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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Caltech Orchestra

7:30 pm

Allen Robert Gross, Director


  • Mussorgsky: Prelude to Khovantchina
  • Rimsky-Korsakoff: Suite from Tsar Saltan
  • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

The concerts are free, with no tickets or reservations required, but early arrival is recommended.

For further information, please call (626) 395-3295.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival

7:30 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Since 2001, Caltech has been a proud host of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Stopping at over 500 locations in 30 countries around the globe, the Tour celebrates the best films shown at that year's Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada, one of the premier exhibitions of films about mountain culture in the world.

Learn More: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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For tickets and information, email, or call (626) 395-4652.
Ticket price: $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $5 for Caltech students.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Andrew W. Howard - "Searching for Earth-like Planets"

8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

The search for extrasolar planets has uncovered a dizzying array of planetary systems. We have found new planet types—lava worlds and super-Earths—as well as planets orbiting more than one star.

Dr. Howard will tour this diverse landscape with attention to planets similar to the Earth in their size, mass, and temperature. The recent discoveries give us tantalizing clues as to how our Solar System formed and point the way to detailed characterizations of atmospheres and compositions of Earth-like worlds using the next generation of telescopes.

Andrew W. Howard is Professor of Astronomy at Caltech, in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

Reserved section tickets are available to members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates.

Friday, March 16, 2018
End of Winter Term

Life: Birds

10:00 am
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Birds are supremely adaptable, and capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature. Key animals are flamingos, lammergeyers, western grebes and bowerbirds.

A BBC/Discovery/SKAI/Open University co-production in association with RTI Spa.

Grant Van Horn, a graduate student in computer science at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for grades 3-12.

To make a reservation or learn about more field trip opportunities, please call (626) 395-6059 or email

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Spring Recess Begins

Earth - Power of the Planet: Ice

4:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Ice may be nothing more than frozen water, but it holds extraordinary power. Descending deep down a frozen waterfall, this program looks at a glacier in action from below and discovers why the huge Jacobshaven glacier is retreating, how it shapd our past and why it may now threaten our future.

A BBC/National Geographic Channel US/ZDF co-production.

Alexander Robel, a NOAA postdoctoral scholar in geological and planetary sciences at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Octopus Challenge

4:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

The octopus is a truly remarkable creature. This amusing and insightful program shows the octopus in action - squeezing into tiny spaces, sniffing out hidden food, even opening doors. These soft-bodied, boneless mollusks appear to outshine all the other invertebrates, but are they clever or just instinctive?

A BBC/Animal Planet co-production.

Justin Rolando, a graduate student in chemistry and chemical engineering at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Kingston Trio

8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio bring their timeless music to fans across the USA with a national tour that marks the group's 60th anniversary.

Josh Reynolds, son of original founding member Nick Reynolds, has joined forces with two of Nick's closest kindred spirits, Mike Marvin, Nick's nephew and Tim Gorelangton, Mike's musical brother.  They have re-captured that original Kingston Trio magic with their energy, humor and crowd-charming musical repertoire, performing many of the trio's best-loved songs. The performances take the audience on an iconic musical journey to a time when folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts. The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of "Tom Dooley", which sold over three million copies as a single.

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