Press Release

Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133
kmendez@calacademy.org
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
ang@calacademy.org

New ’Tis the Season for Science Programs to Feature Live Reindeer, Indoor Snow,
Festive Programming, and More from November 16, 2012-January 6, 2013
at the California Academy of Sciences


Full schedule of programs, events & lectures below

New! ’Tis the Season for Science – Celebrate the festive, winter season at the California Academy of Sciences’ annual holiday exhibit. Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and the giant Snowman Theater will return to delight visitors of all ages. Along the way, you’ll discover the diverse and often surprising ways that birds, bears, and other animals survive and thrive in winter.

Coming soon: Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health – The California Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, will present a series of fascinating lectures, events, family activities and opportunities to engage with active scientists during this week-long festival, which kicks off in late January 2013. The Academy is proud to partner with Gladstone, whose work includes pioneering stem cell research that was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


Note: The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 

GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(November 16, 2012 – January 6, 2013)

New 'Tis the Season for Science Program
“P” IS FOR PENGUIN
Daily at 11:30 am
Learn about African penguins and the marine adaptations – including the reason for their tuxedo-colored feathers and why they’re such great swimmers – these animated birds have evolved for their environment. Play a fun spelling game and learn a new mystery word of the day. This program is recommended for children 12 and under. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New 'Tis the Season for Science Program
REINDEER RENDEZVOUS
Daily at 12:00 pm
Ever wonder how reindeer are able to travel so far? Get up close with live caribou and discover why these animals are known as the Nomads of the North, migrating up to 3,000 miles per year. Learn about their unique adaptations and what makes them such an important part of the northern ecosystems. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New 'Tis the Season for Science Program

HOLIDAY MIGRATION QUEST
Daily at 1:30 pm
Team up and investigate the winter migration patterns of gray whales and monarch butterflies by participating in a friendly game show-style trivia contest. Learn about wintry animals and how they prepare for, adapt and travel during the coldest season of the year. 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.

'Tis the Season for Science Performances
FESTIVE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AT THE ACADEMY
Performances at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
November 23-25; December 15, 2012-Janauary 1, 2013
Join the Academy to celebrate the festive winter season, and check out performances by musicians, cultural groups, theater troupes, and comedians, among others. Each day will present top Bay Area talents, including Yup’ik Eskimo performer Chuna McIntyre, Un-Scripted Improv Group, Mad Science, the Academy’s own Chopsaw Lounge jazz group, and more. For a schedule of performances, visit www.calacademy.org/holidays after October 30.


PENGUIN FEEDING
Daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 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 DIVE
Daily at 11:30 am and 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.


SHARKS TO DINOSAURS: A WALK THROUGH TIME
Daily at 12:30 pm
Uncover the Earth’s ancient history and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago as you explore the Academy’s exhibits. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for thriving and surviving on a planet that was very different from our modern world. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Schedule
THE SWEET SIDE OF DNA

Daily at 1:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what “the essence of life” – DNA – would look like if you held it in the palm of your hand? In the course of this 15-minute program, a presenter will crush up fresh strawberries and extract their DNA in order to see it up close and personal – without the aid of a microscope. During the process, discover why some scientists call DNA the most extraordinary molecule on earth. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Schedule
OSTRICHES: GROUNDED FOR LIFE
Daily at 2:30 pm

Join us in the Academy's Earthquake exhibit to trace the fascinating evolutionary history of ostriches and learn how they have adapted to life in Africa. You might be surprised by the connection between plate tectonics and the world's largest flightless bird. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org


SWAMP DISCOVERY
Daily at 3:30 pm

Learn about the wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of amazing swamp inhabitants, whose relatives have existed for millions and millions of years. We’ll follow the life of the American alligator from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
Shows daily
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Journey through our planet's geologic history to witness the processes that shape our landscape in Morrison Planetarium's current show, narrated by Emmy-nominated actor Benjamin Bratt. Begin your journey in 1906 with an all-digital recreation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked San Francisco, and then dive into the Earth's interior to see how it happened. You will then embark on a high-speed tour through the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean and visiting the cradle of humanity in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, along with sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan. Along the way, you will discover how seismic events continue to shape our landscape. 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.


