In all the time you've lived next to our beautiful babe of a bay, have you ever bothered to get deep with the girl? This week the California Academy of Sciences features a few aqua experts at Deep Sea Nightlife to get you better acquainted with the mysteries below the surface. National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence/resident badass Dr. Sylvia A. Earle will be speaking on her work as an oceanographer, explorer, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations – as well as the record-breaking solo diving excursions that have earned her the titles "Her Deepness" and "Living Legend." Stuff like this wouldn't be as much fun if they didn't break out the toys, and our proximity to these large aquatic systems gives us access to technology straight from the source. Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) is bringing mini remote-operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) for attendees to fly in a pool after checking out one of the real full-scale ones used for exploration by Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) here in the Bay Area. And if you've loved seeing her lit up – Ben Davis, the catalyst behind the Bay Lights that just went up, discusses the conceptualization and future of the largest LED light sculpture in the world. As always, science, art, and booze will be paired with live music and a DJ set.
Thu., July 18, 6-10 p.m., 2013