UB PHYSICISTS, SCIENCE MUSEUM AND ARTISTS INVESTIGATE "THE INVISIBLE UNIVERSE"

Second "Science and Art Cabaret" Scheduled for April 7, 2010

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Buffalo, N.Y. (March 12, 2010) -- The popularity of the fall 2009 Science and Art Cabaret, sponsored by the University at Buffalo and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, sent a clear message to its organizers that the Buffalo community has a thirst to explore science and art together ... over a drink or two.

In response to the fall's collaboration of science, art, music and performace, a second Science and Art Cabaret has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 from 7-9 p.m. in the Ninth Ward in Babeville's Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave.

Admission is free and open to the public; a cash bar will be available.

"It's an entertaining mash-up of cutting-edge science and technology with art and performance," says Will Kinney, UB cosmologist, physics professor and cabaret organizer. His professional research focuses on the Early Universe, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy.

The spring topic will be "Invisible Worlds," and a panel of UB's scientists, artists, and a representative from the Buffalo Museum of Science will be weighing in.

The Science and Art Cabaret is part of the Cafe Scientifique movement that has swept the U.S. and Europe; for more information about the movement, see
http://www.cafescientifique.org/north%20america-links.htm and http://www.sciencecafes.org/.

Now Buffalo has its own place for artists and scientists to connect, created by UB's physicists and visual artists who have collaborated on such successes as the UB Physics and Arts Summer Institute and the permanent "Physics and Arts Exhibition" at UB.

"Order a drink at the bar and hear top university researchers discuss their work in context with creative minds from the arts and humanities," Kinney explains. "We pick a topic and look at it from all angles.

"The Invisible World is around us and in us," says Kinney. "We are surrounded by invisible currents of electromagnetism and gravity. We are bathed in invisible radiation from earth and from space. We are borne in a sea of mysterious Dark Matter and Dark Energy, whose presence has been found only by its shadowy signature on the bending of space and time. Probing the Invisible World of the microscopic reveals amazing beauty, from the nanoscopic structures which comprise the machinery of life to the world of fundamental particles and the structure of matter itself. Art has long been tasked with revealing the Invisible World of nature and mind and spirit, and music the Invisible World of harmony and rhythm. The April 2010 Science & Art Cabaret takes on the quantitative and the aesthetic of the Invisible with its own unique style."

In addition to Kinney, the panel includes the Buffalo Museum of Science's Education Collections Manager, Douglas Borzynksi, college of Arts and Sciences faculty members Doreen Wackeroth, particle physicist and physics professor; and Gary Nickard, clinical assistant professor of visual studies. Music will be provided by David Gutierrez of the Irving Klaws, performing on theremin.

For more information, contact Nickard at 645-0529 or Kinney at 645-5360.