Astronauts, Photographers and Scientists Converge at Straz for Nat Geo Live


The Straz Center’s vibrant mix of programming provides plenty of entertainment for children, adults and families. Hit Broadway musicals, today’s top comedians, musicians and TV personalities have all performed in the Straz spotlight.

A new series will bring leading scientists, biologists, photographers and astronauts to the performing arts center for a special series called National Geographic Live.

NASA astronaut reveals the beauty from above

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts gained a new perspective on life and the planet when viewing the blue and green marble from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360- degree view.

Virts would go on become the commander of the ISS and proceed to snap more photos than any astronaut who came before him. Many of his photos would eventually be published in the National Geographic book View From Above and the IMAX film, A Beautiful Planet.

He’ll discuss his career and photgraphy during a special Q&A on January 16, 2018 at 7pm in Ferguson Hall. Tickets start at $20.

Venture into the wild with Bertie Gregory

Wildlife photographer and filmmaker Bertie Gregory will speak at the Straz Center on March 8, 2018. Whether camping with wolves on Vancouver’s western beaches, pursuing peregrine falcons in London or filming leopards in the streets of Mumbai, Bertie Gregory captures the essence of what it means to coexist peacefully—with respect and humor—alongside the magnificent creatures of the natural world.

Get a taste of nature’s beauty during her Q&A. Tickets start at $20.

Photography captures the true power of water

Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier has a profound appreciation for, and understanding of the power of water.

During her time with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—a way of life threatened by a massive new dam. In British Columbia, she found First Nations protecting their sacred headwaters and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous people seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea.

She learned that one concept bound these four disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or, taking only that which you need. She speaks in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center on April 3, 2018. Tickets start at $20.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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