The California Academy of Sciences Celebrates
With Special Programs December 3-5, 2004

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An Evening of Turkish Culture
Friday, December 3, 6:30 - 9 pm
Enjoy an evening of Turkish arts, including traditional costumes, carpets woven by women from the DOBAG cooperative, music by the Kervan Ensemble, dance by the Yore Folk Dance Ensemble, and informal talks on the aesthetics of Turkish rugs. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free to the public.

Turkish Carpet-Weaving
Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Serife Atlihan and Cennet Deneri will demonstrate the knotting techniques of Turkish rugs made by the DOBAG women's cooperative, a project dedicated to reintroducing natural plant dyes and to conserving ancient village designs. About forty villages in remote areas of western Turkey rely on this cooperative for economic survival. With their bold, geometric motifs and glowing colors, DOBAG carpets are a feast for the eyes! California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.




The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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