Helix by Exploratorium has scheduled a free monster-themed “Helix Happy Hour” for visitors 18 and older 6-8 p.m. Friday at 316 State St., Los Altos.
Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS) – a nonprofit organization that produces programs that aim to make the contemporary fine arts and sciences accessible and inspiring to a wide audience – serves as coordinator of the event.
Selene Foster, co-founder of BAASICS with Christopher Reiger, said local residents are invited to “join us for a glass of wine and some great conversation about all things monster.”
“Monsters are everywhere,” she said. “They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. … They embody our preoccupations and anxieties and they 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.”
Among the activities is a segment on “insatiable fruit flies” from the Scott Lab at UC Berkeley, zombie artwork from George Pfau, a performance of monster songs by singer-songwriter Georgeann Sack and a presentation by John Hafernik, co-founder of the ZomBee Watch citizen science project. Attendees are also invited to kiss a petri dish and return for an intimate look at the bacteria surviving in their mouths.
Helix bills itself as “part science museum, part retail space and part community center.” An extension of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Helix engages with local schools and neighborhood groups to develop programs and events for all ages.
For information on BAASICS, visit baasics.com.