SEPTEMBER 22, 2003
CALENDAR CORRECTION
REVISED OCTOBER CALENDAR BELOW


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

Exhibits

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land Ongoing through December 31, 2003

150 Years of Science Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Skulls Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Village Children Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Ongoing through December 31, 2003

-Events-

Música de Colombia Under the Stars
Enjoy an evening of vibrant Colombian music with Tambores de Colombia as you look at the South American sky in Morrison Planetarium. For adults age 21 and over.
Thursday October 9, 6:30 pm reception/7:30 pm concert (with one intermission)
Morrison Planetarium
$6 members/$10 non-members.
Información en Español:

Latino Heritage Day
Come to the Academy and celebrate Latino Heritage Month with ongoing live demonstrations and hands-on activities including paper flowers, traditional Zapotec weaving, crafts from Colombia, traditional dances from Chile, as well as, tortilla and tamale-making stations.
Saturday, October 11, 11 am-4:30 pm; Información en Español: ; FREE with museum admission.

A Halloween Tail . . . Migrating Mystical Creatures 12th Annual Academy Halloween Party
Pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls and princesses are invited to the Academy's Annual Halloween Party where kids are invited to show off their costumes as well as get in on some Halloween treats a week before the actual day. Families are invited to see Tobias the Cosmic Wonder perform his magic, get their hands dirty in the slime-making booth, meet Academy scientists with their specimen collections, decorate masks, pumpkins and their own faces with face-painters on-site. A dinner buffet, catered by Dan McCall and Associates as well as other Halloween treats will be available to guests. Reservations are required by Friday, October 17. Space is limited; please reserve early.
Tickets are $125 per adult, which includes admission for three children; admission for each additional child is $25.
Or join us at the Benefactor level for $500. Proceeds benefit education and research.
Friday, October 24, 2003 from 6:30 to 9 pm

-Free Programs-

Programs are free with museum admission.

SKULL DETECTIVE
Wednesday, October 1, 12:30 pm
Examine skulls for clues that may reveal the owner's lifestyle. See samples of food that may have been eaten when they were alive.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 am
Stories for Latino American History Month. Chosen by the Academy Library.

SKULL SOUNDS
Saturday, October 4, 11:30 am & 1 pm
Discover the strange sounds that animals can make with their skulls, and explore the way your skull affects your voice.

ARMENIAN TRADITIONAL DANCE
Saturday, October 4, 1 pm
Members of the Karoun Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Carol Kazarian, will perform selections from the folk and classical traditions of Armenian dance. This performance will also feature live music.

HOW DO THEY DO THAT?
Sunday, October 5, 11:30 am and 1 pm
How do animals locate prey withoug seeing it or hearing it? or swallow prey bigger than their heads? Explore animal senses by looking at skulls. FREE

SKULL DETECTIVE

Wednesday, October 8, 12:30 pm
Examine skulls for clues that may reveal the owner's lifestyle. See samples of food that may have been eaten when they were alive.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Friday, October 10, 6 to 9 pm;

Search for elusive owls, bats, skunks, and more during an evening trek into Golden Gate Park. Wear warm clothing in layers, walking shoes, and bring water. Flashlights will be provided. For families with children ages 8 and up. $1 members/$2 non-members. Space is limited. Registration required.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 am
Stories for Latino American History Month. Chosen by the Academy Library.

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
Saturday, October 11, 11:30 am-1 pm
Investigate the skulls and skeletons of reptiles and amphibians. How do these skulls help the animals slither, swagger or hop?

SKULL DETECTIVE
Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 pm
Examine skulls for clues that may reveal the owner's lifestyle. See samples of food that may have been eaten when they were alive.

Insects
Thursday, October 16, 11:30 am
Examine the similarities and differences between insects and other insect-like organisms. Explore the insect's role as decomeposers in the environment.

BIRDWATCHING FOR KIDS

Saturday, October 18, 8:30-10 am;
Learn what to look for or hear when identifying birds in the field. Wear warm clothing in layers, walking shoes, and bring water. Binoculars will be provided. For children ages 9-12. $1 members/$2 non-members. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.


CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 am
Stories for Latino American History Month. Chosen by the Academy Library.

MAKE A SKULL
Saturday, October 18, 12:30-3:30 pm
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages.

MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF TIBET

Saturday, October 18, 1 pm
Tsering Wangmo leads a group of Tibetan performing artists in a sampling of traditional arts. Selections may include a scene from Tibetan opera, drinking songs, a floor-stamping dance, as well as repertoire for the flute, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and other Tibetan folk instruments.

BIRD SKULLS
Sunday, October 19, 11:30 am & 1 pm
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design.

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION
Tuesday, October 21, 10:30 am-3:30 pm.
Meet Academy scientific illustrator Virginia Kirsch and experience a live demonstration of entomological scientific illustration.

OWL PELLET FORENSICS
Tuesday, October 21, 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.

BIRD SKULLS
Sunday, October 19, 11:30 am & 1 pm
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design.

SKULL DETECTIVE
Wednesday, October 22, 12:30 pm.
Examine skulls for clues that may reveal the owner's lifestyle. See samples of food that may have been eaten when they were alive.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 am
Stories for Latino American History Month. Chosen by the Academy Library.

MORRIS DANCING
Saturday, October 25, 1 pm
Members of Berkeley Morris Dancing present a program of English traditional dances, complete with jingling bells, colorful ribbons, waving handkerchiefs, and lots of energy.

