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

150 Years of Science Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Skulls Ongoing through December 31, 2003

X-Ray Ichthyology Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Village Children Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Ongoing through December 31, 2003


Astronomy and Space Day
Saturday, May 10, 10 am-2 pm
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Astronomy Day, created to share the joy of astronomy. In addition to regular planetarium shows, Morrison Planetarium will be hosting hands-on astronomy activities for kids and families, and solar observing through special telescopes (weather permitting).

Activities include:
" Get inside the Star Lab provided by the Palomares 4-H Astronomy Project. A star lab is a portable planetarium that fits almost anywhere. On display from noon to 2 pm.
" See the sun through a telescope when the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers host solar observing - weather permitting.
" Tim Tulley - will present his DVD The Universe with images from space including several from the Hubble telescope.
" Morrison Planetarium Star Shows will take place from noon to 4 pm on the hour.
" Visitors may view an Orrery - Orrery's show the planets in our solar system in small to-scale models. An Orrery is a mini planetarium that illustrates the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by rotation and revolution of balls (or planets) moved by wheelwork.
" Kids may bring home their own night sky when they make Paper Cup Planetariums.
" Kids may learn about their birthday moon and make an ornament to take home.

Co-sponsored by NASA's Solar System Ambassador Program.

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 11, 2003
California Academy of Sciences members who are mothers, together with their families, receive free admission to the EXPLORATORIUM and the SAN FRANCISCO ZOO on this special day. In order to receive your free admission present your membership card at these facilities.

18th Annual Academy Ball
Dancing Through Time
Friday, May 16, 2003
On Friday, May 16, from 6:30 pm to midnight, the Academy will celebrate its 150th Anniversary at the 18th Annual Academy Ball, "Dancing through Time." This year's Ball promises to be a fun-filled event, and will be all the more exceptional as joint leadership will be provided by Ball Dinner Chairs from the past 17 years. Dodge and Cox is the corporate sponsor.

For further information, please contact the Special Events Office by email at dkernan@calacademy.org.

Sudden Oak Death Field Day
Saturday, May 17, 2003
Learn the latest insights about Sudden Oak Death at the California Academy Sciences' Pepperwood Preserve. Hear what is being done and what to anticipate in this region. Learn about the influence of this disease on our wildlife as speakers dispel myths and inaccuracies and build on the latest scientific information. Attendees will receive up-to-date information for homeowners and plant professionals. Learn more about this matter from the California Oak Mortality Task Force Education Coordinator, a Tree Care Specialist, and a Wildlife Biologist (Wildlife Conservation Society). After several short presentations you will have a chance to mingle with the experts, and enjoy your lunch at the Pepperwood Preserve. A vigorous optional hike to a diseased coast redwood and tan oak forest is also available. If you're not up for the steep hike, stay at the facility and enjoy the best wild view of the Santa Rosa area. Bring your own lunch, water, hiking boots and questions.
For more information contact DendroTech (707) 942-9139.
The California Academy of Sciences Pepperwood Preserve
3450 Franz Valley Road (15 minutes east of Santa Rosa off Mark West Springs Road)
Saturday, May 17, 2003, 10 am to 2 pm
Free and open to the public


The Nature of "Nature" in the Amazon Basin
Lecture and Book Signing
IGARAPÉ GUARIBE, BRAZIL-Through the centuries, explorers and scientists alike have placed an emphasis on the pristine nature of one of the greatest strongholds of biological diversity- the Amazon Basin. Hugh Raffles, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, contends that the reality is quite different. The Amazon is in fact a dramatic interplay of centuries-old human manipulation and nature's ability to thrive after natural and manmade disturbances.

Raffles examines the impact of a wide range of people-from 16th-century explorers and their native rivals to the 19th-century naturalists and contemporary ecologists, logging company executives, and river-traders. Raffles explains how humans, animals, rivers, and forests all participate in the making of a region that remains at the center of debates in environmental politics. Raffles tells a fascinating story that changes our understanding of the region and challenges us to rethink what we mean by "nature." After the presentation, he will be signing his recently released book, In Amazonia: A Natural History. Thursday, May 8, 7:30 pm, $8 California Academy of Sciences.

City Arts and Lectures with the California Academy of Sciences present Russ Mittermeier primatologist, president Conservation International and David Quammen, science writer, author of Megadiversity and Hotspots, Song of the Dodo and Boiler Plate Rhino. In conversation with John McCosker at the Herbst Theatre
Wednesday, May 14, 8 pm $18
This series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
The California Academy of Sciences does not handle ticket sales for this event, to order tickets, please call City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

City Arts and Lectures with the California Academy of Sciences present Matt Ridley, a science writer, author of Genome and Nature via Nurture In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt at the Herbst Theatre
Thursday, May 22 8 pm $18
This series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
The California Academy of Sciences does not handle ticket sales for this event, to order tickets, please call City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

The Farthest Stars
Dean Lecture
How did the first galaxies form? The answer can be found only when we find the farthest stars, formed nearly 13 billion years ago. In our quest to find the first points of light in the cosmos, we are also learning about the universe itself-how it began, how it has aged, and how it will most likely end. Dr. Charles Liu from the American Museum of Natural History will speak about these oldest stars and the formation of the first galaxies in the universe. Tuesday, May 27, 7:30-9 pm, $3 purchase tickets in advance.

