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After Dark: Rock, Paper, Scissors - January 5, 2012

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After Dark: Rock, Paper, Scissors - January 5, 2012

After Dark: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Thursday, January 5, 2012

6 pm - 10 pm

Scissors cut paper, rock bashes scissors, yet paper triumphs over rock.  Who came up with this strange decision-making game that we love to play?  Come to the Exploratorium’s  After Dark: Rock, Paper, Scissors where you can take part in a real "RPS" tournament, discover some other hand games from around the world – all while exploring the museum after hours. The evening will also feature film screenings and explorations into the materiality of rocks, metal and paper – as well as demonstrations on paper arts.

Known as Jan-ken-pon in Japan or Roshambo in the U.S., variants of this deceptively simple game have been played for centuries around the world. Get a feel for advanced “RPS” strategies, and then test your skills in our own Rock Paper Scissors tournament! At this After Dark you can also celebrate the materiality of real rocks, paper and scissors through related films, artworks and hands-on activities. Learn amazing things about sediment and sand, and check out how x-ray radiation - used to excite copper, calcium as well as other elemental atoms embedded in dinosaur fossils - can be analyzed to reveal the skin and feather details of dinosaurs.

Did you know that the male Side Botched lizard engages in a ritual not unlike Rock, Paper, Scissors when vying for a mate? Come hear biologist Barry Sinervo talk about why these animals are being studied by evolutionary biologists.  You can also take part in a collaborative Sumi ink drawing, see work by paper artists, then pick up a pair of scissors and create your own art. And, while you are here, why not get a free haircut? Let a professional stylist from San Francisco's Public Barber Salon give you a new 'do!  The evening will also include a screening of "Fast Film" (2003), an animated romance tale by Virgil Widrich, who created it using 65,000 individual images cut or torn from 300 Hollywood films (silent to present-day).

After Dark 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? After Dark is for adults 18 years and older and is included with museum admission.

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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