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More January Events

January 19th, 2009 · No Comments

There’s more, there’s more! Parties and science and musical zombies and film…

Monday, January 19, 7:00 PM
Instant City Magazine Release Party
Features Jon Longhi, Cynthia Mitchell, Charlie Jane Anders, others, and a Game show!! Test both your literary knowledge and your San Francisco history. Prizes awarded. Fee/admission: $5-$10 at The Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco.

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM
Prospecting for Water on the Moon: The Upcoming LCROSS Mission
Astronomer Anthony Colaprete of NASA’s Ames Research Center will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on: “Prospecting for Water on the Moon: The Upcoming LCROSS Mission” as part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures. In 2009, NASA will purposely crash two spacecraft into one of the Moon’s polar regions. The impacts should raise huge plumes of material, visible even to smaller telescopes on Earth. Astronomers will search for evidence of water in the plumes to get a better sense of how much frozen water may lay hidden in the deep, shadowed craters of the Moon’s North and South poles. Dr. Colaprete, the Principal Investigator for this intriguing mission, will fill us in on why scientists believe there is water on the Moon (even though there is no air), and how we might put such water to use in future exploration. He will preview the LCROSS mission and discuss the campaign to observe the plumes from Earth and space.
Free and open to the public – No background in science will be required for this talk. Seating is first come, first served.
Parking on campus costs $2.
The Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, Los Altos.

Friday, January 23rd at 10:30 PM
Borderlands Night at Evil Dead – the Musical!

“The Evil begins Friday, January 9th! Come see the musical everyone is talking about . . it would kill you to miss it! What can go wrong when five college students break into an abandoned cabin in the woods? Apparently a whole heck of a lot! They unleash evil spirits, turn into Candarian Demons – and sing showtunes! In EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, Sam Raimi’s cult classic ’80s films are brought to life in a hilarious, campy show that will make you love the theatre again. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “What the F*@k was That?” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Performances will be at the Campbell Theatre in Martinez, with full bar service throughout the show! Performances are January 9th through February 7th at 7:00pm and 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights. For a really up-close and personal experience, be sure to sit in the SPLATTER ZONE, where the gore hits the floor (and the audience)! Evil Dead: The Musical is rated PG-13 for. . . language and campy violence.”

Mention Borderlands when you call the box office at 925-798-1300 to get your ticket for January 23rd and you’ll get a $5 discount (even on the Splatter Zone tickets)! We’ll be working out carpools from San Francisco, so if you need a ride or you’re planning on driving, drop a note to office@borderlands-books.com.

The Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward Street, Martinez.

Friday, January 23, 9:00 PM
Kickoff Launch party for The San Francisco Independent Film Festival

This festival has it all: “chock full of Japanese art porn, teen angst, English schoolboys, circus animals, murderous poets, art cars, Star Wars jokes, the occasional living dead, Neil Diamond and Lebowski Achievers.” Neil Diamond? I’m so there.

Indie Fest tickets are going fast and the party will help them sell even faster. Check out their web site for the lowdown, party details, and the film and ticket schedule. Films begin February 1st – get your tickets now!

Saturday, January 24, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The NASA Exploration Center will celebrate five years of Mars exploration!!

For five Earth years, Spirit and Opportunity have been successfully conducting field geology at two different locations on the surface of Mars. Originally designed for a 90-Martian-day mission, the twin rovers have exceeded that requirement by a factor of 20. The rovers have traversed great plains, climbed mountains, descended into deep craters and survived lethal dust storms and frigid winters. Members of the public are invited to learn from NASA scientists what the rovers have helped us discover about Mars.


Dave DesMarais, MER Science Operations Working Group Lead – “The Mars Rovers: Water Stories and History Lessons”

Nathalie Cabrol, MER Co-Investigator/Participating Scientist – “5 Years of Discoveries and Out of This World Achievements”

Michael Sims, MER Co-Investigator/Participating Scientist – “Collaborating Across Worlds: What MER Has to Teach Us”

This event takes place at: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field.

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