DINOSAURS ALIVE!
Shows daily
Visit the Forum Theater to pick up 3D show passes
See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought to life in the 3D show Dinosaurs Alive! The show, which will play several times daily in the Forum Theater, follows renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us, and features realistic and scientifically-accurate computer-generated dinosaurs. 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.


ASTEROIDS: SCIENCE…WITH AN IMPACT!
Showing hourly on weekends
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Asteroids and comets and meteors—oh, my! Our solar system is a busy place filled with small bodies that inhabit the vast spaces between and beyond the eight planets. Occasionally, these objects impact life on Earth—just ask the dinosaurs! What do we know about asteroids, and how can we find them before they find us? Learn more in this live fifteen-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

New Theme
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT: MIGRATING MONARCHS
Thursdays at 11:30 am
Discover the amazing life cycle of monarch butterflies and view beautiful specimens in the Academy’s Naturalist Center. Monarch populations can travel thousands of miles each winter – find out how their journey unfolds on each coast.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.


SHARKS AND RAYS
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Learn more about the Mangrove Lagoon’s shallow reef residents, who share a family tree with prehistoric ancestors from millions of years ago, and watch a feeding on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

Seasonal Schedule

THE SCIENCE OF EXPLORATION

Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am from November 16-December 14

Daily at 11:00 am from December 15-January 6, 2013

Academy scientists travel to remote corners of the Earth to explore some of the most extreme environments on this planet. Their mission is to shed light on the mysteries of life: how it got here and how we can help ensure it survives. In this interactive program, we take an in-depth look at a few of our intrepid explorers and see the wild adventures they’ve had while on their amazing explorations to discover and protect life on Earth. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Schedule
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST (AGES 10+)
Saturdays at 1:00pm

Meet Academy scientists who explore the planet in search of life and a greater understanding of its mysteries. From the tops of mountains to the bottom of the oceans, and in high-tech laboratories here at the Academy, these explorers see the world, discover new life, and help explain Earth’s amazing story. Join them for a glimpse at their fascinating work, and to hear their exciting stories first-hand.
December 1: Staying Healthy in Remote Locations with Matt Lewin, Academy Expedition Doctor
December 8: Coral Conservation with Giacomo Bernardi, Academy Research Fellow
December 15: Science Visualization in the Planetarium with Tom Kennedy, Head of Production, Visualization Studio
December 22 & 29: Marine Mammal Adaptations and Winter Migrations with Moe Flannery, Ornithology and Mammalogy Collections Manager
Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 

Seasonal Schedule
OUT OF THE LAB

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm from November 16-December 14
Daily at 2:00 pm from December 15-January 6, 2013

Curious to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Academy research and the labs where the work gets done? Scientists will join visitors at the Project Lab to share stories about examining and documenting the many specimens collected on their global expeditions. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


ACADEMY FREE DAY

Sunday, December 9 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Academy is free to the public on selected Sundays throughout the year, thanks to a generouse donation by JPMorgan Chase. A schedule is available at www.calacademy.org/visit. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 5:00 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
(November 16, 2012 – January 6, 2013)


Special 'Tis the Season for Science Themes

LITTLE NATURALISTS (AGES 3-5)

Mondays and Wednesdays* at 10:00 am
These rotating programs for 3 to 5-year-olds are presented in the Naturalist Center.
Note: Little Naturalists programs will not be offered on December 24 or December 26

  • Wild & Crafty (1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Get creative and learn about animals during this program that pairs children's literature with a take-home craft.
  • Sprouts (2nd, 4th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Explore the plants and animals of nature's gardens through hands-on investigation and activities.
  • Little Learners' Lab (1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    Become a scientist-in-training and join us for a fun hands-on experiment.
  • Children of the World (2nd, 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    A special program highlighting children from around the world through folktales, art, music and movement.

