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Legendary Bounty Hunter Appears at the Tech

Boba Fett

Boba Fett image courtesy Lucas Films

Jabba the Hut sent his best to capture Han Solo, and we all knew that Boba Fett was a force to be reckoned with. Now joining the Tech for the final months of the exhibit, fans finally get to see Boba Fett up close and personal in the Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit through to March 23, 2014.

In case you haven’t been to the exhibit yet, it’s well worth the trip, even if you’re a Star Wars noob. There are hands-on labs where you can engineer  Droids™ and defy gravity. You can even drive an actual hovercraft!

Of course if you’re a hard-core fan there is plenty to see too, starting with a full size replica of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,  costumes for Mace Windu, Princess Leia, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Stormtroopers, and Lightsabers belonging to Luke, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul and Count Dooku. Of course Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO make an appearance as well. This is a 10,000 Sq foot exhibit with over 80 authentic costumes, props and models from all 6 of the star Wars films. Plan to spend some quality time reliving your favorite scenes. Get your tix here.

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation®, was developed by Boston’s Museum of Science in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. and the exhibition makes use of an extensive archive collection on loan from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.

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4th Annual West Coast Cue Show

Play The Game T-Shirts by, 'Baby Frank'


This weekend The California Billiard Club will host a show featuring cues, and cue makers. This will be fun for all pool enthusiasts, and cue collectors.

Enjoy watching the 8-Ball Barbox Tournament.

Also, a good time to pick up a ‘Play The Game’ T-Shirt by, Frank ‘Baby Frank’ Nordmann.

The 4th Annual West Coast Cue Show

Where: The California Billiard Club
881 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA
Telephone: (650) 965-3100

When: Saturday, November 12th – 12 to 6pm and Sunday, November 13th – 12 to 4

The Show is Admission Free

VISIT REI


We stopped by REI at El Paseo De Saratoga for the first time this morning. They do carry impressive sports equipment, and classes are offered on how to best use some of it.

Also, there are events in which to participate, volunteer opportunities, and much more. I recommend a visit.

While there we noticed breathtaking photography on display. Any one of which would make a beautiful gift for any occasion.

Mark Wiens Photography

 

 
Note: When visiting the photography site click on the first photo etc. – to view more.

400 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose, CA 95130

(408) 871-8765

Hours: Sun 11am–7pm; Mon-Fri 10am–9pm; Sat 10am–7pm
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Body Worlds Vital

The set of Gunther von Hagens’ works, Body Worlds Vital, has enjoyed an amazing run in San Jose, but there is an end to everything, to good things as well.

This will be the shows final weekend in San Jose.

The museum will remain open until midnight on Saturday, April 23rd.

What people are saying about BODY WORLDS Vital!

Information from The Tech Museum:

BODY WORLDS Vital, which has received high marks in major media outlets and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, closes April 24th, marking the success of yet another blockbuster that has attracted thousands of visitors to downtown San Jose and millions of dollars to the Silicon Valley neighborhood’s restaurants, hotels and shops. The exhibition heads next to the Science Center of Iowa.

“BODY WORLDS Vital has definitely provoked thought and inspired action toward living healthier lifestyles,” said Elizabeth Williams, vice president of Marketing, Membership and Sales. “Presented in explicit, vivid depictions, the exhibit leaves little to the imagination – illustrating how not to leave our health to chance.”

Developed specifically for the American audience to educate people on common diseases and preventive care, BODY WORLDS Vital is a specially curated collection made up of real human body plastinates and a large arrangement of individual organs, arterial configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body functions. Using multi-media installations as a backdrop, the exhibit shows the body in disease and distress by comparing healthy bodies to bodies that have succumbed to a host of illnesses and medical conditions.

As an added educational value, representatives with the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley, the American Heart Association and Breathe Lung California will be on hand to answer related questions and provide healthy tips to visitors. The Diabetes Society of Santa Clara is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16. The American Heart Association, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and Breathe Lung California, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17.

BODY WORLDS Vital is the latest chapter in the HUMAN SAGA project – a series of curated museum blockbusters that began with exploration of the brain and neuroscience, cardiology and the heart, human development and longevity and aging. BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been hosted by more than 50 museums and venues in North America, Europe, and Asia – and seen by more than 32 million visitors worldwide.

The Tech Museum

Body Worlds is Back

In 2007 The Tech Museum hosted Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds 2 and The Three-Pound Gem. His Science of Plastination* exhibition gave us a comprehensive view of the human body. Where else could one get such a close-up look into the world of bone, muscle, tissue, the heart, blood vessels, tendons, nerves, and the brain?

When I tell people about this exhibit, I am often asked if I find it repulsive. I reply that Body Worlds is, in fact, a beautiful learning experience that invokes a greater appreciation of life.

