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Transcript of Social Science
"After Hours" After Dark Membership
This pass pays for itself in just two visits! It entitles the passholder to free admission to all After Dark events for a year, Express Entry to the events, and a 20% discount in the Exploratorium Store. The After Dark Member Pass is nonrefundable and provides free admission only to the person named on the pass. Please bring a photo I.D. when using it.
In response to feedback from many attendees, beginning Thursday, October 7, only visitors 18 and older will be admitted to After Dark. Thank you for understanding—and for helping make After Dark a success.
Current Exploratorium Members at any level attend After Dark events for free. $15 regular admission
Free for members
Cash bar After Dark features adult-oriented events: Guests must be at least 18 to attend. Separate facebook page A cutting-edge evening series for adults
The first Thursday of every month
6:00–10:00 p.m. Themed: Dec. 2nd: Sugar Join us for a sweet start to the holiday season when After Dark celebrates sugar in all its forms—as fuel for the body, as a medium for artists, and more.
Meet culinary historian Michael Krondl, who will take us on a tour of the history and culture of desserts, both secular and divine. Learn about the patricians of Venice who served French King Henri III a banquet on tablecloths, knives, forks, and even glasses made of sugar. Discover how our taste for sweetness has led to some of humanity’s worst crimes while inspiring some of its most delightful inventions.
Check out some of the cool things people have made out of sugar, too, and how they do it. Meet master chef Alexandre Trouan and watch him blow and pull sugar into fanciful forms. And be sure to check out Cake Vault, an artwork created by Scott Hove using the tools and techniques of confectioners.
Of course, we wouldn’t be the Exploratorium without featuring sugar science. We’ll explore Gymena sylvestre, an herb that blocks sugar receptors; make cotton candy; explore the connection between chemistry and sweeteners; and more.
Not to worry; we won’t leave you sugar-deprived. You’ll find plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, including sugary deliciousness from a sampling of San Francisco’s food carts, including the well-loved Crème Brulèe Cart. Jan. 6th: Chill The holidays are over and there are a million things on your to-do list. Before you get back to the grind, come chill out at the Exploratorium as we explore the science behind relaxing. From meditation to hibernation, the Exploratorium takes you on a journey through the various psychological and physiological ways that plants and animals (including us!) slow down.
Did you know that relaxation practices can reverse heart disease, reduce pain, cut cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress), and enhance the body’s immune system? Or that MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans of meditating monks show that their left prefrontal cortexes—the part of the brain associated with positive emotion—are lit up like pinball machines?
Join us as Dr. Clifford Saron of the Center for the Mind and Brain at UC Davis discusses his cutting-edge research concerning meditation. Meditation can lead to improved attention and emotion regulation, as well as psychological well-being, which can have a host of benefits including greater activity of telomerase—an enzyme important for long-term cellular health.
Also, Mark Lottor, the artist who created the visually stunning Cubatron (shown at last January’s After Dark event), returns with a new piece, DiamondTree. This 20-foot-tall sculpture features vertical strings of lights assembled from small translucent balls, each individually programmed by the artist. DiamondTree offers a mentally stimulating, visually stunning symphony of color. Themed:
NightLife kicks off the new year with a look at the science of sound. Learn about the artistry of sound engineering in the Academy’s own Morrison Planetarium, the largest all-digital dome in the world, with presenters Christopher Hedge of the Magic Shop who composed the soundtrack for Life, the Academy's new planetarium show, and Stan Shaff, who is the composer for Audium, San Francisco’s one-of-a-kind “sound sculpture” theater. We’ll have great music throughout the building: Future Universal will be DJing and we’ll have live music (bands TBD). January 13 - The Science of Sound NightLife heats up (and cools down) this week with art and performances inspired by fire and ice. Music by Live 105’s very own Aaron Axelsen. January 20 - Fire & Ice NightLife January 27 - The Art of Science The scientific world is ripe with inspiration for artists and other creative types. This week, NightLife explores the intersection of art and science with live painting, caricature artists, and scientific illustrators. DJ sets by Marco de la Vega.
