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After Dark: Vitality

A Day of the Dead altar basking in rainbow light
After Dark: Vitality

Celebrate the joy of life and find balance across air, fire, water, earth, and love. Join the Marigold Project tonight in ceremony, ritual, and dance—then reflect on the night sky and the guidance from nature and ancestors. How can we find and create balance within ourselves, each other, and in harmony with the universe? Prepare to connect with strangers, artists, scientists, poets, and create community together.

Dance Card

Tonight ‘s After Dark is all about connections—with the natural world, the ancestral world, and the community around you. Be sure to grab a dance card when you arrive and do your best to fill out the card before the night ends!

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon

With Jenna Frisch

Looking for insight and inspiration? Join artist and tarot reader Jenna Frisch for an intimate tarot reading. You never know what’s in the cards for you.

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6, Terrace

Take a close look—way close—at the autumn sky! Educators from the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will be available with telescopes and enthusiasm, guiding you through just exactly what you’re seeing.
Operating since 1952, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers share a long tradition of helping to promote an appreciation of the wondrous night sky in the Bay Area. They offer regular Star Parties at various locations as well as public lectures.

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon

Armed with screen printing techniques and edible dye, The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will cook up and customize screen-printed tortillas using a selection of artwork from their collection. Eat and enjoy these aesthetic sensations. Salsa is optional.

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy is the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. Founded in the late 1970s, the collective began as a satirical response to the phenomenon of people seeing sacred images in domestic settings.

DJ Dance Party
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems

Drawing from over two decades of experience, DJ Joe Garrido—Z GrûvZ—invites you to dance and move to his retro grooves. Retro Dance, House, and Disco is his sound, and he has showcased his talent by opening for artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, KC & The Sunshine Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, and RuPaul.

Elementally Inspired Activities
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon

Join the Explainers for some make-and-take activities that are inspired by the natural elements. Reflect on the role of earth, water, air, and fire in our world, and create a rainstick to capture the sounds of nature.

The Poet’s Murmuration
7:00 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems

Come be a part of this immersive literary arts experience featuring one hundred poets. Walk among them as they read ceremonial poetry out loud—each poem is dedicated to our ancestors for the Day of the Dead festivities. Through poetry and music, you’ll be rooted in nature and find the connection between the living and the dead.
The Poet’s Murmuration is curated by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem.

Salsa Lesson
7:30 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems

Learn the fundamentals of salsa dance and fill out your dance card! Dancers from Rueda Con Ritmo will invite you to get on your feet—maybe you’ll even be ready to show off your new skills during a live performance!
Founded in San Francisco in 2007, Rueda Con Ritmo is a community of Cuban salsa dancers offering classes, events, and performances throughout the Bay Area and beyond. They strive to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere that welcomes dancers of all levels, from all backgrounds, and of all ages. 

Living with the Stars on Día de Muertos
8:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

With Isabel Hawkins

What are the connections between Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead in Mesoamerica and astronomy? And how can simple tools help us to understand the passage of time? Dive into these issues with the Exploratorium’s senior scientist Isabel Hawkins. She’ll discuss her experiences collaborating with Maya colleagues in Mexico and Guatemala, and explore the meaning of Día de Muertos from astronomical and cultural perspectives as they relate to traditional foods, textiles, and altars to honor our ancestors. 

Live Music from IИTI
8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

IИTI is a captivating Latin experimental fusion band that pushes the boundaries of musical genres, creating a unique and mesmerizing sonic experience. Their innovative compositions and lyrics blend elements of traditional Latin rhythms with modern electronic sounds, hip-hop, and rock influences. With vibrant performances and infectious energy, IИTI takes audiences on a thrilling musical journey.

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