What better place to celebrate the winter solstice than at an observatory, and what better way to do it than with holiday-themed music, stories, and, of course, hot cider? This Saturday, the beloved, local literary event The Octopus takes over Chabot Space and Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) for an evening of family-friendly lit-nerd fun, including musical performances by The Hot Toddies; a participatory reading of several original solstice plays, written by octopus founder Rebecca Grove; carols, storytelling, and crafts aplenty; a live video feed of the solstice sunrise piped in from Ireland; and access to Chabot’s super-powerful telescopes, all the better to gape at the setting sun and, later, the stars, with.
Professor John Taylor, a founding co-director of Berkeley’s Computational Genomics Resource Lab, discusses ancient relationships among the main groups of fungi and how DNA variation can be used to estimate the dates of these ancient events. Presented as part of the monthly "Science@Cal Lecture Series."
A symposium on perspective in Chinese painting in conjunction with Beauty Revealed. Participants include Pat Berger (UC Berkeley), Nancy Berliner (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Richard Vinograd (Stanford), Eugene Wang (Harvard), and Sophie Volpp (UC Berkeley).
Exploring the concepts conceived of in the dawn of human space flight, and how some have reemerged as viable options for the future of space travel. Part of the Saturday Night Space Talks series.
Information session about Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization that works to instill critical life skills in under-served urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences.