Mars, electronic music and more

Published June 19, 2014

Only at an event like Buffalo’s Science & Art Cabaret could you find a mix of presenters this diverse: On March 15, two scientists, a visual studies professor and an ensemble of digital musicians will convene to present their work on the topic of the universe.

Titled “Space,” the event is free and open to the public.

It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

The lineup:

  • The Buffalo State Digital Musical Ensemble will entertain the audience with a performance of “Albedo 0.39” from the composer Vangelis’ 1976 album of the same name, which commemorates the Apollo moon missions.
  • Kevin Williams, associate professor of earth sciences and science education at Buffalo State, will speak on “Unraveling the Geologic History of Mars.”
  • Gary Nickard, UB clinical associate professor of visual studies, will discuss “the Canals of Mars, a Poetological History of an Error.”
  • Will Kinney, UB associate professor of physics, will deliver a talk titled, “On Islands in the Great Void,” on the new golden age of searches for planets beyond the solar system.

“Space” is the fourth event in the 2012-13 season of the Science & Art Cabaret. The event series, launched in 2009, is sponsored by the UB College of Arts and Sciences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Buffalo Museum of Science. Each gathering features short talks by scientists and artists that center on a common theme.

“Space” is a special event in collaboration with Buffalo State College. After successful off-site showings at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and Rockwell Hall, the Science & Art Cabaret will return to its home base of The Ninth Ward at Babeville for the final cabaret of the season, “Nothing,” in late April.