O.K. then. The whole shebang starts off on February 12th, 2009, so mark your calendars. Read more about it below and, after the jump, learn about EVOLVE 2009 and the celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. It’s going to be mega.

You’ve seen the rolling hills up on the roof of the world-famous California Academy of Sciences. Click to expand:

Now here they are in the not-so-serious moonlight:

See you there!

Every Thursday night, beginning on February 12, the Academywill transform into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors get a chance to explore the museum at night.  NightLife events run from 6-10pm, and are open to adults ages 18 and up.
 
Entertainment and a bar stocked with food and drinks available for purchase will be set up in a given area of the museum each week.  The location of the bar and entertainment will rotate on a regular basis, placing the pulse of the party in different locations throughout the year. Visitors will be able to explore the rest of the Academy’s exhibits as well – from the fish, snakes and other creatures in the aquarium, to the dioramas and live penguins in African Hall. 
 
Engaging science programming and activities at each event will introduce visitors to cutting edge research in an informal, social environment.  The focus of that content will rotate quarterly– the themes in 2009 are Evolution, Sustainability, Climate Change & Space, and Explorers.  Activities will vary week to week and include informal talks by scientists, stargazing, screenings, opportunities to meet aquarium animals, and more.  Event-specific details are available at
www.calacademy.org/nightlife
 
NightLife Basics
 
What:   NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase
NightLife is for adults ages 18 and over
When:  Every Thursday 6-10 pm
February 12 – October 29, 2009
Where: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost:    $10 per person ($8 for Academy members)
            Tickets available at the door or online at
https://www.calacademy.org/event_tickets/ 
Details: Visit
www.calacademy.org/nightlife for a schedule of upcoming events, and to subscribe to the
NightLife email list.
 
 
February’s NightLife Events
 
February 12
NightLife Celebrates Darwin with Om Records, plus a conversation withKeith Thomson
Come to NightLife’s premier on Thursday, February 12th in celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200thbirthday, and the launch of EVOLVE 2009 – San Francisco’s celebration of the Darwin anniversaries.   DJ Fluid and J-Boogie from Om records are on the turntables, snakes are circulating for you to meet, and Darwin’s Carnival presents an adult spin on evolution.  Get the insidescoop on the young Charles Darwin during an informal talk by renowned natural history professor Keith Thomson. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
Keith Thompson conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
February 19
DJ Aaron Pope, plus a conversation with author John Frederick Walker
NightLife’ssecond installment features the Academy’s own DJ Aaron Pope – environmentalist by day, DJ by night.  Come enjoy a cocktail and befriend a leafy sea dragon, or soar through the Universe in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium.   The featured speaker for the evening is John Fredrick Walker, presenting his book Ivory Ghosts, an examination of how elephants are threatened by the ivory trade. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
John Fredrick Walker conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
February 26
DJ Smiley, plus a screening and conversation with Dave Kavanaugh and Sean Schoville
This week, the fun continues with the sounds of DJ Smiley–resident at Levende Lounge, Supperclub, and other San Francisco favorites.  Along with the music and libations, KQED’s cutting-edge QUEST series will show clips exploring science, the environment, and nature in Northern California.  World traveler and Academy scientist Dave Kavanaugh and QUEST expert Sean Schoville will discuss the search for the elusive ice beetle. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
Ice beetle conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
 
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students withvalid ID; $14.95 for children ages 7 to 11; and free for children ages six and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pmon Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.calacademy.org.  (415) 379-8000.

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