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

-Exhibits & Happenings -

Ongoing through late 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 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
Opening: October 12, 2002

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.

Photo Contest Winners
Closing: October 27, 2002

From France to Fresno, children ages 6­18 have submitted photographs to the Children's Photography Contest at the Academy. Come see the winning entries on display in Wild California Hall.

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, November 6, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free

The Academy is open Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2002
The Academy of Sciences is open 365 days of the year from 10 am to 5 pm.

-Lectures -

African Ceremonies:
Documenting a Vanishing World

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
Editors Note: Photos available
Whether they are documenting male and female initiation rites or the charming and seductive Wodaabe courtship dances, Beckwith and Fisher convey the reverence with which the participants carry out the various ceremonies. In 1999, they released a two-volume tome: African Ceremonies, a celebration in photographs and text of the continent's rapidly disappearing tribal rites and rituals. This year the authors will release a concise one-volume edition of their photographs. Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 pm. $6 members/ $8 non-members. Booksigning to follow.

Search For the Golden Moon Bear
Join Sy Montgomery as she tells of wandering through the land-mined forests of Southeast Asia where she encountered remote hill tribes, towering forests, crumbling temples, monks, poachers, and scholars. Learn about astonishing new opportunities for conserving endangered species in this fragile region. Thursday, November 7, 7:30 pm. $6 members/$8 non-members. Booksigning to follow.

Neither God nor Devil:
Rethinking our Perceptions of Wolves

Eva-Lena Rehnmark
Historically, wolves have occupied a range of personalities and roles in mythologies around the world. From a symbol of evil depicted by the Christian church in order to teach morals, to a god of fertility for crops in Japan and the Americas, the wolf has at the same time inspired fear and adulation. Join Eva-Lena Rehnmark as she argues that neither deification nor demonization of the wolf is fair and that a new clear-eyed relationship with these fascinating animals must be forged. Her lecture and book are informed by scholarly research and observation as well as beautiful illustrations, as she examines their role in literature, mythology, and art. Wednesday, November 13, 2 & 7:30 pm. Free to members/ $8 non-members.

The Killers Within:
The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Join Mark Plotkin, a renowned ethnobotanist, as he delves into the secret lives of bacteria and describes how they have aggressively evolved and outwitted doctors in a medical crisis that has been brewing for decades. Learn about the scientists involved in the race to develop new means to combat bacteria. Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 pm. $6 members/ $8 non-members. Booksigning to follow.

-Special Events -

Morrison Planetarium's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate Morrison Planetarium's 50th anniversary. Make your own Paper Cup Planetarium and learn about your Birthday Moon. Look through a telescope with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Sing "Happy Birthday" to the Planetarium and join us for a slice of cake at 1:30 pm. Activities will take place throughout the day, the star show "Stars over San Francisco: Then and Now" will run every hour. Join us to look forward to our next 50 years.

· 10 am­5 pm Solar Observing hosted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
· 10:30 am Celestial Story Time
· 11 am­12 pm Make Your Own Paper Cup Planetarium & Learn About Your Birthday Moon
· 12­4 pm Sky Shows: "Stars Over San Francisco Then and Now" ­ Morrison Planetarium
· 1:30 pm Wish Morrison Planetarium "Happy Birthday" and enjoy cake
· 2­3 pm Make your own Paper Cup Planetarium & Learn About Your Birthday Moon
· 3:30 pm Lecture: "Behind the Scenes in Morrison Planetarium" Steve Craig, planetarium chairman, in conversation with Jerry Kay
Saturday, November 9, 10 am - 5 pm

In honor of Morrison Planetarium's 50th Anniversary Star Show prices are rolled back to 1952-levels: .74¢ for adults, .30¢ for children and seniors. This offer ends November 24, 2002.

Run To The Far Side®
The 5K and 10K Run To The Far Side® is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that pays tribute to the zany cartoon creations of Gary Larson. It is the only race where herds of costumed cows, chickens, squid, cavemen, and assorted Far Side fanatics compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park. Costumes are a race tradition in the 5K, with a costume contest following the race. Those more interested in slimming their waistline after their Thanksgiving feasts are invited to join in the 10K run.
Sunday, December 1, 8:30 am
Pre-register: $20 for members /$25 for non-members; $30 for all on race morning
To register call (415) 759-2690
Fees support environmental education and research programs at the Academy and include free admission following the race.

