What's on at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Lectures, Programs and Events
February 2002


-Special Events-

Human Genome Human Being
The California Academy of Sciences and the Global Forum are pleased to host the first Human Genome Human Being forum in the United States. Human Genome Human Being is a symposium whose goal is to foster public dialogue about new genetic technologies. The symposium will focus on the potential consequences of emerging genetic technologies, with an emphasis on the impact upon human evolution and concerns about eugenics. Ten international panelists-geneticists, artists, theologians, anthropologists, ethicists, and writers-will participate in six one-hour panel discussions, each beginning with a 15-minute presentation by one of the panelists. Moderated discussions will focus on the issues raised in the presentations and will include audience participation.
Saturday, February 23 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Members $20/non-members $25/students $15

Nigerian Sculpture Artist In Residence
For three months, Nigerian artist Geoffrey Nwogu will be at the Academy working on a sculpture installation in Cowell Hall. Mr. Nwogu will create a family of three deity figures modeled from mud clay, positioned in a decorative structure consisting of platform and backdrop. The finished work will resemble a typical mbari house, customarily built as a ritual offering to the gods in villages in Igboland, Southeastern Nigeria. Wednesdays through Saturdays, January 2-March 30 10 am - 4 pm

This program is funded by the Creative Work Fund in San Francisco, which supports collaborations between local artists and non-profit institutions. The Academy was one of six recipients awarded grants in the Traditional Arts category in 2001.


-Darwin's Birthday-

Darwin's Road Show
Did your uncle leave you a butterfly collection you don't know how to identify? Do you wonder about the evolutionary significance of the bright blue feather you found in your backyard? Bring us your leaves, worms, bugs, rocks, feathers and bones. Our experts will identify them. Academy scientists from the fields of Anthropology, Aquatic Biology, Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geology, Ornithology and Mammalogy will be on-hand to tell you what it is, where it comes from, and why it's important.
Saturday, February 9, 10 am-5 pm
California Academy of Sciences
Free with museum admission

Darwin's Scavenger Hunt
From "survival of the fittest" to "sexual selection", Darwin based most of his famous theories on his observations of animals around the world. Many of these species are now on display at the California Academy of Sciences. Follow our clues and find these animals, and you could win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy's amazing collection of Darwin's finches - the largest finch collection in the world! Download the scavenger hunt from our website (www.calacademy.org) and receive a free child's admission to the museum on these days only.
Monday and Tuesday, February 11 - 12, 10 am - 5 pm
California Academy of Sciences
Free with museum admission

Natural Selection with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Natural Selection, an evening of music and dancing, celebrates Darwin's Birthday and Valentine's Day with revelry and romance. Headliner Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will entertain with classic jazz and funky blues. Later, visitors may "smooch under the stars" during a special planetarium show. Those who prefer to pucker up among the fishes may wander through the aquarium. Join us for Valentine's Day and Darwin's birthday: appropriately matched for a quirky, romantic evening.
Thursday, February 14 8:30 pm - midnight
21 and over. Please bring ID. No host bar.
$20 in advance/ $25 at the door
info@calacademy.org

-Lectures-

Life and Death in a Tropical American Ocean: The Last 3,000,000 years
The uplift of the Isthmus of Panama, approximately 3.1 million years ago, represents one of the most dramatic events of recent geological history. Join Dr. Peter Roopnarine, Assistant Curator of the Academy's Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Mammals, as he discusses the effects of this dramatic change on the oceans' biota and the surrounding habitat. Seaway closure also had significant effects on global climate. Sealing the Seaway may have been the most important factor in the start of the Ice Age, approximately 2.4 million years ago.
Wednesday, February 13 2 pm & 7:30 pm
FREE for members/$12 non-members


