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Beneath the 100-year-old piers that will soon house the new Exploratorium, highly specialized divers are working around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers. Every winter, the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event presents the artistry of master mixologists shaken with the science behind the craft. Guest mixologists will join us from popular San Francisco bars to mix delicious cocktails, while guests participate in interactive science experiments about alcohol, inebriation, hangovers, cocktail creation, and more.
Music by Wayne Grim San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, producing tasty meals—and thousands of gallons of used cooking oil. See how the SFGreasecycle program is turning this grease glut into fuel for the city's bus fleet.
Open Make is a monthly program at the Exploratorium, in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar Animation Studios, to highlight the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local makers. As part of this program, makers from the Bay Area will be highlighted to share their work with the public, and Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of Make Magazine will interview Featured Makers in the McBean theater. Join us for live webcasts of the interviews to see what these makers are up to!
Originally produced for NOVA in 1982, Jon Else's film, "Palace of Delights" takes a look behind the scenes at the Exploratorium in action. "Rat Creek is a broken tale, that trickles under the plastic welcome mats of a mobile home community..." In this special "b-side" edition of Driven, we continue our exploration of the work of Adam Ansell and the Gray Area Theater Ensemble. As the debut performance of "Rat Creek" nears, the actors are abuzz with joy and anxiety. When the actors finally enter the stage, Adam's work is done, and the play takes on a life of its own. This After Dark, we celebrated the allure of real rocks, paper, and scissors, and explored some surprising theories surrounding the game. Using the official rules of the World RPS Society, we hosted our own Rock Paper Scissors tournament. Dr. Frank Oppenheimer discussing the origins of the Exploratorium Explainer Programs. Well, we tried our live webcast experiment and had some technical difficulties-there are always potential hazards when you make live programs. Nevertheless, here is the show, and we hope you enjoy it! Since there is rarely fog in the winter in San Francisco, Exploratorium Senior Science Educator, Scientist Eric Muller will create fog using Liquid Nitrogen just outside the Museum. Theater director Adam Ansell has developed a unique way of working during the 20 years that he's been running the Gray Area Ensemble in San Francisco. The doors are open to anyone who wants to participate, from experienced performers to those who have no experience in the arts. This uncommon group of ever-changing collaborators creates spellbinding, gorgeously dystopic theatrical spectacles which are both fantastical and very real. In this show, we enjoy a peek into the joyful and chaotic creation process of the "Rat Creek", The Gray Area Ensemble's latest work, which will be presented to the public at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco January 11-15th 2012.