Anyone contemplating buying a pack of cigarettes needs to see the lung of a smoker placed next to that of a non-smoker.

The next amazing set of Gunther von Hagens’ works, Body Worlds Vital, is now showing at The Tech Museum.

Many cities are considering banning the toy included with high fat fast food meals. Congress, following Mrs. Obamas’ lead, is attempting to legislate what school children will be allowed to consume. From the health concerns of graying baby boomers to the recent emphasis on childhood obesity, Body Worlds Vital could be a valuable starting point helping all ages take control of their own health.

Included with the body specimens are photos from around the world depicting the food consumed by typical families in a week. (I noted that the Indian cuisine looked among the most healthful.)

Body Worlds relies on IfP (the Institute for Plastination), an established body donation program for the authentic human bodies on display. No fees are required for a donation, and the donors will not receive any money. As far as I can tell, the only cost incurred is when the next of kin must pay a transportation fee to have the body sent to the IfP embalming facility.

For a list of rules and conditions for donating your body please contact:
Gail Hamburg at (312) 602-5369 or g.hamburg@plastination.com

*Plastination is where all bodily fluids and soluble fat from donated anatomical specimens are extracted to stop decomposition, and replaced through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, such as silicon rubber and epoxy that harden with gas, light, or heat curing, giving the specimens rigidity and permanence. Some bodies are positioned to recreate a moment in time. Other donations may be used as Plastinated slices for research.

brain - dark area indicating a stroke

Body Worlds Vital – check here for Exhibit Hours and Tickets

The Tech Museum

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 294-8324

The Human Body in the Hackworth IMAX Theater : The Human Body Trailer

Body Worlds flickr set

01SJ is here

Sculpture at Zer01

Inflatable Architectural Growth at Zer01.

As of tonight, the 3rd San Jose 01SJ Biennial is officially started. I haven’t been able to get downtown to see the preparations in progress, but I’ve gotten psyched reading about it on The San Jose Blog, the ARTSHIFT San Jose Blog, and Zer01′s own blog.

The main event for the broad community is the street festival AbsoluteZER0, Friday night from 5 til midnight. AbsoluteZER0 features artworks such as the Inflatable Architectural Growth, a two-person ferris wheel called Over the Top, and the Sonic Tube by Suzy Poling.

Throughout the Biennial South Hall, an 80,000 square foot exhibit space adjacent to the San Jose Convention Center, will host Out of the Garage Into the World, which is an exhibition of multiple artworks such as Gift Horse, a replica Trojan Horse filled with models of viruses, and an audio sculpture called wind coil sound flow. A variety of other exhibits, talks, and films will be spread around other venues around town: Only the 01SJ Schedule can really contain it all.

01SJ runs through Sunday, September 19. AbsoluteZero is a free event. Access to South Hall is available for $5 at the door, and passes to the entire 01SJ program are available from $24 (one day) to $45 (multi-day).

Photo: Zer01.

New (old) building grand opening at History Park

The Andrew P. Hill House

The Andrew P. Hill House (photo: VPA)

History San Jose and the Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley (VPA) are holding a grand opening this Sunday for the Andrew P. Hill House at History Park.

The house was the home of Andrew P. Hill, a San Jose resident and co-founder of the Sempervirens Club, which was responsible for the creation of California’s first state park at Big Basin in 1902. The house was moved from its location on Sherman Ave in 1997, and underwent restoration led by the VPA over the following 12 years. VPA also collected period artifacts and items from the Hill family to exhibit in the house. The house was opened to visitors in April, 2009.

The grand opening event will feature a ribbon-cutting, antique cars, tours of the house, and costumed actors. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. History Park is at the south end of Kelly Park, on Senter Road, near Alma Ave.

The Tech Museum: Space Shuttle & IMAX – Hubble

Carina Nebula

After nearly 30 years of service, the Space Shuttle will be retired.

The Tech is giving us a chance to say our goodbyes during Space Week: May 3 – 9, 2010

Explore displays, including two Space Shuttle tires. (hands-on activities) Now – May 9th

Meet NASA Scientists:
Monday – Friday
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Now Playing – IMAX
See “Hubble” and experience the wonder of the universe we live in.

“Hubble” – Trailer

“I first thought about becoming an astronaut in my 20s after seeing the IMAX movie ‘The Dream is Alive’.”
- Susan Helms NASA Astronaut

IMAX “Hubble” Calendar

Genghis Khan (the exhibition) Conquers San Jose

"Genghis Khan the Exhibition" Contortionist

Peter Friess (The Tech Museum) and Daniel N. Fenton (Team San Jose) announced that “Genghis Khan” will be the next blockbuster exhibition coming to San Jose.

