This year we took the cephalo-party on the road, with live events in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
New York: In a Lovecraftian lair in lower Manhattan, cephalopod enthusiasts gathered to pay tribute to our tentacled overlords. Video producers Luke Groskin and Christian Baker illuminated the worlds of all sorts of cephalopods, from the always adorable Adorabilis to the elusive colossal squid, and cephalo-scientist Sarah McAnulty awed the audience with tales of SQUIDS IN SPACE!
LA: As is only fitting for a city known for showbiz, Cephalopod Week in Los Angeles kicked off with an undersea puppet show at the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theater, with tropical fish, barking seals, and even a sea monster! After that opener, the sold-out crowd got a chance to quiz aquarist Angelina Komatovich of the Aquarium of the Pacific about all things tentacled.
Chicago: Sure, there aren’t any cephalopods in Lake Michigan, but there are plenty of cephalopod experts in Illinois. Chicagoans sipped squid ink cocktails at the Queen Mary Tavern and talked cephalopod science with Carrie Albertin, Yan Wang and Cliff Ragsdale from the University of Chicago, and Janet Voight from the Field Museum.