With the recent news that a living giant squid has been captured on film by a Japanese research team, your nightmares should be booked up until spring. As National Geographic’s deep-sea explorer-in-residence, Robert Ballard has no doubt come eyeball-to-eyeball with his share of magnificent creatures and treasures. He’s responsible for discovering the wreckage of the German battleship Bismarck and a little luxury liner known as the Titanic, among other shipwrecks. Most recently, he and his team revealed they found relics of an ancient civilization below the Black Sea, the shoreline of which was flooded some 7,000 years ago, which may point to evidence of Noah’s Ark — or at least a flood of Biblical proportions. Ballard was even given a little pop-culture shout-out on a 2011 episode of 30 Rock. He’ll be hitting the Winspear Opera House (2403 Flora St.) to share his knowledge, stories and what a future with giant squid overlords might look like.
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013