SKULL SOUNDS
Sunday, October 26, 11:30 am-1 pm
Discover the strange sounds that animals can make with their skulls, and explore the way your skull affects your voice.

-Lectures-

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE
Subhankar Banerjee
Seasons of Life and Land
Thursday, September 18 7:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences
$8

In his book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, Subhankar Banerjee's striking photographs are paired with original essays by Peter Matthiessen, David Allen Sibley, and George Schaller, among others, with a foreword by former president Jimmy Carter.

Join Banerjee as he recounts his adventures and insights developed during his time spent in the Refuge. Listen as he shares the stories behind his photography. An exhibit of Banerjee's photos at the Academy, recently opened to the public, will be open for lecture attendees to view. A book-signing will follow the lecture.

GENOMICS LECTURE
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Wednesday, October 8 7:30 pm
Price $8
California Academy of Sciences

Though her photographs of DNA were revolutionary and provided Watson and Crick with the necessary knowledge to make their startling discovery of DNA's structure, physical chemist Rosalind Franklin never received due credit. The noted British biographer, Brenda Maddox contends that sexism, egotism and anti-Semitism conspired to marginalize a brilliant and uncompromising young scientist. Maddox draws on interviews, published records, and a trove of personal letters to and from Rosalind, to reconstruct the fascinating tale of one of the key figures behind the greatest discovery of the 20th century.

PHOTO LECTURE
Portrait of a Primate: The Family Tree
Frans de Waal, Ph. D.
Professor of Psychology, Emory University
Wednesday, October 22 7:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences
$8
Book-signing to follow the lecture.


For more than three decades Frans de Waal, the author of Chimpanzee Politics and Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape, has studied monkeys and apes in zoos, research parks, and field settings. Photographing his subjects over the years, de Waal has compiled a unique family album of our closest animal relatives. His images capture the complex social interaction in bonobos, chimpanzees, capuchin monkeys, baboons, and macaques by showing the subtle gestures, expressions, and movements that elude most nature photographers or casual observers. De Waal discusses his life-long primatology work and interprets this collection of photographs featured in his new book, My Family Album, with an emphasis on the significance of Jane Goodall's work.


BIODIVERSITY LECTURE
Monsters of God: The Man-Eating Predators in the Jungles of History and the Mind
David Quammen
Thursday, November 6
7:30 pm
$6 members/$8 non-members
Book-signing to follow the lecture.

For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have exerted profound influence on the development of human culture around the world. But by the year 2150, big predators may exist only on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain and are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem. Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, Quammen, the author of The Song of the Dodo, examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. Quammen ponders the question: what will happen to us when and if they disappear?


-Classes, Seminars and Field Trips-


Pre-registration is required.

SKIES OF FALL

Monday, October 6, 13 & 20, 7-9 pm.
Adult Seminar-3 Mondays
$50
Don't miss your last chance to take this seasonal astronomy course in Morrison Planetarium before the Academy rebuilds in Golden Gate Park. Instructed by astronomer Darryl Stanford.


INSECT COLLECTING
Sunday, October 12, 1-4 pm
Field Trip
$25 adults/$20 children
Collect insects with Keith Dabney, a curatorial assistant in the Academy's Entomology Department. In this field trip, Dabney shares his fascination of what leads cultures to practice entomophagy, or the eating of insects as well as the folklore and cultural histories that lead to this phenomenon.

BAYLAND EXPLORATION
Saturday, October 18, 9 am-noon
Field Trip
$30 adults/$25 children
Take a weekend walk around the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands to explore the diversity of life in this rich habitat. Instructed by Academy educators Jennifer Chu and Ashley Conrad-Saydah.


MUNCHY, CRUNCHY EDIBLE INSECTS
Sunday, November 9, 2-4 pm
Seminar for Families with Children Ages 9 and Up
$25 adults/$20 children
When faced with what to have for dinner, most folks in the United States and Europe consider such meat standards as chicken, beef, pork, and fish. But what about insects? For much of the rest of the world, the eating of insects is a matter of survival for some cultures and a fine delicacy for others.

Keith Dabney, a curatorial assistant in the Academy's Entomology Department, hosts a seminar on entomophagy, the eating of insects, and shares his fascination with the cultural history and folklore surrounding the widespread phenomenon. Participants have the chance to sample chocolate-covered crickets and other scrumptious delights.

-Exhibits-

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land
Ongoing through December 31, 2003
In the far northeastern corner of Alaska, a pristine wilderness known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pulses with life, even in the depths of a white subzero winter. Until recently, most images of this vibrant ecosystem were captured only during the brief summer seasons when weather conditions permitted more comfortable photography - leaving many to imagine the area as largely frozen, barren and lifeless during the rest of the year. However, physicist-turned-photographer Subhankar Banerjee has now shattered any such assumptions by recording four seasons of abundant life in the refuge with a series of stunning photographs. In early 2000, Banerjee left his job at Boeing, raided his savings, and began a two year photographic journey of the region, enduring blizzards, bitter cold, and a trek that totaled 4,000 miles to capture polar bears, musk oxen, the rare buff-breasted sandpiper, and dozens of other species that thrive in the refuge throughout the year. Forty-nine of these stunning photographs are on display at the California Academy of Sciences.

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.

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. 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 1, 2003 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, free.



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