Thursdays, from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9:00 pm. 21+ with Valid ID. Separate facebook page Want an entirely different NightLife experience? Join us on our NightLife VIP Tour. Tickets include admission to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour with a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection and interaction with Academy researchers in the lab, express entry into the building, an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour, VIP access to the Rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 Planetarium show.
$59.00/person – limited tickets available each week
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (building closes at 10:00 pm)
For more information, please click here. NightLife VIP Tour NightLife Private Lounge Looking for a great space to celebrate landing that big account, throw a birthday party, or just gather with all your old friends, all while enjoying San Francisco’s most exciting Thursday night event? Rent out the NightLife Private Lounge. You’ll get early access to a premium private room with catering and bar service and access to our Thursday NightLife event. For more booking information contact Dan Kalin at (415) 379-5837 or email@example.com. Monthly Weekly Treat yourself to childfree, brain-building science fun at OMSI After Dark! Check out live demos, a planetarium show, Science On a Sphere, SAMSON the T. rex, new featured exhibitions, and old favorites. Sample tasty snacks and sweets along with beer, wine, and craft soda, and talk to regional food and beverage artisans about the science behind them. The OMSI Market Cafe will be open with a special dinner menu and cash bars will also be available for those who want more than just a taste! It's geeks gone wild! (21-and-over only.) $10 for nonmembers
FREE to OMSI members
No reservations required
Beer and wine available for purchase at one of three cash-only bars open 6:00-9:00 p.m. throughout the museum. For those who don't have cash, the OMSI Cafè accepts Visa or Mastercard. No Theme: No separate facebook page Once a month, the entire Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. Since its inception in 2004, First Fridays has been has been an immersive program designed for audiences of all ages, bringing together a dynamic discussion with scientists on the cutting edge of their fields and musical performances by fresh and innovative artists. In recent years the program has been hailed as Los Angeles’ “Best Intellectual Event in Disguise” (L.A. Downtown News, 2008) and “Best Museum Party Night” (Los Angeles magazine, 2009). First Fridays welcomes its audience back to the Museum they loved as kids, putting a new and exciting spin on an old favorite. Tour and Discussion (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm) Performances (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm) DJs (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm) EXAMPLE: Tour (5:30 pm): “A Brief Look at our Solar System” Tour with Alyssa Morgan, Collections Manager of Mineral Sciences EXAMPLE: Discussion (6:30 pm): “Now Introducing: The Massive Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy” with Dr. Andrea Ghez
More than a quarter century ago, it was suggested that galaxies such as our own Milky Way may harbor massive, though possibly dormant, central black holes. Definitive proof, for or against, the existence of a massive central black hole lies in the assessment of the distribution of matter in the center of the Galaxy. The motion of the stars in the vicinity of a black hole offers a way to determine this distribution. Based on 10 years of high resolution imaging, Dr. Ghez's team has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center from a possibility to a certainty. This not only provided us with the best evidence yet that these exotic objects really do exist, but it also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to study what role this black hole has played on the formation and evolution of our Galaxy First Fridays Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Performances in the diorama hall with Peanut Butter Wolf and Neon Indian
Since founding Stones Throw Records in 1996, San Jose-native Chris Manak (aka Peanut Butter Wolf) has found recognition as a producer with a willness to experiment and the confidence to provide Stones Throw’s artists with musical carte blanche. He has overseen the releases of Lootpack’s Soundpieces, Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Breakestra’s Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet’s Angles Without Edges, Madlib’s Shades of Blue, and Jaylib’s Champion Sound. In recent years PB Wolf has strayed from producing to perform as a DJ internationally.