Visit www.calacademy.org/science/early_explorers_cove for program topics on specific dates. Adult supervision is required. Free with Academy admission ; space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register at the Naturalist Center after 9:30 am on the day of the program. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


NATURALIST CRAFT

Fridays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit the Naturalist Center every Friday for a fun and educational craft activity.  Spark your curiosity, be creative, and explore natural history specimens and other resources. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

Special 'Tis the Season for Science Themes
SATURDAY SAFARI

Saturdays at 11:00 am
November 17 theme: Sleeping Squirrels
November 24 theme: Gobble, Gobble
December 1 theme: Reindeer Fun
December 8 theme: Flying South for Winter
December 15 theme: Migrating Monarchs
December 22 theme: Bears in Winter
December 29 theme: Keeping Warm in Winter
January 5 theme: Inside an Animal's Den
All ages are invited to African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A special children’s book will be read each week. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

Special 'Tis the Season for Science Themes
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-10)

Sundays* from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm , while supplies last
*Note: Family Nature Crafts will not be offered on December 9
November 18 theme: Animal Burrow Models
November 25 theme: Johnny Appelseed Books
December 2 theme: Caribou Antlers
December 16 theme: Paper Pinecones
December 23 theme: Animal Track Field Guides
December 30 theme: Dove of Peace Ornaments
January 6 theme: Scented Snow Sachets
Join us in front of the Swamp and get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children ages 5-10. Space is limited. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

Special 'Tis the Season for Science Themes
TODDLER TREKS (AGES 1-3)

Tuesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 20 at 11:00 am (Theme: Reindeer Trek)
Tuesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 am (Theme: Snail Trek)
Visit the Early Explorers Cove for a caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3. Each month will feature a different animal—some extinct, some still among us today. Participants will use props and their imaginations to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Please note that both programs each month are about the same topic, so participants should register for only one date per month. Tickets are $6 per child, $4 per Academy member child, free to adults with general admission. Note that Academy general admission is free for children 3 and under. Space is limited; to reserve a place today, buy a ticket at www.calacademy.org/tickets/toddler_treks/, or over the phone at (415) 379-8000. Early Explorers Cove, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (AGES 5-17, with adult chaperones)
Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 am
Why count sheep when you can count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Sleepovers include after-hours access to Academy exhibits, a special penguin talk, live animal demonstration, planetarium show, story time with cookies and milk, parking, breakfast, and more. Tickets $99 per person, $79 for Academy members, available at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

 
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013)


NIGHTLIFE (AGES 21+)

Thursdays* from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
*Note: NightLife will not take place on November 22, December 20, December 27 and January 3
Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the Academy. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails, and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme. NightLife is for those ages 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $12 per person ($10 for Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.


NIGHTLIFE VIP TOUR (AGES 21+)
Thursdays at 6:00 pm
For an enhanced NightLife experience, join us on a NightLife VIP Tour. The one-hour behind-the-scenes tour includes a closer look at the unique native species of California’s largest living roof, a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with Academy researchers. In addition to the tour, guests receive VIP access to the Rainforests of the World exhibit, reserved planetarium show seats, and an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour. 6:00-8:00 pm (building closes at 10:00 pm); available every Thursday during NightLife . $59 per person (NightLife admission included); p urchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/nightlife, or by calling (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


YOUR GENOME IS SHOWING: HUMAN ORIGINS GET PERSONAL
Featuring Dr. Holly Dunsworth, Anthropology Department, University of Rhode Island
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm
In partnership with the Leakey Foundation
First we glimpsed our reflected faces, then our cells in microscopes, then our bodies in photographs, and then our bones in x-rays. Now we can see inside our genomes to find things like earwax alleles, Parkinson’s disease risk, warfarin response risk, ancient maternal haplogroups, and even Neanderthal genes. But personal genomics isn’t just high-tech navel-gazing; it’s a powerful tool for grasping human evolutionary biology. Once the technology becomes good enough and the price comes down far enough, nearly everyone will have access to this high-resolution fascination with ourselves, our origins, and our evolution. As it enters the mainstream, personal genomics conjures intriguing new questions about its potential impact on our species, like: How will it change public perception of the science of human evolution and humanity’s place in nature? How will it affect personal identities and species perspectives? How will it shape conceptions of our future evolution? 7:30 pm; Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $12 for Leakey Foundation and Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Forum Theater at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS: FINDING THEM BEFORE THEY FIND US
Featuring Dr. Donald Yeomans, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Monday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
A Benjamin Dean lecture
Of all the natural disasters that could befall us, only an Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid has the potential to end civilization in a single blow. Yet, these near-Earth objects also offer tantalizing clues to the origins of our solar system, and someday could even serve as stepping-stones for space exploration. Dr. Donald Yeomans introduces the public to the science of near-Earth objects—its history, applications, and ongoing quest to find near-Earth objects before they find us. 7:30pm; Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


