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|"Faces of Our Planet" Series Returns|
On February 11, 2011, Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Live and the Garde Arts Center launched the second season of "Faces of Our Planet," a five-part series that reveals the mysteries, magnificence and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic faces. Through film, live performance and multimedia presentations, audiences at the Garde were transported around the world, to the ends of the Earth and into the ocean’s depths.
Built upon Sea Research’s long-standing relationship with National Geographic, the “Faces of Our Planet” series debuted at the Garde Arts Center in February 2010.
“We are proud to be a part of this remarkable collaboration among local and international organizations,” said Sea Research Foundation President and CEO Dr. Stephen M. Coan. “The second season of ‘Faces of Our Planet’ continues the tradition of presenting leading scientists, explorers and entertainment on the frontier of innovation. In providing local audiences with inspiring views of the world, we hope these events will foster a deeper appreciation of our planet."
The 2011 “Faces of Our Planet” series consisted of the following events, all at the Garde Arts Center:
Dangerous Encounters featuring Brady Barr
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Reptile expert Brady Barr has made it his life’s work to study and protect some of the world’s most dangerous land animals—alligators and crocodiles. He is the first person to capture and study all 23 species of wild crocodilians. Barr has hosted or contributed to over 70 wildlife documentaries, including the ongoing series “Dangerous Encounters,” on the National Geographic Channel. True to the series title, in 2007 Barr survived an attack by a 12-foot reticulated python while working in a dark cave in Indonesia. Tickets: adults $18, seniors (65+) $15, student/child $10; tickets for Mystic Aquarium members are $10. Sea Party featuring the Movie “OCEANS”
Saturday, February 19, 2011 Family Activities at 2:30 p.m.; Movie at 4 p.m. A family-friendly ocean celebration with live sea stars, crabs and lobsters from Mystic Aquarium and sea-themed crafts precede the Disneynature film “OCEANS” on the Garde’s giant movie screen. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking goes to the depths in an unprecedented look at the lives of elusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes. Audience members migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Tickets: adults $12, child under 12 $8; tickets for Mystic Aquarium members are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3 p.m. For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with. Performance supported in part by People’s United Bank. Tickets: Garde Circle $46, loge $46, orchestra $36, balcony $30; student/child: $42, $42, $33, $27; special discounts are available for Mystic Aquarium members. Roots of the Family Tree featuring Spencer Wells
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Join Spencer Wells on an epic journey that spans the globe, revealing an incredible tapestry of human diversity along the way. As director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project, and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Spencer Wells has an extraordinary goal – using DNA from participants around the world to document and create the first-ever map of human migration, showing how humans came to populate the planet after leaving the cradle of Africa some 60,000 years ago, a journey about which little has been known until now. Tickets: adults $18, seniors (65+) $15, student/child $10; tickets for Mystic Aquarium members are $10. Diving into Danger: Blue Holes featuring Kenny Broad
Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 4 p.m. Largely unexplored, and considered among the most hazardous places to dive, the flooded caves, or “blue holes” of the Bahamas, are a potential treasure trove of scientific knowledge. Recently, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kenny Broad, a diver and advocate for freshwater conservation, led a scientific expedition to these dangerous but fascinating blues holes, making discoveries with implications for fields as diverse as microbiology, archaeology, and even astrophysics. Tickets: adults $18, seniors (65+) $15, student/child $10; tickets for Mystic Aquarium members are $10. About Sea Research Foundation, Inc.
Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning are divisions of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c)3organization. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. About Garde Arts Center
Founded in 1985, the Garde Arts Center was created to save and transform the historic Garde theatre into a non-profit regional center for the performing arts and education in the heart of downtown New London, serving greater Southeastern Connecticut, a region rich in geographic, economic, ethnic and cultural diversity. The Garde owns and operates the recently restored 1,450-seat Garde Theatre, a historic movie/vaudeville house built in 1926 and the intimate 130-seat Oasis Room. About National Geographic Live
National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films, and dynamic presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers, and photographers covering a wide range of topics including: exploration and adventure; wildlife and habitat conservation; natural phenomena; and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration, and education. For more information visit www.nglive.org.
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