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Walter Kitundu, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and longtime Exploratorium friend, is an accomplished instrument builder, musician and artist. He is also a dedicated bird watcher and photographer. In this program we accompany Walter on a birdwalk, then have a chat about birds, art, and the perils and rewards of being an urban naturalist.

Watch a few highlights from last year's Rubik's Cube Competition, and get ready to join us here at The Exploratorium on January 18, 2009, from 10am-4:30pm!

All wound up with nothing to do? Swing by the Exploratorium on September 6th, beginning at 10am, for the 2008 California State Yo-Yo Championships. Meet National and World Yo-Yo Champions, watch daredevil tricks, and learn basic techniques from yo-yo masters. This event is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium. Registration is open to the public and begins at 10am. Winners will qualify for next year's regional tournament. For more information, go to www.calstateyoyo.com.

Science, technology, art, and fashion converge at a runway fashion show at the Exploratorium on Friday, April 25, 2008, 7-11pm. The 2nd Skin Clothesline Exhibit debuts that evening; the event also features two artists at work on their creations. If you miss the opening, artists' works will to be highlighted around the museum for five months,from April 26-September 7, 2008.

The Exploratorium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pi Day with a pie-throwing contest, Pi Day exhibits in Second Life, and more activities honoring everyone's favorite mathematical constant.

Animated abstract images create a portrait of matter in perpetual decomposition.

Runa’s Spell conveys a moment of connectedness with the sensual persuasions of an imaginary world. Image and music interact in a dramatic way to deepen and enhance the perception of enchantment and longing. The visuals consist of digitally interwoven and layered animated hand-paintings on 35mm film stock, animated objects and cutouts, and pixilation of live creatures. The music attempts to create a spiritual sense of journey through the fractional evocation of ancient Egyptian folk song. The sonorous texture of trembling and contorted images illustrate the hesitation, solitude, and endless dreamscape of the human mind.

Artist Sheldon Brown creates an urban/suburban/rural environment in which the visitor literally "paints" the flying landscape with highways, buildings, and automobiles. This exhibit was part of the Virtual Unreality exhibition.

The Teacher Institute's own food and entertainment maven takes us on a whirlwind tour of our golden city. Find out about the cheapest eats, the best place to see Art Deco or to go kayaking, and where to get insulted while you get your sandwich. These are Modesto's opinions; they don't represent the Exploratorium or its funders.

PETER WHITEHEAD is an instrument builder, performer, and composer. His singular instruments, often based on folk instruments from around the world, feature unusual found materials. Among his many instruments are the Heart Banjo, made from a baking tin; the Lawn Lyre, made from an old lawnmower and a metal oil pan; and the Spoonharp, made from a five-gallon metal drum, a eucalyptus branch, and kitchen spoons. Originally from England, Whitehead is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founding member of the Mobius Operandi performance group, he also performs regularly with Closer To Carbon, an improvisational trio.