Events

November

Stargazing Lecture

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 17, 2017
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

One important consequence of Einstein's theory of relativity is that massive objects can bend light, an effect known as “gravitational lensing.” Over the years, astronomers have learned to take advantage of this intriguing phenomenon to learn about everything from black holes to dark matter to galaxy clusters. In this lecture, I'll demystify the science behind gravitational lensing and take you on a tour of the amazing breakthroughs it has enabled. 

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

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The Astronomer’s Dream

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
November 18, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

What would 17th Century astronomer Johannes Kepler have seen if he had had today's advanced technology? The Astronomer's Dream is a 3D journey through a computer graphic visualization of space, based on data obtained by NASA satellites.

Sony HD Programs © Sony PCL Inc.

Anna Ho, a graduate student in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

December

The Alley Cats: “Jingle Bell Rock”

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
December 2, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

The Alley Cats, a talented and funny doo-wop a cappella group, performs songs for the holidays.

Learn More: www.thealleycats.com

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Caltech Associates Holiday Luncheon with Charles Elachi

11:00 am - 2:30 pm
December 6, 2017
Athenaeum

11:00 a.m. Reception
11:45 a.m. Luncheon and program

Celebrate the holidays with Charles Elachi, the former director of JPL and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Emeritus. He will share personal stories about his path to Caltech, experience directing JPL for 15 years, and thoughts on future space exploration.

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This event is open to members of the Caltech Associates and guests. For more information and to learn how to join, please visit our website or contact the Associates office at (626) 395-3919

With a proud history of support dating back to 1926, the Caltech Associates are a vibrant organization of more than 2,000 members who are investors in discovery. Membership helps advance Caltech's most ambitious projects, including new treatments for disease, insights into nature, and technologies that could change the way people live their lives.

Caltech is changing the world. You can be part of it by joining the Caltech Associates and help shape tomorrow. Visit: https://www.associates.caltech.edu

Aaron D. Ames – “Toward the Robots of Science Fiction”

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
December 6, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

Science fiction has long promised a world of robotic possibilities: from humanoid robots in our everyday lives, to wearable robotic devices that restore and augment human capabilities, to swarms of autonomous robotic systems forming the backbone of the cities of the future, to robots enabling exploration of the cosmos.

Achieving the promise of science fiction will require imbuing machines with the dynamic locomotion behaviors that humans display with deceptive ease—navigating everything from daily environments to uneven and uncertain terrain with efficiency and robustness.

This talk will present the first steps toward achieving this goal on bipedal and humanoid robots with the result being dynamic and efficient locomotion displaying the hallmarks of natural human walking. The translation of these ideas to robotic assistive devices along with a wide range of safety-critical systems will be demonstrated with a view toward realizing the robots of science fiction.

Aaron D. Ames is Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech, in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

Reserved section tickets are available to members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates.

Stargazing Lecture

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
December 8, 2017
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Our Solar System contains two very distinct types of large gas clouds: a star and gas planets. The major difference between these two types of objects is their mass, the amount of material in each of them. Our star, the Sun, is one thousand times more massive than Jupiter, the biggest gas planet in our Solar System. When we look out of our neighborhood, however, we spot some objects that have masses in between stars and planets, and they carry some very interesting properties. These “brown dwarfs” behave a little bit like stars and a little bit like planets. I will discuss the physics behind brown dwarfs, how difficult they are to find, and how they act as a “missing link” to teach us about how both stars and planets form and evolve. 

About the Series

Stargazing Lectures are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). All events are held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech. No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes; stargazing lasts 90 minutes. Stay only as long as you want.

Stargazing is only possible with clear skies, but the lecture, slideshow, and Q&A takes place regardless of weather.

For directions, weather updates, and more information, please visit: http://outreach.astro.caltech.edu.

Download the series flyer (PDF)

 

 
 

Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
December 9, 2017
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Laurie is certainly one of the most prominent women of bluegrass today, with her voice, guitar, and fiddle, but her songwriting and song interpreting sets her apart from the bluegrass world. She can do a great job on Bill Monroe and Carter family songs, but her originals, from early ones, like Texas Bluebonnets to recent compositions, like Here Today, prove her to be a substanial songwriter. Fiddler Darol Anger, said of her, “Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice.”

The Right Hands consist of longtime sidekick, Tom Rozum, a spectacular mandolinist, singer, and guitarist, Southern California's own Patrick Sauber on banjo and vocals, Andrew Conklin on upright bass, and their brand new fiddler and singer, the phenomenal Tatiana Hargreaves. Their music is a joy to behold and we are always excited to have them back.

More Info: http://laurielewis.com

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Planet Earth – Deserts

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
December 16, 2017
Beckman Auditorium

While many believe that all deserts are similar expanses of dry land, a lack of rainwater is perhaps the only thing that unifies these diverse habitats. With incredible aerial and time-lapse footage, see how animals have learned to survive without the most precious resource of all.

A BBC/Discovery Channel/NHK co-production in association with the CBC.

Annelise Thompson, a graduate student in chemistry and chemical engineering at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

January

Reel Rock Film Tour

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
January 12, 2018
Ramo Auditorium

The Reel Rock Film Tour returns to Caltech again with the Caltech Alpine Club's showing of REEL ROCK 12.

