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Cabaret to examine ‘nothing’

Published April 18, 2013

God, math, numbers and art.

These are some of the topics that scientists, artists and a retired pastor will discuss on April 24 at an event titled “Nothing.”

It’s the last installment of the 2012-13 season of Buffalo’s Science & Art Cabaret series, which invites the public to grab a drink and listen as artists and top university researchers discuss how a common theme relates to fields from physics to philosophy to art.

“Nothing” is the topic of the next cabaret, and the 15th cabaret held since 2009. The event will take place at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, an intimate basement club at 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Guests will enjoy a cash bar.

The line-up for the night will include:

  • Mathematician David Hemmer, professor and chair of the UB Department of Mathematics, who will speak on “The Cantor Set: When 1 – 1 ≠ 0.”
  • Artist Jody Hanson, who will speak on “The near nothingness of art.”
  • Poet Paul Hogan, vice president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, who will speak on “Differentiating calculations of the poetic vs. scientific mass of nothing.”
  • Rev. Dave Persons, who will speak on “God, ultimate reality, being nothing.”
  • Artist Alexandra P. Spaulding, whose art aims to generate ineffable experiences, who will speak on “Creating a place within nothing from which to begin.”

The Science & Art Cabaret series is a collaboration between the UB College of Arts and Sciences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Buffalo Museum of Science.