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
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:
Erin Jarvis Alberstat, PhD candidate – Hopeful Monsters
Erik Butler – The California Vampire
Daniel Cohen, PhD – Walk This Way
Brynda Glazier – Ugliness Unplugged
John Hafernik, PhD – ZomBees Take Flight in the Dead of Night
Jill Miller – Bigfoot, Bacon, and Tree Knocking: My attempts at making contact with the elusive Sasquatch
with live music by: Georgeann Sack, PhD, & Andrew Lobel