Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128
PLEASE NOTE: The Academy's Howard Street location closes permanently at 5 pm on
Sunday, January 6, 2008. The new Academy will open in the Fall of 2008 in Golden Gate Park.
What's On in January at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events and Lectures
From the Depths: Inspiring Science and Art – closes January 6, 2008
As one of the Academy's first Artists in Residence, contemporary painter Tiffany Bozic partnered with one of the Academy's curators, Dr. Rich Mooi, to explore the museum's vast collection of marine invertebrates. The result is From the Depths, a new exhibit at Howard Street . Large-scale paintings and sketches will transport you into the depths of both the ocean and the imagination, presenting an artist's vision of the life-and-death drama that unfolds beneath the sea. The exhibit also includes live tanks, preserved specimens, and photographs. It reveals the passion for discovery and understanding life that both scientists and artists share. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.
African Penguin Colony – closes January 6, 2008
Watch the Academy's African penguins dip and dive in their tank and maintain their shelters. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm, visitors can enjoy feeding shows and ask questions as an aquatic biologist dons a wet suit, takes temperature measurements, and then tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.
Coral Reef – closes January 6, 2008
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 212,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the new Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.
SSsssnake Alley – closes January 6, 2008
They're scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park , including the anaconda, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, African rock python, California kingsnake, and emerald tree boas. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.
Discovery Tide Pool – closes January 6, 2008
During your next trip to the aquarium, don't let the fish have all the fun – start splashing at the Discovery Tide Pool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including turban snails, hermit crabs, and mussels. The Tide Pool is staffed with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.
Every Day through January 6, 2008 at 11 am & 3:30 pm
During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit and tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Free with Academy admission.California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 am
Explore nature with a story for children ages 3-5. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
CLOSING DAY AT HOWARD STREET
Sunday, January 6 from 10 am - 5 pm
The Academy's temporary museum on Howard Street closes permanently at 5:00 pm today. Celebrate the end of one chapter in the Academy's history and the beginning of another with a day of festivities, including lectures, slideshows, and arts-and-crafts. Check www.calacademy.org for details. The new Academy will open in Golden Gate Park in the Fall of 2008. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3
Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma
in conversation with Patricia Unterman
As part of the Conversations at the Herbst Theatre series, join journalist and author Michael Pollan and Patricia Unterman as they discuss what the food industry does and does not know about diet and health. 8 pm; $17 members, $19 non-members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 392-4400 or online at www.cityboxoffice.com.
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
The Cosmic Seeds of Life
Lecture by Dr. Sun Kwok, University of Hong Kong
For the last fifty years, scientists have believed that life on Earth began with simple inorganic molecules that, under proper conditions, gradually evolved into complex organic compounds and eventually life. Recently, through observations with space-based infrared telescopes, astronomers have discovered that old stars can synthesize organic compounds over relatively short time scales. Stellar winds then spread these organic materials throughout the Galaxy, including our primordial solar system. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at www.calacademy.org/lectures/tickets or at the door, when available.
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.