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December 4 – Lab and Lunch: Changing Plankton of San Francisco Bay
December 4 – Conversations about Landscape: Saltscapes
December 5 – After Dark: Glow
December 11 – Off the Screen with San Francisco Cinematheque
December 12 – Resonance: Angel City with Roscoe Mitchell
December 22 and 26 – Full-Spectrum Science: Heat and Temperature
December 25 – Exploratorium Closed on Wednesday, December 25
December 30 – Exploratorium Open Monday, December 30th, 2013
Lab and Lunch: The Changing Plankton of San Francisco Bay
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory Gallery, get a free* catered lunch, and learn about plankton in San Francisco Bay from biological oceanographer Tara Schraga of the U.S. Geologic Survey.
*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP by calling 415-528-4646. A limited number of lunches are available.
Conversations about Landscape: Saltscapes
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
More than 15,000 acres of commercial salt ponds on South San Francisco Bay are today being converted back into tidal marshes and mudflats. Join us for two unique perspectives on this landscape in transition. Restoration ecologist John Bourgeois will discuss the science and politics behind the massive South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. And Cris Benton will present his starkly beautiful aerial photographs of the ponds and their other-worldly environs, taken using cameras mounted to radio-controlled kites. Sponsored by Heyday.
After Dark: Glow
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Keep the season’s early darkness at bay with light, color, and warmth. Explore bioluminescence, fluorescent and phosphorescent artwork and activities, and more.
Off the Screen with San Francisco Cinematheque: Teeming and Tenuous/Fleeting and Alive
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrated for his innovative projection performance, Alex MacKenzie travels from British Columbia to present a trio of fantastical multi-screen cinematic works.
Resonance: Angel City
December 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Join musician, composer, and jazz innovator Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, as he performs "Angel City" with James Fei on woodwinds and William Winant on percussion.
Full Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Science of Heat and Temperature
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
What's the difference between heat and temperature? We use the terms interchangeably, but they have precise meanings to physicists. How does your thermostat work and how does a Thermos® know to keep a hot thing hot and a cold thing cold? The mysteries will be revealed in this talk.
Exploratorium Closed on Christmas Day
The Exploratorium will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.
Exploratorium Open on Monday, December 30, 2013
The Exploratorium will be open to the public on Monday, December 30, 2013.