“Genghis Khan’s brutality is well known, but less visible is the man whose natural leadership formed the first united Mongol nation – no small feat,” said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. “Inasmuch as we carry the dark images of Genghis Khan the warlord, there is also the man who brought us passports, the pony express, printed money, hamburgers* and even pants.”

Much can be discovered about Genghis Khan (1167-1227) the ‘emperor of all emperors’ who united nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and founded the Mongol Empire and Mongolia with a visit to The Tech Museum.

More than 200 13th century artifacts from Genghis’ reign will be on display including:

Live Cultural Performers: Mongolian singers, contortionists and musicians.

Live weaponry demonstrations are featured in the exhibition.

Paiza – passports.
Large Siege Weaponry – Large crossbow and tools to conquer walled cities and castles.
Ancient Mongolian Artifacts.
Ger – A traditional nomadic dwelling – Note: One-third of the people in modern Mongolia live in a Ger.
Shaman’s Robe – Ritual dress used to channel spirits. Genghis Khan practiced shamanism and believed in supernatural powers.
Jewelry – Treasures from the ancient Mongolian capital of Karakorum.
Mongolian Noble Woman Mummy – Mummy and coffin treasures including silk and leather robes, jewelry, comb and bowl.
Mongol Weapons – Swords, leather and metal armor, mace-heads, bows and arrows, and an early firearm.
Buddhist Relics – books, statue, and artwork. Note: The Mongolian capital of Karakorum was religiously diverse.
Clothing and Adornments – Silk garments and jewelry from Karakorum and Kublai Khan’s palace.
Musical Instruments – Strings made of horse hair.

Genghis Khan The Exhibition” – Opens May 22 (Limited Engagement)

The Tech Museum – 201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113-2008
(408) 294-8324

Special Exhibit Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Tickets:
Children ages 3 to 17 ~ $15
Adults ~ $25
Special prices for seniors and college students.
Admission includes access to all the regular museum galleries.

*It is amusing that hamburgers, the name coming from the German port of Hamburg, originated in the time of Khan. The fierce Mongol horsemen (the Golden Horde) were so busy conquering the world that having to stop to light fires and eat got in their way. Raw lamb or mutton was formed into flat patties and then placed under their saddles. The horsemen could easily grab some ‘hamburger’ at any time.

Modern day Mongolia (see U.S. Department of State) lies in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south and is slightly larger than Alaska.

Ger/Yurt -  The burning of soft coal by some of the individual homes or “Ger” (yurt in Russian) adds to the polluted air.

Micky Rourke will star in a film about the Mongol ruler. He says: Genghis Khan Biopic ‘Not Your Stereotypical Blood and Swords’

Genghis Khan: at The Tech flickr set.

TeamSanJose on twitter

Buscando la Luz in Palo Alto

San Jose resident Robertino Ragazza has an extraordinary solo photographic exhibition titled Buscando La Luz (Searching for Light) in the Gallery Room of Keeble & Shucat Photography.

Fresh AirYou may have seen Mr. Ragazza before. His was the smiling face behind the front desk at the Hotel Montgomery for a few years. He is Hospitality Manager for the Cinequest Film Festival. Possibly you have sat next to him on one of his many international flights. Ragazza often flies around the world and always has his camera with him. This exhibit displays some of his black and white photography from Turkey, Spain, Mexico and even California.

His pictures beautifully show the unattractive sides of these places and focus on the light that can be found even in darkness. The sun shines through a beautiful stained glass in a decaying building in Bodrum. An old man from Celcuk, suffering from alopecia, beams back at the viewer. A luminous face smiles down from a crumbling apartment in Istanbul. In each picture you see the poor underside of the cities along with the bright lightness, love and wonder that is also present.

ContemplationRobertino Ragazza was born in the Philippines and raised in San Jose.  He is a photographer and a ceramic artist. Never without his camera, Ragazza concentrates on knowing his subjects, making them aware he is genuinely interested in their stories. This is apparent in each photo he takes, whether the focus is a small child alone on a cobbled street or a young butcher standing next to his work. An observer who loves to capture the moment, Ragazza’s influences are countless and spontaneous. Observations through life experiences and travel affect his creativity, finding he is at his best with street portrait work. “Light becomes my paintbrush and printing provides the meditative process that brings life to my subjects, giving me patience and a sense of peace,” says the Buddhist convert.

The gallery is in a room above the Keeble & Shucat Photography store in Palo Alto. California’s premier digital imaging store has an amazing plethora of cameras, supplies, an excellent repair department and a variety of classes. When you enter the store just head to the back toward the large “DARK ROOM” sign and go up the stairs. You’ll see the sign next to the gallery room where Robertino Ragazza’s work is showing.

Through Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Keeble & Shucat Photography
290 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
For more information call: 650-327-8996

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