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HOMECOMING 2014 @ Museum: October 17 - 19

October 17: Molecules and Broadway Musicals


By Joe Schwarcz, (Director, Office of Science and Society). This special Homecoming weekend Freaky Friday explores how chemistry and music intersect and how some music is directly influenced by molecular energy. Followed by the film Phantom of the Opera.

October 19: Science on Stage - Out of her Mind


(aka The Madwomen Monologues)

Madcap. Zany. Demented. Delusional. Crazy. Twisted. Obsessed. A collection of monologues by Colleen Curran  featuring  women who have momentarily lost their minds for what they believe, at least, is a good reason or a good cause.  They are all quite mad but in a very funny way.  It’s as much a scientific study of spot the psychological disorder or chemical imbalance as it’s  a theatrical look at: so just how much or how little does it take to make someone totally lose it? And as ever, wonderful Montreal actors will be performing this new work.

Colleen Curran’s previous comedies which have had debut readings at Redpath Museum Science on Stage are Godot at the Coconut Grove, Bearings, Down with Mrs. Charles Darwin and True Nature which launched the 2011-2012 season at Centaur Theatre.

This Science on Stage event is part of Homecoming 2014, in collaboration with Playwrights Workshop and McGill Science Outreach.

FREE, Everyone welcome. In Auditorium. 

Image: Theda Bara with skeleton. From Wikimedia commons.

October 19 Guided tours

11h  - Egyptian mummies, 12h - Mesozioc Dinosaurs and 13h - World Biodiversity

With student guides from the Redpath Museum Club. Meet in the Entrance Hall. Free, everyone welcome, no reservation necessary. In English.

October 19 Book launch: Island of Trees


Celebrating the publication of Bronwyn Chester's Island of Trees. This book follows the trail of 50 Montreal trees and defines each one and interprets the tree’s story—stories that anchor us in time and place.
Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel and Charles l’Heureux, this booklet will be available for sale at the launch. In Auditorium. FREE, Everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

Bronwyn Chester wrote a column on trees for the Montreal Gazette and was influential in the city as a naturalist. Check this NFB documentary short film Sacrée montagne - Les arbres, about Bronwyn's keen interest and respect for trees.

Public Reading: A True Story

Sunday, November 2


By Denis Brault, M.Ed. McGill '80, Professor of Latin and Greek for La Fondation Humanitas

Written by a second century Greek writer and widely thought to be the first science fiction story, A True Story by Lucian of Samosata is about a war to rule the Morning Star by the kings of the Moon and the Sun. Some of its notable characters include dog-faced men fighting on winged acorns, cloud-centaurs and stalk-and-mushroom men. 

Musical accompaniment by cellist Vincent Bélanger. Part of a Public Reading Series.

Image:  The illustration shows a battle between the Moon and Sun people. This is a 17th-century Dutch edition. Taken from The Guardian, May 2011.

November 9


INTERSTELLAR: The Astronomy!

A SPECIAL post-release discussion of the movie INTERSTELLAR. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaghey, this film features a team of space travelers who manage to get through a wormhole

With Robert Rutledge (McGill Physics). 

The US/Canada Release of the film is Friday November 7th. We will host a post-viewing conversation and discussion on the astronomy of the movie. Go see the movie, then come to the discussion! SPOILERS will be had!

Free, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary. Not suitable for young children.

Sunday, November 23



Meet mineral 'experts', learn about the diversity and wonder of the world of minerals, and maybe play a game of Mineral BINGO. Special mineraelogical prizes! For all ages. Bilingual. FREE. No reservation required. Bring your own minerals and rocks to be examined and identified.

This event is co-hosted with the CIM Foundation / La fondation de l'ICM.

IMAGE: Dawsonite. Photo credit: Peter Tarassoff.

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