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After Dark: Hatch

A single white egg on a plain background.
After Dark: Hatch

Get ready for an egg-cellent evening at the Exploratorium! Join our Explainers to create the best vessel for your eggs at the egg drop challenge. Take a look at chicken embryos at different stages of development under a microscope. And don’t miss out on Pairings: Eggs, a tasting event exclusive for After Dark members where you’ll learn how to level up your egg preparation skills, guided by Exploratorium scientist Julie Yu, PhD and chef Loretta Keller.

Pairings: Eggs
6:30 and 8:00 PM
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
With Julie Yu, PhD, Chef Loretta Keller, and Clay Reynolds

From breakfast, dinner, to dessert, eggs play a big role in our everyday meals. Step into the world of this amazing single cell, guided by Exploratorium scientist Julie Yu, PhD and Clay Reynolds and Chef Loretta Keller from Seaglass Restaurant. Learn how to use the anatomy of eggs for your success in the kitchen, and enjoy an egg-related cocktail with a recipe you can take home.

Eggs is part of our Pairings event series at After Dark. For exclusive access to this and more tastings, become an After Dark member.

From Cell to Chick
7:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With Anand Varma

A fertilized chicken egg takes 21 days to grow before hatching. But what happens inside the shell that whole time? National Geographic Explorer and award-winning photographer Anand Varma set out to create an unprecedented time lapse capture of the growth of a chicken from start to finish. Learn about his meticulous process of trial and error in photographing this miraculous process and see the full result of his creative endeavor inspired in part by our chicken embryo exhibit.

From the secret life cycle of the honeybee to the lightning-fast behavior of hummingbirds, Anand Varma’s photography highlights creatures whose incredible details typically go unseen, and discovers new stories behind the science along the way. His images slow down the fast, speed up the slow, and magnify the miniature to reveal life at the edge of our perception. He is a National Geographic Explorer and award-winning photographer based in Berkeley, California.

Urban Owl
6:15, 8:15, and 9:15 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
By Mark Lipman

Filmed over a six-month period during the COVID lockdown, Urban Owl investigates human-animal interaction in an urban environment. Up high in a eucalyptus tree in a San Francisco park, three great horned owlets transform before our eyes from tiny white puff balls to young fledglings. Accompanying this visual portrait is a sound portrait of the park itself, where children play, people walk their dogs, and runners pass by. Though the owls aren’t deterred by the traffic and sirens around them, they remain acutely aware of the human presence.

Mark Lipman has worked as a documentary filmmaker for over forty years, exploring a wide range of subjects from domestic violence, human sexuality, affordable housing, to community organizing. His films include To Have and To Hold (1981), Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996) and its sequel Gaining Ground (2012), Father’s Day (2003), Streets of Dreams: Development Without Displacement in Communities of Color (2013), and Arc of Justice (2016). He is currently leading a soundscape mapping project for Point Reyes National Seashore. He has an MFA in filmmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BA in psychology from Harvard University. 

Egg Drop
6:30–9:30 p.m. (Build Time); 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. (Drop Times)
Gallery 2: Tinkering
With the Explainers

Can you craft a contraption that will protect a raw egg from a 15-foot drop? Join the Explainers for a new take on this classic science class activity. Using the materials provided, design a case that will increase the air resistance on your precious payload as it falls from the walkway above Gallery 2. Test your designs at the designated drop times: 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m.

Nesting Project
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With Katherina Audley

Inspired by an ex who said she wasn’t “the nesting type,” artist and whale enthusiast Katherina Audley began creating giant nests out of sycamore branches. Bringing the Nesting Project to the Exploratorium, Katherina invites you to examine our relationship with nesting. How do humans nest? And who do we nest with, if anyone? Come climb inside this enormous nest and share your nesting secrets with Katherina.

Katherina Audley creates projects to address issues both personal and global. She built her first nest in 2003, when she was failing to nest successfully. Katherina spends most of her time now working as a National Geographic Explorer and founder of Whales of Guerrero, a community-driven whale research, education, and community development project that cultivates marine stewardship in southwest Pacific Mexico. You can view her original Nesting Project here.

An Egg's Dreams of Egg
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Denise King and Wes Middleton

What does it mean to be hatched? Come watch this multimedia software performance of an egg-themed video microscopy, and meet the programmer and biologist who collaborated on this project.

Denise King is the Director of Exhibit Development at the Exploratorium. In her role, she promotes curiosity, humility, and rigor in exhibit development by leveraging her strengths in concept development, prototyping, and interface design. Before joining the Exploratorium, she worked as a field biologist. 

Wes Middleton is an artist who makes software, visual effects for film and TV, and some exhibits here at the Exploratorium! Tonight, Wes's custom-built multimedia software environment, MW, has "eggs" in its recursive kaleidoscopic crosshairs.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.