If you haven’t been to the California Academy of Sciences yet, go to the Thursday Nightlife event! Every time I have gone to a Thursday night event, it has been a blast. There are djs, drinks, demos, and of course all of the exhibits. The aqauriums are magical and the rainforest is pretty amazing too. Check out their food related events and demos tonight at this weeks “A Taste of NightLife”.
Films from KQED
The Botany of Desire
NightLife is pleased to be screening The Botany of Desire, the popular film based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. This work explores the nature of domesticated plants from the dual perspective of humans and the plants themselves. Pollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants. The apple reflects the desire of sweetness, the tulip beauty, marijuana pleasure and the potato sustenance.
“As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one man’s fight for a fair price.” — Black Gold website
Capacity for screenings of The Botany of Desire and Black Gold are limited. Show passes are available the night of the event and will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
Acclaimed PBS shows Check Please and Roadtrip Nation will be screened inside the building and we will have a special appearance by the Roadtrip Nation RV.
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and a variety of expert organizations have a treat for all of you foodies this week: food demonstrations that with stimulate both your taste buds and your mind. A select few attendees of each talk will get to sample the outcome. Topics include:
The Science of Taste
– Presented by the Culinary Institute Chef and 18 Reasons
, including Flavor Bar and Miracle Fruit demonstrations The Science of Chocolate
– Presented by Tcho
Beer and other Sundry topics – Presented by Roadtrip Nation
Including clips from their popular series.
Capacity for these talks is limited. Show passes are available the night of the event and will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
On a less formal note, we’ll have a number organizations setting up demonstration and sampling tables throughout the Academy, to both titillate and educate. Among those participating are Hayes Valley Farm, 18 Reasons, Luna Bar, Bionade, and edible insects.