See how gut bacteria have been secretly generating electricity, learn how the new California Trail is saving large local species, and get the real history of Satanism in the Bay Area.
Doors at 7PM, Talks at 8PM. 21+ Please.
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Doing the Devil’s Work: Bay Area Satanism and Political Activism
Modern Satanism has a long history in the Bay Area, from Anton LaVey to decades of left wing political work. Far from being baby-eating devil worshippers, modern Satanists act as an adversary against the mainstream, combining occult aesthetics with activism to protect religious pluralism. Learn about the history of Bay Area black masses, Satanism’s non-biblical origins, and see how the Seven Tenets of the Satanic Temple have guided Satanic social outreach.
Simone Chavoor is a member of the Satanic Temple and the local independent group Satanic Bay Area. She co-hosts the podcast “Black Mass Appeal,” which covers modern Satanism. She also hosts a podcast about the 1988 movie Die Hard called Die Hard With a Podcast, and appeared on Jeopardy in 2014.
New Approaches to Conservation on The California Trail
The massive new California Trail project at the Oakland Zoo takes a unique approach to saving the endangered animals of our state. Recently rescued large local wildlife make up most of the fauna, with grizzly bears, black bears and mountain lions roaming through the Trail. Learn how huge California Condors are nursed back to health, and get the details on a critical breeding project that hopes to return heritage bloodline buffalo back to indigenous tribes in Montana. See how the Oakland Zoo’s new approach to conservation is repopulating species throughout California, and giving spectacular sunset views from a gondola high atop the Oakland Hills.
Amy Gotliffe is the Conservation Director at the Oakland Zoo and The Conservation Society of California, collaborating with global partners and the public to take action for endangered wildlife for the past sixteen years. Amy is from Detroit, loves to swim, and also produces musical events that occasionally include belting out tunes on the washboard.
Batteries Included: How Gut Bacteria Use Weird Chemistry to Create Electricity
Strange bacteria in harsh environments have adapted to breathe minerals instead of oxygen, and new research shows that common bacteria like Listeria, Enterococcus and Bacilli have been secretly using a similar pathway with vitamin B2 and heme found in the human gut to generate a shocking amount of electricity. Learn about the bacterial search for easy electron acceptors, and how a single bacterial cell can move up to one million electrons per second. Then consider how these electrogenic bacteria can be used to create living batteries, improve bio-solar energy production, and make more delicious cheese.
Sam Light is a postdoctoral fellow in the Portnoy Lab at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. He studies biochemical processes in pathogenic bacteria, including the mechanisms by which they generate electricity.
Plus preshow games from 7-8PM, music from DJ Rubberband Girl, food from The Lumpia Company, drinks from Club 21 and info from the Oakland Public Library.