Tuesday, March 06, 2012

OTR: Shows and Aliens

I haven't posted an OTR post in the past couple weeks, but this week I'm going to keep it brief.

Tuesday night: Ivan and Alyosha, Josh Ottum, Michael McGraw @ Soda Bar

Thursday night: two awesome local shows go head to head- The Citybeat Local Music Issue Party features Maren Parusel, Italian Japanese, Low Volts, The Darrows, Parker and the Numberman, and DJ Robin Roth playing tunes between bands at the Casbah, while The Silent Comedy, Dead Feather Moon, and The Howls takeover the Belly Up. If you wanna go really crazy, William Fitzsimmons and Denison Witmer perform at Anthology at 7pm. Gonna be a busy night for sure.

Saturday night: The Heavy Guilt, The Beautiful View, Black Hondo, and I Wish I @ Casbah

 Lastly, I got this press release from Discovery Networks are devoting the whole month to the question, Are We Alone? with special programming about extraterrestrials. You can read all about their programming on Science after the jump.


-- ARE WE ALONE? Premieres on SCIENCE Tuesday, March 6, at 10:00 PM ET/PT
with an All-New Episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE--

For centuries, mankind has questioned if we are alone in this vast universe. SCIENCE has partnered with TED and the SETI Institute to bring viewers an entire month of programming around this age old question. Beginning with the world premiere of a new episode of Morgan Freeman’s THROUGH THE WORMHOLE debuting tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 6 at 10 PM ET/PT, ARE WE ALONE? is timed to support a major new resource called SETI Live which will empower and mobilize “citizen scientists” from all walks of life to join the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. To join the search please visit: www.sciencechannel.com

Episode Descriptions:

Through the Wormhole: Will We Survive First Contact?
World Premiere Tuesday, March 6 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Mankind longs for proof that we are not alone in the universe, but the moment of first contact will irrevocably change the world as we know it. Whether that is a bad thing for humanity or the beginning of a great future is the subject of much debate. In this episode we’ll meet scientists probing the big questions: Will the aliens we encounter be warlike? How will we talk to creatures with whom we share no common ground? Could they have come here already? And can we visit aliens on their own turf?

Alien Encounters
Part 1- The Message World Premiere on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Part 2- The Arrival World Premiere on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”

World Premiere Tuesday, March 27 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Countless mysterious objects have been caught by NASA’s cameras. In this special, we’ll reveal NASA’s top ten unexplained encounters using original footage and groundbreaking interviews with astronauts and scientists. Can these phenomena be explained away through science and detective work? Or have NASA’s cameras potentially captured the first traces of extraterrestrial life?

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