After Dark: Extended Cinemas

Thursday, March 5, 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.

Immerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends the possibilities of cinema. See aspects of film rarely displayed: unusual film formats with Dino Everett and an insider view into projectionists’ techniques with Paul Clipson. Enter worlds created by Elise Baldwin—investigating collective memory—and by Wet Gatea 16mm projector–playing ensemble. Experience Thad Povey and Mark Taylor’s multiturntable record player, the realization of their near-identical dreams, and Tooth’s multiprojector dreamscape installation. Play with the Eunoics Light Club as they summon seemingly living forms using lenses, filters, and mirrors. Debate the merits of short films with Brian Darr and make your own cinematic toys and sound effects. Finally, make your exploration of film not just figurative but literal by seeking—and finding—four films shown in the museum’s out-of-the-way corners.

Schedule of Events


The Philosophy of Storms (2014)
By Elise Baldwin
7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Forgotten Formats
With Dino Everett
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

tetradic moons
With Tooth
7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
West Gallery, Black Box

Reel: The Artist as Projectionist
With Paul Clipson
8:00 p.m.
Bay Observatory Gallery

With Wet Gate
9:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

By Gareth Spor
6:00–10:00 p.m.

With Thad Povey and Mark Taylor
6:00­–10:00 p.m.
Central Gallery

SF Bay Reflections and Modulations
With G. Craig Hobbs and Homunculus Rex
7:00–8:00 and 9:00–10:00 p.m.
Bay Observatory Terrace


With The Eunoics Light Club
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Central Gallery

Everyone’s a Critic
With Brian Darr
7:00–9:00 p.m.
West Gallery, Explainer Station

The "Inspiration Dome"
6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m.
Tactile Dome
Separate admission with timed tickets.

Sound Effects Studio
With the Field Trip Explainers
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery Classrooms
Timed tickets available; first come, first served.

Thaumatropes and Phenakistoscopes
With Explorables
7:00–10:00 p.m.
Central Gallery, Explainer Station


Site-Specific Cinema Scavenger Hunt
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Various locations (self-guided scavenger hunt)

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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