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#073--February 9, 2000; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Cosmic Cabaret returns to San Francisco State Planetarium

Physics Chanteuse performs out-of-this-world hits from her new CD

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif---She's a button-down physics professor by day, but bring on the night and Lynda Williams makes a big bang as the Physics Chanteuse, blending science, song, high-tech staging and stellar costuming in her campy musical revue, Cosmic Cabaret.

While her annual performances under the stars at the San Francisco State University Planetarium are always a hit, this year's shows, scheduled for March 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., offer a bonus: She's celebrating the release of Cosmic Cabaret-an interactive music CD produced by Science Entertainment featuring Williams' greatest original hits and a dozen short movies, photos, video clips and more. After the show, the SFSU observatory will be open for celestial viewing, weather permitting.

A former go-go dancer, the cosmic siren's lively grooves and witty lyrics prompted People Magazine to write, "Williams puts the fizz back in physics," and the predominantly male-targeted magazine Popular Mechanics reviews her new CD in its upcoming March issue.

Williams performs original songs that elucidate the wonders of the universe, from the Big Bang to DNA, but also sets old standards to new lyrics: "Carbon is a Girl's Best Friend," sung to a tune made famous by Marilyn Monroe, and "Hi Tek Girl," sung to Madonna's "Material Girl," are a few favorites.

She teaches physics and astronomy at SFSU and at the San Francisco High School for the Arts, and produces and performs original science media and musicals for both scientists and the general public. She has sung the praises of science on shows such as Good Morning America, Evening Magazine and The Osgood Files, and, in turn, been praised by The New York Times, the L.A. Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and others for making science fun and accessible to a wide audience.


Cosmic Cabaret begins at 8 p.m. and runs 90 minutes. A $10 donation buys a seat and benefits the SFSU Planetarium Production facility, while a $15 donation also garners a CD. Seats are limited and can be reserved by calling 415/576-0555. Directions to the planetarium can be found online at

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