CANCELED After Dark: Wondrous Fungus

Thursday, January 13, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

This event has been canceled due to the museum's temporary closure but you can watch After Dark Online: Fungi from the comfort of your home here or below.


The fascinating qualities of fungi are manifold and sometimes mind-blowing. Tonight at After Dark, discover some fun facts about the beautiful, diverse, and curious fungus kingdom, including mushrooms, yeasts, and molds. Get up-close views of majestic microscopic fungi, see the surprising ways fungi can be used as art materials, and learn about some of the most exceptional types of fungi—as well as mycorrhiza, the symbiotic relationship between fungi and plants.

Just for tonight:

Networks of Influence: Fungi Networks and Ecological Systems
With Julieta Alvarez Manjarrez
7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum 

The fungal kingdom is fascinating; in their search for food and nutrients, fungi eat and decompose most of the organic matter on our planet. They can also share these nutrients with friends, like plants, building complex networks belowground, which can have surprising and essential effects. Join Julieta Alvarez Manjarrez as she shares insights from her research on fungi within tropical ecosystems—and learn how fungal networks are affected by hurricanes. 

DNA Deep Dive: Mushroom DNA Barcoding
With Alan Rockefeller
8:30 p.m. Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Get this: according to their DNA, mushrooms are more closely relatedto humans than to other plants. Join Alan Rockefeller for an overview of the process of mushroom DNA barcoding, including how to accurately sequence the DNA of various species and how to analyze the sequencing. And don’t miss Rockefeller’s stories of the most memorable things he’s uncovered about mushrooms through their DNA. 

Fungus Among Us
With Simon Meyers
6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Gallery 4 Explainer Station

Immerse yourself in a sensory exploration of our planet’s most versatile decomposers—join the Explainers as they dive into the weird, delicious, and suspicious world of fungi. Come marvel at the role fungi play in the balance of life and death.

DJ ABS1ER
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJs from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe and keep the party moving all night! Tonight features ABS1ER, who reps the Twelves Wax crew with a wide variety of genres from hip hop, soul, funk, boogie, R&B, and house music, both on vinyl and digitally. Abs took an interest in playing records as a  14-year-old in the East Bay Area. Now a resident of Sacramento, CA, he’s spent the past 20 plus years perfecting a unique style of party-rocking in nightclubs from California to Costa Rica.

Fermenting with Koji
With Eleana Hsu and Kevin Gondo of Shared Cultures
6:30–9:30 p.m.; "microtalk" at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

One of the oldest wild fungi in existence, Koji has been used for centuries as the catalyst for fermenting important foods in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures, such as soy sauce, miso, and sake. Join Eleana Hsu and Kevin Gondo, founders of Shared Cultures, to learn more about this fascinating and functional fungus. They’ll share how they are using koji and other traditional fermentation methods to create newly imagined, alternative soy sauces, misos, and marinades, and give you an up-close glimpse at some of their methods.

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast
With Christian Schwarz
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

See a plethora of recently collected fungi specimens—and learn about some of the magnificent traits each species boasts from Christian Schwarz, co-author of Mushrooms of the Redwood CoastChristian Schwarz is a naturalist interested in the diversity of living organisms in general, but the seemingly endless forms (whether grotesque, bizarre, or sublime) of fungi in particular stoke his curiosity. He spends most of his time teaching about natural history, collecting and photographing mushrooms, assembling an exhaustive mycoflora for Santa Cruz County, and exploring wilderness around the world. 

Home-Grown Mushrooms
With Far West Fungi

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Ever thought about growing your own mushrooms? Check in with the team from Far West Fungi to learn about the sustainable practice of mushroom farming from home. As long-time purveyors of mushroom-growing kits, Far West Fungi will answer your questions about how to grow mushrooms and share why home-grown mushrooms are an essential practice for sustainable cuisine.  

Mycological Society of San Francisco
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Marvel at a diverse range of mushrooms from local landscapes and beyond—and see fresh specimens up close! The Mycological Society of San Francisco was founded in 1950 to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mushrooms and other fungi. Tonight, they invite you to learn more about mushroom and other fungi ecology and surprising characteristics of fungi species—and to revel in fungal beauty as they put specimens under microscopes and showcase their magnificent spores and gills.


Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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