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Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts The Earth Into Perspective

 Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts Things Into Perspective

By David G. McAfee

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Santa Barbara, CA, for the first time on Thursday, where he discussed everything from the latest cosmic discoveries to the demotion of Pluto in 2006.

Tyson, currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, will be hosting an upcoming sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series on Fox.

Tyson, who has 18 honorary PhDs, mixed humor and science as he told the crowd about the relative insignificance of humanity in comparison to the universe. He started by taking off his boots to get comfortable on the stage. He then showed a famous satellite photo of Saturn in which our planet appears just barely visible in the distant background, taking up about six pixels of the photograph.

“There are people in those six pixels who are sure that the universe was created just for them,” Tyson said, comparing the photo to the 1990 Voyager 1 photograph taken of earth called the Pale Blue Dot. “Everyone you’ve ever known is in those six pixels. It really puts things into perspective.” Continue reading

Press Release – Tim Minchin in Santa Barbara

March 5, 2012

CONTACT:  jessicalawson@livenation.com



Wednesday, April 11th

On Sale Friday, March 9th at 10:00 am

Santa Barbara, CA – Live Nation welcomes TIM MINCHIN to the Lobero Theatre on Wednesday, April 11th at 8:00 pm.  Tim Minchin is an Australian, musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005. He won the Director’s Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside, and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. Without wanting to go on and on about it, he’s done some pretty successful live shows since then, often in Australia or the UK, but also on the North American continent (yes that includes you too Canada). But not you Guatemala. Maybe one day.

His current songs span topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism) and his amour de boobs(ism). During his shows he plays the piano, always nicely and oftentimes wildly and excitingly, whilst looking wonderfully athletic, in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable skinny jeans.

Tim has made many TV appearances: most recently on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Conan”.  Tim has also hosted an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC) and appeared on Genius (BBC) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). He’s also performed on radio; his most recent project being Strings, a brand new comedy sitcom pilot for BBC Radio 2, which he both wrote and starred in. His acclaimed 9-minute beat poem, Storm, has been animated and previewed at TAM London in October 2010. It will be available to all on YouTube in 2011, following some film festival fun. Tim spent 2010 writing the music and lyrics for the musical Matilda (adapted from the Roald Dahl classic) with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tim recently embarked on his first arena tour of the UK, joined by a 55 piece orchestra and a band in December 2010. He also took the tour to Australia and Scotland performing with symphony orchestras all over the country.


About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management.  Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.  In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites.  For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

Tickets are $32.50 and go on sale March 9th at 10 am at LiveNation.com, lobero.com, the Lobero Box Office or charge by phone 805-963-0761. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin

I Interview Influential Author of ‘The God Virus’

Dr. Darrel Ray Interview- Author of The God Virus

Author Discusses Newest Book and Upcoming Lecture in Santa Barbara 

By David G. McAfee

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                There is a new, controversial, and awe-inspiring book that is taking the country by storm- The God Virus outlines the consequences of certain religious beliefs from the point of view of psychologist, prominent author, and student of religious studies, Dr. Darrel Ray. Ray examines the ‘virus’ of theism and how religions often breed prejudice and harmful superstitions. As a student of Religious Studies myself, I wanted to find out more about this topic; and Dr. Ray agreed to discuss with me his new book, and lecture taking place on March 20, 2010 in the Patio Room of Vista del Monte located at 3775 Modoc Road in beautiful Santa Barbara, California at the request of the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara.  Continue reading