SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Simon Watt. Dec 16th. Star of Kings.

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IT’S FLIPPING CHRISTMAS GUYS. CHRISTMAS!!!

And can you believe the treats that Santa* has got in his bulging science sack** for all the good boys and girls*** this year?

* = Guest curator Simon Watt
** = line-up of amazing acts
*** = you, the ticket-buying public

He’s got:

Steve Cross – Showoff MC, international science comedian (he has done one gig in Belgium), racounteur, monster.

Helen Arney – The Geek Songstress (as seen on BBC2 and Comedy Central) will be performing a Christmassy set of songs. She’ll be mashing up her usual blend of “science, music & ukulele”… in other words… “Cue miniscule ice elks”!

Rob Wells – Rob is a data strategist and stand up comedian who will be combining those two disparate fields for nine minutes of spell-binding Winter Entertainment and / or above-average PowerPoint.

Neil Denny – Neil Denny makes the Little Atoms Radio Show and podcast. He’ll be talking about how a cushion nearly started a nuclear war.

Ed Yong – Set details to come

Erica McAlisterSex and seduction as told by flies. Some of them kiss, some stroke, and some even give presents but don’t be fooled – they drink, womanise and make the woman perform for them in demeaning fashions. Sound familiar? What with some strange adaptations and some interesting developments the wonderful sex lives of flies will be revealed.

Stevyn Colgan – Stevyn is an author, illustrator, QI ‘elf’ and co-writer of ‘The Museum of Curiosity’ for BBC R4. He’s going to talk about aliens; why they won’t be humanoid and may shit bricks.

Claire Asher -Set details to come

Nick Crumpton – After stints as a zoologist, media-dabbler, and childrens author, Nick now works at the Natural History Museum in London as a presenter of Nature Live and part-time secret science-doer. He has an inordinate fondness for small mammals, graphic novels, speaking into microphones, and occasionally growing beards.

Timandra Harkness – Set details to come

Simon Watt – Simon  will be discussing the work of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (@UglyAnimal) and his fondness for frogs.

This monumental lineup are all performing at the Star of Kings on Tuesday December 16th. Door open at 7pm. Tickets are £6 (all of which goes to Street Doctors, Simon’s chosen charity for this month).

SCIENCE SHOWOFF with SpotOn London – Fri 14th Nov, Star of Kings

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Once a year, SpotOn (Science Policy, Outreach and Tools Online) comes to town so that all the people who are fascinated by science online can come together and compare notes (this year it’s free! THAT’S INCREDIBLE).

Here at Science Showoff we’re HUGE fans of science online. Well, we like naked mole rat memes, drunken tweeting and The Slow Mo Guys, but that counts, right? So we love teaming up with SpotOn to do a special gig with a bit of a digital flavour. Join us tonight for some chaotic science cabaret with a social twist.

Tonight’s acts, each ready to wow you with science and blindside you with laughs are:

Steve Cross – Science comedian, MC, troublemaker.
Holly Rogers – Chair of Science London and examiner of the science of SciFi.
Steve Le ComberSenior Lecturer at QMUL and mathematical murderer hunter.
Els Merry-Price – Anthropologist and curator of fat monkeys.
Shaz Rathore – Neuroscientist at UCL and asker of questions.
Faraz Alam – Medic and bacteria hunter.
Jamie Upton – Scientist and art lover.
Alfredo Carpineti - Astronomer and TIME TRAVELLER!?!
Ian Bowkett – Poet and science nut.
Rowena Fletcher-Wood – Storyteller and evolution expert.
Elliann Fairbairn – Cancer expert and persecuted minority.

The gig is on Friday 14th November in the basement of the Star of Kings. Doors open at 7pm and the show should run till about 10pm.

Tickets are £6, and we’ve chosen the Lightyear Foundation (long-standing Showoff friends) to receive all of that money. You can buy one here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295387

 

 

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL 9 – Thurs Nov 20th, Grain Barge

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Hello Bristol!

Do you like science?

Do you like fun?

If you answered yes to at least one of those you’re our target market. And if you didn’t answer yes, then you’re our target audience to convert into a target market! We have got a gig that will suit you all PERFECTLY.

Tonight we fill the Grain Barge with science and comedy and chaos, and all for the low price of £5, ALL OF WHICH will go to charity. Tickets are available in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295795

“But”, you might ask, “who could you possibly have lined up to make this night so incredible?”. We’ve got incredible communicators of science from right across all of the spectra. They are:

Steve Cross – MC, science comedian, glasses wearer. Knows nothing at all about science. NOTHING.

