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October 2014
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The Climate Conversation You Haven’t Heard

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Maples Pavilion,
655 Campus Dr, Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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Many of us don’t want to talk about it or think about it, but extreme weather and a changing planet are a given for the 21st century. The phrase “climate fatigue” describes a public already saturated with bad news about our future. It’s a daunting problem, but there are success stories. Developing new techniques and technologies is at the heart of what Stanford and Silicon Valley do best. We are also bringing new people to the table to take a…

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Explorer Days – Behind the Scenes in Berkeley Natural History Museums

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Valley Life Sciences Building,
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Did you know that UC Berkeley has 6 Natural History Museums that hold 12 million specimens and represent the most complete collection of specimens of living and extinct organisms of California? Get a behind the scenes look in the collections which are normally closed to the public, including the Essig Museum of Entomology, the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Jepson Herbarium, and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Registration Online Ticketing for EXPLORER DAYS – BEHIND THE SCENES IN BERKELEY NATURAL…

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$15/$10/Free

Nerd Nite Block Party

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Folsom Street Foundry,
1425 Folsom St, San Francisco, 94103
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We’re kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival in style by holding multiple Nerd Nite events at once in our first ever “block party”. Nerd Nite brings science, rock music, speed dating, field trips, gaming, and, of course, beer all together for a night of epic nerdery in a 3-block radius! The Phenomenauts W/crashfaster and Physics Circus featuring Zeke Kossover from the Exploratorium The Phenomenauts are Bay Area’s own Space and Science Rockers that merge the Past, Present and Future into…

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Last Festival

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every day until October 25, 2014
The Lab,
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in San Jose) will feature science talks by some of the world’s leading innovators, and host fascinating interactive digital art installations that break the “Do not touch!” taboo of traditional museums.…

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$13 and up

Slither & Squeak

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CuriOdyssey,
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, 94401 United States
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Unmask the science behind Halloween tricks! Wear your costume and get hands-on with pumpkin science, experiment with hydraulics, and play with laser light. Meet some of CuriOdyssey’s most notorious nocturnal animals in our beloved Wildlife Shows and see spooky (not scary!) decorations and optical illusions.  Enjoy science-inspired trick-or-treating and be one of the few to explore CuriOdyssey after dark! Purchase a sweet treat from Kara’s Cupcakes KaraVan. This event WILL SELL OUT! Tickets must be purchased in advance; get them…

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$15

Ignite Oakland – RESCHEDULED

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center,
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 United States
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What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are giving providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. The science-related topics will range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Come eat, drink and snack while meeting your neighbors and sharing in their curiosity, know-how and smarts. Afterward, stay…

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Free (donations welcome)

Spokespeople – Search & Research

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
House of Duke,
3133 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Spokespeople is a storytelling and sometimes-bicycle-riding organization that promotes the art of storytelling by producing live community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. Through these events, Spokespeople embraces and empowers storytellers from all backgrounds, striving to create an inclusive performance space that celebrates the narratives in each of us. This October, we’re partnering with the Bay Area Science Festival to bring you a show themed “Search & Research.” New storytellers are welcomed and encouraged. Stories must be true, told…

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Explore What You Eat – Hands-on Science at the Farmer’s Markets

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Downtown Berkeley Farmer’s Market,
2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 94704
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Ever wonder how plants live? Or how worms produce compost? Curious about solar beads and solar cookers? Get hands-on with science to find out! Join Cal scientists for some cool, food-related investigations at East Bay farmers’ markets during the Bay Area Science Festival. (Subject to reduced hours or cancellation in event of inclement weather)

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Marin Wildlife Discovery Day

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Children’s Island Lagoon Park,
Avenue of the Flags and Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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The Marin Wildlife Discovery Day will be an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in Marin. There are over 150 species of birds that live and breed in Marin, our creeks support some of the best coho salmon populations in northern California, and our hills are home to California’s top predator, the mountain Lion. The Discovery Day will be hosted by many of the groups and organizations that work to preserve, understand, and protect Marin’s…

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$40

Explorer Days – The Science of Bread and Cheese

October 25 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lafayette Park,
Sacramento St and Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
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Get some science with your lunch! Bread and cheese are both ancient foods that owe their glory to microscopic magic. Stroll through quaint San Francisco neighborhoods while stopping at parks and shops to explore the role of unseen organisms in creating flavors and textures. Get your hands on some gluten, admire the microbes on some bloomy rinds, and enjoy a bountiful bread-and-cheese picnic at the end. Includes tour, tastings, and lunch. Special BASF discount price, $40! Tour covers 2 miles…

