Portland Science Event Looks at Bio-Chemistry of Love

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Portland Science Event Looks at Bio-Chemistry of Love

Published 01/18/2010

(Portland, Oregon) - Love. What is it? Why do we spend so much of our lives trying to find it? Keep it? Or get over it? An event called “Brain Chemistry for Lovers” brings together some of the finest minds in the world of science and art in a way that’s never been done before. A combination concert, cabaret, and science lecture, this multi-media performance uses music, film, and the latest discoveries in the world of neuroscience to explore one of the most universal of all human experiences - romantic love.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Valerie Day, in collaboration with pianist Darrell Grant, filmmaker Jim Blashfield, arranger/orchestrator John Smith, and Oregon Health & Science University’s senior scientist Larry Sherman, PhD, tell the story behind the strongest human emotion through music, narrative, animation, and quotations from writers and philosophers through the ages.

Brain Chemistry for Lovers is the brainchild of Valerie Day. Inspired by a National Geographic article about love and the chemicals in the brain, she conceived a multi-media performance piece that takes on this universal theme, with a twist. The performance incorporates the discoveries of today’s neuroscientists, who have begun to examine the territories of the poet, philosopher, songwriter, and comedian to explain the feelings associated with romantic love.

Brain Chemistry for Lovers will be presented at OMSI’s Science Pub-Bagdad Theater Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 pm.) Tickets are required for this Science Pub and are $15.00 each.  Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, or in person at the Bagdad Theater or Crystal Ballroom box offices. 

Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4517. Visit http://www.omsi.edu/sciencepub/bagdad for a description of upcoming topics.

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu

More Oregon Valentine Events

February 13. "Be My Valentine" Brunch at the Oregon Coast Culinary Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $50. Call Chef Sharon Wiest at 541-557-1125. Hwy 101 Lincoln City, Oregon.

February 13 – 15. Japanese Glass Float Drop on Lincoln City beaches. More than 250 Japanese glass floats will await discovery, weather and ocean permitting. 541-996-1274, 800-452-2151. Lincoln City, Oregon.

February 14. Free Vow Renewals in Lincoln City. First 16 to sign up get one of the available spots for the program. Sign up begins on January 4, 2010. 541-996-2119. Lincoln City, Oregon.

February 14 - Valentines Dinner in Yamhill Wine Country. Four-course dinner. The menu includes: Gorgonzola and chocolate crostini, pumpkin and chocolate Ravioli, grill duck with dark chocolate cherry sauce, dark chocolate raspberry Venus. 6:30 p.m. $125 per couple. Overnight guests dinner is only $75 per couple. Includes wine. Advanced reservations required wine@youngberghill.com or call 503.472.2727. Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn. 10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road. McMinnville, Oregon. (888) 657-8668 toll free. www.youngberghill.com




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