A colleague of mine is helping to put this on. Should be fun!
http://www.baasics.com/category/events/ ODC Theater |[masked]th Street @ Shotwell, SF CA 94110
Monday, July 14, 2014 | 7-9pm | Doors open (with slideshow trivia) @ 6:30-7pm
Reception to follow @ ODC
This event is FREE/SLIDING SCALE, but seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early!
Tickets available at http://www.odcdance.org/buytickets.php
The Minotaur, Medusa, the Kraken, Dracula, Nessie, Hitler, Bigfoot, Jason Voorhees, Shrek, Patrick Bateman, and that damned Katy Perry song that won’t get out of my head. Monsters, all!
Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they? Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, “to show,” or from monere, “to warn.” Either way, as horror theorist John Halberstam writes, monsters are “meaning machines.” They embody our preoccupations and anxieties, and reflect our morals. This is as true of the “real world” humans and creatures we label monstrous — sharks, serial killers, and “freaks” — as it is of the classic monsters that reside in our fictions, the vampires, zombies, and bogeymen.
When did monsters originate and how? How is it that one culture’s monster is another culture’s idol? What are the “real world” monsters frightening us today? How is our understanding of monsters changing currently, and why are some of today’s monsters becoming our heroes? Join us for BAASICS.5: Monsters, when we will be exploring these questions and many more! Immediately following the program, a reception will be held in the ODC Theater lobby. Join us for drinks, good conversation, and networking.
BAASICS.5: Monsters Participants:
Erik Butler – The California Vampire
Daniel Cohen, PhD – Making Monsters
Brynda Glazier – Ugliness Unplugged
John Hafernik, PhD – ZomBees Take Flight in the Dead of Night
Lion Dance ME – The Drunken Lion Dance
David McGuire, MEH – Sharks, Monsters of Our Imagination
Jill Miller – Bigfoot, Bacon, and Tree Knocking: My attempts at making contact with the elusive Sasquatch
George Pfau – Zombies, Identified
Also including documentation of projects by:
Joseph DeRisi, PhD, and his malaria research team at UCSF/HHMI
Kyle Taylor, Senior Scientist, The Glowing Plant Project
and music by: Georgeann Sack, PhD