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: National Geographic Live and The Mendel Center announce National Geographic Photographer Vincent J. Musi in Benton Harbor

National Geographic Live and The Mendel Center announce National Geographic Photographer Vincent J. Musi in Benton Harbor
Tickets for “Where the Wild Things Live” are on sale now
 
BENTON HARBOR, MI – National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series that brings to life the awe-inspiring and remarkable stories of National Geographic Explorers, and The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, will present “Where the Wild Things Live” with photographer Vincent J. Musi. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 7 pm. 
For more than 30 years, award-winning National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi has covered diverse assignments – from traveling Route 66 to global warming, life under volcanoes, and Sicilian mummies. But an unusual twist of fate has led him to the highly unpredictable world of animal portraiture. Musi gets up close – almost too close – to his unique subjects, despite the fact that they growl, bark, roar, bite, hiss, claw, poop, and pee on him. 
 
With his trademark witty sense of humor, Musi taps into his inner Dr. Dolittle as he shares stories from his encounters with some extraordinary animals, including a bonobo with a 300-word vocabulary, and a crow that makes and uses tools. He visits some exotic pets, the world's deadliest snakes, rodents of unusual size, and other animals you'd never expect to see in someone's living room. Musi will also present his Year of the Dogs project, a work in progress celebrating the beauty and character of these amazing creatures we welcome into our homes, families, and lives.
 
You will enjoy this offbeat odyssey into the surprising world of animal (as well as human) behavior. Musi’s engaging, one-of-a-kind presentation is part of National Geographic Live’s amazing collection of events happening throughout the United States and abroad. National Geographic’s broad roster of talent, including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, and adventurers, share their behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.
Reserved seating tickets starting at $30 for National Geographic Live: Vincent J. Musi – Where the Wild Things Live are on sale now at www.TheMendelCenter.com, by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and one hour before events.
This event is part of The Mendel Center’s Discovery Series and is funded in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.
For more information on National Geographic Live and other National Geographic events, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/events.


Event:            National Geographic Live: Where the Wild Things Live with Vincent J. Musi, Photographer
When:            Saturday, October 15, 2022, 7 pm
Where:           The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College
                      2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Tickets:          $30 | $35 | $40 | $50
                        Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

 
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The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented Mainstage season performances to more than half a million patrons in the 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre. Grand Upton Hall, first opened in 1979 and fully renovated in 2019, is a 13,700-square-foot venue serving the community as the host site for meetings, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and other celebrations. The 229-seat Hanson Theatre, which was renovated in 2020, is home to the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Departments as well as a variety of Mendel Center and community events.
 
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