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Expanded National Geographic LIVE series comes to Buffalo this spring

Hear exciting first-hand accounts from scientists, film-makers, world-travelers, and photographers as part of the National Geographic LIVE series happening in Buffalo this spring. The newly expanded series, gets you closer than ever before to these breathtaking images and harrowing accounts of nature at its wildest. Learn about different cultures and journey to the farthest corners of the world, as these guest speakers recount their most notable experiences.


The Brewmaster’s Table: A Beer Tasting Event with Garrett Oliver
Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Kleinhans Music Hall

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James Beard Award-winner Garrett Oliver is one of the foremost global authorities on beer and has served as brewmaster for the Brooklyn Brewery since 1994. Many of Oliver’s beers have won national and international awards.

This tasting event will be an experience you will not forget, as he brings a selection of his favorite beers from around the world and shares the story of their creation while you sample them.

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford University Press). One of the founding board members of Slow Food USA, he later served for five years on the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. Garrett has been bridging the worlds of beer and food for more than two decades, having hosted more than one thousand beer dinners in 17 countries. He is a particular champion of beer as the most versatile beverage for culinary pairings.

In late 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster. Many of his beers have won national and international awards. He has served as a judge for the competition of the Great American Beer Festival for twenty-four years and has been a perennial judge for the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards.

He has hosted tastings and talks for many cultural institutions, including The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic and the American Museum of Natural History. Read more about Garrett Oliver here.

At this event, guests will enjoy food from Oliver’s Restaurant, Creekview Restaurant, SEAR Buffalo and Brite-Smith. Flying Bison Brewing Company, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Labatt Brew House, and Oliver’s own Brooklyn Brewery will also have a presence.

Proceeds help support the National Geographic Live Series at Kleinhans. Only 300 tickets will be sold! General admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets include reserved seating and admission pre-tasting meet-and-greet with Garrett Oliver. VIP subscriptions to the National Geographic Live series are also available.
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Social by Nature with Ronan Donovan, Photographer
March 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, United States

What’s a human? We are, at our core, social mammals. We build relationships, communicate, reproduce, establish territories, and adapt to shrinking resources. In these ways, we’re no different than other social mammals.

Chimpanzees, wolves, gorillas, and bears are among the most charismatic of the mammals we know. We identify with them as species, groups, and even as named individuals. They’re also under threat.

Join biologist turned photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about his work in documenting these animals and what we, as fellow social mammals, can learn from them.

Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice with David Doubilet, Underwater Photographer & Jennifer Hayes, Aquatic Biologist
April 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, United States

Kimbe Bay is a world more alien than the edges of space.”—David Doubilet

Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine, and a legend for his groundbreaking work. Jennifer Hayes, an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist, is his wife and underwater partner. Doubilet has joked—we think he’s joking—that he’s spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. The two will lead you on a visual journey from their most recent National Geographic assignments, from the tropics to the polar ice.

Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea is a corner of the coral triangle that also includes the Philippines and Indonesia, and is the center of the world in terms of marine biodiversity. Discover an unspoiled wilderness of water crowded with layers of life: from fingernail-size pygmy seahorses to 60-foot-tall towers of barracudas.

Then, journey south to the cold ice-filled waters of Antarctica, where the team moves through and under the ice to capture images of the hidden world of the leopard seal, penguins, shipwrecks, and Doubilet’s newest work on the sculptural beauty of icebergs. Finally, follow the team north to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, an extraordinary world of whales, wolfish, salmon⎯and the harp seal, a remarkable creature fighting to survive in a world of shrinking sea ice.

Go beyond the published story with Doubilet and Hayes, as they share never before seen images from their assignments.  Discover the reality of life behind the camera—from parasites to harp seal bites—as they share their adventures working to get the best shot.

Symphony for Our World
May 21, 2019  at 7:30 pm
Shea’s Buffalo Theatre


See this inspiring, 90-minute live orchestral performance in concert venues around the world in 2019.

Listen to the soundtrack: Stream Symphony for Our World’s original score

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