Events

January

Caltech Associates Panel Discussion & Reception: The Future of Autonomous Technology

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
January 17, 2018

This event is currently sold out. Please email caltechassociates@caltech.edu to be added to the waitlist.

5:30 and 5:45 p.m. CAST tours
6:15 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Panel discussion

Flying ambulances, robots exploring ice-covered oceans of Europa, and swarms of drones capturing large-scale images and maps. These are just a few of the moonshot ideas that  Caltech's newly opened Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies are translating into reality. Join us to walk through the facility where engineers are constructing and testing drones and robots, and hear from a panel of distinguished Caltech faculty who are making technological leaps and shaping our autonomous future.

Panelists include:

Moderator: Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83), Distinguished Alumna award recipient, creator of the syndicated program, The Loh Down on Science
Mory Gharib, Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies; Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
Aaron Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems
Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Soon-Jo Chung, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Bren Scholar; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist
Yisong Yue, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

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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

TecherTalk: GPS Alumni Panel

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
January 18, 2018
South Mudd 256 (Benioff Room)

The Caltech Alumni Association, in partnership with the GPS department, is pleased to invite you to a Techer Talk where alumni will discuss their experiences, expertise, career trajectories,  and overall general advice on how to navigate life after Caltech. Panelists include:

Katie Stack Morgan (PhD Geology 2015), Research Scientist at JPL

Alex Teng (PhD ESE 2017), Senior Environmental Scientist at Divergent 3D

Wanwan Yang (PhD ESE 2010), Chief Investment Officer at HUAQI Capital

All students are welcome to attend, and a light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44aeac2fa7fb6-techertalk4

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 20, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

A world-class Grammy Award-nominated band with original compositions that delivers great precision with witty, intelligent lyrics.

Learn More: www.adonispuentes.ca

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TecherTalk: Aerospace Alumni Panel

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
January 22, 2018
Gates-Thomas 115

The Caltech Alumni Association, in partnership with the Aerospace Department (EAS Division), is hosting a TecherTalk for students to hear from Aerospace alumni who will share their experience, perspectives, and advice to successfully navigate “Life After Caltech.”

All Caltech undergraduate and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Panelists include:

Philippe Adam, Director at Johnson & Johnson (Caltech PhD Aeronautics 1997) – Philippe is currently a Director at Johnson & Johnson working on the commercial side of the surgical ophthalmology business.  Previously, he has worked and consulted for a number of research labs and companies including Caltech/JPL, Honeywell, Houlihan Lokey, Avery Dennison, Beckman Coulter and Abbott Laboratories.  Philippe also serves as a Board Advisor to Advanced TeleSensors (a Caltech/JPL sensor start-up) and EV Safe Charge (a start-up offering one-stop shop electric vehicle charging station installation services). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Caltech and also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff LeHew, Manager of Advanced Technology and Analytics at Meggitt Control Systems (Caltech PhD Aeronautics 2012), MODERATOR – Jeff LeHew is the Manager of Advanced Technology and Analytics for Meggitt Control Systems, a leading supplier of pneumatic, thermal management, and electro-mechanical equipment and sub systems.  His work focuses on the development of analytical methods and tools for simulating system performance on a variety of fluid and thermal systems ranging from fluid control valves and heat exchangers to fire detection and fire suppression systems for commercial and military aircraft.  Jeff joined Meggitt in 2012 as one of the first members of the Meggitt Graduate Program, a three year rotational program, shortly after completing his PhD in Aeronautics at Caltech.  Through the Graduate Program he had the opportunity to work at four different Meggitt branches including Meggitt Defense Systems (Irvine, CA), Meggitt Safety Systems (Simi Valley, CA), Meggitt Polymers and Composites (Loughborough, UK), and Meggitt Control System (North Hollywood, CA).  During those placements he focused on projects involving thermal management systems, fire suppression systems, anti-ice and de-ice control for aircraft, and aftermarket sales forecasting, respectively.

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Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
January 26, 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.

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.

