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BAASICS @ BASF: Monsters

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New Parkway Theater | 474 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Monday, October 27, 2014 | 7-9pm | Doors open (with slideshow trivia) @ 6:30-7pm
This event is presented in partnership with the Bay Area Science Festival — Tickets cost $10

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS!

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Did you miss BAASICS.5: Monsters in July?

Have no fear! The Bay Area Science Festival is providing you with an opportunity to see a rebooted version of the show…and just in time for Halloween!

Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they? Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, “to show,” or from monere, “to warn.” Either way, as horror theorist John Halberstam writes, monsters are “meaning machines.” They embody our preoccupations and anxieties, and they reflect our morals. This is as true of the “real world” humans and creatures we label monstrous — sharks, serial killers, and “freaks” — as it is of the classic monsters that reside in our fictions, the vampires, zombies, and bogeymen.

BAASICS @ BASF: Monsters brings together a diverse group of artists, scientists, and performers to consider all manner of monsters. Professor John Hafernik will introduce the audience to a parasitic fly that turns European honey bees into ZomBees; author and translator Erik Butler will explain how literature and film have made the vampire, a native of Eastern Europe, into a naturalized American with a preference for the Golden State; artist Brynda Glazier will showcase her charismatic sculptures and discuss cultural standards of ugliness and “otherness.” These participants and others will join BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for an entertaining evening of art, science, and wonder. It’s going to be scary good!

BAASICS @ BASF: Monsters Participants:

Erik ButlerThe California Vampire
Daniel Cohen, PhD – Making Monsters
Brynda GlazierUgliness Unplugged
John Hafernik, PhDZomBees Take Flight in the Dead of Night
Jill MillerBigfoot, Bacon, and Tree Knocking: My attempts at making contact with the elusive Sasquatch
with live music by: Georgeann Sack, PhD
…and more!

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Monster Family Day @ Helix

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Monsters invade Los Altos!

We’re collaborating with Helix to bring a day packed with art, science and monsters.

Saturday, July 18, 6-8pm
316 State Street, Los Altos, CA

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Daniel Cohen, PhD will introduce us to some modern methods for making monsters and break out the microscope to take a closer look at the waterbear. This extremophile, also known as the tardigrade, is water-dwelling- but has been taken to space and back.

11:00-3:00 p.m.

What is a “zombie”? What does it look like? Where do they hang out? Make zombie drawings with artist George Pfau and explore the answers to these questions.

11:00-3:00 p.m.

Explore the monsters in your mouth. Kiss a petri dish and come back later for an intimate look at the bacteria in your mouth. [while supplies last]

Play the classic Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse and add to our monster collection!

1:00-3:00 p.m.

See another side of yourself as caricaturist Jon Casey hand draws your picture, but with a monstrous twist.

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Take a closer look at a monster from the sea as Georgeann Sack, PhD dissects a dogfish shark.

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Monster Happy Hour @ Helix

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We’re collaborating with Helix to bring a night packed with art, science and monsters! Enjoy a glass of wine as we explore topics ranging from Zombies to ZomBees. 18+

Friday, July 18, 6-8pm
316 State Street, Los Altos, CA

6:00-6:45

Take a look under the microscope as we examine the behavior of insatiable fruit flies from the Scott Lab at UC Berkeley The transgenic flies, having had a group of neurons in the brain chronically inactivated, don’t know when to stop.

Explore the monsters in your mouth. Kiss a petri dish and come back later for an intimate look at the bacteria in your mouth.

6:45-7:30

Presenters for the evening include:

George Pfau – Zombies, Identified
John Hafernik, PhD – ZomBees Take Flight in the Dead of Night
Joe DeRisi, PhD and his malaria research team at UCSF/HHMI (video presentation)
Georgeann Sack, PhD – Original monster music, written and performed live.

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BAASICS.5: Monsters

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ODC Theater | 3153 17th Street @ Shotwell, SF CA 94110
Monday, July 14, 2014 | 7-9pm | Doors open (with slideshow trivia) @ 6:30-7pm
Reception to follow @ ODC
This event is FREE/SLIDING SCALE, but seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early!

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We are SOLD OUT, but we will be releasing $0 level no-show tickets at 6:30pm. Come early and get on the waiting list – there is a good chance you’ll get in.

Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they? Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, “to show,” or from monere, “to warn.” Either way, as horror theorist John Halberstam writes, monsters are “meaning machines.” They embody our preoccupations and anxieties, and they reflect our morals. This is as true of the “real world” humans and creatures we label monstrous — sharks, serial killers, and “freaks” — as it is of the classic monsters that reside in our fictions, the vampires, zombies, and bogeymen.

BAASICS.5: Monsters brings together a diverse group of artists, scientists, and performers to consider all manner of monsters. Professor John Hafernik will introduce the audience to a parasitic fly that turns European honey bees into ZomBees; author and translator Erik Butler will explain how literature and film have made the vampire, a native of Eastern Europe, into a naturalized American with a preference for the Golden State; marine biologist David McGuire will disentangle the media-fueled myth of the shark from its true nature; artist Brynda Glazier will showcase her charismatic sculptures and discuss cultural standards of ugliness and “otherness.” These participants and others will join BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for an entertaining evening of art, science, and wonder. It’s going to be scary good!

