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Adults Only (18+)
Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity and are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Transforming, re-imagining, re-assembling, re-thinking, changing, combining: they’re all part of the art of the remix. Access your inner DJ, play around with mixing up all kinds of art, experience music that’s been rearranged, and discover remixed advances in science at After Dark: Remix.
Rice in Remix: CRISPR Edition
With Nicholas Karavolias
7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
The gene-editing tool CRISPR allows scientists to make precise changes to the genomes of a range of species. In the context of plants, scientists like Nicholas Karavolias are "remixing" the genomes of important food crops to meet the demands of a growing population and a changing climate. As the world’s most widely consumed food crop, rice is a key target for genetic improvement. Find out how Karavolias and others are using CRISPR to make rice more drought-tolerant and improve other crops, too.
With Alex Pinigis
8:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Classroom 1606
Materials are limited to 30 participants.
What do you get when you splice a Gymnocalycium mihanovichii with species of Hylocereus? The answer is undoubtedly a familiar sight to most fans of houseplants. Come join staff biologist Alex Pinigis as he demonstrates the technique for creating your very own remixed cactus.
Hip Hop For Change
With Marlon Richardson, AKA UnLearn The World
8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Let Hip Hop For Change take you on a ride through the culture and elements of hip hop. With Oakland-based rapper and educator UnLearn The World and other guest artists, you can tour a brief history of the music and movement that have captivated minds and hearts around the world—then try your hand at DJ-ing, beatmaking, rapping, breakdancing, and writing graffiti.
With DJ Ashleyanne Krigbaum
6:00–10:00 p.m. | Gallery 4
Flash back to the roots of the remix with DJ Ashleyanne Krigbaum and her curated selection of rare soul tracks from the 1960s, new wave, indie rock, post punk, glam rock, funk, 80 & 90’s pop, hip hop, and current top 40, all spun on original 45 RPM vinyl.
With BioCurious and Counter Culture Labs
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Gallery 2
If you’ve ever made or drunk fresh kombucha, you’ve probably already met your first SCOBY—that’s Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, also known as the slimy critter living in the bottom of the brewing vessel, which ferments tea and sugar into bracing kombucha. But...what is that thing, exactly? Team up with scientists from BioCurious and Counter Culture Labs to learn more about the SCOBY and participate in active research on the genes that make the SCOBY so SCOBYish.
With the Tinkering Studio
7:00–9:00 p.m. | Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio
Transform the digital into the physical: tinker with turning programmable digital art into real-world objects, and remix other people's code into your own personal design! No prior experience with programming necessary.
6:00–9:45 unless noted
Various locations throughout the museum
Ticketing at 6:00 p.m., first come, first served
Osher Gallery 1
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.
Bechtel Gallery 3
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use electromagnets to build a basic speaker. Learn how to listen with your bones, and explore the workings of the inner ear.
Van de Graaff Generator
With the Explainers
Bechtel Gallery 3
Get ready to have your hair stand on end (literally). Experience our electrostatic generator firsthand—with high-voltage direct-current electricity turned down to low current levels, our Van de Graaff generator both will, and won’t, shock you. Please keep your hands on the sphere until our Explainers tell you to let go!
Cow Eye or Flower Dissection (alternating)
Do cows see color? How does a lens work? Examine the intricate structure of a cow eye to learn about similar structures in our own eyes, as well as some key differences.
Stigma, stamen, pistil, anther, style: Uncover the beautiful architecture of flower anatomy, and gather some surprising strategies that plants use to reproduce.
Osher Gallery 1
Everything is not as it seems—at first. Pick a card, any card, and watch the Explainers reveal some surprising aspects of human perception.