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Dino aficionados won’t want to miss an upcoming National Geographic Live (Virtual) event that unveils two discoveries.
Arts Commons presents Reimagining Dinosaurs on May 10 at 7 p.m. featuring paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastian Rozadilla.
New discoveries and cutting-edge science is challenging old ideas of how dinosaurs looked, moved and lived. In Chile, scientists discovered a new therapod named the Chilesaurus. Studies of it show it was — unlike its closest relatives, the Velociraptor and T.rex — a vegetarian.
On the other side of the world, a discovery in the deserts of Morocco suggests the immense predator Spinosaurus maroccanus spent much of its time in the water.
According to Ibrahim, it wasn’t an easy exploration.
“My fieldwork took me to the border region between Morocco and Algeria. Everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong. We had sandstorms and close encounters with snakes and flooding in the Sahara. You name it, we experienced it. But it was worth it. For now, Spinosaurus is the only dinosaur that shows unambiguous evidence for essentially a fully aquatic lifestyle.”
Go on an archeological dig in your living room with the two scientists as they showcase their work into prehistoric life.
Free tickets to all National Geographic Live Virtual presentations must be booked online, artscommons.ca/NatGeoLive, or by calling the Arts Commons Box Office (403-294-9494 )in advance. This opportunity is exclusive to the Calgary area.
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Cork and Canvas fundraiser goes online
The Calgary Philharmonic has been entertaining viewers with free virtual concerts this season. To keep providing community education programs, the CPO is holding a fundraising gala for one night, April 29.
The Cork and Canvas Gala has always been a much anticipated night of music and charity for its patrons but the CPO has been forced to go online with its signature event due to health restrictions.
Hosted by associate conductor Karl Hirzer, you can expect pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Strauss from CPO musicians and performances from some guest artists — violin virtuoso James Ehnes, Norweigan violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, folk singer Tom Jackson, singer-songwriter Ellen Doty, classical ensemble Gryphon Trio, and folk/pop singer Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. (Performances were pre-recorded in adherence with health and safety guidelines.)
The concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets ($75) can be purchased right up until the gala begins. The CPO has an added option to order a gourmet meal with wine or beer from Great Events Catering to be delivered.
Proceeds from the gala support the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s community education programs. All funds raised will be matched by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink.
Learn more at calgaryphil.com/support/cork-and-canvas/virtual-gala.