So Christmas and New Years are over, and it was so much fun that you haven’t wound down yet and are still looking for something to do. Maybe your holiday vacation doesn’t end until January 6th. Maybe you met someone over the holidays and would like to spend a little more time with them. Here’s a great plan for you. Set aside Thursday, January 2nd.
The first Thursday of each month is when The Exploratorium holds their Adults Only (18+) Exploratorium experience at Pier 15. The mixes are not only cocktail, but also innovative science, conversation, art, and events. It’s not theatre, not cabaret, nor a gallery, but has aspects of all three of those venues. Each monthly evening showcases a diffenent topic from music, to sex, to electricity and sometimes all three. All events include a cash bar and film screenings plus the opportunity to play with the Exploratorium’s hundreds of hands on exhibits. You can also mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Ask questions, discuss your ideas and theories, or just listen to the experts lecture in the area of their expertise. There are also live performances, invocative films, interesting music, cutting edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas,. and more depending on each event’s lineup.
For January, the theme is “Sharing”. Sharing is not just for kids. It is at the heart of some of mankind’s biggest problems. You will explore, with scientists and artists, the way we do and don’t share in many intriguing ways using experimental exhibits on co-operation and negotiation. There will be special guest speakers highlighting the science of sharing. This is based on the argument that social phenomenon, such as the way we perceive social status, share resources, interpret motives of others, and work together to solve problems are open to inquiry and experimentation just like physical and biological experimentation and other scientific methods. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation to create exhibits on competition, co-operation, and the links between everyday interactions and larger issues such as the arms race, the collapse of the ecosystem, and climate change. Bring a pocket sized trinket of something of personal value to trade at the “Give and Take Table”, or buy a drink for a stranger and observe whether they pay it forward. The evening begins at 6:00 PM. Try the “Comfort Zone” in the West Gallery exploring intimacy through movement and social spaces with choreographer Ben Levy and his Levy Dance Ensemble. Also in the West Gallery, at the Mind Cinema, is “Listening is an Act of Love” from 6:30 to 9:30, See Storycorp animation, and hear the finer points of interviewing with the Storycorp staff. Beginning at 7:15, psychologist Hugh McDonald speaks on “The Science of Sharing—Investigating Social Behavior” at the Kanbar Forum. Also at the Kanbar Forum at 8:45 you can “Come and Get It—Ideas for Food Sharing” with filmmaker and USF Professor, Melinda Stone. Head over to the East Gallery and “Snap the Shore”. See the future with the California King Tides Initiative. Find out how to document flooding during King Tides and become a “citizen scientist” for CKTI’s photo monitoring program. From 6:30 to 9:30 PM you can truck on over to the South Gallery and join the Sumi Ink Club with the Tinkering Studio staff to help make a topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative ink drawing. Try the Central Gallery between 6:30 and 9:30 for “The Cup Game” with “The Explainers.” Stack cups into a pyramid with the help of 3 friends and experiment with ways groups communicate to complete a simple task. There are more events at these and other galleries at the Exploratorium on “Adults Only: After Dark.”
Find a babysitter for the night, call your sweetheart, meet friends, take your wife or husband, or just go on your own. You are guaranteed an interesting evening. General admission is $15.00, Members are $10.00, and Lab members are admitted free. Keep in mind that some of these events have limited seating, so tickets are sold on a “first come, first served” basis. If you want drinks, remember the bar is a cash bar. Where else can you find “an intellectually stimulating playground for adults”? The answer is The Exploratorium’s “Adults Only: After Dark.”