Caltech Associates Northern California Reception and Program: Understanding Autism

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
January 27, 2018
Off Campus

Event location: The Sea by Alexander's, Palo Alto

6:00 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations
7:15 p.m. Program
8:10 p.m. Networking, dessert, and coffee

Caltech's researchers are harnessing microbiology to develop novel treatments for neurological diseases. Microbes inhabit just about every part of the human body, and trillions of these bacteria are found within the gastrointestinal tract. It is no surprise that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism, but their reach may extend further, into the brain. Hear from Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech’s Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator  about how he is investigating this connection through microbiological approaches and how the ecosystem of bacteria in our gut may play a role in autism, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

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For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico with the Caltech Associates office at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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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: www.associates.caltech.edu

Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
January 28, 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.

Art + Tech Panel: Games and Art

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
January 29, 2018
Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)

This panel brings together scholar and artist Brian Schrank, indie game developer Johnnemann Nordhagen, and immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña to explore expanding roles of immersive technologies and video games in society. Each panelist will give a brief presentation on her/his work, followed by a moderated discussion.

The Art + Tech Speaker Series features conversations between artists and scholars on themes related to art, science, and technology. Participants include contemporary artists and scholars from different fields, from the humanities to science and technology, who deal with similar concepts through different means. At each event, the panelists give brief presentations on their own work and participate in a facilitated discussion on the evening's theme. The panels are organized to coincide with ongoing discussions in Caltech undergraduate classes and are intended to be of general interest to Caltech faculty, students, and the community at large.

Demonstration of the VR work of Nonny de la Peña
8-12 minute VR experience
January 29, come any time between 3-6:30 pm
Sherman Fairchild Library, Room 326
Open to the public

Speaker Bios:

Nonny de la Peña, Founder & CEO of Emblematic
Nonny is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in virtual and augmented reality, and is known for creating the genre of immersive journalism. As CEO of Emblematic Group, her digital reality media company, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell stories that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. Emblematic is also pushing the envelope with branded content and an experiential volumetric search platform. She is a former correspondent for Newsweek and her virtual reality work has been featured by the New York Times, BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. She is a winner of the Knight Innovation Award, New America Fellow, and Yale Poynter Media Fellow.

Johnnemann Nordhagen, Founder of Dim Bulb Games, Co-founder of Fullbright
Johnnemann started his career in video games as a QA tester and has had a varied path since – working at Sony's Research and Development department during the launch of the PlayStation 3, then working on games such as Bioshock and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. In 2012 he quit his job and founded the indie studio The Fullbright Company in Portland. He was the sole programmer on the indie hit Gone Home and has since founded his own studio, Dim Bulb Games. He is creating Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, a bleak American folktale about traveling and telling stories that will release in early 2018.

Brain Schrank, Associate Professor of Game Development, Theory and Design, Depaul University
Brian is associate professor and chair of Game Design at DePaul University in Chicago. He founded and directs the Virtual and Augmented Design Lab, developing art games exhibited internationally. His MIT Press book “Avant-garde Videogames: Playing with Technoculture” situates games within the context of art history and the avant-garde.

This series is made possible through the support of the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors program established in 1992 to bring to Caltech “notable, innovative thinkers who will be able to spark the imagination of faculty and students alike and stimulate thought and discussion on a wide range issues,” with special emphasis on the “creative interaction between science and the arts.”

February

Caltech Associates Reception and Dinner with Caltech’s Tenth Provost

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
February 1, 2018
Athenaeum

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and presentation

Four months into his position as Caltech's tenth provost, Professor Dave Tirrell will share insights into his new endeavor as the Institute's chief academic officer. He will also discuss how he continues to lead his own research reinterpreting the complex genetic code to develop innovative approaches to macromolecular design, protein evolution, and biological imaging.

This evening is in partnership with the Office of Gift Planning.

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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

Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
February 2, 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.

