(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Secret Science Club, a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations, makes its MASS MoCA debut in Club B-10 on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8pm, with a screening of “Particle Fever,” a “dazzling, dizzying documentary” that follows six high-energy scientists as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Physicist Chad Orzel (who blogs at Uncertain Principles, teaches at Union College, and is an alumnus of nearby Williams College) will be on hand to answer questions before and after the screening.
Secret Science Club has been called “the coolest science class you’ve ever been to, but with drinks and a DJ.” Catering to both experts and lay people, SSC is an eight-year-old staple of the New York City bar scene, founded in 2006 by three science nerds who keep the barriers to the audience as low as they keep the qualifications of the speakers high. Like a TED Talk with booze, SSC’s popularity paved the way for the success of like-minded organizations such as “I F*cking Love Science” and the stunning new television program, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
With science-themed cocktails, MASS MoCA’s Secret Science Club features “Particle Fever,” a film that follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, an event marking the start-up of the largest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. This gripping insider account centers around the trials of preparing to turn on the biggest machine ever built. More than a science documentary, director Mark Levinson says “Particle Fever” is a film about man’s pursuit of understanding the universe and appeals to people who may not think they are interested in science, but can relate to this amazing human endeavor.
Fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and beefy burgers – as well as thematic dinner specials – are available from Lickety Split before and during the show. A full bar serves Berkshire Brewing Company beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 advance, $18 day of, and $22 for preferred seating. Members receive a 10% discount. Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11am – 5pm Wednesdays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through spring 2015. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during box office hours or purchased on-line at MASS MoCA.