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After Dark: Heartworks - February 2, 2012

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After Dark: Heartworks - February 2, 2012

After Dark: Heartworks
February 2, 2012
6 pm - 10 pm

What are the limits of your heart? Come find out at the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Heartworks on Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Take the chance to see Michael Sturtz’s Daluvmacheen, a giant man-made metal heart powered with a washing machine mechanism. Then play Rube Goldberg by helping create a series of chain reaction machines – and witness them in action! The evening will also feature film screenings, presentations on emotions and much more.  From love, passion, anxiety to grief – it's the perfect time to see what emotion drives you!

What do you “heart”? Find out when you help build a chain reaction of handmade “love machines” – kinetic expressions of love in all its guises.  Bring in a meaningful object, or choose from among evocative materials we’ll have on hand, to create a mechanical metaphor for love, desire, envy – whatever emotion inspires you. Collaborate with neighboring tinkerers to connect your machines, and then later in the evening watch as we set them off – a chain reaction series representing a myriad of emotions! Whether you feel love one minute or lust the next, we’ll explore complex mechanisms that demonstrate the range.  The only question is, what machine are you going to gravitate towards?

Michael Sturtz, creator of Daluvmacheen, and a fixture of the Bay Area arts community, has worked as a sculptor, teacher and facilitator since the early 1990’s. He’ll be on hand to present his artworks at After Dark: Heartworks. As the founder of The Crucible, a nonprofit industrial arts education facility located in Oakland, he’s known for bringing imaginative visions to reality.

After Dark is held at the Exploratorium on the first Thursday of every month. It mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Each night showcases a different theme, which may include live performances, films  and new media, and may 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, Exploratorium 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?

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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