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Whales, Bugs, and Outer Space

David Rothenberg’s First Annual Winter Solstice Explorers Revue

Join David Rothenberg, the Explorers Club’s musician extraordinaire, for what promises to be an amazing evening of science, art and music. Included in this evening’s lecture are three extraordinary individuals presenting 30 minutes-each of totally unrelated but unique presentations that will dazzle your senses and have you look at science and exploration in a whole new light:

1. Scott McVay discovered and documented the six-octave song of the Humpback whale and with Roger Payne published a cover article in Science with the analysis. He led two expeditions to the Alaskan Arctic to study the rare Bowhead whale. The National Film Board of Canada made a documentary of the second. Other papers were published in Scientific American, Natural History, and American Scientist. As founding executive director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, he created several initiatives, including a nationwide effort to encourage the teaching of Mandarin in high school. He also established a poetry initiative, with colleague Jim Haba, to honor poets, elevate teaching poetry in schools, and the craft itself through four PBS television series, three with Bill Moyers. In 2010, Hella and Scott McVay created a Poetry Trail at the D&R Greenway Land Trust -- as a gift to the community – celebrating poetry that salutes the wonders of nature by reaching into a dozen lands and cultures. McVay is blessed in his marriage and family.

2. Michael Benson, artist and writer, presents his latest book of processed NASA imagery transformed into art, PLANETFALL. As the latest interplanetary probes traverse the freewheeling satellites of Jupiter; roam the boulder-strewn red deserts of Mars, study Saturn’s immaculate rings; and peer down at our own ravishing Earth, Benson presents the greatest achievements in contemporary space photography as never before.

3. Irene Moon, entomologist and performance artist, presents her unique show blending spectacle, music, and surprise, SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING WITH IRENE MOON. Moon has given surrealist entomological lectures throughout the United States and Europe, and has toured with noise music bands the Hair Police and psych folk band Eyes and Arms of Smoke, among many others. Lectures are accompanied by music, slideshows, flip charts, recorded commentary, insect sounds, and often feature background film accompaniment. Topics have included the helix aspersa snail, the Death's-head Hawkmoth, and the Nantucket Pine Tip Moth. Under her alter ego Katja Seltmann, she is research entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Date: 12/17/12

Time: 6PM Check In, 7PM Start

Location: New York City Headquarters, 46 East 70th St., New York, NY

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free to EC Student Members, $5 with Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Payment must accompany reservation. Tickets are secured only when a credit card is provided at the time the reservation is made. Reservations made without a credit card are not secured and tickets will be forfeited by 6:50pm the evening of the lecture.

Reservations are suggested on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 212-628-8383 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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