Blue Planet – Seas of Life: Open Ocean

10:00 am - 11:00 am
February 9, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface and are crucial to life in both the sea and on land. Learn why Earth has oceans, while other planets do not. We will meet the giant whales, tiny plankton, and lonely deep-sea fish that call the ocean home, and discover hidden oceans lurking beneath the ice on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

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

Recommended for grades 3-12.

To make a reservation or learn about more field trip opportunities, please call (626) 395-6059 or email mhh@caltech.edu.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
February 10, 2018
Ramo Auditorium

Spend an unforgettable evening with renowned musician Peter Yarrow, one of the members of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

Peter will play guitar and sing some of his songs, some of PP&M's songs, and he will share lots of stories about how they made music and social activism such a vital combination during the 1960's, a time of great change.

They captured all generations with Puff, the Magic Dragon, and when they popularized  such songs as If I Had a Hammer and Blowin' in the Wind, they found new ears for songs that had something to say.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/PeterYarrowPPM/

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Caltech Associates Orange County Luncheon and Program: China’s Empress Dowager Cixi at the Bowers Museum

11:30 am - 3:30 pm
February 10, 2018
Off Campus

Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

11:30 a.m. Luncheon and program
1:30 p.m. Private tour of Bowers Museum exhibit
2:45 p.m. Champagne reception

Explore the Bowers Museum's newe exhibit, Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace, with Orange County Associates. Maura Dykstra, Caltech assistant professor of history, will share her insights on the tumultuous period of reform and transformation during which Cixi's rise to power won her infamy.

Generously hosted by Dr. Shang-Li (SL), PhD '76, and Mrs. Betty Huang, Associates Board Member.

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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 is 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: www.associates.caltech.edu

Schubert Ensemble

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
February 11, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

In its 34 years, the Schubert Ensemble has become renowned as a proponent of music for piano and strings. Yes, the Ensemble's repertoire includes Schubert, but it also includes virtually every major work for piano quartet. Among its more than 30 acclaimed CDs the Dvořák disc and the more recent of two Ensecu discs for Chandos were selected as Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine.

Good storytellers seek new tales to expand their repertoire; the Schubert Ensemble has expanded its repertoire by commissioning more than 80 new works. And as Fanfare USA said, “…The performances by the Schubert Ensemble are exactly what the music requires—they fizzle with energy and pep.”

Program

Hummel — Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Fauré — Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
Schubert — Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, “The Trout”

More info: http://www.colemanchambermusic.org

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Art + Tech Panel: Space, Imaging and Power

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
February 12, 2018
Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)

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For more information on the panelists, please visit their websites:

Maayan Amir, Artist and Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Haifa University
Ruti Sela, Artist and Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Haifa University
Robert Simmon, Senior Data Visualization Engineer, Planet
Nicolas Wey-Gomez, Professor of History, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech

This series is made possible through the support of the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors program established in 1992 to bring to Caltech “notable, innovative thinkers who will be able to spark the imagination of faculty and students alike and stimulate thought and discussion on a wide range issues,” with special emphasis on the “creative interaction between science and the arts.” Additional funding for Amir and Sela to participate in this panel is provided by the Artis Grant Program.

Caltech Associates East Coast Reception & Dinner: Imagining the Robots of Science Fiction

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
February 13, 2018
Off Campus

Location: Upper Story, New York

6:00 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations
7:15 p.m. Presentation

8:10 p.m. Dessert buffet, networking, and coffee

Aaron Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, is moving us closer to the worlds of science fiction by teaching robots to walk. We're past the era of clunky, rigid robots, and have our eyes set on humanoid machines walking and running as smoothly as the human body. Hear how Professor Ames is turning fantasy into reality by designing bipedal robots and crafting mathematical algorithms that teach them to generate their own walking gait.

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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

Caltech Playreaders 67th Season: “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
February 13, 2018
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed and Introduced by Will Ahrens
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

When the sad, introverted Englishman Charlie Baker arrives at a Georgia fishing lodge in search
of a quiet rest, he is introduced as a foreigner who doesn't speak or understand English. Charlie
becomes an object of fascination for the denizens of the lodge and overhears very personal and
dangerous secrets. He slowly blossoms as he befriends the slow Ellard, inspires the widow
Betty, plans to foil the KKK, and earns true love…perhaps? In 1983 The Foreigner won two
Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-
Broadway Production and is now oddly topical. This wildly comic depiction of our own
absurdities may prove a cathartic reminder of the better aspects of our humanity.

