SciencePalooza to Raise Funds for Natural History Museum

Friday, September 17, 2010

The KU Natural History Museum will hold a three-day festival of food, music and science to benefit the museum Oct. 30, Nov. 3, and Nov. 5. 

Proceeds from SciencePalooza will provide vital support for renovating museum exhibits and assure the continued success of the museum’s hands-on education programs. The museum serves about 60,000 people annually through museum visits, programs for schoolchildren, and workshops and talks for adults.

The events of SciencePalooza are:

Tapas & Tours
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
$75 per person

Tapas & Tours is an exclusive evening at the museum that includes savory hors d’oeuvres that represent the international locations of KU biodiversity research, such as the Philippines, Venezuela, Peru, Mongolia, Libya and Egypt. The event includes special behind-the-scenes tours with museum curators and opportunities to “adopt” specimens from our collections. Tickets are available through the KU Natural History Museum at 785-864-2344.

The Science of Beer, with Free State Brewing Company
7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Free State Bottling Facility, 1927 Moodie Road 
$60 per person

At this event, participants will learn about the science of making and bottling beer from the brewers of Free State Brewing Company. Attendees will be invited to sample beers and culinary creations while discovering the evolutionary history of hops and the amazing properties of yeast. Brewers will be available to discuss the biochemistry of fermentation and the challenges posed by microorganisms in the brewing process. Tickets are available through the KU Natural History Museum at 785-864-2344.

The Elders in Concert
Featuring True North
8 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2010
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.
$50 VIP tickets and $25 general admission

The KU Natural History Museum will welcome the internationally known Irish band The Elders for this rare Lawrence performance benefiting the museum. The Elders offer a skillful mix of amped roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting.

The Elders will be joined by modern country-rock favorites True North. True North incorporates a traditional rock and roll rhythm section atop fiddle, mandolin, accordion, lap steel and harmonica to forge their own unique sound. 

VIP tickets, available for $50 or sold in blocks of four per table, include seating in a special section in front of the stage and a chance to meet the performers prior to the event. Complimentary appetizers, wine and beer will be served. VIP tickets are available by calling 785.864.2344; general admission tickets ($25) are sold through Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., or through

For more information about these and other KU Natural History Museum events, visit

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