Life in the Universe

Life on Earth: By Chance or By Law?

Brian J. Enquist, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Life on Earth is amazing and multifaceted. Ultimately all of life has descended from one common ancestor and has been guided by evolution by natural selection. On the one hand, the evolution of modern-day diversity and ecosystems may have been contingent on the initial chemical building blocks of life and the historical events that have characterized our planet over geologic time. On the other hand, there are numerous aspects of life pointing to regular and deterministic processes that shape the complexity and diversity of life. This talk will touch on those examples where the laws of chemistry and physics, in addition to evolutionary rules, have resulted in general properties of life. These properties ultimately determine how long we live, the diversity of life, the function and regulation of ecosystems and the biosphere, and how life will respond to climate change.
Centennial Hall | 1020 E. University Blvd | 7pm + Free to the Public

Each lecture is streamed live by Arizona Public Media On Demand. Each lecture will also air on television after a one-week delay on Mondays, beginning February 2 at 8 PM. The broadcast will repeat: Tuesdays at 2 AM, Fridays at 1 PM, Sundays at 1 PM and again on Mondays at 12 AM and 2 PM.

Comcast Subscribers: Channel 76
Cox Subscribers: Channel 116

Look for podcasts of the lectures to be made available on this website 1-2 weeks after each lecture.

Sam Flores

Sam Flores (born 1975) is an American visual artist, illustrator, and muralist, primarily creating urban- and graffiti-inspired modern art.  He has worked with various mediums, including acrylics, pen and ink, and sculpture.  Much of his early work focused on developing designs for skateboarding and clothing companies.  He has displayed in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Japan and throughout Europe.

Flores will be painting live at the Gem and Jam Art & Music Festival
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Free Show Friday

Free Show Friday at Maker House. Headlining are Prom Date from Louisiana and Surf from Phoenix.

Prom Date’s first full-length album is a testimony to the complex nature of relationships. The ten songs on Portraits highlight how love grows and fades as the distance between people changes. Drawing influence from synthpop legends such as the Human League and New Order, Portraits dresses everyday issues in fabulous clothing.

The group originated as a friend-rock band with penchant for pop music. Experimentation with electronic instruments drew the group to danceable pop music. Prom Date was born from this synthesizer awakening. As The Rebel Agenda notes, “Louisiana’s Prom Date have an 80s aura that exceeds pastiche. Theirs is an 80s electro-pop reverence.”
Opening the show is local duo Head over Heart.

Maker House | 283 North Stone Avenue | FREE | 7pm-10pm

Soccer Day

Major League Soccer Preseason Returns to Tucson!

FC Tucson will host the 2015 Desert Friendlies at Kino Sports Complex. Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo will compete in matches that span January 31st to February 12th which will lead up to the 2015 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

  • Saturday, February 7th, 2015 (Double Header)
  • Match 1: San Jose Earthquakes v. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 5:00 p.m., Kino North Stadium
  • Match 2: Portland Timbers v. Houston Dynamo, 7:00 p.m., Kino North Stadium

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country,punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision ofBuddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”

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