Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128

What’s On in January 2009 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events and Lectures

JANUARY EVENTS


PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm

The Academy’s African penguins are always especially animated during meal time. Watch the birds dip and dive in their new tank at the end of African Hall as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin. Each feeding takes 10 minutes, and questions are encouraged. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CORAL REEF DIVES
Every Day at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm

Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SWAMP TALK
Every day at 1:00pm

Join us at the Swamp to learn about some of the Academy’s most popular animals, including the albino alligator and the alligator snapping turtles. You’ll find out what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, which are native to swamps in the southeastern United States. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FRAGILE PLANET PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, every hour on the half-hour

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 25-minute show. Zoom through the roof of the Academy’s building, float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home—the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BUGS! 3D SHOW
Daily, every hour on the hour

A remarkable foray into the fascinating world of insects, this 22-minute feature was filmed on location in the tropical forests of Borneo. Using immersive 3D technology, the film follows the life cycles of Hierodula, the praying mantis, and Papilio, the butterfly. Slide on your special viewing glasses and see for yourself what all the buzz is about. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FAMILY APPRECIATION DAY
Sunday, January 11, 11 am - 5 pm

In honor of Francisco’s fourth annual Family Appreciation Day, the Academy will be free to San Francisco families with children under the age of 18 on January 11. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, January 21, 9:30 am – 5 pm

The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. This program is sponsored by Wachovia. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 
 
JANUARY LECTURES

MONDAY, JANUARY 12
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
Dean Lecture with Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley

Join Alex Filippenko from UC Berkeley as he explains why new observations of very distant exploding stars (supernovae) suggest that the expansion of the Universe is now speeding up, rather than slowing down as expected. Lecture takes place at the Academy's Morrison Planetarium. 7:30pm; Tickets are $5 for members, $10 non-member adults, and $8 non-member seniors; seating is limited, call (415) 379-8000 to reserve tickets; Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. Email questions to deanseries@calacademy.org.


MONDAY, JANUARY 26
Conversations at the Herbst Theater
Adam Gopnik in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt

Author and essayist Adam Gopnik in conversation with former Academy director Roy Eisenhardt. Gopnik's works include Angels and Ages: a Short Book about Darwin; Lincoln and Modern Life; Paris to the Moon; and Through the Children's Gate. Lecture takes place at the Herbst Theater.  8pm; Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members; contact City Box Office for tickets at (415) 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.