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 5:30. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

Michael H. Dickinson – “Using the Brain of a Modern Fly to Reconstruct the Behaviors of an Ancient World”

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
February 14, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Over 400 million years ago, a group of tiny six-legged creatures evolved the ability to fly—an event that fundamentally transformed life on our planet. Equipped with the ability to fly, insects underwent one of the most extraordinary radiations in the history of life and have dominated every terrestrial ecosystem since.

Using a diverse assortment of modern techniques from diverse fields such as neuroscience, biomechanics, and engineering, Dr. Dickinson is attempting to reconstruct the behavior and ecology of the ancestral insects through his investigations of the common fruit fly. Through his work, the brain of a common fly provides a fascinating window into the past, providing new insight into the evolution of our planet’s most diverse group of organisms.

Michael H. Dickinson is Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics at Caltech, in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering.

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.

Old Blind Dogs

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
February 23, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Old Blind Dogs formed in Aberdeenshire in 1990 and remains one of Scotland's premier bands today. Consisting of Jonny Hardie, (fiddle & vocals), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, bass, and vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles & guitar), and Donald Hay (percussion), their repertoire features high energy instrumentals, along with traditional ballads and some songs by contemporary writers as well. 

Their latest recording, Room with a View, has been very well received.

More Info: https://www.oldblinddogs.co.uk

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Stargazing Lecture

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
February 23, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

For nearly 100 years, we have known about the existence of galaxies other than our own Milky Way, but only since the late ’50s have we known about the rate of star formation in our own galaxy. Only since the late ’80s have we had any idea of how well those other galaxies produced stars. It turns out galaxies are terrible at their only job: making stars. They are about 50 times worse at star formation than we might expect, why? Feedback from hot young stars, violent stellar explosions, and how cold-ish gas behaves in galaxies give us some clues.

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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March

John Gorka

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
March 3, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

The Pasadena Folk Music Society is very proud to present the extraordinary songwriter and singer, John Gorka. They've been working on getting him here for the last two to three years, and finally schedules match! John performed in their series early in his career, showing his talent with songs like Branching Out and over the years he has built a very impressive body of songs that makes this a must-see show.

Originally from New Jersey, John now lives in Minnesota, and unfortunately he doesn't get to Southern California very often. He can be a very funny guy, almost goofy at times, but when he sings, his deep, resonant voice makes you want to listen closely, and he has a lot to say. Listen to Let Them In, based on a poem that was sent to him that he put to music. He generally mixes in a few songs by other songwriters, and maybe a cover or two of a familiar song, but it is his original songs that really stand out. He crafts his songs extremely well, covering a wide variety of subjects, based on people he has met and things he has seen. Some are fun and humorous, others have social commentary or tell emotional tales. He moves easily through many genres, sometimes even mixing them.

John is a great listener and observer of the world and he describes it all so well. On top of that he is a very fine guitarist, and his fingerpicking adds a great deal to the songs.

More Info: http://johngorka.com/

 

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Miwa Matreyek: Myth and Infrastructure/This World Made Itself

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
March 9, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Miwa Matreyek's projected animation and contemporary shadow play are combined to create a magical convergence of the common everyday world with the fantastical, resulting in an immersive, dream-like experience.

This World Made Itself is a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow silhouette, as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create a unique kind of spectacle. This World Made Itself is a visually and musically rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe's epic beginnings to the complex world of humanity. The piece is at once semi-scientific (like flipping through a children's encyclopedia), and emotional, surreal, and dream-like.

Myth and Infrastructure is a live performance with projected animation. The artist's shadow is constantly present in this piece from beginning to end—sometimes in semi close-up and sometimes as a full figure—as the world around her shifts and transforms. Her shadow becomes an integral part of her own fantastical animation worlds, as she traverses oceanscapes, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with light and shadow.

