Guests arriving at the California Academy of Sciences' Big Bang Gala were greeted by human 'butterflies' swooping and flitting about, their shimmering wings competing with patrons' dresses for color and contrast.
Much of the evening's success is due to Wilma Bonet's performance as Vieja. Short, squat, and filled with foreboding, the emotional and dramatic power of Bonet's nurse make the self-satisfied machismo of Creon and Jason seem downright puny.
A new exhibit, "Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Plane," opened at the California Academy of Sciences last weekend to help visitors understand the "why?" and "wow" of plate tectonics and to let them experience the "what the --?" of seismic activity.