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


-Exhibits & Happenings -

Sharks in the Park
A temporary display by Wild Aid
Closing October 14, 2002
Sharks in the Park will be devoted to increasing public awareness about one of the ocean's most fascinating and endangered creatures, sharks. Three life-size shark inflatables will be on display, and a new traveling Wild Aid shark display will open at the Academy before it proceeds on a worldwide tour. The Wild Aid display will be at the California Academy of Sciences September 21 through October 14.

Skulls
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.

Photo Contest Winners
April 20, 2002 to December 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
Ongoing through January 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.

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. In September join story time for Insect Investigation: Explore the world of Insects and Spiders. Children from ages 3 to 7 are welcome. Free with admission

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, October 2, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free

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

Fourth Annual Neighborhood Free Days
Weekends throughout the months of October and November San Francisco residents are invited to visit the Academy free of admission. Invited by neighborhood, according to zip codes, over 10,000 San Francisco residents visited the Academy on Neighborhood Free Days the last three years. Each visiting adult must prove residency by showing a driver's license or a utility bill.

To find your neighborhood's weekend date and zip code go to www.calacademy.org, click on General Information then on Neighborhood Free Days 2002.

-Lectures -

African Ceremonies:
Documenting a Vanishing World

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
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.

Birds of North America
Kenn Kaufman
Kenn Kaufman has revolutionized the field of bird identification by digitally editing real photographs to create ideal pictures for bird identification. A noted birder, he brings a unique blend of technical knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching others about the wonders of birds watching. Thursday, October 3, 7:30 pm. $6 members/$8 non-members. Booksigning to follow.

The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt
Josh Smith
In 1911, Dr. Ernest Stromer led an expedition to Egypt's Bahariya Oasis in the Sahara and discovered four new species of dinosaurs, Tragically, a 1944 Allied bombing raid incinerated all of his work, leaving much of his work unknown until Josh Smith and a team from the University of Pennsylvania returned to Egypt in 1999 to retrace his steps. Join Josh Smith as he recounts this fascinating tale and describes his finds in the deserts of Egypt, which includes a new species of dinosaur, the second largest to walk the earth. Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 pm. $6 members/ $8 non-members. Booksigning to follow.

"Planets and Satellites in Our Solar System: Special Focus on Io and Titan"
Dr. Imke de Pater, University of California Berkeley, studies the outer solar system with data from the Galileo Spacecraft and from the Adaptive Optics system on Mauna Kea's 10-meter Keck telescope. Her beautiful and state-of-the-art images of our own solar system's giant gas planets give us a better understanding of these worlds. This work is leading to new theories of their origin and subsequent evolution. Of particular interest are Jupiter's moon Io and Saturn's largest satellite, Titan. Dr de Pater's images from both the Galileo Spacecraft and from the Keck Telescope reveal new information about these mysterious satellites.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-9pm
Tickets are $3 each and may be purchased at the door.

-Kids: Things to Do -

Brain Case Drop
Skulls were designed by nature almost 500 million years ago to protect the brain in vertebrate animals. Now you can build you own protective brain case, using an egg to represent the delicate brain. To test your construction, we'll drop your brain case from the top of our roof. Will your brain survive the fall? Ages 7 and older. Space for this program is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Saturday, October 5, Brain Case Construction 11 am - 1 pm, Brain Case Drop 1:30 pm

Make a Skull
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All Ages. Saturday, October 5, Sunday, October 6, Monday, October 14, Saturday, October 19, Sunday, October 20, Sunday, October 27, Saturday, November 16, Sunday, November 17, Saturday, November 23, Sunday, November 24, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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. Friday, October 11, Friday, October 25,
Friday, November 1, Friday, November 29, All Ages 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, October 12, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 9, Saturday, November 30, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Skull Halloween Tour
After dark sets in…grab a flashlight and come to the Academy to tour Skulls. Learn about the biology and history of some of the 1700 skulls on display from Raymond "Bones" Bandar. Wednesday, October 30, first tour 7 to 8:20 pm, Second tour 8:10 to 9:30 pm Members $2 Non-Members $5. Ages 9 and up. Space is limited/Participants must sign for one tour only.

