Thursday, December 7, 2017

OMSI Science Pub


5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. presentation

$5 suggested donation

All ages welcome

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Meteorites: Misconceptions, Reality, and Their Value
With Alex Ruzicka, PhD, Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State Univeristy and Director of the Cascadia Meteorite Lab



Meteorites that start houses on fire. That were seen to come down off towards the horizon, and then picked up by their observers. That can be reliably identified as extraterrestrial rocks by magnetic tests. That were treasured by ancients. That are rare. That are worth so much, one can sell them to get rich and comfortably retire, and live a life of luxury. That are worth so much, one can make a living off them. That provide our best information about how planets and solar systems were put together. That may give humanity important clues to preserve our civilization.

Some of these statements are misconceptions, others represent reality, and some are partly true, partly not true. But which is which? And what are the shades of grey? And how valuable are meteorites, really? What can we learn from them? This talk by Alex Ruzicka will expose misconceptions and tell you what you really need to know about meteorites, those rocks from space that did not originate on the planet(s) on which they are found.

Alex Ruzicka is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University, and the Director of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, which houses the largest public collection of meteorites in the Northwest. He has studied meteorites for roughly 35 years, obtaining an M.S. (S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook) and Ph.D. (University of Arizona) on the subject, and plans additional work in the years ahead. He is a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, the international group of scientists and meteorite enthusiasts, and also serves as an Associate Editor of Meteoritics & Planetary Science, the flagship journal of the Society. He is a current and former NASA Principal Investigator on various meteorite research and public outreach projects.

OMSI Science Pub

OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientifict background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:

Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.




About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

Food and Drinks at the Mission
We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

Online Ticket Questions

If you purchased a ticket accidentally, for the wrong show or theater, or need a refund for any other reason, please call us at (503) 223-4527 for assistance.


Menu  Dietary Restrictions  Catering

We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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The Mission Theater (ca. 1912) offers historic splendor in the heart of Northwest Portland. The preserved balcony, ornate finishes, woodwork, high ceilings and grand stage all make for a magnificent and memorable wedding venue. Our catering, staff, and sweeping area for a dance floor add the desirable detail to your big day.

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