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The Cambridge Science Festival 2013 is here at last! This is the sixth year of this innovative festival, which was the first of its kind in the US. Events take place all over Cambridge, with several events further afield, highlighting all the great venues and great science to be found in the Boston area. Follow the Festival on Twitter (@CSFtweets) for up-to-date info. Please consider making a donation to the Cambridge Science Festival here: http://bit.ly/ZkQvaU

Of the 152 exhibits, events, and recurring programs ranging from the "Party for the Planet at Franklin Park Zoo" in celebration of Earth day, to the MIT Flea Market, the following events really jumped out at us: some #sciart, with a little innovation, storytelling, #scicomm, and education thrown in.


Friday, April 12

What: SoundScience Fun! @ The Museum of Science, ScienceLive Stage When: April 12, 5:30pm - 6:15pm Why: Learn about the science of sound through singing and demonstrations. Free!


What: The Edge of the Map @ Harvard University Science Center, Rm 302, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge When: April 12, 8:00pm - 9:00pm (and again April 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm & 5:00pm - 6:00pm & 8:00pm - 9:00pm, and April 14, 5:00pm - 6:00pm) Why: A collaboration between Harvard biology students and theater-maker Calla Videt, this piece explores social issues and biology through genetics.


What: Operation Epsilon @ Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge When: April 12-8:00pm - 10:00pm (and again April 13, 3:00pm - 5:00pm & 8:00pm - 10:00pm; April 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm; April 17, 7:30pm - 9:30pm; April 18, 7:30pm - 9:30pm; April 19, 8:00pm - 10:00pm; April 20, 3:00pm - 5:00pm & 8:00pm - 10:00pm; April 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm) Why: This play is based on real transcripts which were secretly recorded during Hitler’s “Uranium Club’s” captivity in England. How close were the Nazis to an atomic bomb? What was really happening among these top scientists under Hitler?


Sunday, April 14

What: Artisan's Asylum Open House & DIY Festival @ Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville When: April 14, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Why: Check out the Artisan’s Asylum - what they do, and what you could do too!

http://web.mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/index.html

What: MIT Museum Art & Science Studio Showcase @ MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge When: April 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm Why: See awesome current projects from MIT students, staff, and researchers.


What: Visual-Eyes Art: The Visual Ecology Exhibit @ MassArt Student Life Gallery, Kennedy Bldg., 621 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston When: April 14-1:00pm - 4:00pm Why: Anatomy, evolution, and art - MassArt students’ multi-media work on animal eyes.

What: Making Science Toys IV @ Beaver Brook Reservation, Waltham line, Waverley Oaks Road When: April 14, 3:00pm - 5:30pm Why: Aimed at kids, this course teaches how to make cool science toys - can adults come too?


What: H2Oratorio: A Deluge of Songs @ The Museum of Science, Cahners Theater When: April 14, 5:00pm - 6:30pm (and again April 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm) Why: Songs about H20 with scientifically accurate lyrics? Sounds pretty good.


What: Hi-Fi-Sci: Music & Science Animation @ MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave., Cambridge When: April 14, 7:30pm - 10:00pm Why: Composers and scientists come together for a presentation of musical interpretations of scientific visualizations. Science communication and art!

L: http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28300000/Animal-Eyes-eyes-28327450-700-470.jpg, R: http://www.animals-zone.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Animal-Eyes-18.jpg


Monday, April 15

What: Broader Impacts: How to Talk About Your Work with the Media @ MIT Building 34, Room 101 (50 Vassar St., Cambridge) When: April 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Why: Science in the media: what is the best way for scientists to get their work known?


Tuesday, April 16

What: Science & Poetry @ Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge When: April 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Why: Scientists, poets, writers, discussion: how can science and poetry work together?

Storytellers Seth Mnookin and Anna Wexler from the Collider! http://storycollider.org/shows/2013-04-16


What: The Story Collider @ Johnny D's, 17 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville When: April 16, 7:30pm - 10:00pm Why: Six people entertain with true stories about science.


Wednesday, April 17

What: A Science Author Salon with Emily Anthes author of Frankenstein's Cat @ ZuZu Bar, 474 Mass Ave., Central Square, Cambridge When: April 17, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Why: A talk about animal biotechnology from author Emily Anthes, co-presented by Nerd Nite Boston


Thursday, April 18

What: Science (Pub) Crawl, 3D Printing and Nature-Inspired Product Design Drop-in design workshops with Nervous System Design Studio @ Xylem, 287 3rd St., Kendall Sq. Free, 21+ cash bars  When: April 18, 5:00pm-6:00pm Why: What could be cooler?!?! Plus you're probably thirsty...


What: What Will it Take: Plugging the Leaky STEM Pipeline @ The Broad Institute Auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square When: April 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Why: A roundtable discussion on problems and possible solutions for the cracks in STEM programming.


Friday, April 19

What: Making Movies, Making Science @ MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave., Cambridge When: April 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Why: Short films by MIT students about science and technology, plus a Q&A

http://mubi.com/films/trimpin-the-sound-of-invention


What: Trimpin: The Sound of Invention film screening and Q&A @ MIT Building 34, Room 101 (50 Vassar St., Cambridge) When: April 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Why: Screening of doc about innovative sound artist Trimpin, his creative process, and his amazing accomplishments. Q&A with Trimpin afterwards!


What: Rites of Passage by Quicksilver Dance @ MIT Simmons Hall(229 Vassar Street, Cambridge) When: April 19, 8:00pm- 9:30pm (and again April 20 at 8:00pm- 9:30pm) Why: Dance interpretations including the process of evolution and movements of early lifeforms.


Saturday, April 20

What: Science & Comics @ Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge When: April 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Why: Comic artists and scientists discuss the possibilities within their collaborations


What: Living in the Future: Pop Culture Meets Today's Technology @ MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave., Cambridge When: April 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Why: Discussion and clips of futuristic films, and learn how close scientists are to those fantastic representations.


What: The Festival of Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses @ MIT 26-100 When: April 20, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Why: Hilarious and improbable explanations of evolutionary theory given to a panel of judges.


Sunday, April 21

What: Art and Nature: Illustrating Urban Wildlife @ Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., Cambridge When: April 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm Why: Collect real specimens and learn to make art with natural inspiration from Cambridge wildlife.


What: Sci-Fi Radio Drama Double-Feature: LIVE! @ MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave., Cambridge When: April 21, 2:00pm - 4:30pm Why: Experience science-fiction tales as they used to be on the radio, and then learn about some of the innovative sound techniques with effects artists!

http://www.mos.org/exhibits/ocean-stories


What: Ocean Stories: A Synergy of Art and Science @ The Museum of Science When: April 12-21, 9:00am-5:00pm Why: See the experimental work resulting from collaborations between MIT and Woods Hole Oceaonographic Institution scientists and local artists. @sciart_synergy Follow the exhibit on Twitter: @sciart_synergy and Facebook: http://on.fb.me/14XTApk


When you hit a Cambridge Science Fest (@CSFTweets) event be sure to post a photo or comment on Facebook or Twitter using #CambSciFest. We shall see you there!


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