Lectures & Lasers

Friday, April 19

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Get lit with lasers!

Want to impress your friends with your expansive knowledge of science and culture? Looking for a new date night activity? Just want to kick back and watch a laser show?

Every month we’ll be joined by scientists, experts, writers, and entertainers to delve into a new topic from rocket launches to cannabis to pop astrology and everything in between. Grab a beer and head into our Planetarium for a unique talk followed by not one, but TWO laser light shows. Bring your friends, bring your lovers, bring your parents! Ages 21+

Laser shows featuring music from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and more will rotate each month. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.



7-8pm: The Neuroscience of Cannabis

8:15p-9pm: Pink Floyd’s The Wall Laser Show

9:15-10pm: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show


The Neuroscience of Cannabis



David Presti

University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


About David:

I am a neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, where I have taught since 1991.  Between 1990 and 2000, I also worked as a clinical psychologist in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.  I have doctorates in molecular biology/biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. Since 2004, I have been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monks and nuns in India (and most recently, Bhutan and Nepal), part of a contemporary dialogue between science and spirituality initiated by the Dalai Lama. My areas of expertise include human neurobiology and neurochemistry, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the clinical treatment of addiction, and the scientific study of mind and consciousness.