-Seminars, Classes and Field Trips -

Hip-Hop Dance
Hip-hop dancing is an urban art form that started in the Bronx during the late 1960's. Its popularity among inner-city youth spread throughout the early and mid-1980's, then increased dramatically in the 1990's. Hip-hop's most common form is b-boying, or breaking, which is characterized by a combination of elaborate footwork and spinning moves that often resemble acrobatics. The name came about because these dances were initially performed during breaks in the music. In this presentation, the young dancers of Dance-A-Vision will perform various styles of hip-hop dancing. Saturday, November 9, 1 pm.

Songs from English Tradition
Singer and songwriter Richard Grainger, here on tour from England, performs songs from his wide repertoire of traditional music. Saturday, November 16, 1 pm.

Native American Artifacts

Fred Wahpepah is a Native American of Kickapoo, Sac and Fox, and Irish descent. He brings a series of traditional artifacts to share, including beaded moccasins, a buffalo skull, fans of eagle and red-tail hawk feathers, and a dance shawl. He will discuss the role of these objects in Native American culture and ritual. This is a special program in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Saturday, November 23, 1 pm.

Weaving a History of Navajo Rugs
As the former director and curator of the Navajo Nation Museum in Arizona, Academy scientist Russ Hartman will offer a slide-illustrated journey through rug designs, along with a presentation of Navajo rugs from the Academy's collection. Participants are invited to bring their own rugs to the class for identification. This class is being offered as part of Native American Heritage Month.
Adult Seminar, Monday, November 18, 7-9 pm, $20 members/$25 non-members. For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

Discovering the Form and Beauty of Skulls
The form and beauty of skulls have fascinated artists for centuries. Explore their architecture and function as you sketch in the Academy's acclaimed skulls exhibit, and then discover how to paint with sepia-toned inks on vellum using the sketches as references. Instructed by artist Carolynne Griffin. Adult Workshop Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9 am­3 pm $100 members/$110 non-members (materials not included; supply list sent with confirmation.) For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

Powers of Ten and the Human Population Explosion
Discover how habitat destruction, the extinction of species, and the loss of indigenous cultures have paralleled the exponential growth of the human population and what can be done to reverse the trend. Instructed by photographer and physician Phil Rasori. Adult Seminar Tuesday, November 19, 7­9 pm $20 members/$25 non-members. For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

Beginning Birding:
Fall Birds of Golden Gate Park

Learn some basic birding tips, and then head out to Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to look for gold-crowned sparrows, acorn and hairy woodpeckers, and ring-necked and bufflehead ducks. Instructed by birder Nancy DeStefanis. Seminar and Field Trip for Families with Children Ages 7 and up Saturday, November 16, 9 am­noon $25 adults/$20 children, members; $30 adults/$25 children, non-members. For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

-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.

Skull Halloween Tour ­ After dark sets in...grab a flashlight and come to tour Skulls. Learn about some of the 1700 skulls on display from Ray "Bones" Bandar. Wednesday, October 30, 7 to 8:20 pm, Members $2/Non-Members $5. Ages 9 and up. Space is limited.

How Do They Do That? ­ How do animals locate prey without seeing it or hearing it? Or swallow prey bigger than their heads? Explore animal senses by looking at skulls. All ages. Friday, November 1; Friday, November 29; all days: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Bird Skulls ­Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skulls. All ages. Tuesdays in November; all days: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Mysterious Victims of Flying Predators ­ Examine the hunting technique of hawks, eagles and other flying predators, then reconstruct the scene of the crime as we identify the skulls of their prey. All ages. Saturday, November 9; Saturday, November 30; all days: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Bare Bones ­ Take a crash course on recognizing animals by their skulls alone, learning important details used by experts to compare species. All ages. Sunday, November 10; Sunday, November 17; Sunday, December 1; all days: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Make a Skull ­Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Saturday, November 16; Sunday, November 17; Saturday, November 23; Sunday, November 24; all days: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

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