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Join Academy and Tony award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Brazil) and American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff in an intimate conversation with Exploratorium Executive Associate Director Robert Semper. They'll discuss A.C.T.'s upcoming production of The Hard Problem, Stoppard's provocative new drama of sex, science, and supercomputing.

Bay Area composer and improviser Eric Glick Rieman collaborates with snails, cats, and musicians to embrace a variety of perspectives in his wide-ranging pieces. Glick Rieman is known for his improvisations on the prepared and extended Rhodes electric piano, which he plays with coral, wire brush, bow, and marbles while muting its interior with rubber washers, cloth, and paper.

Neon is normally odorless and colorless, reacting with no one, not even itself. Abundant in the universe, uncommon on Earth, it drifts aloof from any bond. When isolated by Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers inside a vacuum tube in 1898, the noble gas betrayed its excitement in brilliant red. That excitement, glowing within Georges Claude���s ingeniously curved lamps since 1923, has captured our imaginations ever since.

Watch celebrated artist Alexa Meade transform a live model into a seemingly two-dimensional tableau. Reversing the tradition of trompe l���oeil, the Renaissance painting technique in which objects appear real, Alexa Meade painstakingly applies acrylic paint onto actual people and objects, creating illusions of seamless, two-dimensional portraits. Unified by bold brushwork reminiscent of mid-20th-century painting styles, her subjects appear flattened, as if painted on canvas, even when viewed from different angles. Meade���s work invites a deep exploration into the nature of perception, the role of photography in viewing ephemeral artworks, and the sudden intimacy of portraiture.

The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium���s Kanbar Forum to improvise an immersive, otherworldly environment of light in collaboration with acclaimed musicians Julia Holter and Linda Perhacs.

Join us for a moderated discussion with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause. Krause previously collaborated with Richard Blackford to compose a symphony for orchestra and wild soundscapes, which premiered in July 2014. Alonzo King���s groundbreaking choreography manipulates the laws of energy and matter that govern movement in the natural world. Together, these artists are exploring how human music and dance have evolved from the sounds and movements of other living things.

This newly added Resonance event highlights an emerging collaboration between one of ballet���s most visionary choreographers, Alonzo King, and pioneering natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause.

Watch as guests of Exploratorium After Dark collaborate in a hands-on, ears-on exploration of musical cultures from every continent with educator Michael Bradke.

Sound artists Shane A. Myrbeck and Emily Shisko elaborate on their thought process behind their interactive sound installation, Fathom: Self-Assembling Music. This art work was presented in the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum in 2013 and into 2014.

Science of Cocktails at the Exploratorium celebrates the artistry of master mixology shaken with the science behind the craft. TV personality and comedian, Zane Lamprey (Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy), takes an in-depth, hands-on look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails, and engages in an exploration of your favorite libations in ways you've never experienced before.