Immediately following the program, a reception will be held in the ODC Theater lobby. Join us for drinks and good conversation.

BAASICS.5: Monsters Participants:

Erik ButlerThe California Vampire
Daniel Cohen, PhD – Making Monsters
Brynda GlazierUgliness Unplugged
John Hafernik, PhDZomBees Take Flight in the Dead of Night
Lion Dance METhe Drunken Lion Dance
David McGuire, MEHSharks, Monsters of Our Imagination
Jill MillerBigfoot, Bacon, and Tree Knocking: My attempts at making contact with the elusive Sasquatch
George PfauZombies, Identified

Also including documentation of projects by:
Joseph DeRisi, PhD, and his malaria research team at UCSF/HHMI
Kyle Taylor, Senior Scientist, The Glowing Plant Project
and music by: Georgeann Sack, PhD

MONSTERS INVADE LOS ALTOS!! — BAASICS has partnered with Helix, the Exploratorium’s new satellite space in Los Altos, to bring some monstrously good programming to Helix on Friday, July 18 (6-8pm, 18+), and Saturday, July 19 (11am-3pm, all ages). For more information, visit helixlosaltos.org

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BAASICS.4: Watershed

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ODC Theater | 3153 17th Street @ Shotwell, SF CA 94110
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 7-9pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Reception to follow @ Root Division (right next door to ODC)
This event is FREE/SLIDING SCALE, but seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early.
Reserve tickets here!

The Bay Area is home to stately mountains and forests, major metropolitan centers, sprawling suburbs, and an impressive nexus of roads, rail lines, bridges, and tunnels, but our region is named for the estuary that provides its contours. As Will Travis, former Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, puts it, “The bay is our Eiffel Tower, our El Capitan, our Big Ben. It is a visual icon which gives our region its identity as a place different from everywhere else.” Over 7 million of us live near the bays, rivers, and creeks that comprise the San Francisco Bay watershed, but relatively few of us interact with it on a daily basis or know much about its history or ecology.

BAASICS.4: Watershed brings together a diverse group of artists and scientists to reflect on the San Francisco Bay Area watershed. Professor Jay Lund will highlight and explore the ramifications of the urban Bay Area’s dependence on water from distant sources; environmental artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien will discuss what they term remedial art, surveying some of their Watershed Sculpture projects; Professor Sarah Cohen will introduce us to “sea vomit” and other aquatic species as she spotlights aquatic diversity in the Bay; accompanied by a string quartet, Karl Cronin, Music Director of the Americana Orchestra, will guide us through a poetic meditation on our relationship to the Hetch Hetchy Valley. These participants and others will join BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for a entertaining and meandering exploration of the ecology and natural history of our region’s namesake and the tributaries that flow into it.

Following the ODC Theater program, a reception will be held immediately next door, at Root Division, an arts and arts education non-profit. Join us for drinks, good conversation, and networking.

BAASICS.4: Watershed Participants:
C. Sarah Cohen, PhD – Aquatic Diversity in the Bay: When, what, and why?
Karl Cronin – We were once, you and I, the same water
Derek Hitchcock – Watersheds to culturesheds: How science and art merge to create the mythic storytelling of watershed health from source to sea
Jay Lund, PhD – Relying on water from other places
Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien – Environmental art in the Anthropocene
Megan Prelinger – Pulling the watershed out of a box: A journey through historical evidence

Also including documentation of projects by:
Christopher Lim, Living Shoreline Program Manager for The Watershed Project
Writer Lizzy Acker & artist Pete Hickok, creators of Salt City Atlas
Dr. Katharyn Boyer’s research lab at The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Read more about the BAASICS.4: Watershed participants HERE.

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BAASICS.3 The Deep End

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ODC Theater | 3153 17th Street @ Shotwell, SF CA 94110
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 7-9pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Reception to follow @ Root Division (right next door to ODC)
This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early.

Psychiatric and neurologic conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, and dementia have been associated with genius or prophetic insight since antiquity. In the fourth century B.C.E., Aristotle claimed “that all men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and politics [...] had a melancholic habitus; indeed some suffered even from melancholic disease.” Plato wrote of a species of “madness which is a divine gift, and the source of the chiefest blessings granted to men.” 2,400 years later, the correlation persists. Is it a misguided romantic notion or does new research suggest it is true? And how does our increasing awareness of biological and psychological diversity complicate assumptions about innate gifts and afflictions?

BAASICS.3: The Deep End brings together a diverse group of artists and scientists to consider these questions and others. Dr. Walter Freeman will consider how chaos in the brain may endow us with the ability to respond flexibly to the outside world and to generate novel ideas; photographer Timothy Archibald and his son, Eli, will share their experience collaborating with one another on a collection of compelling images that sheds light on the autistic experience; artist Leeza Doreian will present a survey of artworks by Creativity Explored artists and speak about the organization’s mission to provide developmentally disabled individuals with opportunities to create artwork and pursue careers in the visual arts; and more. Wade into the deep end with BAASICS co-founders and producers Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger for a provocative, moving, and entertaining evening.