Spin Magazine hailed Neon Indian as one of the best peformers of SXSW this year, describing the Texas-based group's sound as "rinky-dink synth pop that built a pastel pleasuredome out of squiggly synth lines, chintzy keyboard, brittle guitar, and a charmingly stiff beat." Very Hip Indie Music Resident DJ, Them Jeans (a.k.a. Jason Stewart) and special guest Classixx
With musical tastes spanning from hardcore punk to dancefloor-friendly hip-hop, post-rock to ambient electronic, Them Jeans never fails to deliver a set with the perfect mood for the gathering. Them Jeans is joined in the DJ lounge this month Classixx, a Los Angeles-based duo who recently performed at Coachella Music Festival. Science Tie-In Resident DJ and New DJ Monthly No separate facebook page *Live Webcast* No Theme or Math Core Prototypes installed Feb 2011, then removed (when ?) for remediation. Full finished exhibit opens in same space Jan 2012 Contact: J Newlin Wonder Years King Tut Creatures of the Nile. . .? Large Open Space Mariocart What will pricing be? Relax with friends to the sounds of live jazz and world music in the spectacular surroundings of the Museum’s Central Hall. The Blue Bar serves champagne, cocktails, wines and tapas-style food. The Red Bar serves champagne, wine, beer and light bites. It's free to attend the After hours evenings although you need to buy tickets for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. To avoid disappointment please book your tickets in advance. Previous look: Experience London's most unique Friday night out.
Open until 22.30 on the last Friday of every month. Ties a large space together
Gives people a new reason to come back each time Theming "Light" Ideas: Mixologist: Create a themed drink for each event Science Live Theater: Much like Titanic, having exhibit facilitators Takeaways What we have on the docket for now Wednesdays But three concepts that change every time Mummies. . .
Or? Bare bones or maximalist Monthly Weekly Split pretty evenly across institutions Some cool ideas: After Dark Membership Exploratorium Social Science Pass? VIP Tour Nightlife VIP Lounge Nightlife Because the collections tours can only accomodate maybe 40 people an evening, there's the possibility of making it a VIP affair. Maybe on the fourth go-round
Could maybe use spaces like Discovery Hall
A prepayed catered event? Live webcast/podcast If cool music is available No separate facebook page Music 1. 2. Two museums have resident DJs NHM of LA also has a seperate event: B-Movies and Bad Science: Just when you thought things couldn’t get scarier, the Natural History Museum of L.A. County has dredged up a banner summer lineup of laughably bad horror movies meshed with light lectures on bad science for outdoor free fun on its south lawn and at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
The horrifically bad but horribly funny sci-fi flicks and horror film screenings start Saturday June 26 with the movie Encino Man (1992) and end Sunday, August 29 with Caveman (1981).
Each movie is introduced by museum experts who try to find common ground between real science and reel science. Plus, a spotlighted specimen from the Natural History Museum’s collection of B-movie memorabilia such as lobby cards, posters and movie props will be on display.
Science talks at 7:30PM, film showings at 8PM. Bring a picnic and requisite blanket; alcohol is permitted if you’re age 21+. No dogs allowed. B-Movies and Bad Science Incorporating the science into the fun. . .
Could be an extension of the Auditorium programming, or eventually
Celebration Field? Might be easier- wouldn't have to train in new DJs every week.
Having a resident DJ doesn't meant that we can't also bring in other NEW music
Gives people a staple item associated with event. Cicus Jeuventas Things to think about for the future. Very Hip Music The pressure of being cool Booking our own bands Getting a Booking Agent Letting a Radio Partner take this on for us Like Mister Chan Presents.
Can take over the complexities of being hip as well as determining the appropraite ticketing price.
Drawbacks: Middleman is on them Seems like the best idea, because then The problem. . . 2. Science of Circus Weeknight problem Theming NHM of Los Angeles County NHM of Los Angeles County What we're dealing with:
Giving people a reason to cross the river Want to draw in the St Paul crowd as well as pull Minneapolis people (those who would go to Walker After Hours) Promotions: Make a Night of It Dinner The Liffy Eagle Street Grill Saint Paul Hotel Lancer? 3. TedX Happening the next go-round when Discovery Hall is free Sampling Tables Community Based Science Organizations Bob? Blue Nile Martini anyone? Archaeological/Egyptian themed exhibit guides, like those used in Titanic Community Based Science Organizations Creatures of the Nile Crocodiles
Snakes Questions: Start with a Splash or Slow Build? Kick off event? Sampling tables - who should we approach? Theming If there's no additional marketing, are we okay with light theming? Omnitheater TedX The Current Other than Crave. . . OMSI seems to work this way. Music