Women Who Hunt with Fire:
The Ecology of Foraging and Gender in Western Australia
Rebecca Bird, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine
Research with contemporary aboriginal foragers, the Mardu, in Australia's Great Sandy Desert shows that women, more often than men, use fire as part of a hunting strategy. Women also target different kinds of prey from men when they hunt. Dr. Bird explores these differences in hunting strategies and explains their implications for understanding the ecology of gender differences among contemporary hunter-gatherers.
Thursday, February 28 7:30 pm
$8 members/$12 non-members

-Classes & Field Trips-

The Alluring Life of Lichens
Adult Seminar
Lichens come in a wide array of shapes and just about every color imaginable. These strange, unique life forms are found everywhere from dry desert to dripping rainforest. Explore their unusual life history, along with their identifying characteristics, ecology, and uses. The slide-illustrated seminar is enhanced with hands-on microscope examinations of lichens. Gain first-hand experience identifying mosses and lichens on an optional field trip to Mt. Tamalpais.
Mona Bourell
Seminar: Tuesday, February 19 7-9 pm
Optional field trip: Sunday, February 24 10 am-4 pm
Seminar: $20 members/$25 non-members
Seminar and optional field trip: $45 members/$55 non-members


-Public Programs & Events-

Free Wednesday
The first Wednesday of every month is free, all year long! The museum stays open until 8:45 pm on Free Wednesdays - come and enjoy the extended hours!
Wednesday, February 6 10 am - 8:45 pm
California Academy of Sciences

Zulu Dance
Masters of the African form of stilt dancing, Zulu Connection captures its audiences with colorful and elaborate costumes, tremendous heights, extraordinary acrobatics, and magnificent dance moves. Stilt dancing originated in the Ivory Coast of West Africa, and by way of the African slave trade made its way to the United States. In this participatory program, learn about African and African Diaspora customs, history, musical instruments and legends.
Wednesday, February 6 1 & 2:30 pm

West African Music & Dance
Kucheza Ngoma is a performing troupe specializing in dance and drumming from West Africa-especially Senegal, Guinea, and The Gambia. Their beautifully choreographed pieces reflect New World influences as well as African forms, resulting in a performance that highlights the richness and complexity of the African diaspora. Live drumming and singing bring a special energy and vitality to the group's performances. Join us for this special event in honor of Black History Month.
Saturday, February 9 1 pm

Tales from the Caribbean
Kooki Davis, born in Trinidad, brings a set of stories about the adventures of her Auntie Ruby, Anansi the spider-trickster, and Nyame the sky god. Kooki will also use her remarkable handmade dolls as part of this presentation. This is a special program in honor of Black History Month.
Saturday, February 16 1 pm


- Kids: Places To Go -

Steinhart Aquarium
Come watch live sharks, alligators, penguins hundreds of fish and a living coral reef at the Steinhart Aquarium. The Steinhart houses over 600 varieties of aquatic life in 165 individual tanks. Open ocean fish swim around you in the 100,000-gallon fish roundabout (feedings take place at 1:30 pm daily). Penguin feedings take place at
11:30 am and 4 pm each day.
California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
Open 365 days of the year

- Kids: Things To Do -

Darwin's Scavenger Hunt
From "survival of the fittest" to "sexual selection", Darwin based most of his famous theories on his observations of animals around the world. Many of these species are now on display at the California Academy of Sciences. Follow our clues and find these animals, and you could win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy's amazing collection of Darwin's finches - the largest finch collection in the world! Download the scavenger hunt from our Web site (www.calacademy.org). Bring the scavenger hunt to the admission desk and receive a child's admission free to the museum for these days only.
Monday and Tuesday, February 11- 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Child's admission $2.00 ages 4-11
California Academy of Sciences

Nature Discovery - Ongoing
Each year the California Academy of Sciences offers children, families and adults more than 200 field trips, workshops and classes focusing on science and the natural world. Explore tide pools in Marin, discover birds in Golden Gate Park or learn how to draw and paint animals in Steinhart Aquarium.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place near the T-rex at the front entrance of The California Academy of Sciences each Saturday at 10:30 am. Story Time in February follows the theme of Along the Path: African American History.
Free with museum admission

 

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