The Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" is the Carnival of nature programming. There's just something about the big fish: It's like a festive, temporary reprieve from those societal rules developed over centuries of Catholic influence. Only it's documentaries of sharks. (Maybe the reprieve is in being able to cheer for the Jerk of the Seas for a week.) In any event, the shark has become acquainted in our culture with some kind of festivity, which is harnessed in Sharktoberfest.
Part of Cal Academy's popular weekly NightLife series, Sharktoberfest has beer tastings from local breweries 21st Amendment, Anchor, Lagunitas, and others; modern dance troupe Capacitor performing an excerpt of Okeanos; music by Lights Down Low's Sleazemore; and of course the shark stuff: robot sharks, newly discovered species of sharks, conservation of sharks, tools made out of shark teeth. "Learning" is the new "dancing drag queen in a headdress."
Sharktoberfest starts Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse (at Martin Luther King Jr., in Golden Gate Park), S.F. Tickets are $10-$12.
If you want more shark video action, here's your candy.