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After Dark: Blue - August 2011

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2011

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After Dark: Blue - August 2011

Exploratorium After Dark: Blue
Thursday, August 4, 2011
6-10 pm

Join the Exploratorium on Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 10 pm, for After Dark: Blue. Part of the ColorFest celebration, this After Dark will explore the many manifestations of blue: from blue skies to the creation of indigo dye, the physics of  underwater vision – and live blues music!

Delve into the cool sound of blue with performances by saxophone player Bobby “Spider” Webb, Grammy-nominated performer Lady Bianca, and vocalist/guitarist Clarence “Fillmore Slim” Sims.   This evening’s performance will also be broadcast live by San Francisco’s own KPOO 89.5 FM radio station.

Aside from listening to great music, visitors will be able to dive into the color of cool with with explorations of indigo, underwater vision, and color photography.

Also, throughout the night: artist Christina Conklin will share indigo dyeing techniques while artist Alex Warren reveals secrets to making paints such as the rare Fra Angelico blue. Chief de Young museum curator Julian Cox tours 150 years of color photography. Biologists Ned McAllister and Karen Kalumuck discuss blues in nature, and blues documentaries set the mood for tonight’s performances.

This After Dark event is presented as part of ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza featuring over 30 color-related exhibits, film programs, adult seminars, performances, and hands-on activities. For information on other ColorFest happenings, visit http://press.exploratorium.edu/colorfest-press-kit/.

After Dark, an adult evening program on the first Thursday of every month, mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Each night showcases a different theme, which might include live performances, films and new media, or feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected extravaganzas. Programs are playful, unique and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest—from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in the city. Where else can you find music, a cash bar and an intellectually stimulating playground for adults—all with free parking?

To read about past After Dark events and see video clips - or to check out upcoming After Dark event info - go to:

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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