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It’s Cephalopod Movie Night in Pittsburgh!

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Science Friday
90.5 WESA

Cephalopod Week is back, with another eight days to cephalo-brate our many-armed friends! Science Friday is partnering with museums, aquariums, and our favorite hangout spots across the country for evenings of undersea joy—featuring short science documentaries, conversations with marine invertebrate experts, performances, receptions, activities, and other underwater-themed amusements. Come with your questions for our researchers, aquarists, scientists, writers, filmmakers, and other cephalopod enthusiasts!

Matthew Birk, Ph.D., Biology Professor at Saint Francis University
Tracy Shaw
Matthew Birk, Ph.D., Biology Professor at Saint Francis University

Science Friday, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and 90.5 WESA are joining forces to present an evening in observance of the octopus, a commemoration of cuttlefish, a saturnalia for squid—it’s Cephalopod Movie Night! Attendees will view short science documentaries, hear from cephalopod researchers and other experts, and have a chance to ask our special guests their deep sea questions. Arrive at 6:00pm for a pre-show reception, including small bites and drinks for purchase and a chance to rub elbows with other cephalo-enthusiasts.

When: Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
Doors open with a pre-show reception at 6 p.m.

Paul A. Selvaggio
Timothy A. Pearce, Ph.D.; Curator of Collection, Mollusks
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Timothy A. Pearce, Ph.D.; Curator of Collection, Mollusks

Where: Carnegie Library Lecture Hall of Oakland
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Enter through Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

How: Click here to purchase tickets and see COVID-19 policies.

Our special guests include:
Matthew A. Birk, biology professor at Saint Francis University studying the relationship between cephalopods and the oxygen in their environment.

Nicole Gioia, senior biologist, fish and invertebrates at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium who helps care for octopuses and other undersea creatures.

Tim Pearce, curator of the mollusks collection at Carnegie Museum of Natural History (and TikTok fame), will show us how gastropods and cephalopods might be more similar than we think. If we ask nicely, perhaps he’ll tell us a few snail jokes, too!

This event is presented in partnership with our friends at Science Friday and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Presented locally by Chatham University.

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Chatham University