What's On at The California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Lectures, Programs and Events
January 2003

Skulls Ongoing through fall 2003

X-Ray Ichthyology Ongoing through fall 2003

Village Children Ongoing through fall 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Opening: November 28, 2002

Photo Contest Winners Closed

Powers of Ten Closing January 5, 2003

-Lectures-

Deep Underwater in Cuba
Geography and politics have endowed Cuba with the region's most pristine coast and marine environment. Join Bill Belleville as he recounts his month-long journey around the island in the company of American and Cuban marine biologists and a Discovery Channel film crew. Their voyage was the first and only United States submersible research expedition in Cuban waters to date. From mangrove swamps and coral reefs to a submerged volcano, the explorers encountered sublime wild places rarely seen by human eyes. Wednesday, January 8, 2 & 7:30 pm, Free to members/$8 non-members.

Earthlike Planets: How They Form and How We Can Find Them
Models of planetary system formation predict that rocky planets should form in orbit about most single stars. Current technology and search techniques are limited to the discovery of large planetary bodies. In December 2001, NASA selected the Kepler Mission to explore the structure and diversity of planetary systems, with a special emphasis on the detection of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones surrounding sunlike stars. Dr. Jack Lissauer from NASA-Ames Research Center will describe the Kepler Mission and its use of transit photometry (the drop in light when a planet passes between its star and the observer) from space. Tuesday, January 21, 7:30&9 pm Lecture tickets are $3 each and may be purchased at the door.

Crossing the Frozen Roof of the World
Despite enduring darkness, isolation, one of the stormiest winters on record, a polar bear attack, and flooded sea ice, Pam Flowers successfully completed the first solo expedition both by a woman and an American across 2,500 miles of Arctic from Barrow, Alaska to Repulse Bay, Canada. In her new book, Alone across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team, Flowers recounts her gripping adventure story and gives insight into the incredible tenacity required to complete such a trip. Join Flowers as she shares this exciting tale along with wonderful photographs of the frozen roof of the world. Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 pm, $6 members/ $8 non-members. Booksigning to follow the lecture.

Conversations at the Herbst Theatre 2003
Presented by City Arts & Lectures, Inc.
Steven Pinker, psychologist of language, M.I.T. The Language Instinct · The Blank Slate In conversation with Nina Jablonski Tuesday, January 14, at Herbst Theatre, 8 pm. This series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. To order tickets, please call City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

-Field Trips, Seminars & Workshops-

Winter's Birding Bonanza
When the days grow shorter, colder, and wetter, the Bay area becomes a birder's paradise for thousands of birds from sparrows to bald eagles. It's the perfect time for getting out and discovering our seasonal feathered friends. You can see this amazing birding bounty for yourself on one of the Academy's many January field trips led by Academy instructors. Explore a variety of coastal habitats, including Bodega Bay, Point Reyes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Bay, Lake San Antonio, and San Luis Obispo in search of waterbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, eagles, raptors, and others. Courses range from $30 to $150 and require advance registration.

New Planets, New Worlds
Explore one of the hottest topics in modern astronomy and consider plans to expand this exciting research quest. Instructed by astronomer Seth Shostak. Adult Seminar two Thursdays, January 9 & 16, 7&9 pm $35 non-members/$30 members.

Non-Ceremonial Sand Painting
Get inspired by Asian and Native American traditions to create lovely, durable sandpaintings. Instructed by artist Susan Tibbon. Workshop for Families with Children Ages 7 and up Sunday, January 12, 11 am&4 pm $45 adults/$35 children, non-members; $40 adults/$30 children, members (Plus $6-material fee per person)

Redwoods of the World
Take an in-depth look at the remarkable realm of redwoods, including the world's tallest and bulkiest trees. Adult Seminar and Field Trip. Five Wednesdays, January 22&February 19, 7&9 pm & two Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 10 am&2 pm $130 non-members/$120 members.

Waterworld
Spend the weekend learning to capture water environments which cover 70 percent of the earth's surface through watercolor. Instructed by artist Christine Cohen. Adult Workshop Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 10 am&4 pm $110 non-members/$100 members (Supplies not included; materials list sent with confirmation notice.)