Echo of the Big Bang
Lecture and Book Signing
A group of scientists and engineers spent eight years building a satellite designed, in effect, to read the genome of the universe. The Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) has finally reported in-and it's found things nobody ever expected. Telling the full story of MAP and its surprising revelations, this book is both a personal and scientific tale of discovery. Michael D. Lemonick is a senior science writer at Time magazine, where he has written more than forty cover stories on a wide range of science-related topics. His books include The Light at the Edge of the Universe and Other Worlds. Tuesday, May 6, 7:30-9 pm, Free

-Free Programs-

Sculptured Waxwork Candles
Totonac Artist Jun Tiburcio, visiting from Veracruz, Mexico, crafts sculpted candles embedded with seeds. Burning these creations reminds us of both the beauty and the evanescence of all things. Examples of Jun's work in various other media will also be on display. Saturday, May 3, 1 pm. Free after museum admission .

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a troupe of dancers from Indonesia, will guide you through the music and dance of Bali. Dances and musical excerpts will be performed along with a discussion of their background. Wednesday, May 7, 1 pm Free - this program takes place on the Academy's Free Day.

Japanese Paper Origami
Fold your own origami figure to take home, and learn about the traditional Japanese art of paper Origami. Master origami artist Vicky Mihara Avery will be onsite to explain the cultural meaning of this traditional Japanese craft. Program in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Saturday, May 10, 11 am- 4 pm. Free after museum admission ..

Andean Village Music
Edmond Badoux and Francy Vidal of Chaskinakuy perform village music from the Andean highlands on a wide selection of traditional instruments, including bone flutes and an upside-down harp. Saturday, May 10 1 pm. Free after museum admission .

Hawaiian Kapa
The beating of plant fibers into a fine cloth known as kapa is an ancient art in Hawaii. Malia Lealao will discuss and demonstrate this traditional craft. This program is in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Saturday, May 17, 1 -3 pm Free after museum admission .

Science Illustration
Meet Academy scientific illustrator Virginia Kirsch and watch a live demonstration of scientific illustration of real insects. Wednesday, May 14, through Saturday, May 17, 11:30 am-4 pm Free after museum admission.

Chinese Calligraphy
Meet Chinese calligraphy master You Shan Tang, and take home your own name written in the form of Chinese calligraphy. For several millennia, the art of Chinese calligraphy has been central to Chinese culture where it is regarded to be one of the most revealing powers of a person. This program is taking place in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 11:30 am-4 pm. Free after museum admission.

The Magic of Chinese Music
Led by Betty Anne Siu Junn Wong, local and visiting Chinese musicians perform vocal and dance solos from Kunqu opera, and play the jinghu (opera fiddle), yangqin (butterfly dulcimer), and other instruments. This program is taking place in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Saturday, May 31, 1 pm. Free after museum admission.

Live Penguins
See live black-footed penguins up close and learn about their history at Steinhart Aquarium. Biologist and penguin keeper Pamela Schaller will discuss what it's like to care for wet feathered friends and the Aquarium's role as a Species Survival Plan member. Saturday, May 31, 1:30 pm. Free after museum admission.

More Free Programs…

-Skull Skills-

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.
Thursdays, May 1, May 15, May 22, & May 29, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Owl Pellet Forensics - 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. Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 am.

Make A Skull - Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Saturday, May 3, Wednesday, May 7, Saturday, May 10, Saturday, May 17, Saturday, May 24, Saturday, May 31, 12:30-3:30 pm

Mysterious Victims of Flying Predators - Examine the hunting technique of hawks, eagles and other flying predators, and then help reconstruct the scene of the crime as we identify the skulls of their prey. Sunday, May 4, Sunday, May 11 and Sunday, May 18, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

-Field Trips, Seminars and Classes-

Photographing Wildflowers
Capture the beauty of wildflowers on film. Get tips on equipment, composition, and creative techniques to improve your images, and try out your new skills at nearby Strybing Arboretum. Instructed by photographer Chris Kibre. Adult Seminar and Field Trip-Sunday, May 4, 10 am-3 pm $40. For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

The Heyday of Natural History
Never has science been held in higher esteem and the public taken a bigger interest in natural history than during the mid-19th century in America and Britain when most of today's renowned science museums, including the Academy, were established. Explore this fervor and how Charles Darwin's Origin of Species eventually undermined it. Instructed by science historian John Dillon. Adult Seminar-Tuesday, May 6, 7-9 pm $30. For registration information and more details, including other course offerings.

Illustrating Mammals From the Inside Out
Discover mammal anatomy, and learn to draw them from the inside out. Learn how to interpret what you see and accurately draw animal forms with pencil in this intensive workshop. Instructed by naturalist Jack Laws. Adult Workshop-Saturday, May 10, 9 am-4 pm $65 For registration information and more details, including other course offerings.

San Francisco's California Quail
Visit some of the California quail's favorite haunts in the Presidio, and learn about its fascinating biology and the science being used to save the city's last populations. Instructed by birder Alan Hopkins. Adult Field Trip-Sunday, May 11, 8 am-12 pm $40 For registration information and more details, including other course offerings,

Recycled Basketry
Make a strong, long-lasting basket and reduce landfill by reusing the plastic shipping straps on boxes. Instructed by basket weaver Kathleen Hubbard. Workshop for Families with Children Ages 8 and up-Saturday, May 31, 10 am-4 pm $50 adults/$45 children For registration information and more details, including other course offerings.


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.

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, 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 December 31, 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, May 7, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free.



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