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Free

Halloween Bash – A Community Arcade

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bon Air Center,
Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, CA 94904 United States
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A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival. This event is the perfect mix of technology, creativity and Halloween celebration. Marin maker groups will create large game/activities for trick-or-treaters to play, including a large-scale Rube-Goldberg style candy delivery system triggered by a can of food, and a wizard-themed experience set in an ancient castle, zapping ghosts and other spooky monsters with your light up magic wands!…

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$40 VIP/$20 General

Tested: The Show – Visions of the past, present, and future, as seen through the eyes of makers

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Castro Theater,
429 Castro St, San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Tested.com’s Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Will Smith, and Norman Chan bring to stage visions of the past, present, and future as seen through the eyes of makers. Enjoy an afternoon of fantastic homebrew projects, demonstrations of exciting new technologies, and conversations with makers about new frontiers of innovation. The show will also include a live recording of Adam Savage’s interview series The Talking Room, with the head of Google (x), Astro Teller! Guests/Presentations Jamie and his mechanical spider Adam Savage…

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Explorer Days – Back in Time at the Bay Model

October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bay Model,
2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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California is a brand new geological formation in a constant state of flux and at no time in its short history has it undergone as much change as it has in the last 164 years. Subject to climate change, sea level rise, and human impact, the California of the 1850s is barely recognizable today. Watch the Bay Model fill and get familiar with the forces of nature that created the SF Bay Estuary and surrounding areas. Learn how humans transformed the…

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Last Festival

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lab,
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. The second LAST festival (following the first one that was held in San Jose) will feature science talks by some of the world’s leading innovators, and host fascinating interactive digital art installations that break the “Do not touch!” taboo of traditional museums.…

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Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck with James H. Simons

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Towers Conference Center,
800 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94132 United States
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The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute present the 2014 AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics with James H. Simons, the president of the Simons Foundation. Simons is a philanthropist, mathematician, investor, and financier who supports basic research in the sciences through the foundation he created with his wife, Marilyn. Early in his working life, James Simons was demoted from stock boy to floor sweeper. This actually turned out to be a good thing because sweeping gave…

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$40 VIP/$20 Orchestra/$10 Balcony

BAHFest – Festival of Bad Hypotheses

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castro Theater,
429 Castro St, San Francisco, 94114 United States
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The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory. Six brave speakers will present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together will determine which speaker takes home the coveted sculpture of Darwin shrugging skeptically. And eternal glory, of course. Keynote Matt Inman, The Oatmeal Presenters Shamus Roeder Alex Lee Catherine Hofler Terry Johnson Sarah Hird Indre Viskontas…

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The Top Tourist Sights in the Solar System

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park,
E. Ridgecrest Blvd. at Pan Toll Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Where Bill Gates’ Great-Granddaughter will go on her Honeymoon Using spectacular images from space probes and the world’s largest telescopes, we will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Among our stops will be the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), and the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the…

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$20-$50

Snap Judgment LIVE! Storytelling

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nourse Theater,
299 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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NPR’s hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.  It’s an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival.  Led by Snap’s Glynn Washington, the world’s top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on moments of discovery. It’s “Storytelling, with a beat….” LIVE! Come be part of an amazing performance filmed for Snap Judgment and recorded for broadcast on NPR.  The last show sold…

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$10 online/$15 door

Quiz-o-Tron 9000

October 25 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Castro Theater,
429 Castro St, San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Quiz-o-Tron is the world’s greatest comedic science-themed panel quiz show, hosted by Rebecca Watson and starring Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton, Survivor contestant/physicist Yau-Man Chan, io9’s Annalee Newitz, local comedians Caitlin Gill and Matt Gubser, and more! Watch as talented comedians compete against learned scientists to answer questions pertaining to the latest discoveries in astrophysics as well as whatever The Daily Mail is calling “science” these days. Audience interaction is encouraged with the chance…

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Explorer Days – Wright Canyon Hike

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mount Diablo,
4390 Morgan Territory Road, Clayton, CA 94517 United States
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Join George Phillips and Jim Cartan, Save Mount Diablo’s Stewardship Team, for a hike of our Wright Canyon property. This 76-acre property was a key location for Morgan Territory’s rich history and offers wonderful views of Mount Diablo’s peaks – the summit, North Peak, Windy Point, and Oyster Point. The property is not open to the public and this hike gives you a special opportunity to experience a hidden area of Morgan Territory during the very beautiful fall season. Come…

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