Learn More: www.semihemisphere.com

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Jerusalem Quartet

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
March 11, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Storytellers make words speak. They also know that beyond the words they speak, their delivery is crucial. The Jerusalem Quartet has certainly mastered its delivery. Since 1996, this Israeli ensemble has been 'making strings speak' on prominent concert stages throughout the US and Europe. Its goal, however, extends far beyond this: to achieve, it says, “perfection of sound.”

The Quartet may never achieve this goal, but it's certainly getting close. “An absolute triumph,” says BBC Music Magazine. “Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.” Perhaps, though, the Strad Magazine has expressed it best: “The result is by far the most intrinsically beautiful performance… that I have ever encountered.”

Program

Mozart — Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, “Hunt”
Janáček — Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Beethoven — Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

More info: http://www.colemanchambermusic.org

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
March 13, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Since 2001, Caltech has been a proud host of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Stopping at over 500 locations in 30 countries around the globe, the Tour celebrates the best films shown at that year's Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada, one of the premier exhibitions of films about mountain culture in the world.

Topics of the films include mountain sports (skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, BASE, and others) and exotic mountain communities living in remote corners of the Earth. Dramatic scenery, quirky comedy, artistic cinematography, and epic adventures are classic trademarks of the best Banff films.

The format of this year's event will be the same as in years past: about two hours of total footage divided into several films covering a wide variety of the themes mentioned above.

Check back for the selections for this year's presentation.

Be sure come early to meet with local sponsors like Stronghold Climbing Gym, and chat with Sierra Madre Search and Rescue before the show starts!

Learn More: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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Caltech Playreaders 67th Season: “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
March 13, 2018
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed by Arden Thomas and Introduced by TBD
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Inc.

Because of her passion for astronomy, a man’s world in the early 20th century, Henrietta Leavitt
was recruited by the Harvard College Observatory. She wanted to look at the heavens through
the observatory’s telescope, but as it was off-limits to women, she was ordered to join the
female researchers recording raw data from photographic plates of the night sky. Undaunted,
she privately studied the Cepheid variable stars in these plates and ultimately made a
breakthrough that revolutionized scientists’ understanding of the immensity of the universe, an
innovation widely used, but not publically acknowledged, in her lifetime. This luminous, gently
humorous play beautifully portrays Leavitt’s inner world and oft-times painful journey of
scientific and self-discovery.

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 5:30. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

Andrew W. Howard – “Searching for Earth-like Planets”

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
March 14, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

The search for extrasolar planets has uncovered a dizzying array of planetary systems. We have found new planet types—lava worlds and super-Earths—as well as planets orbiting more than one star.

Dr. Howard will tour this diverse landscape with attention to planets similar to the Earth in their size, mass, and temperature. The recent discoveries give us tantalizing clues as to how our Solar System formed and point the way to detailed characterizations of atmospheres and compositions of Earth-like worlds using the next generation of telescopes.

Andrew W. Howard is Professor of Astronomy at Caltech, in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.

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.

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.

 

David Baltimore’s 80th Birthday Symposium

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 23, 2018
Baxter Lecture Hall

The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required for symposium attendance and for the lunch provided. https://register.caltech.edu/baltimore80/program

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
March 23, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

 

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)

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.

Caltech Associates Program: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tour

9:30 am - 12:00 pm
April 6, 2018
JPL

Back by popular demand, guests can go behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), home to some of the greatest interplanetary science. Space fans and future explorers will revel in a tour of Mission Control and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

JPL tour recommended for guests third grade age level and up.

More details to follow.

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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

Break Through on the Road: Caltech Campaign in San Jose

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 7, 2018
Off Campus

4:00 p.m. Choose your scientific adventure
6:00 p.m. Reception and program

Explore / Connect / Engage

Additional details to follow

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Visit Break Through: The Caltech Campaign for more information.

