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 20 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 11:00 am & 2:00 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 while cleaning the tank windows and feeding the fish and anemones. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
Thursdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm
Join the Academy’s shallow reef residents for lunch at the Mangrove Lagoon. Watch and ask questions as a biologist feeds vitamin-stuffed fish to the sharks and doles out a special diet of chopped clams, shrimp, squid and fish to the rays. 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 30-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. 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 25-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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
The Future of Food: Raj Patel in conversation with Molly Watson
A part of Litquake: San Francisco's Literary Festival
Enjoying food in the 21st century is becoming thornier and thornier. Should we go organic, get vegan, and buy local? Does biodiesel save the air but starve whole populations? Why are the poorest Americans the most obese? Join writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel, author of the breakthrough book Stuffed and Starved, in conversation with Molly Watson as Litquake delves into the future of food. 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm; Tickets $20, to purchase, call 1-888-670-4433. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
The Phoenix Mars Mission: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Martian Arctic
Lecture by Peter Smith, University of Arizona
On May 25, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander touched down on Martian soil. Designed to study the history of water and search for complex organic molecules in the ice-rich soil of the Martian arctic, Phoenix will probe farther north than any previous mission to Mars. Early in its planned 90-day mission, the spacecraft had already found water ice and had begun to characterize the Martian soil. Join Peter Smith from the University of Arizona as he discusses the early results of the Phoenix Mars Lander mission. 7:30 pm; $5 at the door, in advance by mail, or online at www.calacademy.org/events; Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street (at Presidio Avenue), San Francisco; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.379.8000.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30
U.S. Primatology Film Screening
An inspiring evening of cinematic discovery and discourse on the past, present and endangered future of our closest living relatives, the great apes. The Leakey Foundation will host the U.S. screening of two award-winning primatology films, selected at the 2008 International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. The films, entitled "Bonobos: Missing in Action", (2006, UK) and "Mystery of Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey", (2002, China), were chosen for their original, scientifically accurate and compelling presentations of the stories of two different endangered primates. The films also follow the stories of the humans devoted to understanding and advocating for these primates and the vast, ever expanding body of knowledge they impart on us; giving us insight into what it means to be a primate and what it means to be a human. Reception at 6:00pm, film at 7:00pm; Tickets $15 for general public, available at www.cityboxoffice.com or by phone (415) 392-4400. Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
Leakey Prize Laureate Lectures
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE and Dr. Toshisada Nishida will discuss the highlights of their pioneering careers. With the encouragement and mentoring of Dr. Louis Leakey, Dr. Goodall’s work began in 1960 and became the foundation for future primatological research. Dr. Nishida’s research began in 1965 and established him as an authority on chimpanzee culture. Through their diligent work, these scientists have shaped the field of primatology and uncovered pivotal findings that help us better understand one of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee. 7:00pm, reception to follow; Tickets $35 for general public, available at www.cityboxoffice.com or by phone (415) 392-4400. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.