september 24
Howdy, Martians! Now that compelling evidence suggests life on Mars, what on earth should we do next? Norman R. Haynes, of the Mars Exploration Directorate at Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Labs, discusses past and proposed exploration of the red planet in the lecture "Future Exploration of Mars." The Mars Global Surveyor, a long-term robotic exploration program from NASA, will go into orbit a year from now, scanning the planet's surface; the Mars Pathfinder will explore and create images of the planet's surface and monitor the weather. Sci-fi writers, boot up your laptops. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park. Admission is free-$7; call 750-7145.

Fishing for Soul De La Soul's not dead; they're alive and well and sending out a sweet-tart, hip-hop groove through mellifluous bass lines on new release Stakes Is High. The threesome meets up with Fishbone, whose soulful and inventive funkified rock past has come sliding into a harder-edged present. Goodie Mob warms up; doors open at 8 p.m. at the Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison, S.F. Admission is $16-18; call 974-0634.

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