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Calendar, Night&Day Men are from Mars...At Least, They Will Be

Men are from Mars...At Least, They Will Be

In an installment of Randall Museum's Amateur Astronomers Lecture Series, David Blake of the NASA Ames Research Center will discuss the CheMin (science talk for "chemistry and mineralogy") instrument mounted on the Mars rover Curiosity during its exploration of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Put a Bug in Your Ear

Put a Bug in Your Ear

Formally, “bug” refers to an order of insects that includes cicadas, aphids, and shimmering shield bugs, but we want to talk about arthropods, those creepy little critters that likely compose 300 times the biomass of the Earth’s human population. And…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opossums, Hawks, and Rabbits, Oh My! The Randall Museum Goes Wild

Opossums, Hawks, and Rabbits, Oh My! The Randall Museum Goes Wild

In elementary school, my favorite yearly assembly was one where they'd bring wild animals, like bobcats, baby snow leopards, and porcupines, to our school's stage. Some nut jobs really dedicated people would raise these "non-releasable wild animals" (animals that…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Indoor Nature Fun

This city-run museum atop Corona Heights hosts a menagerie of rescued wild animals for your budding Jack Hanna. Kids can get up close and personal with a desert tortoise, a gopher snake, a hawk, two kinds of owls, and a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blown Away

Blown Away

We San Franciscans know about wind. It forces us to wear jackets nearly all year, sends us chasing after our hats, turns our umbrellas into crash-landed mechanical birds, and makes for great kite-flying or wind-surfing. Add “makes great art” to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Glazed Over

Glazed Over

Hang out with a barn owl. Learn ceramics. Create something in a woodshop. Plant a seedling in a greenhouse. Watch a movie in a 188-seat theater. All in the same building. And you don’t have to travel far. The Randall…
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News, The Snitch Arthur the Stolen Tortoise Returned to San Francisco's Randall Museum

Arthur the Stolen Tortoise Returned to San Francisco's Randall Museum

The thief who stole Arthur the 50-year-old California desert tortoise from The Randall Museum March 10 apparently changed his or her mind. On Saturday left the 12-pound animal was deposited in the museum's lobby when nobody was looking."It appeared somebody…
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News, The Snitch Is S.F. Museum's Filched Tortoise Ambling Around Half Moon Bay?

Is S.F. Museum's Filched Tortoise Ambling Around Half Moon Bay?

Last week we reported on Arthur, the 50-year-old California Desert Tortoise filched from San Francisco's Randall Museum. The middle-aged gentleman had been living at the museum since Jerry Brown and Linda Ronstadt were a hot couple -- and his keeper,…
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News, The Snitch Filched, Incontinent Tortoise Still Missing From S.F. Museum

Filched, Incontinent Tortoise Still Missing From S.F. Museum

If you're the miscreant who ran off earlier this month with Arthur, the Randall Museum's crowd-pleasing tortoise, here's yet another reason to unhand him. He doesn't enjoy being carried around and, according to his caretaker, "he doesn't like being handled;…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Dance Fever

Dance Fever

SAT-SUN 3/13-14 Face it: Being a kid isn't always easy. The years between diapers and graduation are loaded with challenges and growing pains. It can be a rough road – but maybe some exuberant dancing will help. With this in…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Lucky 7

Lucky 7

ONGOING 12/24-1/3 Cirque du Soleil's phenomenal success hatched a modern market for an ancient form of entertainment, and those who might once have eked out a living as humble street performers are now creating ever-more-dazzling spectacles in first-rate venues. Almost…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Glow Show

Glow Show

SUN 12/7 Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Lunar New Year, and Diwali – though these holidays seem diverse at first glance, they've got more similarities than differences among them. All are celebrated in the wintertime, marked with games, food, songs, and…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

Get Smart SUN 4/27 Every parent thinks his baby is a genius, but the youngsters in the Kids Play the Darndest Things concert really are child prodigies. (Kit Armstrong, for example, performed Mozart's Concerto No. 24 at the 2001 show,…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place for View Hounds

Shaped like the satanic hand-sign guys make at Metallica concerts, the rocky outcropping called Devil's Chair sits atop Corona Heights Park between the Castro and Buena Vista Park. Below it to the south is the Randall Museum; to the north,…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Mushroom Source

When that grilled portobello appetizer no longer satisfies your 'shroomistic cravings, call in the experts at the MSSF. Founded in 1950, it's the largest amateur mycological association in North America. Members go on field trips in search of feral fungi,…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Aboard!

All Aboard!

If there's a single toy that appeals equally to both children and adults, it's the electric train. Infants are fascinated by their first glimpse of tracks circling the Christmas tree, and older folks while away thousands of retirement hours creating…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Children's Museum

Founded in 1937, and located up a winding street behind the Corona Heights park, the Randall Museum is open seven days a week and has no admission fee (donation requested). A combination museum, botanical garden, and menagerie (with a permanent…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Children's Museum

Founded in 1937, and located up a winding street behind the Corona Heights park, the Randall Museum is open seven days a week and has no admission fee (donation requested). A combination museum, botanical garden, and menagerie (with a permanent…
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