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AMNH Hosts EARTHFEST Featuring Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, And Many More

On Saturday, April 13, the American Museum of Natural History will mark Earth Day with an all-day EarthFest that will immerse visitors in art, science, and culture to celebrate the beautiful planet we call home. The event is free with Museum admission and for Members.

To kick off the morning, enjoy sunrise yoga or a dance party under the iconic Titanosaur. Beginning at 10 am, a series of pop-up performances will take place around the Museum, including the improv comedy tackling climate change by Chicago City Limits and The Sound of Science, a composition of eight pieces of music performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and written by composers who collaborated with scientists to create music inspired by current research. During the day, friends of Pathway to Paris including singer-songwriter and activist Patti Smith, Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, and Michael Stipe, lead singer of the Grammy award-winning band R.E.M., will perform on the main stage below the blue whale.

EarthFest programming includes:

  • Pathway to Paris in Concert, featuring performances by Patti Smith, Patrick Watson, Michael Stipe, Jesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Harlem Gospel Choir and other friends of Pathway to Paris, an organization dedicated to following the Paris Agreement on global climate change (every hour on the hour, 1-4 pm)
  • Early-morning sunrise yoga and acrobatic yoga by Modo Yoga (6 am)
  • The Class by Taryn Toomey, a music-driven practice of self-study through physical conditioning (6 am)
  • DJ-led dance party from Daybreaker: Party Animals will be held in the Wallach Orientation Center under the iconic Titanosaur (7-9 am)
  • Sets by Chicago City Limits improv troupe that tackle climate change through dark comedy in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth (10 am, 11 am, and noon)
  • A workshop on building musical instruments from recycled materials followed by a parade, with Bash the Trash, a group that combines music, science, and environmental awareness (11:30 am and 1:30 pm)
  • The Sound of Science, eight pieces written for amplified cello and electronics by composers paired with scientists and performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, a long-time member of Kronos Quartet and cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, and Laurie Anderson (2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm)
  • Party Like Brooklyn Baby, a dance party for all ages, hosted by Mr. Marc and DJ Mikey Palms in the Hall of North American Mammals (10 am-1 pm)
  • Science stations placed around the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, examining the climate change impact on the ice shelves in Antarctica, Earth's mantle, sea-level change, and much more. Presented in collaboration with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (11 am-4 pm)
  • Interactive carts with specimens, facilitated by students from the Museum's Saltz Internship Program in the Grand Gallery (11 am-4 pm)

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