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

Exhibits

150 Years of Science Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Skulls Ongoing through December 31, 2003

X-Ray Ichthyology Closing August 26, 2003

Village Children Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Ongoing through December 31, 2003

-Events-

The California Academy of Sciences 12th Annual Summer Gala, The Last Chance Dance
"The Last Chance Dance," reflects yet another step in the Academy's evolution towards building the new Academy designed by architect Renzo Piano. As the Academy prepares to go downtown for four years while the Academy is rebuilt in Golden Gate Park, this will be the "last chance" for the Gala to be held in our present location. On the night of the event, guests will enjoy viewing the 150th anniversary exhibit allowing them to "reDISCOver" the Academy's natural wonders - while reveling in the disco theme!
Co-chairs are Shelley Dickerson and Ken & Akiko Freeman
$100 per person for Academy members, $125 per person for no- members
For additional information contact Anne Rianda at 415-750-7219 or arianda@calacademy.org

The California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Festival in Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2003

How does the oldest scientific institution in the west celebrate its 150th Anniversary? With an outdoor street festival in Golden Gate Park. On the same site as the 1894 Midwinter Exposition, the 150-year-old Academy will roll in a 75-foot Ferris wheel to offer birds-eye views of Golden Gate Park Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the weekend, the Academy will celebrate with musical and children's entertainment, scientific demonstrations, street festival foods natural curiosities, family activities and cake.
The outdoor festival is free and open to the public, admission to the museum will remain $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, $2.00 for children ages 4-11 and free for children ages 3 and under. Visitors who ride bikes or take public transit will receive free admission to the museum, September 6 and 7.

-Free Programs-

Programs are free with museum admission.

Live Penguins
Saturday, June 28, 1:30 pm
See live South African penguins up close and learn about their history at the Steinhart Aquarium. Biologist and penguin keeper Pamela Schaller will share with us what it's like to care for our wet-feathered friends and the Aquarium's role as Species Survival Plan member. All ages.

Just Say Jazz
Sunday, June 29, 1:00 pm
Just Say Jazz presents an introduction to the uniquely American form of jazz. They perform a variety of tunes which will demonstrate both a historical and theoretical understanding of jazz music. The basic elements of jazz will be discussed, including improvisation, the core of jazz creation. All ages.

Make A Skull
Wednesday, July 2, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Live Penguins
Wednesday, July 2, 1:30 pm
See live South African penguins up close and learn about their history at the Steinhart Aquarium. Biologist and penguin keeper Pamela Schaller will share with us what it's like to care for our wet- feathered friends and the Aquarium's role as Species Survival Plan member. All ages.

Make A Skull
Thursday, July 3, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Make A Skull
Saturday, July 5, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Make A Skull
Sunday, July 6, 12:30-3:30pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Make A Skull
Saturday, July 12, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Make A Skull
Sunday, July 13, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Owl Pellet Forensics
Tuesday, July 15, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Look for skulls in owl pellets and find out who is on the menu. We'll provide owl pellets, dissecting tools, and skull identification guides. All ages.

Make A Skull
Wednesday, July 16, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Caribbean Rhythms
Saturday, July 19, 1:00 pm
Zeke Nealy and his percussion ensemble present a workshop on music from Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, with a touch of Brazilian flavor. Come try out your skill on the drums, shakers and bells.

Make A Skull
Saturday, July 19, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Bird Skulls
Sunday, July 20, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. All ages.

How Do They Do That?
Wednesday, July 23, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

Mysterious Victims of Flying Predators
Thursday, July 24, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
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. All ages.

How Do They Do That
Saturday, July 26, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
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.

Bird Skulls
Sunday, July 27, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. All ages

Mysterious Victims of Flying Predators
Thursday, July 31, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
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. All ages.

-Lectures-

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Everest
Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary is an excellent alpinist who-like his father, legendary explorer Sir Edmund Hillary-has climbed Mt. Everest and traversed Antarctica to the South Pole. In this lecture, Hillary presents with photos the value and the impact of adventure travel on remote eco-systems and cultures throughout the world, the science of high-altitude climbs, and combines heart-stopping and humorous stories of challenge, perseverance, and achievement that are at once both inspirational and entertaining. Author of five books and many articles, Hillary will also be signing his latest book, In the Ghost Country.
California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm $8

-Classes, Seminars and Field Trips-

For registration information and more details, including other course offerings, visit www.calacademy.org/education.

Botany of the Bay Area: Coastal Communities
Adult Seminar & Field Trip
Wednesdays, June 11, 18 & 25, 7-9 pm, &
Sundays, June 15, 22 & 29
10 am to 3 pm
Discover the unique mechanisms the Bay Area's coastal plants have developed to live in harsh coastal communities. Instructed by botanist Glenn Keator. $110

Nesting Birds of the San Francisco Coast
Adult Field Trip
Friday, July 4
8 am to noon
Get a Fourth of July glimpse of how very special the western edge of San Francisco is with its varied, unique nesting habitat for birds. Instructed by birder Dan Murphy. $40

Riding the Curvatures of Spacetime
Adult Seminar
Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12
7 to 9 pm
Using a pictorial approach, examine falling apples, the bizarre behavior of black holes, and the shape of the universe to understand Einstein's general theory of relativity. Instructed by research scientist Steve Bryson. $100

Drawing in Skulls
Workshop for Families with Children
Friday, July 11,
6 to 8:30 pm
Spend a special evening drawing in the skulls exhibit after the crowds have gone home. Instructed by artist Jacqueline Ruben. Ages 7 and up-$35 adults/$30 children

Portrait of a Tree
Adult Workshop
Sunday, July 13,
10 am to 4 pm
Learn three watercolor techniques while developing a feel for color, composition, and value. Then test out your new skills with a variety of subjects at Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Instructed by artist Nell Melcher. $65


-Exhibits-

150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders
Ongoing through December 31, 2003

The Academy's 150th Anniversary Exhibit: 150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders features an enormous timeline streaming through the Academy's exhibit halls, giving visitors the opportunity to walk through 150 years of history as they learn how world events and major discoveries have shaped the pursuit of science and the Academy. The timeline will lead visitors to further exhibits that detail the Academy's plans for its future.

Skulls
Ongoing through December 31, 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, 860 sea lion skulls are on display 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
Closing August 26, 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 December 31, 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.

Dennis Anderson Photos
Ongoing through December 31, 2003

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.

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, July 2, 9 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free

 

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