-Kids: Things To Do -

Children's Story Time - ongoing
Story Time takes place in the Skulls exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences each Saturday at 10:30 am. Children ages 3 to 7 are welcome. Free with admission

Ancient Hawaiian Traditions Come to Life
In ancient times, dancers were taught in a hula halau, meaning a hall, by a hula master (kumu hula). Young dancers, both male and female, were specially chosen for their grace and physical coordination and trained in making costumes and leis as well as in dance. Dancers continue to this day to belong to hula halaus (the word now refers to a hula school or group), where regional differences in hula styles are still maintained. Costumes for the classical kahiko hula, were made from layers of bark cloth (kapa) wrapped around the body. Leis fashioned from such natural materials as mountain ferns, flowers, shells, seeds, kukui nuts, or dog's teeth were worn on the head, wrists, and ankles to accentuate the dancers' movements. Misao Mizuno and her dance troupe demonstrate the classic form and history of the hula Saturday, January 18, 1 pm. Free with museum admission.

Music from Tonga
Musicians from the Heilala o Tonga Group bring us a concert of music in the Tongan tradition. Singing in strong harmony to the accompaniment of various instruments ukulele, guitar, banjo, bass, handmade, and lali (a percussion instrument made of bamboo) the musicians perform songs that tell of love won and lost, Tonga's island landscape and its royal family, human relationships, and everyday activities, like fishing. Saturday, January 25, 1 pm, Free with museum admission.

Fun With Dead Heads
Make a Skull & Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Mysterious Victims of Flying Predators & Examine the hunting technique of hawks, eagles and other flying predators, then help reconstruct the scene of the crime as we identify the skulls of their prey. Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Bare Bones & Take a crash course on recognizing animals by their skulls alone. Examine human, hyena, turtle and rodent skulls, learning important details used by experts to compare species. Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm.

Bird Skulls & Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. Saturdays & Sundays, January 4 & 5, 25 & 26, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm.

 

-Exhibits & Happenings -

Holidays at the Academy
The Academy is open every day of the year. Families are invited to visit both Christmas Day, December 25, 2002 and New Years' Day, January 1, 2003. This year New Years' Day coincides with our Free Day. On Free Day, the Academy is open from 10 am to 8:45 pm. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Natural Selection: Darwin's Birthday
Set aside time to smooch under the stars and kiss among the fishes with an evening of music, dancing and revelry. It's time to celebrate Darwin's Birthday with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and the Academy Explorers. This year, the Explorers (the Academy's young professionals group) will host Natural Selection Friday, February 7, 2003 from 8:30 pm&midnight. Tickets $40 in advance/$55 at the door. Sign up to receive an invitation by emailing info@calacademy.org.

Skulls
Ongoing through fall 2003
Skulls includes almost 1,700 different dead heads -- ranging from monkeys and giraffes to warthogs and rats to bears and dolphins. Created by Academy staff, this exhibit is festooned with 860 sea lion heads in a 93-foot-long undulating display. Skulls shows visitors what the study of human and animal skulls can reveal about behavior, injury, disease, evolutionary adaptation, and more. This strange and stunning display will captivate young and old alike.

X-Ray Ichthyology
Ongoing through fall 2003
Prepare to look at fish in a whole new light. X-Ray Ichthyology captures forty-six fish from the Academy's ichthyology collection on X-ray film. Blown up and backlit, these large-format photographs transform scaly swimmers ranging from piranhas to guitarfish into eerie, luminescent works of art.

Village Children
Ongoing through fall 2003
See faces of children from around the world, in villages both rural and urban. This collection of photographs is a tribute to communities that allow people to live and work in a space of human dimensions and shared values. Village Children is a traveling exhibit of photographs by the noted photographer Dr. Philip Rasori. This exhibit will be on display in the Academy's Cafe opening October 12.

Dennis Anderson Photos
Opening: November 28, 2002
Dennis Anderson presents portraits of life on the San Francisco Bay. From glowing undersea creatures and sunset scenes to commercial fisherman and cargo handling, Anderson's work captures the Bay as an intersection of nature and commerce in still photographs. Get a glimpse of San Francisco Bay through Anderson's photography exhibit on display at the Academy in Wild California Hall opening November 28.


Powers of Ten
Closing January 5, 2003
Come visit a place where the farthest reaches of the Universe and the familiar features of your own back yard are just a few steps and a few zeros apart. Using a series of photographs based on the landmark film of the same name by Charles and Ray Eames, Powers of Ten explores 44 powers of ten, beginning with 1026 meters (the size of the known Universe) and ending at 10-18 meters (the size of the smallest known subatomic particles). At each station, videos and objects from the Academy's vast research collections allow visitors to investigate scientific discoveries relating to different powers of ten.

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.

Steinhart Aquarium
Watch live sharks, alligators, penguins, hundreds of fish and a living coral reef at Steinhart Aquarium. Steinhart Aquarium 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

Free Wednesday
The first Wednesday of every month is free, all year long! The museum stays open until 8:45 pm on free Wednesdays - at 5 pm step into Morrison Planetarium for a free half-hour concert.
Wednesday, January 2, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free

 

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