Following the ODC Theater program, a reception will be held immediately next door, at Root Division, an arts and arts education non-profit. Join us for drinks, good conversation, networking, and an opportunity to win some fantastic door prizes from our sponsor, Lumosity.

BAASICS.3: The Deep End Participants:
Hannah Addario-Berry – Solo Cello Performance
Leeza Doreian — Con-Currents: Creativity, Individuality, and Community
Professor Walter J Freeman, MD – Persevere or perseverate? How brain chaos surmounts challenges
Indre Viskontas, PhD – Release from Inhibition: The creative impulse in patients with dementia
Katherine Sherwood – How a Cerebral Hemorrhage Altered My Art
Timothy Archibald – ECHOLILIA : Walking the Path on the Autistic Spectrum
Terrence Ketter, MD – Creativity, Mood, and Temperament in Bipolar Disorder

Read more about the BAASICS.3: The Deep End participants HERE.

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Aditionally, we extend a BIG thank you to our BAASICS.3: The Deep End Kickstarter project supporters:

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Fundraiser/Meetup @ Madrone Art Bar

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Please join us for the second in our series of casual meet-and-greets at great local bars. Madrone Art Bar has graciously offered to donate a percentage of sales to BAASICS for this one night only. Come help us celebrate art and science and everything in between!

There is no agenda for this Meetup and, like most great bars, it might get loud. But we all had a fantastic time at Dr. Teeth last week. Let’s do it again!

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 6-9pm
Where: Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St. (@ Fell), San Francisco, CA

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Fundraiser/Meetup @ Dr. Teeth

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Photo: Library Of Congress, Prints, NYT / SF

When: February 7, 2013  6-8pm
Where: Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem, 2323 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

The fantastic Mission District bar Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem has agreed to host a little meet-and-greet/fundraiser for our upcoming BAASICS event (taking place on May 6, 2013). This is the perfect opportunity to get a sense of who our community is, to meet each other in a casual and fun environment, and to brainstorm about future art/science collaborations in the Bay Area.

If you haven’t been to Dr. Teeth yet, we think you’ll love it. If you have, then you know what fun it will be to fill the bar with compatriots and to celebrate the incredible diversity and creativity of where we live.

Plus, by patronizing this great establishment you will also be supporting our project to bring you free, inspiring events exploring the increasingly exciting space where the arts and sciences meet.

Bring your friends and we’ll see you there!

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BAASICS.2: The Future

ODC Theater | 3153 17th Street @ Shotwell, SF CA 94110
June 18, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm (doors at 7pm)
BAASICS events are FREE! – Seating is limited so come early
Reception following @ Root Division (right next door to ODC)

What comes to mind when you ponder “the future”? Do you imagine a day when flying cars will be commonplace, androids will perform household chores, and humanity will populate other planets?  Or do you fret over imminent environmental catastrophe, the rise of a totalitarian mega-state, and the end of our species?

BAASICS.2: The Future brings together Bay Area artists, inventors, futurists, researchers, and musicians whose projects and musings provide us with some sense of what may lie just around the proverbial corner.  Joe Betts-Lacroix, a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, will discuss the importance of “curing” aging; cross-disciplinary artist Scott Kildall will showcase his project to transmit Tweets toward GJ667Cc, an exoplanet located 20 light years from Earth; Earplay musician Ellen Ruth Rose and composer Edmund Campion will meld Rose’s viola with live computer to produce mysterious and beautiful music; former physicist and tech journalist Aaron Saenz will discuss good robots, bad robots, and prospects for synthetic life.  Grab your jet pack and join BAASICS co-founders and producers, Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger, for a provocative and entertaining evening of time travel.

Following the ODC Theater program, a reception will be held immediately next door, at Root Division, an arts and arts education non-profit.  Join us for drinks, good conversation, networking, and an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes from our generous sponsors, Lumosity and Sifteo.

Read about the BAASICS.2: The Future participants HERE.


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BAASICS.1: A Live Animal

ODC Theater
July 19, 2011, 7:30-9:30pm

On psychic and cellular levels, what exactly occurs when a human interacts with another animal species?  Despite our growing knowledge of biology and natural history, the answer has remained something of a mystery.  The scientists, artists, and choreographer participating in BAASICS.1: A Live Animal invite us to consider other species through a variety of lenses – mythic, scientific, and philosophical – and to formulate our own  approaches to the “animal other.”  In so doing, they challenge us to grapple with the existential question, “How should we conceive of and conduct our relationships with other species, and also with one another?”

This evening is being presented in conjunction with an exhibition titled “A Live Animal,” curated by BAASICS co-founders Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger, which opened on July 9th, 2011, at Root Division, just next door to ODC Theater.

We would like to thank everyone at ODC for supporting this event, especially Rob Bailis, Christy Bolingbroke, Mark Erickson, and Nicole Mitchell. We hope this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. We would also like to thank all of the artists in “A Live Animal” for inspiring this event and Nicole McClure, our stage manager, for her theatrical expertise.

Read about the BAASICS.1: A Live Animal participants HERE.

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