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Exploratorium's After Dark: Glow - December 1, 2011

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Exploratorium's After Dark: Glow - December 1, 2011

Exploratorium’s After Dark: Glow
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6pm - 10 pm

Keep the early dark of this fall/winter season at bay with light, color and warmth, courtesy of the Exploratorium.  On Thursday, December 1, —from 6 to 10 pm — come immerse yourself  in After Dark: Glow!

This After Dark event marks the return of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor.  Cubatron is a visually stunning 3D light sculpture that consists of 8' x 8' modular cubes, each containing over 1000 individually-programmed RGB LED lights. Viewed from any angle, including from below (by lying underneath it), the Cubatron paints the air with cascading colors in dynamic patterns.  Also on hand will be artist Michael Brown's Playaflies bicycles, which are covered in LEDS, and resemble human-powered fireflies as they ride about the museum floor.  After Dark: Glow is for adults 18 years and older and is included with museum admission.

After Dark: Glow will also feature other things that glow in the dark - from a talk on phosphorescent minerals and rocks, to the amazing blue light of a Sea Sparkle, (Noctiluca scintillans) a bio-luminescent marine-dwelling creature.  See a demonstration on how glow sticks are made, and print up a tee-shirt with glowing ink, and hear staff scientists tell you about things that glow in your own home.   In the Mind Cinema, you can watch Carson Davidson's short film "100 Watts, 120 Volts" (1977, 10 min. 16mm), on the  mechanized production of Duro-Test light bulbs, as they appear to dance to the tune of a Brandenburg composition.

After Dark is an adult evening program at the Exploratorium on the first Thursday of every month that 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 sign up for the Exploratorium’s After Dark email list and receive once-a-month event details, contact afterdark@exploratorium.edu

To view images of past After Dark events, or learn more about upcoming programs, visit our After Dark web site:  www.exploratorium.edu/afterdark/

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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