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. All ages. Thursdays in October, Sunday, November 10, Sunday, November 17, Sunday, December 1,
11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Bird Skulls
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull morphology, adaptations and conservation. All ages. Sunday, October 13, Tuesdays in November, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Cats and Dogs
Explore the design, function, and adaptations of feline and canine skulls. All Ages. Wednesday, October 2, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Songs of the Seafaring Life
Sea chanteys (chanties or shanties) are songs traditionally sung by sailors to accompany and set the rhythm for certain kinds of heavy, repetitive work on board ship. But sailors sang other sorts of songs, as well: maritime ballads and forecastle songs also paint portraits of life at sea and on shore. In today's program, the musicians of Mainbrace-Mike O'Leary-Johns and Tony Fraser-offer a glimpse into this musical tradition. Mainbrace is on tour in the Bay Area from South Wales. Saturday, October 12, 1 pm

Kites: Traditional and Contemporary
Tom McAlister of Highline Kites in Berkeley discusses the history and culture of kites in various traditions. His talk will also highlight the work of contemporary American kite-makers. This presentation will include slides, as well as examples of various kinds of kites. Saturday, October 26, 11 am

- Celebrate Latino Heritage -

Celebrate Latino Heritage with the Academy see live demonstrations, enjoy performances, join activities and workshops.

Argentine Folk Dance
Tango A Media Luz presents the chacarera, gato, and zamba, as well as the macho dances of the gauchos, those fiercely independent Argentine cowboys. These latter are performed by the Estrellas, the only North American women trained in the dangerous art of "malambos de boleadoras," tap dancing with whirling weapons. Also this program will feature Argentine folk songs presented by musician Heber Tosini.
October 5, 1 pm

Latino Heritage Day
Come celebrate Latino Heritage at the Academy with ongoing live demonstrations and hands-on activities including paper flower construction, traditional Zapotec weaving, crafts from Colombia, traditional dances from Chile and tortilla and tamale making. Sunday October 20, 11am to 4:30 pm.

Havana Under the Stars
Join Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and feel the rhythm of traditional Cuban music - especially the lilting grooves of the danzón, a legendary ballroom style that developed from the synchronization of African and European influences. Adult performance: Saturday, October 19, 6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm Concert, $6 members/$8 non-members. Children's performance: Sunday, October 20, 1 pm, Morrison Auditorium FREE after admission.
Tickets: (415) 750-7141

Calaveritas
Celebrate el Dia de los Muertos at the Academy and make your own calaverita a modern version of a 3000 year old Aztec ritual to celebrate The Day of the Dead in México. Space is limited, first come first served basis. Ages 7 and up. Saturday, November 2, Sunday, November 3, 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

- Special Events -

11th Annual Halloween Party
The Academy invites you, your children, and grandchildren to our ghoulishly grand Halloween happening on Friday, October 25. Known for having 18 million 'scary things' in bottles, it's the perfect place to celebrate this nocturnal autumn holiday. $95 per adult-free for children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so be sure to send your reply in soon. Reservations will be held at the door. This fun event benefits the research and education programs at the Academy-your support above $75 per ticket is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Friday, October 25, 2002,6:30 to 9 pm; $95 for adults/Free for children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary prices for the show "Stars Over San Francisco: Then and Now" will be rolled back to .74¢. Saturday, November 9, 11 am - 4 pm

- Field Trips, Seminars and Workshops -

Leave the Field Guides at Home
Who wants to be weighted down by cumbersome guidebooks on long hikes? Learn how to use a field journal to record questions and observations and how to use field guides-after hiking-as a tool for identification. Instructed by naturalist and illustrator Diane T Sands. Adult Seminar and Field Trip - Saturday, October 26, 9 am-4 pm $20 members/$25 non-members.

Brooks Island
Take a cruise aboard the Delphinus to explore this East Bay park, accessible by permit only. Learn about the island's plants, birds, and natural and cultural history on a hike to the top for a panoramic view. Instructed by naturalist and captain Ronn Patterson. Adult Field Trip - Sunday, October 27, 9 am-4 pm $75 members/$85 non-members. .

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 in the classroom. Instructed by artist Carolynne Griffin. Adult Workshop - Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9 am-3 pm $100 members/$110 non-members (Art materials are not included; a supply list is sent with confirmation notice.)


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