Beakerhead, Calgary’s quirky five-day science fair, is perhaps one of the most unique and diverse assemblies of art, science, and engineering that there is.
The third annual spectacle will be held on the streets and at various venues around the city from September 16 to September 20. It will feature multi-story art installations, prominent and emerging scientists and inventors, and performances by both people and machines in over 60 events.
Along with food and drink lab experiences, a 30-foot high version of The Claw (the arcade crane game), and publicly engineered artwork, there will be a large focus on music. A special performance by GZA, iconic Wu-Tang Clan rapper and science geek, kicks off Beakerhead’s opening night, paving the way for 3D projection musical parties, and the international premiere of Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration — a two-day, live visual and musical journey through the galaxy.
Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration features two days of interactive performances by Beakerhead co-founder Jay Ingram and his band the Cosmonauts that are inspired by the romantic fantasies of space travel that preceded the actual space race in the 1950s.
Ingram has described the show as a “narrative-visual-musical trip through that imagined exploration of space.”
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will host Rock n’ Roll’s opening reception on September 17.
Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration
Where: Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre – 1515 93 St SW, Calgary
When: Thursday, September 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, September 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $35 to $75
More information about Beakerhead, and Rock n’ Roll History of Space Exploration, can be found here.