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April 2017
$8 - $11

Brattle Cambridge Science Festival Film Series: Contact!

April 14 - April 16
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In celebration of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, the Brattle is pleased to present a brief program of films in which the aliens actually do ‘come in peace.’ The series runs opening weekend, Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 16

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Free

Solar Light Installation by Materials & Methods

April 14 - April 23
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Visit the dynamic outdoor light installation by Materials & Methods suspended above the front lawn of Cambridge City Hall, created for Cambridge Science Festival! Full details here.   

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Free

Sci-Art Reception

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LabCentral, 700 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Sci-Art Reception

Science is more than chemical reactions and microscopy. Join us to explore the artistic side of science! View science-influenced artwork from the talented artists and scientists at Tufts University. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Can’t make the opening? Art remains on display in LabCentral’s Gallery 1832 through the week during business hours, check in at the front desk to enter the gallery. Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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The Catalytic Mentor / Protégé Relationship

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Central Square Theatre, 450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Join Central Square Theater before the April 14 performance of Paradise for a special conversation: mentors and protégés talk about how their experiences shaped and are shaping their lives and careers.   Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve

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Are We Alone? Exploring the Possibility of other Intelligent Life in the Universe

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Cambridge Science Festival

View the Are We Alone page for complete event information! What are our chances of making contact with intelligent aliens? In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake wrote his eponymous equation to help answer this question. Today, with the help of new discoveries of earth-like planets and a wealth of other scientific findings, we re-visit one of the most basic questions humanity has ever asked itself: Are We Alone? Guest of Honor: Frank Drake, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California at Santa Cruz, and member of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute. Co-Chairs: John Durant, Director of The MIT Museum and Founder of the Cambridge Science Festival Chris Impey, Associate Dean, College of Science, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona Key Speakers: Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dimitar Sasselov, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University, and Director of…

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$15 - $46

Paradise

April 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Paradise performances happen 10 times
Central Square Theatre, 450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge , MA 02139 United States
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Yasmeen, a Muslim-American teenager in the Bronx, meets with her teacher Dr. Royston, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology. If she salvages her perfect score, she can claim her independence: pursue her passion for science while honoring her cultural traditions. An unlikely, inspired partnership is created, investigating adolescent romantic love. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science, and mentorship as both teacher’s and student’s lives are transformed forever. World premiere of a new play from Laura Maria Censabella, directed by Shana Gozansky, produced by Underground Railway Theater. A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production. Additional performances throughout the week. Cost: $15-$46, Tickets at www.centralsquaretheater.org or 617-576-9278. 25% off tickets with code FESTIVAL

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Free

Sidewalk Astronomy

April 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join Astronomers and amatuer astronomy buffs from greater Boston to view Jupiter, double stars, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.  Location: The Plaza outside of Harvard Science Center, near the corner of Oxford and Kirkland and adjacent to Harvard Yard. This is part of Cambridge Science Festival's opening night celebration. Don't miss Are We Alone? Exploring the Possibility of other Intelligent Life in the Universe, at Harvard's Sanders Theater from 7:30-9:30.  Mingle with the event's speakers and guests while star gazing. It's sure to be a stellar evening! Stargazing is weather dependant. Check online for weather-related cancellation. Hosted by Boston Astronomy.

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Free

Everybody Loves Science

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Everett Mills Event Space, 15 Union St.
Lawrence, MA 01840 United States
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Everybody Loves Science

Join Science Club for Girls and YDO for an exciting interactive showcase of work from innovative youth leaders and scientists in the Lawrence community. Explore hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities demonstrated by our youth, scientists in the field and other community groups. Activities include exploding volcanoes, robots, sound wave demonstrations, chemistry, computer coding and so much more! Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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Free

Central MA Science Festival

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, 365 Lindell Ave.
Leominster, MA 01453 United States
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Cambridge Science Festival

Join us for a hands-on, multifaceted exploration of STEAM for all ages. Explore a wide range of STEAM-related activities including demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops. Get a close-up look at honeybees in our observation hive, build with LEGOs, learn about electricity and robotics, play in the augmented reality sandbox, pan for gold, explore the night sky, physics of archery and so much more! Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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MIT ClubChem Magic Show

