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Start: 7:30 pm
Credit: Chris Hardy Photograpy   PREMIER EVENT: Mary Roach Monday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal   Join us for for delicious wine and cheese as "America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) Mary Roach takes us on an adventure-filled trip down the alimentary canal. Roach begins her odyssey at the tongue and the complicated interplay of taste and smell. Ever wondered why it is so difficult to describe a smell the same way as, say, a color? When we smell something, there is nothing to see and therefore no reinforcement. Taste, however, is a different story. Anyone who has ever been to a wine tasting will appreciate Roach's dismay as she fails to detect the subtleties of almond, artichoke or Band-Aid at a tryout for an olive oil tasting panel. In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists, rabbis and terrorists who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets Online or by calling 800-838-3006
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