The Beaker & Brush series (a collaboration among the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and Amsterdam Bar & Hall) consists of a monthly conversation about the intersection between science and art. Tonight’s discussion is about the honey bee and the important ways this creature influences the environment.

Two local bee experts lead this edition of Beaker & Brush. Marla Spivak, Ph.D., a distinguished McKnight University professor, and MacArthur fellow, has conducted extensive research on bees. She focuses on protecting bee populations from disease and educating individuals about the social behaviors and patterns of the honey bee. Joining Spivak is Susan Brown, aka “Mademoiselle Miel,” a former pastry chef who now serves up tasty honey bon-bons. Brown, an award-winning “honey artist,” also serves on the board of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association. To sweeten the deal, there will be samples of honey available for tasting, so stop by Amsterdam and soak up all the bee knowledge (and free honey) you can. 6:30 p.m. Free. —RO

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990,