Things to Do, Jan. 17-24, 2020

Garden paradise

Felix Loh, M.S. ’00, will describe the creation and unique features of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore in a free public talk, “Genesis of Gardens by the Bay, A Garden City Story,” Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center.

A botanic garden and cultural attraction covering 250 acres, Gardens by the Bay comprises three distinct spaces: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The Flower Dome in Bay South Garden is the world’s largest glass greenhouse, containing plants and flowers from five continents. The site is also known for its “supertrees,” vertical gardens 25 to 50 meters in height.

Loh, the CEO of Gardens by the Bay, will discuss the attraction’s impact on tourism in Singapore and its role as a center for horticultural collections and education. A reception will follow the talk.

The event is sponsored by the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science and Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Cinema reopens

Cornell Cinema begins its spring season Jan. 22, with the 2019 science-fiction film “Ad Astra,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt as father and son. The film screens Jan. 22 at 6:45 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 9:15 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre.

Also showing: “Mon Oncle,” Jacques Tati’s Academy Award-winning 1958 satire of modern conveniences and consumer society, Jan. 23 at 6:45 p.m.; and “The Lighthouse” (2019), a gothic thriller with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, Jan. 23 and 25.

On Jan. 24, two more features from 2019 – Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of “The Lion King” at 7 p.m., and “Hustlers” with Jennifer Lopez at 9:30 p.m. – are free for Cornell students with ID. The one-time screenings are co-sponsored by the Welcome Weekend Committee.

All-Access Passes can be purchased in advance at or at the box office (single tickets also available) before shows. See a trailer here for upcoming films and special events.

Staff Forum

The Division of Human Resources will host a Staff Forum, Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in G10 Biotechnology.

Open to all Cornell employees, the event will highlight new opportunities and tools for career development, upcoming projects and programs in the works for staff, and a Q&A with staff leadership. The forum will be livestreamed.

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