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$5 First Fridays

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

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This Month's Schedule

Friday, March 3rd
Animation and Storytelling

Berkeley City College Pixilation Station: 6-9:30pm
Use your whole body to create fun and magical animations with Berkeley City College at their Pixilation Station in Gruener Astronomy Hall!

Located in downtown Berkeley on the same block as BART, BCC welcomes working professionals updating their technical media skills and students pursuing university degrees.

Courses include scriptwriting, video production, Photoshop, After Effects, 3D animation, Web development and programming, social media for professionals. Five of our alumni have won Emmy’s and hundreds are employed in media related careers around the Bay. To find out more about our program, contact Multimedia Department Chair Rachel Mercy Simpson. rsimpson@peralta.edu

Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall

Star Trek DJ Dance Party: 6-10pm
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!
Location: Mezzanine

BeanSprouts Cafe: 6-9pm
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!
Location: Mezzanine

Photo Booth: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall

Project Create Activity Stations: 6-9:30pm
Create your own stop motion animation movie and have a blast with zoetropes!
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall

Telescope Makers Workshop: 6-10pm
Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to!
Location: Chemistry/Physics Lab

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: 6:15pm & 7pm
Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advances fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.
Location: Planetarium

Leonardo: an animated short & the making of a short film-Talk by writer, director, and storyboard artist, Jim Capobianco: 6:45pm
Now in the permanent collection in NYC MoMA, Leonardo tells a tale of Leonardo da Vinci and his quest to fly. However this proves to be not so easy and leads to another avenue of creativity. Animated and drawn completely on paper Leonardo took Jim ten years to make on the weekends and at night from his day job making big box office animation. A story of perseverance and fortitude. Join BAICFF co-director and programmer as he shares his own filmmaking experiences and how to avoid making a short film.
Location: Megadome

Biography :
Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, "Your Friend The Rat", found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. Jim followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar's 2008 release Wall•E . A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009 Jim finished "Leonardo” his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.

Filmography :

The Lion King - storyboard artist
Hunchback of Notre Dame - storyboard artist
Fantasia 2000 - storyboard artist

A Bug's Life - storyboard artist
Toy Story 2 - storyboard artist
Monster Inc. - storyboard artist
Finding Nemo - storyboard artist
Ratatouille - writer / story supervisor
‘Your Friend the Rat’ - writer / director
Wall-e - directed end titles
Up - un-credited storyboard artist
Carstoons: Air Mater - storyboards
Inside Out - storyboard artist
Good Dinosaur - additional story
Finding Dory - storyboard artist
Coco - storyboard artist
Independent Projects
‘Leonardo’ - filmmaker
‘How to be a Good Bagger’ - writer / director
Revisiting Apollo: Apollo 15 – director
Leonardo and the King (preproduction) - writer / director/ producer

Storytime: 7pm & 7:45pm
Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear tales about the night’s sky and science fiction. Fun for the whole family!
Location: Touch the Sun

Telescope Viewing: 7:30-10:30pm
The impressive 20" telescope, named Rachel, is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. Its companion, the 8" Alvan Clark refractor, named Leah, is the original 1883 instrument donated by founder Anthony Chabot. Nellie, Chabot‘s youngest and most powerful telescope, is housed in a rolling roof observatory, allowing access to 180 degrees of sky. This modern, research-quality telescope offers breathtaking views of the cosmos.
Location: Observatory Deck

Comedian Mike Capozzola: Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters (17+): 8:30pm
This is a multimedia comedy show about superheroes, action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret agents. If you're a fan of Stark Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Batman, Spiderman, Game of Thrones and time travel: DO NOT come to this show! These things are irreverently mocked and dissected by a pro. Mike's done the show at various theatres, comic book conventions, libraries and comedy festivals in the U.S. and the U.K.

Mike Capozzola is a Bay Area based Stand Up Comedian and a published cartoonist (MAD Magazine, Ted Talks, WIRED, Best of McSweeney's). He's on the Advisory Board of The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. He produces and hosts the annual "Comics 4 Comix" comedy event there.www.Capozzola.com. This show is for ages 17 and up.
Location: Megadome

Planetarium Shows

Pink Floyd Laser Show: 9:15pm
Hear the beats of your favorite classic rock and pop songs and watch the rhythms dance in laser light. Be surrounded by 360 degrees of music and science fusion. Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album about humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!
Location: Planetarium




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