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Bee-a-Thon raises awareness of insect’s importance

Bee-a-Thon 3, a free multimedia event, will take Davis residents on a deep dive into the microcosm and the symphony of pollination.

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, from noon to midnight, E. Emmet Brady will host a variety of guest experts and entertainers as they open the window to the world of bees and other pollinators. Broadcast on cable TV, FM radio, online and live remote, Bee-a-Thon 3 will be a collaboration of bee experts in science, activism, conservation, music, arts and education.

A party from 7 to 10 p.m., with music provided by Eminent Bee and others, will take place at Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth St. Admission is free, but guests must come adorned as an insect or a flower. For more information and to see the guest line-up, visit www.insectnewsnetwork.com.

Brady is a cultural entomologist and host of the Insect News Network multimedia and radio program. He will host the program in five different venues and will explain in detail images and videos of the most remarkable creatures on the planet.

The schedule includes a pollination fundraising luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St.; fruit presentations from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.; a live broadcast from 2 to 4 p.m. on Davis Community Television public access Channel 15; a radio/video feed from KDRT, 95.7 FM, from 4 to 6 p.m.; the party from 7 to 10 p.m.; and a wind-down event from 10 p.m. to midnight at deVere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St.

From 2 to 6 p.m., Davis Media Access will have a special TV viewing room so guests can watch the broadcast and the production taking place.

“This art-science event is designedto ignite a community about the full story about honeybees and other pollinators — not just the science, but the art, the anthropology, the technology and design, the pop culture,” Brady said in a news release.

“The interdependence we have with insects — especially bees — is profound and complex and most people are only discussing half the story. The key word is biocomplexity — how human behavior fits into the global ecology. It’s also about how insects inspire and amaze our society. That will all be covered on the show.”

The Bee-a-Thon is timely, Brady added, with Time magazine focusing on what it calls a “beepocalpyse” in its cover story this week.

Brady has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hiram College and is a certified biologist at the design table, with an emphasis on invertebrate zoology and cultural entomology. He is completing a book, “The Insect Tribe: Who? What? Why?” He may be reached at [email protected].

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