For the list of this year's films, visit reelrocktour.com/films.

Get to know other local climbers and mountaineers before the show and meet local search and rescue teams. Win tons of free gear from local sponsors such as Patagonia, REI, Sports Chalet, local climbing gyms, and many more in our raffle!

All proceeds from this showing directly benefit the student-run Caltech Alpine Club.

Learn More: www.reelrocktour.com

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Life: Challenges of Life

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
January 27, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Introducing the extraordinary things animals and plants must do in order to survive and reproduce. Key animals: Brown-tufted capuchins, dolphins, cheetahs, chameleons and killer whales.

A BBC/Discovery/SKAI/Open University co-production in association with RTI Spa.

Christopher Spalding, a graduate student in geological and planetary sciences at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

Jim Malcolm

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 27, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Jim Malcolm has performed in our series five times and also once or twice when he was a member of Old Blind Dogs. The pattern has been to have him every other year, but because of a scheduling conflict in 2017, we're making up for missing him last January.

Jim continues to be one of Scotland's finest singers, accompanying himself on 6- and 12-string guitar, as well as on harmonica. Living Tradition called him “one of the finest singing voices in Scotland in any style,” and The Scotsman wrote “Jim Malcolm will just melt you in your seat.”

In performance, he splits his time between singing original songs, many of which end up getting recorded by others, and he sings songs written or passed down by some of Scotland's fine writers, including early ballads from Robert Burns, Robert Tannahill, William Soutar, and his great hero Jim Reid.

More Info: http://jimmalcolm.com

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Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 27, 2018
Dabney Hall, Lounge

Maia Jasper White, Director

The program for this concert has not yet been set.

This concert is free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required. Parking is also free.

Please note that each of the Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles concerts in January and February will showcase different groups.

March

Earth – Power of the Planet: Ice

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
March 17, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Ice may be nothing more than frozen water, but it holds extraordinary power. Descending deep down a frozen waterfall, this program looks at a glacier in action from below and discovers why the huge Jacobshaven glacier is retreating, how it shapd our past and why it may now threaten our future.

A BBC/National Geographic Channel US/ZDF co-production.

Alexander Robel, a NOAA postdoctoral scholar in geological and planetary sciences at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

Octopus Challenge

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
March 24, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

The octopus is a truly remarkable creature. This amusing and insightful program shows the octopus in action – squeezing into tiny spaces, sniffing out hidden food, even opening doors. These soft-bodied, boneless mollusks appear to outshine all the other invertebrates, but are they clever or just instinctive?

A BBC/Animal Planet co-production.

Justin Rolando, a graduate student in chemistry and chemical engineering at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

The Kingston Trio

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
March 31, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio bring their timeless music to fans across the USA with a national tour that marks the group’s 60th anniversary. Keeping it in the family, Josh Reynolds, son of original member Nick Reynolds, along with lifelong musical partners Mike Marvin and Tim Gorelangton, perform many of the trio’s best-loved songs. The performances take the audience on an iconic musical journey to a time when folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts. The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of “Tom Dooley”, which sold over three million copies as a single.

Learn More: www.kingstontrio.com

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April

Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC) Seminar: Catherine Nall, Royal Holloway, University of London

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
April 4, 2018
Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)

Please check later for additional details

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About the series: The CHHC program is organized around an ongoing series of two-year interdisciplinary research modules, developed and coordinated by a small group of Caltech faculty members and Huntington residential research fellows. The 2016–2018 CHHC module, titled “Violence and Order Past and Present,” studies the various roles that violence has played in political and social order, as well as the possible norms and cultural attitudes that have governed its use. Learn more at chhc.caltech.edu.

m-pact: Pop-Jazz Vocals

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
April 21, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music.

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (the LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (the Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition.

Learn More: www.m-pact.com

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May

The Capitol Steps

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 5, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning.

The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven't let up since. If you've been keeping with the news, you know there's no shortage of material. The troupe is coming back to Pasadena with a new show of musical and political comedy. 

It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake, or a deplorable: neither side is safe from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy!

“The best musical satire on Washington I've ever seen!”
—The Washington Times

Learn More: www.capsteps.com

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Bryan Bowers

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 12, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Though other talented folks have followed in his footsteps, Bryan Bowers continues to be the pinnacle of autoharp playing in the folk music world, and he delivers a fine mix of songs, instrumentals, and stories. Bryan will be in California for his annual visit to the California Autoharp Gathering in the Fresno area in May. We heard Bryan at the Fret House in 2017, and he continues to amaze with plenty of new songs in his repertoire.

Born in Yorktown, Virginia, Bryan was profoundly affected by the singing of field and railroad workers, and this style of singing is an important part of his sound. It wasn't until college that he took up playing the autoharp, but he quickly became a master of the instrument that he has redefined over the years. He is as important to modern autoharp playing as Earl Scruggs has been to the banjo. In his hands, the autoharp has amazing capabilities of notes and chords, and his playing brings to mind a full orchestra, with its full-bodied and varied sound.

He mixes a few original songs with some gospel, traditional, and songs of current songwriters, many of them very funny, such as “Zen Gospel Singing.” Bryan's humor, easy manner, and natural storytelling abilities make his performances a pure delight.

More Info: http://bryanbowers.com

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