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Celebrate July 4th with the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Boom

For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2013

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Celebrate July 4th with the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Boom

Adults-only evening event explores the science of percussive phenomena, Thursday, July 4, 2013

What’s the science behind fireworks? How are implosions different from explosions? What happens when hot water is combined with liquid nitrogen? The Exploratorium’s After Dark: Boom celebrates July 4th with rumbling, roaring, and spectacular explorations of supernovas, sonic booms, earthquakes, taiko drumming, stepping, and other resonant topics.

Learn how the percussive power of pyrotechnics are a time-honored and indispensible feature of every Andean fiesta at a special screening of Gustavo Vazquez’s Playing with Fire (Jugando con fuego). In the community of Celendin, high in the Peruvian Andes, a family of rural firework makers overcomes accident and adversity to create a towering spectacle that embodies the flamboyant spirit of their community. Through this one hour documentary filmmaker Vazquez and co-producer Keith Muscutt create a tribute to a vanishing and under-appreciated art form.

From the breathtaking hiss, pop and roar of fireworks, to the pummeling throb of the taiko beat, explore the phenomena that gets your heart racing at After Dark: Boom.

Please note: The Exploratorium is not in the viewing corridor for San Francisco’s Independence Day fireworks display. To ensure the best view, you may wish to congregate at Fisherman’s Wharf or Crissy Field.

After Dark is the first Thursday evening of each month. From 6-10pm, adults ages 18 and up can enjoy programs, cocktails, conversations and adult-oriented activities in science and the arts. After Dark programs include live performances, science lectures and demonstrations, films and new media, and often feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected surprises.

Playful, eclectic, and content-rich, After Dark programs are serious fun. Explore the science behind themes of adult interest from fashion and sex to time and decay. Upcoming After Dark themes include Freestyle (August), Decay (November), and Glow (December). Additional programs to be announced. For more information, or to buy advance tickets online go to www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark.  After Dark is for adults 18 years and older. Tickets are $15; $10 for members. One part theater, one part cabaret, one part gallery and one part Happy Hour, After Dark is a unique way to experience one of San Francisco’s most beloved museums. 

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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