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Get Lost in the Mystery of Fog at After Dark

For Immediate Release:
October 01, 2013

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Get Lost in the Mystery of Fog at After Dark

Exploratorium's adults-only evening event Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6-10pm

Fog is the stuff of legends, extolled by writers, expounded upon by filmmakers, and studied by meteorologists across the globe. Swirling, beautiful, and occasionally creepy, fog is a salient part of San Francisco’s identity—something we may love, or hate, but which we rarely ignore.

After Dark: Fog, the Exploratorium’s adults-only (18 & over) evening event, Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6-10pm, will celebrate the all-encompassing, shape-shifting nature of fog with a variety of fun, fog-related activities. It’s an opportunity to bid adieu to Fog Bridge, the popular immersive outdoor art installation by Japanese interdisciplinary artist Fujiko Nakaya, slated to close October 6. 

The evening will include a special screening of the new documentary film Fog City, by Exploratorium Cinema Artist-in-Residence Sam Green, a meditation on the beauty and mystery of San Francisco fog. Created in collaboration with cinematographer Andy Black, the work takes a poetic view of a complex natural phenomenon that for many months each year defines the region. Green will provide live narration during the screening, and New York-based band The Quavers will play original music composed for the film. Seating to the screening is limited.

We'll also explore foggy facts with meteorologist Andrew Oliphant and hear from Captain David McCloy, a bar pilot, who navigates through the Bay's foggy conditions daily. Unusual, antique foghorns from Dick Vennerbeck will be on display, and we'll demonstrate how you can make your own cloud.

October is known as our least foggy month, but you'll be able to dance in a "fog pour" created by Earl Stirling or be enveloped in mist on Fog Bridge, artist Fujiko Nakaya's installation currently gracing our piers. Come costumed ala Nick or Nora Charles and grab a cocktail to complete your noir evening of fog.

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 feature live performances, science lectures and demonstrations, films and new media, and often 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 Fog (October), The Art of Tinkering (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.


Fog Section
with Charles Sowers

Outdoors at the Fog Bridge
6:00 -10:00 p.m. (hourly, on the half-hour)
Cloud and Laser Demo
with the Explainers

Central Gallery Explainer Station
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Explorables (Handmade Science)

West Gallery
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Piloting Through the Fog
with David McCloy

Bay Observatory Terrace
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Foghorns: Signaling Danger
with Dick Vennerbeck

Outdoor Gallery
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fog City
with Sam Green

Kanbar Forum
7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Fog in San Francisco’s Microclimates
with Andrew Oliphant

Bay Observatory
8:00 p.m.
Please note that most of our event venues are intimate spaces with limited capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan your evening accordingly.
Cocktails are available all night in the SeaGlass Restaurant. Cash only at the bars; credit cards accepted at the restaurant.
Fog Studies
by Simon Christen

Mind Cinema, West Gallery
6:00 -10:00 p.m.

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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