An Evening with Dennis McKenna: The Shaman and The Scientist @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans [16 June]

An Evening with Dennis McKenna: The Shaman and The Scientist

19:00 - 04:00

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Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
The evening will consist of documentary screening, as well as, presentations [both personal and scientific] on psychedelics, their therapeutic potential, and the art of storytelling for impact. Following an auditory journey curated by multi-instrumentalist project, Xoobreak, we will transition into a LATE-NIGHT gathering with local DJs, Otto and Tristan Dufrene, and special guest, Halfred (Merkaba Music, Shanti Planti).

Screening Schedule
7:00pm — Doors Open
7:15pm — Screening of the documentary short, «The Shaman and The Scientist»
7:30pm — Dr. Charles Nichols — «The Neuroscience of Psychedelics»
8:00pm — Dr. Dennis McKenna — «Climbing the Vine: 45 Years of Ayahuasca»
8:45pm — Sarah Hutt — «Storytelling for Impact»
9:15pm — Open Q&A forum with Dr. McKenna, Sarah Hutt, and Dr. Nichols
10:15pm — Musical arrangement by Xoobreak

Late-Night Schedule
11:00pm — Otto (Spektrum / Techno Club)
12:30am — Halfred (Merkaba Music / Shanti Planti)
2:30 — Tristan Dufrene (Techno Club)

* Immersive FUNKTION-ONE Sound Experience provided by Soundsystem Cultures LLC
** Digital Visual Mixing by Captain Sasquatch
* Live Painting by Synchroneyes [[Ryan Lavelle]] and more…
** Graffiti Art Showcase by Mr. Balloon Hands
* Complimentary Yerba Mate by Guayaki

ADVANCED TICKETS: $15 for screening OR late-night; $25 for BOTH (+$5 DOS)
*** LIMITED tickets available for screening ***

— The Shaman and The Scientist —
This documentary short explores the topic of traditional plant medicine from two perspectives — that of Don Juan Tangoa Paima, a curandero who works with Ayahuasca medicine in the Peruvian Amazon and through the research of Dr. Dennis McKenna, an American ethnobotanist looking for new plant compounds to treat schizophrenia and dementia. The story takes viewers from jungle to lab asking what is the value of undiscovered knowledge in the world's most biodiverse biomes, and what's at stake if we allow those precious resources to be lost.

— Dennis McKenna, PhD — The professional and personal interests of Dennis McKenna, Ph.D, are centered on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his Doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute and serves on the advisory board of non-profit organizations in the fields of ethnobotany and botanical medicines. At the Heffter Research Institute, he continues his focus on the therapeutic uses of psychoactive medicines derived from nature and used in indigenous ethnomedical practices.
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— Sarah Hutt — Sarah Hutt is an author, director, and documentary producer. Her Emmy-nominated work has appeared on VICELAND, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Wild, MSNBC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and The History Channel, to name a few. Her writing has made the NY Times bestseller list and she is a Publisher's Weekly starred reviewed author of non-fiction books for children and young adults. She is the owner of Cave Productions, a production company that offers content creation and story consulting services.

— Charles Nichols, PhD — Charles Nichols earned his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences at Purdue University in 1989. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997, where he studied visual system development and genetics of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. He then took a position as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Elaine Sanders- Bush, in the Pharmacology Department at Vanderbilt University, where he studied serotonin neuropharmacology. In 2002, he was appointed Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt, and in 2004, he was recruited to the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on the use of both mammalian and Drosophila-based systems to understand serotonergic function in the central nervous system.

— Halfred — Halfred is the culmination of years and years of aural exploration. Originally a drummer, the Italian born sonic warrior found his roots in drumming which led him to music production, along with a degree in electronic music production at SAE, in Milan.
His eclectic approach makes it hard to categorize his music and this is partially due to the fact that his sound breaks the often repetitive mold of psy music, seamlessly taking the forms of dub, hip-hop, drum n bass, garage, and world music and while staying true to his signature sound and focused on the micro details, he’s constantly experimenting with the squishy and granular side of psychedelic mid-tempo, drum n bass, dubstep, psybass and all things psychedelic.
During last years, he collaborated and remixed top notch artists like Desert Dwellers, Whitebear, Tribone, Zebbler Encanti Experience, Tryptich and had releases on labels such as Merkaba Music, Shanti Planti, Outtallectuals, Gravitas Recordings, Wakaan and more, as well as playing in many festivals and clubs in the European and North American scene, such as Modem, Lost Theory, Sonica, Own Spirit, Create Culture, Wormhole Wednesdays.
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