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After Dark: Sideshow Science

Thursday, April 2, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15

$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Adults Only (18+)

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Step right up!
For one night and one night only, the Exploratorium transforms into a Carnival featuring Amazing Animal Acts, Astounding Forces of Nature, Mysterious Mental Manipulations, and Thrilling Games of Skill and Chance. Within these walls lurk some of the Most Astonishing Phenomena Found in Nature—the biggest “freakshow” of them all. Witness the Whimsical and Weird! Behold Unbelievable Technologies and sample science that Defies Common Sense! Can Cosmic Rays from the Edge of Time really pass through the museum? Do animals have more Complicated Cognition than we ever imagined? Discover some of Nature's Strangest Curiosities at Sideshow Science.

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Emporium of Light and Wonder 
A Cinematic Cavalcade by Kerry Laitala in Three Acts —Don’t Believe Your Eyes!
7:30 and 9:00 p.m.

Astounding Human Feats and Phenomena!
Wønderson the Magician—Beware His Bally Talk as He Performs Feats of Fakery for Your Amusement!
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.

Tinkering Studio
Amazing Feats of Deception!—Explorables Will Amaze with Their Mind Fusion Telekinetic Powers
7:00–10:00 p.m.

Tunnel Of Time
Chance an Aoristic Adventure with Actual Periods!
See Lego Batman—A Genuine Motion Picture in 3-D!
Unforgettable! Freeze a Drop of Water in Time!
Seared in Your Vision: Your Companion’s Concealed Hot Parts Revealed!

Midway Amusements 
Walk Into a Looking Glass With Her Majesty the Red Queen
Will you Lose Your Head—Or Just Your Footing?
6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.

Professor Tasteless—Remedies to Rectify Your Taste Buds’ Failings
Elixirs Imported from the Ancient and Exotic Kingdom of Plantae
7:00 (Live Act!), 8:00 (Real Rhetoric!), and 9:00 p.m. (Live Act!)

Prepare Yourself! Magical Mysteries and Secrets of Science!
With Sara-stotle, Gallie-yu, & Lor-chimedes
7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Gilda and Gladys, the Goldfish Tamers, and Goldie, Genius of the Genus Carassius
An Astonishing Act of Aptitude and Bravery! Aquabatics Unequalled Within These Walls!
7:45 and 9:15 p.m.

Madame Nature’s Cabinet of Living Curios 
Madame Marvel and Her Miniature Menagerie
Pray Observe the Petite and Peculiar Prodigies of Pancrustacea as they Prance and Play for You
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Turbellaria the Perennially Pulchritudinous Planaria
Astounding Regenerative Wonder! Immortal Under the Knife! Cut Off Her Head? She Lives!
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Observatorium 
Visit the Giant Camera Obscura—An Optical Spectacle Not to Be Missed!

Outdoor Promenade
Tobias Weinberger and His Traveling Spectacular
Tobias and his Nomadic Gypsy Caravan will Enchant You with Sideshow Wizardry and Prestidigitation. Featuring Zeke and His Fairly Ordinary Feet, The Incredible Non-Holey Man, and Mister Weinberger Himself! Doing Startling Sword Swallowing and Merely Amazing Magic.

Exhibits Amusements and Exhibitions
Think Fast or Sink Fast on a Genuine Non-Newtonian Fluid!
Take a Ride in the Rickshaw Obscura—A Mobile Carriage of Ocular Splendor
Big Chair, Little Chair—One Chair Makes You Larger! One Chair Makes You Small! Or Does It?!
Water Standing on Air—Are Your Fingers Fleet and Facile? Dare to Defy Gravity and Make Water Seem to Float!
Catch a Falling Spark—Dare to Put Your Hand in Peril! Might It Be a Conflagration Catalyst? 

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Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity—but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup. And all night long, delicious nibbles and outrageous bay views are available at the SeaGlass restaurant. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

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