Press Release

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

What's On in November at the California Academy of Sciences
Events and Lectures

NEW! Utilize the Intra-park Shuttle on your next weekend visit to Golden Gate Park, and avoid parking congestion. All-day tickets are $2, and the shuttles operate from 9 am – 6 pm Saturdays & Sundays year-round. Visit www.calacademy.org/visit/getting_here/summershuttle.pdf for a route map.


NOVEMBER EVENTS

FESTIVAL DE LAS CIENCIAS
November 12 – 15, 2009

This November, join the California Academy of Sciences for a bilingual celebration of the sciences, and gain a new appreciation for our home planet—especially the amazing biodiversity of Central and South America. The festivities will begin during the Academy’s weekly NightLife event on Thursday, November 12, when DJ Jeff Stallings will spin a four-hour Latin set, from Spanish chill to Latin dance music. Throughout the long weekend, the celebration will continue with salsa and mariachi performances, bilingual science presentations, and a scavenger hunt that will help visitors explore everything from the Costa Rican rainforest to the deep waters of the Galápagos Islands. Visitors can also meet Central and South American creatures and make nature-themed crafts. Check www.calacademy.org for additional details. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Daily 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 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
Daily 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
Weekdays at 1:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Join us at the Swamp to learn about some of the Academy’s most popular animals, including American alligators and 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.
 
BUGS! 3D SHOW
Daily, every hour on the hour

This 25-minute film is a remarkable foray into the insect life of Borneo. Using immersive 3D technology, Bugs! 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.
 
JOURNEY TO THE STARS PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival for the day’s schedule and to pick up your passes.

Travel through time and space to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars. Witness brilliant supernova explosions, dive into the heart of the fiery Sun, and watch it transform into a red giant five billion years in the future. Along the way, you will discover the deep-rooted connection between humanity and the stars. Free with Academy admission; seats are limited and show passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
RAPTORS AT THE ACADEMY
Ongoing, as conditions permit

The California Academy of Sciences is home to some new feathered residents— a Barn Owl, a Swainson’s Hawk, and a Turkey Vulture. If you visit their enclosure in the West Gardens, you may be able to get a peek at these magnificent raptors, or even see a Biologist providing their daily care. As conditions permit, birds will be brought out for visitors to see on a daily basis. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
EXPLORE THE LIVING ROOF WITH NATURALISTS
Every Monday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Learn about the Academy’s 2.5-acre living roof and the birds, bees, and other animals that visit its 1.7 million native plants. Meet in the Naturalist Center. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
LAGOON FEEDING
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 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.
 
SCIENCE UP-CLOSE
Every Wednesday at 11:00 am

Find out more about a different specimen each week in these mini-presentations at the Naturalist Center. Free with Academy admission. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
NIGHTLIFE – AGES 21 +
Every Thursday* from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
* There will be no NightLife on November 26, due to the holiday.

Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors from 6-10 pm for NightLife, a chance for adults to explore the museum in a whole new light. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. Highlights in November include a conversation on “Dangerous Places and Dangerous Stories: The Writer as Environmental Activist,” featuring Narrative Magazine co-founder and editor Carol Edgarian, Rick Bass, and James Workman (Nov. 5); and a discussion of the new book Evidence of Evolution with author Mary Ellen Hannibal and photographer Susan Middleton (Nov. 12). NightLife is for those ages 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $12 per person ($10 Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – AGES 2-5
Every Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 am

Children aged 2 to 5 and their parents are invited to the Early Explorers Cove to listen to stories about nature, science, and the wonderful world around us. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early Explorers Cove at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS – AGES 4-8
Every Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SCIENCE ADVENTURES – AGES 6-10
Every Sunday, 2:15 - 3:15pm

Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education Classroom at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
BOOKWORMS: Sharks and the Farallones
An Adult Book Group
Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 pm

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey
The Farallon Islands, inhospitable and dramatic, are feeding grounds for sharks. The book group will discuss Susan Casey’s account of two biologists who have spent years in this underwater lab observing and learning more about the behavior of these creatures. Free; space is limited, to reserve a space, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
EXPLORE SCIENCE!
Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00 pm

Stop by for lively science talks, fun animal demonstrations, and investigations into the wild side of life. Check lobby for location. This program occurs on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive. 415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
FREE THIRD WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 am – 5 pm

The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Also, please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 4pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


NOVEMBER LECTURES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Dean Lecture
The Brightest Supernova Ever Detected
Featuring Dr. David Pooley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Join the co-discoverer of SN 2006gy as he describes why it has been called a “hypernova,” a “quark-nova,” and “the brightest supernova ever detected.” 7:30pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 800.794.7576. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for non-member seniors, and $6 for members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Pritzker Lecture
Evidence of Evolution: The Collections and the Book
Susan Middleton, Academy research associate and photographer
Mary Ellen Hannibal, science writer, Leaves and Pods

This month marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. To commemorate this treatise on the theory of evolution, Middleton and Hannibal have published Evidence of Evolution, which combines exquisite images of specimens from the Academy’s own collections (from butterflies and giant tortoises to Darwin’s finches) with clear text to reveal patterns of evolutionary development in animals and plants. Learn more about this evidence of evolution and the creation of “a natural history museum in a book.” A book signing will follow the talk. Note: On Thursday, November 12, Middleton and Hannibal will repeat their presentation at NightLife. 12:15 pm ONLY; Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, members free. To purchase tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Please note that seating is limited and that admission is for the lecture only. Tickets to the entire museum are separate and optional. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Special Lecture Event
Meet the Future: The Scientific American Roundtable on World-Changing Ideas

A single idea can revolutionize the way we live and work. If you doubt that assertion, think of how different our society, our environment and our lives are as a result of the development of the silicon chip or the internal-combustion engine. Global health, robotics and artificial intelligence, energy, and environmental challenges—which of these areas will be the birthplace of the next “World-Changing Idea”? Join Michael Moyer, Editor of Scientific American magazine, for an engaging, lively roundtable debate with some of the individuals working on these challenges whose ideas have the potential to change our world. 7:00 pm; Tickets are $15 for non-members, $12 for members. Visit www.calacademy.org/events/ for ticketing and location details. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.