“Breakfast with Pixar’s ‘Bao’ at the Museum of Science & Industry” by S.M. O’Connor

Did you enjoy Pixar’s short film Bao (2018)?  You can purchase tickets for a private breakfast with producer Becky Nieman-Cobb and director Domee Shi at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.), where they will discuss what inspired them to make Bao, describe how they made it, and answer questions.  “Breakfast and ‘Bao’” is from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  Theaters screened the Pixar 3D computer-animated short film Bao over the summer before The Incredibles 2 (2018).  Ms. Shi is the first woman to direct a short film for Pixar.  Guests will also be able to explore the new exhibit The Science Behind Pixar before the M.S.I. opens for the day.  Unlike the previous night’s event, “MSI After Hours: Get Animated,” which is an adults-only event, this is an all-ages show.

The Science Behind Pixar, a traveling exhibit created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, opened at the M.S.I. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, and will run through Sunday, January 6, 2019 (the Feast of Epiphany).  It showcases the science, technology engineering, and mathematical underpinnings of the animated films produced by the artists and computer technicians at Pixar.

The exhibit The Science Behind Pixar is comprised of over forty interactive elements which are divided into eight sections, each one focusing on one step in the filmmaking process: Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets and Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering.  Each section provides museum visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process. Hands-on activities in the exhibit were inspired by the studio’s productions, from the world’s first 3D computer-animated film, Toy Story (1995) to Inside Out (2015).  Please note this exhibit is spread out over two galleries and it takes about one hour to see everything.  Timed-entry tickets are necessary to explore The Science Behind Pixar and to attend the conversation with Becky Nieman-Cobb and Domee Shi.

Tickets are $30 for children ages three-to-eleven and $45 for adults.  These tickets include the breakfast, all-day Museum Entry (general admission), pre-open entry to The Science Behind Pixar, and on-site parking in the subterranean garage structure.  One can purchase tickets for ‘Breakfast and ‘Bao’” through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-and-bao-tickets-50093721670?aff=msifb.

Need a lift to the event?  “Breakfast and ‘Bao’” guests will get 25% off (up to $5) off Lyft rides to and from the Museum of Science and Industry.  Click here for the promotional code.

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the M.S.I. reverted to regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  On Sunday, September 23, 2018, the M.S.I. will open late, at 11:00 a.m., due to the Half-Marathon street closures, and be open until 5:30 p.m.; on Saturday, October 6, 2018, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and on the weekend of Saturday, November 17, 2018 and Sunday, November 18, 2018, the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Museum of Science and Industry will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22, 2018) and the First Day of Christmas (Tuesday, December 25, 2018).  Extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will be in play again from Friday, November 23, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018; Saturday, December 1, 2018 and Sunday, December 2, 2018; Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018; Saturday, December 15, 2018 and Sunday, December 2016; Saturday, December 22, 2018 and Sunday, December 23, 2018; and Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Sunday, December 30, 2018.  Check this Webpage and the Museum of Science and Industry’s social media for updates.

Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The M.S.I. is open every day of the year with two exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  On most days, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but during peak periods it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

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