Caltech Playreaders 67th Season: “The Murder Room” by Jack Sharkey

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
April 10, 2018
Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed and Introduced by Cara King
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Late at night Mavis Hollister returns home to Brynwood Cottage in northern England. She’s
surprised that her new husband, Edgar Hollister, is still alive. He’s surprised that she claims to
have attended a church meeting that he knew was cancelled. All manner of madcap mayhem
erupts. With all the elements of a classic English whodunit—the stodgy upper crust, a secret
chamber, an irreverent maid, and a missing body—this quick-witted mystery spoof is a zany
delight. The smart, well-timed dialogue shines. And did we mention the cat and the cocoa?

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 5:30. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

Victoria J. Orphan – “Microbial Life Support: The Invisible Living Networks That Shape Our Oceans”

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
April 11, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

While invisible to the naked eye, microorganisms and their interactions with each other and their environment play fundamental roles in the cycling of elements critical to life on our planet. In deep seafloor sediments, billions of microorganisms compete and cooperate via a complex network of metabolic interactions that are still poorly understood, but are important in the cycling of methane and sequestration of carbon.

Dr. Orphan will talk about the activities of marine microorganisms from the ocean surface to deep in the earth’s crust and consider the globally important geochemical processes they orchestrate through metabolic collaboration.

Victoria J. Orphan is James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology at Caltech, in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.

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.

Art + Tech Seminar

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 18, 2018

Please check later for additional details

This series is made possible through the support of the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors program established in 1992 to bring to Caltech “notable, innovative thinkers who will be able to spark the imagination of faculty and students alike and stimulate thought and discussion on a wide range issues,” with special emphasis on the “creative interaction between science and the arts.”

Associates East Coast Program: President’s Circle Dinner in NYC

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 18, 2018
Off Campus

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Please save the date for a special evening in New York City hosted by President Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Caltech Associates East Coast President's Circle Dinner
honoring the support and dedication of our President's Circle members

 

For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico with the Caltech Associates office at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6392.

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This event is open to President's Circle members of the Caltech Associates. 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: www.associates.caltech.edu

 

Stargazing Lecture

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
April 20, 2018
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Over the past two decades thousands of planets with an extraordinary diversity of properties have been discovered orbiting nearby stars. How such a startling array of exoplanetary systems formed and evolved remains a mystery, and has inspired the hunt for observational clues. In this talk I will explore how new observational evidence sheds light on the important role that gas giant planets play in shaping planetary systems, and how our own Jupiter and Saturn played a starring role in the formation history of our own solar system.

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)

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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Natural Curiosities: Curious Minds

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
April 28, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Orangutans are clever tool users but strangely such skills remained undiscovered for centuries. They were considered as just clever mimics until discovery in remote Sumatran swamps revealed their true potential. Crows are clever birds that can solve problems and they too make surprisingly sophisticated tools. How have the curious minds of these two animals helped them become so inventive?.

Mason McGill, a graduate student in computation and neural systems at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

Claude Bourbon

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
April 28, 2018
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists' influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician: Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple's Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach.

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude's roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter.”

More Info: http://www.claudebourbon.org/

 

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Pasadena Folk Music Society

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
April 29, 2018
Beckman Auditorium

Some musical stories have texts, and soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Brentano Quartet to sing them. “You couldn't tear your eyes away from Upshaw's presentation as she inhabited the moods and characters of these poetic texts,” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer, “She was an involved storyteller, bringing meaning to each word of text.”

The Brentano Quartet sings with strings, and is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven's “Immortal Beloved.” “These players could well be the best of the latest generation,” the Philadelphia Inquirer enthused; “Their level of individual technique was superb, while [the] musical dialog necessary for rich chamber music was evident from first to last.”

Program

Mozart — Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonant”
Schoenberg — Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor, with Soprano, Op. 10
Brahms — Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Respighi — Il tramonto for Mezzo-soprano and Strings

More info: http://www.colemanchambermusic.org

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Coleman Chamber Music Association

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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Pasadena Folk Music Society