Monday, February 4, 2013

What to Do Today: American Meat, Social Prosthetics, Gigi the Pelican

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

1) FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How can the meat industry become more sustainable? Find out at a screening of the documentary American Meat, a “pro-farmer look at chicken, hog, and cattle production in America.” Then gain the insights of UC Berkeley environmental science professor Lynn Huntsinger, who specializes in rangeland conservation and management. At Mulford Hall; 6 p.m., free

2) YOU OTTER KNOW
(Sorrrry.) River otters have made a comeback in the Bay Area; hear more about their return and what it means at a lecture by Megan Isador, co-founder of the River Otter Ecology Project. At the Albany Community Center; 7 p.m., free.


3) SOCIAL PROSTHETICS
How do humans relate to and communicate with each other and the world around us, and how can technology help us? Hear TED speaker Kate Hartman — a technologist, artist, and educator who co-created Botanicalls, which lets plants tweet its owners when they need water or more sunlight — present her fascinating collection of tools and methods to do just that. At UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Dai Hall; 7:30 p.m., free.

4) GIGI’S DEBUT
Gigi the pelican became a YouTube sensation in 2008 for stopping traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Filmmaker Judy Irving, who’s made a name for herself by documenting wildlife in the Bay Area, most notably in The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, presents her work-in-progress about the bird’s ordeal tonight, at Berkeley’s Hillside Club. 7:30 p.m., free.

Gigi the pelican.
  • Gigi the pelican.

5) SPIES LIKE US
In the 1980s, “super spy” Ryzard Kuklinski, a Polish Colonel in the KGB, defected to the US and raised his family in the suburbs. In From the Cold is partly inspired by Kuklinski’s story, and will open Aurora Theatre’s eighth Global Age Project, which promotes forward-thinking theater, tonight. 7:30 p.m., $25.

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