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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MIT ClubChem Magic Show

Come and see undergraduate chemists from MIT ClubChem perform amazing demonstrations and unravel the science behind chemical magic! Explore the science in our everyday lives and witness techniques used in the modern chemistry laboratory. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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Free

Hacking Harvard Open Data to Fight Crime, Save Energy and Improve Student Life

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard University Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Cambridge Science Festival

The Harvard Open Data Project is a student-faculty team dedicated to opening and analyzing Harvard data by mapping police logs, tracking food waste, logging Harvard building energy consumption and more. We will discuss our journey in gathering data, analyzing it, and producing apps, visualizations and policies to improve our community and student life. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/HarvardOpenData

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Science Carnival & Robot Zoo

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Field House and Cambridge Public Library, Broadway and Ellery Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Science Carnival and Robot Zoo is a family-friendly expo with more than 100 ways to explore, build, learn and -- most importantly -- have fun! Please see the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo page for more information!  

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Scratch in the Idea Hub

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Scratch in the Idea Hub

Design your own simple video game or animation using the block-based programming language Scratch. Cost: Included with Museum admission.  Drop-in.

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$10

Workshop: Youth Balinese Workshop @ MIT Museum

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Surround yourself with a musical tradition like no other and try your hand at playing the bright, percussive gamelan instruments of Bali, Indonesia. In this one-hour workshop led by the directors of the Cambridge Youth Gamelan, learn to play the metallophones, gongs, hand drums, and cymbals that make up gamelan music. The workshop will conclude with a short performance by members of the Cambridge Youth Gamelan and MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika. No prior musical experience necessary! Students in grades 4-9 are welcome. Learn more and register: mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf Cost: $10 Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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Tour Mass General’s Ether Dome and Russell Museum (at capacity)

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street
Boston , MA 02114 United States
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Update: All tours are at capacity Did you know that you can stand on the very site of the first successful public demonstration of anesthesia? Our tour begins in Mass General’s Ether Dome, the hospital’s 19th-century surgical amphitheater (and home to one Egyptian mummy). You’ll proceed to the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, where you can learn about the hospital’s more than two centuries of history and about present-day innovation, from targeted cancer therapies to immune tolerance of transplanted organs. Cost: Free. Ages 13+. All MGH tours and events are full. Please join us for other events!

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$15 - $46

Paradise

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Paradise performances happen 10 times
Central Square Theatre, 450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge , MA 02139 United States
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Yasmeen, a Muslim-American teenager in the Bronx, meets with her teacher Dr. Royston, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology. If she salvages her perfect score, she can claim her independence: pursue her passion for science while honoring her cultural traditions. An unlikely, inspired partnership is created, investigating adolescent romantic love. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science, and mentorship as both teacher’s and student’s lives are transformed forever. World premiere of a new play from Laura Maria Censabella, directed by Shana Gozansky, produced by Underground Railway Theater. A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production. Additional performances throughout the week. Cost: $15-$46, Tickets at www.centralsquaretheater.org or 617-576-9278. 25% off tickets with code FESTIVAL

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Singin’ of the Rain: Songs about Weather and Climate

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Come hear an exciting collection of songs about weather and climate from North Cambridge Family Opera. Performed by an intergenerational chorus, songs are accompanied by a slideshow of lyrics and artwork created by students in Cambridge schools. Topics include tornadoes, rain and thunderstorms, El Niño and La Niña, the ozone hole, ocean level rise, the basic distinctions between weather and climate and more. Cost: Free.

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Both/And – A Quantum Physics Play

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Both/And - A Quantum Physics Play

Join us for the premiere of an inventive one-act play by Patrick Gabridge. Part comedy, part poetry, and all inquiry into a major scientific experiment taking place right now, “Both/And” seeks to understand basic tenets of quantum physics. “Both/And” is a project of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, the science-theater partnership between Central Square Theater and MIT. Cost: Free.

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