Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


Tuesday, February 20th at 7pm 

Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species

Are we cannibals? How did we become meat eaters? Who were our first Hominin ancestors? Why is childbirth so dangerous for mothers? Is altruism written in our DNA? Are humans still evolving?
Such questions get at the heart of what it means to be human. To answer them, one must open a dialogue between modern humankind and the world of our ancestors. At this special bonus Science on Tap, Sang-Hee Lee, PhD, Korea’s first paleoanthropologist and a professor at the University of California—Riverside, will talk about her new book Close Encounters with Humankind that asks fundamental questions about evolution and the human experience. The stories illuminate a core truth about the human race: that our journey is not a straight line but rather a curvy, winding river. Whether discussing the mysteries of the Denisovans, early hominins from Asia and Siberian Russia, or the fossil evidence of monster-sized apes, Sang-Hang Lee invites the reader to join her on a spirited journey, tracking the often strange and always fascinating origins of humanity.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.


Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm

How Does That Make You Feel? The Science of Human Emotions

Emotions are an intimate, inescapable part of our daily lives and yet they can often seem confusing or mysterious. Across history, religious leaders, philosophers, and scientists of the human mind have depicted emotions as unpredictable, dangerous, to be avoided or at least controlled. But does human emotion really deserve such a bad rap?
Dr. Sara Waters, assistant professor of human development at Washington State University Vancouver will explore the science of what our emotions really are, where they come from, and whether they are truly a help or a hindrance. She will talk about how we can manage our own emotional experiences and the importance of emotions in social interactions and close relationships.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.

Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm

The Mystique of Terroir: Geology and Wine

Definition: the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.
The Willamette Valley has a certain je ne sais quoi, no? What special quality of the region’s terroir yields such exceptional wines? How do the soil, climate, and conditions lend themselves to lovely Pinot Noirs, but not Cabernets or Merlots? How does the region’s geologic past affect where and how to grow grapes? How do Washington and Oregon compare to other wine-growing regions in the United States and other countries around the world? Join us as Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at PSU, and wine enthusiast, tells us about all this and more about what makes a vineyard successful.
This event is in collaboration with the showing of the film Back to Burgundy at the Kiggins Theatre staring on April 13. Buy your movie tickets at Science on Tap or show your SoT ticket at the box office and pay just $7!
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office.


Wednesday, 03/14/18 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 04/11/18 7:00 PM
When: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 Advance tickets
$10.00* suggested cover at the door
Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
For more info: visit  VIA Productions.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.