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This Wednesday & Thursday at the California Academy of Sciences

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Claude the Albino Alligator

Stuart covered this last year when the museum was brand-spaking-new and the FREE day was a proceed-at-your-own-risk kind of activity.  But now the museum is old news and the novelty has sort of worn off, unless you haven’t been there yet, in which case you should go on Wednesday because it is FREE (every 3rd Wednesday) instead of $25 (which clearly you cannot afford because you’ve already forgone the 'œquit smoking' resolution you made a mere 3 weeks ago).  Then on Thursday is their weekly Nightlife party, when the museum turns into a 21+ venue with music, food, and cocktails (finally you don’t have to elbow your way through a bunch of snot-nosed H1N1-carrying 5 year-olds in order to get a good look at the octopus).  The tickets for Nightlife are $12, so not only do you avoid the daytime masses of children, but you save money on admission too!  Also this month (through Jan 29th): seniors (65+) can buy kid-priced tickets ($15, $5 off the regular senior price).  Are there a lot of 65-plussers reading this site?  Leave a comment!  I’d like to know how many innocent grannies I’m offending on a regular basis.

Is this really a museum scientist? Or is it just their restaurant's sous chef diving for the "sustainable catch of the day?"

Now, excuse me for a moment while I go on a bit of a rant: the museum is amazing in many ways, but my one huge problem with the Academy of Sciences is how they have this beautiful, diverse, expansive, eco/endangered species-focused aquarium downstairs, meanwhile upstairs they serve fish and chips at their café.  And if you want a more upscale (overpriced) dining experience, you can go to their fancy restaurant and order squid, prawns, or tuna.  And don’t forget to ask about their 'œsustainable catch of the day' (ah yes, we’ve really cut down on fuel emissions because instead of shipping the fish here, we just go downstairs and grab one of the ugly ones that no one will miss). I mean, how weird would it have been to find 'œkung pao human' or an 'œHLT: Human, Lettuce & Tomato' sandwich at the cafeteria at the Body Worlds exhibit?  Would you eat albino alligator meat after meeting Claude the albino alligator in the swamp exhibit (the other other white meat)?  Would you eat a giraffe at the zoo, munch on a bunny on Easter, or cook up a nice fat bearded guy on Christmas?  There is a suggestion board at the museum'”use it to point out their insane hypocrisy.  Aside from that delightful token, courtesy of my veganism, I do hope you enjoy your visit!

Wednesday, January 20th, 9:30am-5pm
FREE 3rd Wednesday @ California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive [Golden Gate Park]

Thursday, January 21st, 6pm-10pm
Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive [Golden Gate Park]
$10 (members), $12 general

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  1. Andrew Dalton - Aggressive Panhandler
    January 19, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    They’re also offering free tickets to Nightlife on the Thursday closest to your birthday starting on Feb 4th. You just have to bring your ID, which you should be bringing anyway.

  2. John
    January 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    Hey, I don’t eat humans so I wouldn’t eat kung pao human. But shrimp are not endangered so I don’t see the hypocrisy. What I do see is another evangelical vegan ranting from the pulpit.

  3. Chloe - Pennywise Reporter
    January 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    1. It’s not so much about endangered species as it is about making a pretense of preserving the diversity of the ocean and then serving those diverse species upstairs for lunch. And if it is ok to eat species that are overpopulated, then maybe you should start eating human. Starting with your own hand, perhaps?

    2. As a skeptical, self-deprecating, irreverent, ambivalent jewish vegan, I would barely call myself “evangelica.” And I would barely call the Broke Ass Stuart website a pulpit. Every time I see Hilshire Farms “Go Meat” commercials on tv I could say the same thing as you did, except the difference is that Hilshire Farms have a far-reaching, internationally-viewed, well-funded pulpit (television ads and meat industry lobbyists) paid for by the likes of, well, you John. Oh, and paid for by the inhumane deaths of the animals who have been turned into the hormone-injected deli meat you’re eating. Enjoy your shorter life expectancy. Ah, NOW I feel I have reached “evangelical” and I don’t even mind.

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