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After Dark: Vinyl - March 1, 2012

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January 20, 2012

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After Dark: Vinyl - March 1, 2012

After Dark: Vinyl
Thursday - March 1, 2012
6 pm - 10 pm

What happened to your stacks of wax?  From handmade record players to DJs scratching new sounds, on Thursday, March 1, 2012, from 6 to 10 pm, you can come and explore unique uses of this old-school material. Learn how experimental physicist Carl Haber recovers the lost sounds of records made from wax, shellac, and other fragile materials. Hear DJ Apollo talk about the culture and artistic importance of the DJ, his own career path and the new technology of Serato vs. vinyl.  Film editor and pioneering sound designer Walter Murch will explain how sound was synchronized in the earliest sound and motion pictures. Explore original instruments made by Bay Area artists Walter Kitundu and Sung Kim, and take part in Hiss Pop (a project designed by Sara Thacher and Ken Eklund, and implemented by Onomy Labs), an interactive adventure set in the days when vinyl was king and the corner record store beckoned as a musical Shangri-La.

After Dark is for adults 18 years and older, and is included with the general admission cost. These adult-only evening events are 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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