May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Subscription Series Now Available! Four Stars from the “Ultimate Explorer” series on National Geographic Television to Appear Live and In Person at the Golden State Theatre during the “2016 National Geographic Live Series”

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Travel the world at the Golden State Theatre in the fascinating four-part “National Geographic Live Series” coming this spring and summer! On one day per month from May through August, bring the whole family to the Golden State Theatre and come learn from and meet four different award-winning correspondents from the popular “Ultimate Explorer” series on National Geographic Television. See their incredible photos and videos and hear fascinating stories from four amazing explorers who have spent years roaming some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. After their presentations, come and talk with them and ask all of your questions, too!

Behind every great National Geographic story there is a great storyteller: the writers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, explorers, and adventurers who bring the world home. Through National Geographic Live, a rich public program of speakers, concerts, and films, these storytellers on stages worldwide.

AT A GLANCE:

WHAT:  2016 National Geographic Live Series at the Golden State Theatre

WHEN: A different National Geographic Live star will be featured “in person” at 7:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – National Geographic Live Presents: Bob Poole: Gorongosa Reborn: A Cameraman’s Journal
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – National Geographic Live Presents: Nizar Ibrahim- Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous (Note: This event date is correct and will be held on Tuesday, June 14th)
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – National Geographic Live Presents: Pete McBride ~ Chasing Rivers
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 National Geographic Live Presents Ami Vitale: Rhinos, Rickshaws, & Revolutions

WHERE: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey. (831) 649-1070.

TICKETS: Buy individual tickets (tickets range from $23-$36 – individual tickets go on sale on April 11th or save up to 35% by purchasing a subscription to all 4 appearances (a subscription series with tickets for all four events range from $59-$99). Season subscription series tickets are available now at www.goldenstatetheatre.com, or by calling 831-649-1070 or on the day of the show. Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SERIES

 

Tuesday June 14th at 7 pm

Nizar Ibrahim, Paleontologist

“SPINOSAURUS: LOST GIANT OF THE CRETACEOUS”

Spinosaurus exhibit at National Geographic's Explorer's Hall

Spinosaurus exhibit at National Geographic’s Explorer’s Hall

Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex—and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist.

Discovered more than half a century ago in Morocco by the great German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, Spinosaurus’ fossil remains were lost in the Allied bombing of Germany during World War II.  With the help of recent fossil discoveries in the desert, and Stromer’s own data and drawings, contemporary scientists including German/Moroccan paleontologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim have reconstructed a full skeletal model of Spinosaurus, which has been featured on the Nional Geographic Channel and presented in the National Geographic Museum. With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous-era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size— makes this ancient monster unique.

Wednesday July 13th – 7 pm

Pete McBride, Photographer and Filmmaker

“CHASING RIVERS”

Proof that passion, hard work, and guts matter more than the cost of your gear or where you went to school, Pete McBride has taken pictures from the cockpit of a WWI-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg, working in over 70 countries. Named a “freshwater hero” by National Geographic for his work photographing and filming great rivers, he’ll offer unforgettable journeys down two of them. The Colorado, featured in his award-winning film Chasing Water, flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea. And the Ganges, India’s sacred water way, revered as a god, but polluted by the people who worship it.

Wednesday August 17th at 7 pm

Ami Vitale, Photojournalist

“RHINOS, RICKSHAWS & REVOLUTIONS” 

Experience our world through the eyes of an award-winning photographer whose career has brought her face-to-face, not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Ami Vitale’s work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”   Early in her career, her focus was on conflict, such as the war in Kosovo, and the border dispute between India and Pakistan. Her first National Geographic story documented the last rickshaws in Kolkata, India. More recently, she has turned her lens to wildlife stories, including efforts to reintroduce white rhinos and pandas to the wild. Her coverage of Kenya’s northern white rhinos, and the indigenous communities working to protect them, earned her World Press Photo recognition in 2015.

Vitale’s career has taught her that stories about nature and wildlife are also stories about people—and that, at the same time, “you can’t talk about humanity without talking about nature.” She’ll share her personal odyssey, told through the images and adventures that have transformed her into a celebrated global photojournalist.

For more information, go to www.goldenstatetheatre.com.

About the Golden State Theatre

In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California’s largest cities, the Golden State Theatre , which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting.  Dana Carvey, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre’s new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They are also co-owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go towww.goldenstatetheatre.com or call (831) 649-1070.

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey and has many more outstanding events coming up in 2016 including performances of An Evening with Todd Rundgren (April 28), Paula Poundstone (April 29), Ladybug Girl and the Bumblebee Boy (April 30), Marshall Tucker Band with Moonalice (May 5), Jewell (May 11), National Geographic Live Presents: Bob Poole: Gorongosa Reborn: A Cameraman’s Journal (May 18),  National Geographic Live Presents: Nizar Ibrahim- Spinosaurus:Lost Giant of the Cretaceous (June 14), Al Di Meola (June 25), Judy Collins (July 2), National Geographic Live Presents: Pete McBride ~ Chasing Rivers (July 13), National Geographic Live Presents Ami Vitale: Rhinos, Rickshaws, & Revolutions (August 17) and Iris Dement and Loudon Wainwright III (September 22)

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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