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February 20, 2008

Burke Museum Spring Events Calendar

April through June 2008

Thurs., Apr. 3; Thurs., May 1; Thurs., June 5, 2008

10 am – 8 pm

Free First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of each month, admission to the Burke Museum is free and the museum will remain open until 8 pm.Enjoy new exhibits, including Peoples of the Plateau and This Place Called Home, at no cost!Burke Free First Thursdays are sponsored by the Boeing Company.

Tues., Apr. 15; Tues., Apr. 22; Tues., Apr. 29; Tues., May 6, 2008

7 pm

Lectures: Bill Holm Center Spring Lecture Series

University of Washington graduate students in art history and Bill Holm Center Research Fellows present their research on Northwest Coast Native art at the Burke Museum.Lectures range in topic from Chilkat tunics to Haida jewelry to contemporary Alaska arts and Tlingit daggers.All lectures are free. See www.burkemuseum.org for the full list of lecture titles and speakers.

Thurs., April 24 – Sun., June 8, 2008

Exhibit: Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story

Organized by the Burke Museum in collaboration with the Hoh River Trust, Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story will present color photographs of the Hoh River ecosystem.Acclaimed nature photographer Keith Lazelle uses his keen artistic eye to capture the dramatic beauty of the Hoh River, one of only a few virtually intact and pristine rivers in the contiguous United States.


Sat., Apr. 26, 2008

10 am – 4 pm

Event:Plateau Native Arts Celebration

Celebrate a full day of Native arts demonstrations and storytelling from the Columbia Plateau region. Artists will demonstrate traditional crafts such as beadwork, cornhusk weaving, and saddle making live in the galleries. Storytellers from the Yakama Nation will share legends of their culture.

Sun., May 4, 2008

10 am – 4 pm

Event:Mushroom Maynia!

The Burke Museum hosts the Puget Sound Mycological Society for the first ever Mushroom Maynia! Learn how fungi fit into the ecosystem, how to cultivate your own mushrooms, how to cook them into a tasty soup or make them into dyes and crayons.Mushroom Maynia is made possible by the Stuntz Foundation and the Peg and Rick Young Foundation.

Tues., June 10, 2008

7 pm

Tickets: $12 - $20

Film and Dance Performance: Edward Curtis Meets the Kwakwaka’wakw “In the Land of the Head Hunters”

The Burke Museum, in association with the Moore Theatre and the Seattle International Film Festival, presents a newly restored copy of Edward S. Curtis’ historic 1914 silent film “In the Land of the Head Hunters."The restored film features recently discovered missing portions of the original, and its original orchestral score which will be performed live. The film will be introduced and framed by 14 descendents of the original Kwakwaka’wakw cast, who will present many dances from the film. "In the Land of the Head Hunters" premiered at the historic Moore Theatre in 1914 and is being presented as a part of the Moore’s Centennial Celebration. Tickets are $12 - $20 and go on sale through The Moore Theatre starting April 9, 2008.

Sat., June 28 – Wed., Dec. 31, 2008

Exhibit: The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World

Organized by the Burke Museum and Braided River, a conservation imprint of The Mountaineers Books, The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World presents 40 large-format color photographs by wildlife photography Steven Kaslowski that document the plight of the polar bear in its melting arctic coastal habitat. Accompanying text, multimedia, and learning stations illuminate the science of the global warming debate.Major support for the exhibition has been provided by Tom and Sonya Campion, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Peach Foundation. Additional support has been provided by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Norcliffe Foundation.

Sat. and Sun., June 28 - 29, 2008

10 am – 4 pm

Opening Weekend: The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World

Celebrate the opening of The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World with a weekend full of festivities where you can learn more about global warming and what you can do to help.

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