Tim Maynard – Spiders! Sometimes hairy, often scary, find out why these 8 legged freaks should and could be our best friends

Georgia Malcolm – “Stuff Idiots Believe about Chemistry: The real science behind three internet myths explained”

Robert Cooper – A rapid tour through the variety of modern snakes and how they evolved to hunt and survive. Find out what snake venom does to your blood, how cuban boa’s catch bats in complete darkness and which snake eats rattlesnakes.

Beth Cotterell – Each tiger has a unique set of stripes but also a unique personality and history; I’ll be telling some of their heart-warming and…not so heart-warming stories I learned during the trials and tribulations of building my facial stripe recognition software.

Rachel Jones – Exploring the men exploring the mysteries of the female body, and how their science was sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Jenny Jopson – What happens when you unleash giant rats (well, actors wearing giant rat heads) on the drunken punters of Glastonbury Festival? Jenny Jopson of renegade event producers Guerilla Science will talk about the pleasures and pitfalls of taking science into muddy fields.

Steph Wakeman – Morbid curiosity; what does it exactly entail and why do people seem so interested in it? Let me take you through a macabre voyage of gore, war and massacres.

Anthony Poveda – Many unhelpful things have been said about Time: Time is the fourth dimension. Time is relative. Time is of the essence. Time is on your side. Time waits for no man, woman, or indeed any dimensions of gender. Time was this was all trees. What a mess of a concept! So can we unravel it even a little bit in the (space)Time allotted by Steve ‘The Iron Stopwatch’ Cross? Lock up your TARDIS, it’s Time to find out.’

Rhys Phillips  – Radio presenter and mathematician Rhys Phillips has noticed that all pop music sounds the same. He will be using maths to work out many different possible tunes there are and asking why all Scouting for Girls sound the same.

The gig is at the Grain Barge in Bristol on November 20th. Doors open at 7pm with the gig starting at 7.30. We should be done by 10 and there will be an intermission. Tickets are £5 (all of that goes to our charity CALM, The Campaign Against Living Miserably)

SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Simon Foster – Nov 18th, Star of Kings

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Well. This is exciting.

Your favourite chaotic science mess of an event have only gone and got Simon Foster, Sky TV’s favourite checker of science accuracy and your gran’s favourite blower-up of stuff, to curate an evening of science-based fun and frolics.

This means 10 incredible acts from Simon’s little black book, and a real treat for you.

The gig will be MCed as ever by Steve Cross, our troublesome in-house comedian and thorn in the side of positivists everywhere. He’ll be joined by:

Matt Allinson and Gilead Amit – Find out why the King of Denmark give a nose-less aristocrat the most generous research grant in history, and why this led to a pet moose getting drunk and falling to its death down the palace steps. We are two thirds of the blog “Tycho’s nose” and will give you the biography of our eponymous appendage and its attached astronomer, Tycho Brahe.

Emily Mayhew – What form of complex, long term casualty was experienced by soldiers in 21st century Afghanistan AND by those from the Great War?  Dr Emily Mayhew will tell you the answer as well as teaching you how to say two of the most complicated names in all of Science AND introducing you to a truly amazing woman scientist whose achievements were a century ahead of their time.

Marc Coury – With fossil fuels running out we need to turn to alternative energy sources, what are our options? Fusion energy, the holy grail of the nuclear industry, is one such option but how far away is it?

Jo Stephenson -Ukulele-toting songstress Jo Stephenson will be singing a selection of science-y songs – some more science-y than others.

Nic Harrigan – “I will be showing you how to detect subatomic particles from the other side of the universe by consuming alcohol. Actually, there are two ways to do this – I will reveal the less traditional method.”

Emily Grossman – Emily Grossman, resident science expert on Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo and ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, explains as many weird and wonderful science facts as she can fit into 9 minutes!

Terry Rudolph – I’m a quantum physicist who spends his weekends wondering what the *&^% is actually going on in the microscopic world. I intend to talk about what its hard to find any kind of story, never mind one that “makes sense”, and perhaps I will outline some of the more desperate and whacky avenues I have ventured up.

Manchi Chung – Nine simple science experiments in nine minutes. Let’s proudly shout about the wonders of science whether you’re in the pub, at work, in a restaurant or in the bath tub!