THE SPINE OF THE CONTINENT: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Featuring Author Mary Ellen Hannibal
Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm
A Pritzker lecture
The book The Spine of the Continent introduces us to one of the single most ambitious conservation efforts ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, spanning the entire length of North America. This movement is the brainchild of Michael Soule, founder of conservation biology and peer of E.O. Wilson and Paul Ehrlich, who endorse his effort as necessary for protecting the continued existence of nature on our continent. With blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is a grassroots, cooperative effort among conservation activists – NGOs large and small, and regular people across the country. The Spine of the Continent is not only about making physical connections so that nature will persist; it is about making connections between people and the land we call home. In this fascinating presentation, author Mary Ellen Hannibal takes us on a tour of her travels down the length of the Spine, sharing stories and anecdotes about the passionate, idiosyncratic people she met along the way and the species they love.   7:00 pm; Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & FIELD EXCURSION: Artistic Expression for the Nature Photographer
Sunday, December 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Led by Gary Sharlow, Photographer and Academy Education Manager

In this classroom-based workshop, you will explore a variety of techniques for telling a story through the use of digital images. The beauty of the digital era of photography presents itself in the enormous opportunities for creativity in photographing the subject matter of your choice. As nature photographers, we are surrounded by the beauty of wildlife and colorful landscapes painted by the brush of the natural world. Join us in this workshop to take a look at some of the tools and techniques available today that can be used to express your vision of the natural world with your personal artistic spin. This workshop will examine techniques and tools that cover high dynamic range (HDR), double and multiple exposures, time lapse, multimedia expression and unique perspectives in the field. You will also look at how to tell your story through a short portfolio of images, as well as look at various techniques for integrating still images into a multimedia format for a more visually dynamic delivery of the story you wish to tell. Tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for Academy members. Reserve a space in advance online at www.calacademy.org/events/photography, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Space is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & FIELD EXCURSION:
The Forest through the Trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains
(AGES 18+)
Saturday, December 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 16 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Led by Gary Sharlow, Photographer and Academy Education Manager and
Geoff Willard, Naturalist Guide and Academy Public Engagement Manager

During the course of this two-day workshop and guided field excursion, you will explore the Santa Cruz Mountains. On Saturday, examine the digital camera through a three-part workshop that will include fundamentals of exposure, an introduction to digital asset management and the digital darkroom, followed by a segment dedicated to defining conservation photography. On Sunday, the group will put its skills into practice on an all-day excursion to an open space preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where you will explore the redwoods and the watershed within the range. Conservation photography is a field rich with history, which has only recently been recognized as a discipline and powerful medium for conservation of wild areas. Throughout the experience, Academy staff and guest experts will offer photographic guidance and insight into the subjects' natural history. This workshop includes all day admission to the Academy on Saturday, roundtrip bus transportation and a brown bag lunch on Sunday. The group will meet at the Academy’s business reception entrance at 12:45 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $175 for adults, $150 for Academy members; ticketing closes December 3. Reserve a space in advance online at www.calacademy.org/events/photography, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Tickets are non-refundable.

Conversations on Science
THE SCIENCE OF YOGA: A MIND-BODY PRACTICE
Featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn in conversation with Kelly McGonigal
Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 pm

Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A student of Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of the Cambridge Zen Center, his study and practice of yoga and Buddhist studies led him to integrate their teachings with those of Western science. His major research interests have focused on mind-body interactions for healing, clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training and the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on the brain, immune system and healthy emotional expression. MBSR combines meditation and Hatha yoga to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness by using moment-to-moment awareness and is now being taught at over 200 top medical centers around the world, and offered at hospitals, schools, prisons and in professional sports. Kabat-Zinn will be in conversation with Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” She is the author of Yoga for Pain Relief, which translates recent advances in neuroscience and medicine into mind-body strategies for relieving chronic pain, stress, depression, and anxiety. McGonigal is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for personal health and happiness. 7:30 pm; Tickets from $22-$27 for adults, $20-$25 for Academy members, price dependent on seating area. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.cityboxoffice.com, or by calling (415) 392-4400. This event takes place at the Herbst Theatre.