Dropping Mad Science: Evolution Gets the Rap Treatment

July 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

Baba Brinkman performing "The Rap Guide To Evolution." Photo courtesy of Yuval Binur.

Where: Soho Playhouse
Opening: June 17, 2011
Closing: September 2, 2011
Price: $55-$75

Interested in hip-hop? How about biology?

Ostensibly, these subjects have little in common — but performer Baba Brinkman disagrees.

In a show called “The Rap Guide to Evolution,” Brinkman showcases both his rhyming talents and vast knowledge of Darwinian evolutionary biology. The performer, who hails from Vancouver, Canada raps about topics like sexual selection, survival of the fittest and altruism in a style that is totally digestible by the scientific layperson.

“I started rapping about evolution because of a request from a scientist, Mark Pallen, who was organizing a celebration for Charles Darwin’s 200 birthday, and asked if he could hire me to create some Darwin-themed entertainment for his event,” Brinkman said in an interview.

“I was already interested in evolutionary theory when this request came through, so I saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about something I was curious about and help to clear up some of the myths and misconceptions that seem to follow Darwin and his theories.”

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