AND MORE TBC

The gig is on Tuesday 18th November in the basement of the Star of Kings. Doors open at 7pm and the show should run till about 10pm.

Tickets are £6, and Simon has chosen the Lightyear Foundation (long-standing Showoff friends) to receive all of that money. You can buy one here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295464

 

Mini-gig: SCIENCE SHOWOFF with Art-Neuro

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Over in East London there’s something weird happening.

From the 6th-9th November Art Neuro will bring together brain experts and artists to create something new and distinctive. So we thought we’d better interrupt with an hour of SCIENCE CHAOS.

Come and join us for some anarchic brain fun, as the following brilliant acts entertain you with knowledge, jokes and their winning personalilties:

Steve Cross – Science Showoff MC and comedian in residence. Owner of a brain. Very rarely uses it.

David Urry – Biology songwriter and minstrel.

Ben Dornan – Brain measurer and infrequent tweeter.

Maya Kaushik – Parasite expert and posessor of scary stories.

And more TBC

Tickets and full details are available here: http://artneuro.co.uk/whats-on/science-showoff/ 

The gig’s at The Rag Factory (off Brick Lane) and doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are £5 but include a free drink. It’s going to be messy but marvellous, brainy but brilliant, fully-referenced but funny-as-hell. Do come along.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF at The Bloomsbury Theatre – Nov 6th

TICKET LINK: http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/14007

The chaotic science cabaret event, Science Showoff, your favourite chaotic night of science exploration, is back at the Bloomsbury.

Ten of UCL and London’s finest communicators of science will share their knowledge and entertain you throughout the evening with jokes, talks, music, demos and even poetry. Your host is Dr. Steve Cross, geeky joke-teller and veteran of more than 60 Science Showoffs.

Lineup includes:
Carolyn McGettigan (RHUL)
Steve Fossey (University of London Observatory)
Anna Ploszajski (UCL)
Steve Le Comber (QMUL)
Nick Neasom (UCL)
Erica McAllister (Natural History Museum)
Rob Stanley (UCL)
Jon Wood (University of Birmingham)
Cerys Bradley (UCL)

 

Watch www.scienceshowoff.org for more details.

All the ticket money is being donated to Medecins Sans Frontiers http://www.msf.org.uk/

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SCIENCE SHOWOFF 4.2 – Curated by Carla Washbourne. Oct 21st

TICKET LINK: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/290946

For one night only Science Showoff, your favourite chaotic night of science exploration, presents a policy-themed night, curated by Dr Carla Washbourne from the UCL Dept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. Tonight experts in all the aspects of science will train their metaphorical microscopes onto a huge variety of subjects to create a memorable and messy night for you.

Tonight, for 9 minutes each, you’ll see:

Steve Cross – “A hyper well-informed science troll” (quote from television’s Elise Bramich)

Sarah Bell ‘Dumb desalination’ – Why desalination won’t solve the world’s water problems and how it might make energy and pollution problems worse. Unless you live in Texas.

Oli Marsh – I’ll look at how science in social media makes G​eek Chic into Geek Clique.

Els Merry-Price – The MSc of Microwear to Monkeys: When Science Goes Horribly Wrong”. The lesser spotted side of public science (even worse than the null hypothesis) featuring the tragic tale of tupperware and some seriously fat monkeys…

Cerys Bradley – Spiders and sex; an evaluation of evolution. With other animal facts.

Sarah Day – What is a boulder? Is this a petrified finger? (picture attached). How do I stab someone with a meteorite? Was setting up a geology enquiries inbox the worst idea I’ve ever had? At least some of these questions will be answered.  

Tasha Bray – set details tbc

Sophie Scott – I will re-create the Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone for science.

Thrish Nanayakkara – Try to estimate the weight of a book, and guess why you gently bobbed it up down several times. I will try to share some thoughts on this based on our recent experiments on embodied perception

Carla Washbourne – A scenic tour through science policy: calling at Newcastle, London, Edinburgh (and an inexplicably large number of fields in the middle of nowhere)

And more to come!

Tickets cost £6 (plus a 60p booking fee) and all of that £6 will go to Global Generation who support young people to create the sustainable in which they want to live. You can buy a ticket here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/290946

The gig is on October 21st, in the basement of the Star of Kings in Kings Cross. Doors open at 7pm, and the gig should finish at about 10pm.