October 22, 2007

The Secret Science Club Presents "Our Chemical Romance" on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM

H2O, CO2, C6H12O6. All these molecules are naturally occurring—but new ones are being created all the time. “What I do is make new molecules with interesting properties,” says Columbia University chemist and professor Ronald Breslow.

The recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science and the author of more than 400 scientific papers, Dr. Breslow has been instrumental in creating over 1,000 new chemical compounds—including SAHA, a recently approved cancer-fighting drug with a novel mechanism of action.

A pioneer of biomimetic chemistry and a passionate proponent of the public understanding of science, Dr. Breslow asks: How can we mimic naturally-occurring chemistry to solve problems of human health? Can artificial cells that approximate life be made in the laboratory to propel basic discoveries as well as treatments? What future challenges can chemistry address (e.g., efficient solar power, antibiotics to combat resistant bacteria)?

David Maiullo, science specialist and demonstrator from Rutgers University, performs literally hair-raising experiments as part of his “traveling physics road show.”

But wait . . . there’s more! Check out free-radical video by scientist/filmmaker Alexis Gambis + groove to tunes inspired by test tubes and litmus paper!

--Enjoy our C2H5OH of the Night, the “Bunsen burner,” a fiery little cocktail that will re-fuel your love life.

The “Secret Science Club” meets November 7th at 7:45 p.m. in the basement @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self. Doors open at 7:15.

October 7, 2007

Special Event . . . Presenting the third-annual Carnivorous Nights TAXIDERMY CONTEST on November 2 . . .

Don't miss the year’s most beastly Day of the Dead event . . .

The Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest
Friday, November 2, 2007 at 8 PM
@ Union Hall
  • Enter your taxidermy to win!

  • Show off your beloved moose head, stuffed albino squirrel, sinuous snake skeletons, jarred sea slugs, and other specimens. Compete for prizes and glory!

  • Don’t miss the wild taxidermy talk by beast master Brian Wiprud, author of Stuffed, Pipsqueak, and Tailed

  • Prizes for best stuffed creature, most interesting biological oddity, and more!

  • Meet—and try to beat!—last year’s Grand Champion of taxidermy, Takeshi Yamada of the Museum of World Wonders

  • Plus! Taxidermy-inspired tunes and video . . . and ferocious specialty drinks

CONTEST RULES: The contest is open to taxidermy (homemade, purchased, found), preserved and jarred specimens, skeletons, skulls, gaffs … and beyond. (Note: Wet specimens must remain in their jars.)

ENTRANTS: Please arrive at Union Hall at 7 pm to log in your beast or specimen, and contact
secretscienceclub@gmail.com to pre-register. Share your taxidermy (and its tale) with the world!

SPECTATORS: Cheer on your favorite specimens!

No cover charge. Just bring your beastly self. Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400

For more information, contact secretscienceclub@gmail.com

Joe LeDoux and the Amygdaloids Celebrate the Release of Their CD HEAVY MENTAL at Otto's Shrunken Head on Oct. 22

The Amygdaloids played their first show at Union Hall's Secret Science Club last fall. Since then, the four scientists/rockers have performed at the Cornelia Street Cafe and even Madison Square Garden. Celebrate the release of their new CD, Heavy Mental, and hear new songs about the brain, mind, and emotions at Otto's Shrunken Head on Monday, October 22.

The party starts at 7 pm--and the Amygdaloids play at 8 pm.

Otto's Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th St. (between Aves. A and B), East Village, New York City.