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The Universe in Verse: A Charitable Celebration of Science and Nature Through Poetry

April 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm  |  Quarry Amphitheater


Join us for The Universe in Verse—an annual charitable celebration of science and nature, winged with poetry and music, created and hosted by Maria Popova (The Marginalian) in collaboration with astronomer and UC Santa Cruz Director of Astrobiology Natalie Batalha.

In the majestic Quarry Amphitheater in the redwoods, we will explore the marvel and mystery of life, from the creaturely to the cosmic, with stories from the history of science and our search for truth, illustrated with poems about entropy and evolution, trees and mushrooms, consciousness and dark matter, the birth of flowers and the death of stars, performed by a constellation of extraordinary humans: pioneering astronomers Jill Tarter and Natalie Batalha, writers Rebecca Solnit and Roxane Gay, musicians Zoë Keating and Joan As Police Woman, artists Debbie Millman and Wendy MacNaughton, poet Diane Ackerman, cosmologist and jazz saxophonist Stephon Alexander, cognitive scientist and writer Alexandra Horowitz, physicist and writer Alan Lightman, and On Being creator Krista Tippett. There will be live music and stargazing, and some thrilling surprises.

To make The Universe in Verse maximally open to all, tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis at three levels. Please contribute the maximum you are able, knowing that it would make the experience possible for someone else of humbler means. All proceeds from the show will benefit The Nature Conservancy and a new scholarship at UCSC honoring the life and legacy of astronomer and search-for-life pioneer Frank Drake.

General Admission:
Contribution level 1: $ 25.00
Contribution level 2: $ 50.00
Contribution level 3: $100.00

Student tickets: $ 15.00
(Current students only)

We are grateful for the generous support from the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, UCSC Astrobiology Initiative, the Bond and Gunderson Family Fund, and The Humanities Institute. We appreciate the participation of our local community, including Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Amateur Astronomy Club.

For additional logistics, including directions and information about parking, please see the event website.

Event News:

UC Santa Cruz Hosts ‘Universe In Verse’ April 16 In The Quarry Amphitheater


April 16, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Quarry Amphitheater
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States
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