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Get Ready for Thursday Night Fun at the California Academy of Sciences, Starting Feb 12, 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Just as Golden Gate Park‘s de Young Museum has a Friday night program, next-door-neighbor California Academy of Sciences will soon have a Thursday night program. It’s called “nightlife,” get it?

Now, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum‘s approach to after-hours is wide-ranging, with some parts being very family/kid friendly. But evenings at the CAS will be for adults 18 and up only. Rather more Stolichnaya, Banco de Gaia, with a DJ here and a DJ there. As they say on their website:

No strollers!”

Well, O.K. then. The whole shebang starts off on February 12th, 2009, so mark your calendars. Read more about it below and, after the jump, learn about EVOLVE 2009 and the celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. It’s going to be mega.

You’ve seen the rolling hills up on the roof of the world-famous California Academy of Sciences. Click to expand:

Now here they are in the not-so-serious moonlight:

See you there!

Every Thursday night, beginning on February 12, the Academywill transform into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors get a chance to explore the museum at night.  NightLife events run from 6-10pm, and are open to adults ages 18 and up.
Entertainment and a bar stocked with food and drinks available for purchase will be set up in a given area of the museum each week.  The location of the bar and entertainment will rotate on a regular basis, placing the pulse of the party in different locations throughout the year. Visitors will be able to explore the rest of the Academy’s exhibits as well – from the fish, snakes and other creatures in the aquarium, to the dioramas and live penguins in African Hall. 
Engaging science programming and activities at each event will introduce visitors to cutting edge research in an informal, social environment.  The focus of that content will rotate quarterly– the themes in 2009 are Evolution, Sustainability, Climate Change & Space, and Explorers.  Activities will vary week to week and include informal talks by scientists, stargazing, screenings, opportunities to meet aquarium animals, and more.  Event-specific details are available at
NightLife Basics
What:   NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase
NightLife is for adults ages 18 and over
When:  Every Thursday 6-10 pm
February 12 – October 29, 2009
Where: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost:    $10 per person ($8 for Academy members)
            Tickets available at the door or online at 
Details: Visit for a schedule of upcoming events, and to subscribe to the
NightLife email list.
February’s NightLife Events
February 12
NightLife Celebrates Darwin with Om Records, plus a conversation withKeith Thomson
Come to NightLife’s premier on Thursday, February 12th in celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200thbirthday, and the launch of EVOLVE 2009 – San Francisco’s celebration of the Darwin anniversaries.   DJ Fluid and J-Boogie from Om records are on the turntables, snakes are circulating for you to meet, and Darwin’s Carnival presents an adult spin on evolution.  Get the insidescoop on the young Charles Darwin during an informal talk by renowned natural history professor Keith Thomson. Details and tickets at
Keith Thompson conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
February 19
DJ Aaron Pope, plus a conversation with author John Frederick Walker
NightLife’ssecond installment features the Academy’s own DJ Aaron Pope – environmentalist by day, DJ by night.  Come enjoy a cocktail and befriend a leafy sea dragon, or soar through the Universe in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium.   The featured speaker for the evening is John Fredrick Walker, presenting his book Ivory Ghosts, an examination of how elephants are threatened by the ivory trade. Details and tickets at
John Fredrick Walker conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
February 26
DJ Smiley, plus a screening and conversation with Dave Kavanaugh and Sean Schoville
This week, the fun continues with the sounds of DJ Smiley–resident at Levende Lounge, Supperclub, and other San Francisco favorites.  Along with the music and libations, KQED’s cutting-edge QUEST series will show clips exploring science, the environment, and nature in Northern California.  World traveler and Academy scientist Dave Kavanaugh and QUEST expert Sean Schoville will discuss the search for the elusive ice beetle. Details and tickets at
Ice beetle conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students withvalid ID; $14.95 for children ages 7 to 11; and free for children ages six and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pmon Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  (415) 379-8000.


What Happened to the Fences at Strybing Arboretum?

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is the scene at the western end of popular San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Officially, we only have the Main Gate and the Friend Gate for people to get in, but these days there are a few areas of squashed cyclone fence that function as open gates.

From an area near the Children’s Garden. Click to expand:  

Should “Thou Shalt Not Enter But Through Designated Entrances” be added to the Ten Commandments of Strybing?

Of course it could be that recent pruning has revealed fence holes that have been there a while, and it would be impossible to keep determined people out of the gardens at night anyway. But a solid foundation would seem to be called for here when repairs are made.

The people at the Botanical Gardens have a great 2009 shaping up anyway it looks like, with the “Echoes of Darwin” watercolor exhibit starting up next year. See details below. It’s all a part of Strybing’s involvement with mysterious Evolve2009, which is also sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the California Academy of Sciences.

You’ll find out more about Evolve 2009 once they get the website at (how cheeky!) fully operational. Here’s a preview:

Five Misconceptions about Evolution 

Evolution is a Fact and a Theory

God and Evolution: Can you accept both?

(Nothing controversial or anything!) 

Here are the details of the watercolor show, and check out the December 2008 schedule for Strybing after the jump.

See you there! Keep a lookout for the geese, and the foxes, and the quail, and the…

What: “Echoes of Darwin” an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists 

When: The exhibit is open to the public January 2 through March 31, 2009
            Library Hours: 10am-4pm, Open Daily

           Artists’ Reception celebrating Darwin’s 200th Birthday:
             5-7pm, Thursday, February 12, 2009
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
               San Francisco Botanical Garden At Strybing Arboretum
               Golden Gate Park
                9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco


San Francisco Atheists Collecting Money for another “Darwin Scholarship”

Monday, May 5th, 2008

There they were down at the How Weird Street Faire – it was the San Francisco Atheists! They were collecting money for their Darwin Scholarship.

Perhaps you could win a scholarship too. Not sure if you could use it at a Jesuit school like USF, but it’s worth a try for all you unbelievers out there. Wouldn’t you want to be just like these attractive, local atheists during the next Evolution-Palooza on Darwin Day?


Come meet these heathens this Wednesday at Evolution: The Musical! Why not? 

God Bless.