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It’s Not the End of the World – Mayan Calendar Programs at South Florida Museum


In the month of December, South Florida Museum will host two Mayan-themed events to put the December 2012 “End of the World” myth into context. On Wednesday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m and on Saturday, December 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. the Museum will host another program 2012: The Return of the Goddess, a listening experience composed by artist Paul Ramshaw who was inspired by myths surrounding the Mayan Calendar and ripples of gravitational waves predicted by the Theory of Relativity.

Bradenton, FL, November 30, 2012 --(PR.com)-- In the month of December, South Florida Museum will host two Mayan-themed events to put the December 2012 “End of the World” myth into context. On Wednesday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Research Scholar at New College of Florida and noted Mayan expert, Dr. Gabriele Vail and Director of the Bishop Planetarium, Jeff Rodgers will spend the evening discussing the Mayan myth and putting it into context. “Gabrielle Vail is one of the world's most respected Mayan scholars, so we couldn't ask for a better perspective on what the Mayan calendar really has to say about the end of the world,” said Rodgers. Tickets to this event are $10 for Non-Museum Members and $8 for Museum Members.

*Interviews with Dr. Gabrielle Vail and Jeff Rodgers are available by appointment only on Friday, November 30.

On Saturday, December 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. the Museum will host another program 2012: The Return of the Goddess, a listening experience composed by artist Paul Ramshaw who was inspired by myths surrounding the Mayan Calendar and ripples of gravitational waves predicted by the Theory of Relativity. The ambient musical arrangements will be accompanied by subtle, complimentary graphics projected on the Planetarium dome. “Paul Ramshaw's work has earned international acclaim. With 2012: The Return of the Goddess, Paul has created an evocative blend of art, science and culture that captures the expanse of time and mythical cycles of rebirth. It is a uniquely impactful work that invites both introspection and connection with the grand scales of the cosmos,” said Rodgers.

"The 'music' you will hear has not been created using a conventional scoring of notes and instruments, but by 'reorganizing' the sound (timbre) of samples of operatic and choral voices within different frameworks of time, with a conceptual input inspired by the myths surrounding the Mayan calendar and 2012," said Ramshaw. Tickets to this event are $10.

To purchase tickets to either event, visit www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org or call 941-746-4131 ext. 0. Seating is limited.

About the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium
The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee.

The Bishop Planetarium is a multipurpose, all-digital domed theater, boasting one of the most advanced projection systems in the world. Incorporating unidirectional stadium style seating and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system, the Bishop Planetarium Theater is capable of accommodating a wide range of programs, from lectures to film series to live performances. But first and foremost, the Planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing visitors to explore their universe through traditional live star talks and immersive virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos.

The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Current operating hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m. January – May and during the month of July, operating hours are 7 days a week: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m. Regular General Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, please call 941-746-4131 ext. 0 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.
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