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Exploratorium After Dark: Red - July 2011

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May 09, 2011

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Exploratorium After Dark: Red - July 2011

Exploratorium After Dark: Red
Thursday, July 7, 2011
6-10 pm

Pay homage to the color of passion and pageantry at the Exploratorium After Dark: Red. On Thursday, July 7, from 6 to 10 pm, explore color chemistry, discover surprising uses for insects and vibrant vegetables, and get a crash-course in making your own paints.

After Dark is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium. Or, you can become a member and attend the next twelve After Dark events for $30. To sign up for the Exploratorium’s After Dark email list and receive once-a-month event details, contact afterdark@exploratorium.edu.

After Dark: Red will also feature renowned Oaxacan artists who will demonstrate how the unassuming cochineal insect plays a critical role in the production of elegant crimson textiles. Elena Gonzalez Ruiz, Fidel Cruz, and Maria Luisa Mendoza will make dye and spin wool, weaving yarn into rugs.

Guests to After Dark: Red will be treated with a live performance by Theatre Flamenco – www.theatreflamenco.org - featuring dancers, guitarist and a flamenco music singer.

Learn the secret to making paints from scratch from Alex Warren, artist and founder of Sinopia Pigments and Materials.  Staff scientist Dr. Isabel Hawkins will explain the significance of scarlet in Mayan astronomy.

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?

For more information on the Colorfest schedule of events, buy tickets, shop for a rainbow of color-making items - or just learn more about the spectrum and physics of color perception, visit the Colorfest web site at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/colorfest

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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