Posts Tagged ‘tours’

Chocolate-Themed CalAcademy NightLife! Carolers, Indoor Snow Flurries, Chocolate Martinis, and Reindeer on Dec. 16th

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will go all out with its choco-themed NightLife starting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 16th, 2010.

Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.

Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:

“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting.  Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more.  Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists.  This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble.  Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th

Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th

The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm

WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration.   Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish.  Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.

WHO:

Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting

LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak

TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm

WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010

WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.

Know Your Ornery Anna’s Hummingbirds of the Presidio – El Polin Springs are Certainly Worth Fighting Over, No?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hummingbirds are the orneriest of critters – they simply cannot abide, you dig?

Anyway, see if you can follow the action here at Tennessee Hollow in our Presidio:

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Whoosh:

At Our CalAcademy:”A Taste of NightLife” a Huge Success Last Night – Science of Surfing and Indie Mart Coming in December

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Here’s your sked for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences:

11/25 – No NightLife due to Thanksgiving

12/2 – “Surf’s Up NightLife” – The Science, Art and Culture of Surfing

12/9 – “Indie-Mart NightLife” – An Indie-mart trunk show, plus live music from A B and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble

And here’s what it was like last night.

It’s like walking into the future, or something:

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And, as always, Scientists on Duty, presented for your inspection:

Now, it was food night last night, so you needed to get there early to get the necessary show pass to see what you want to see. Here’s just a part of it:

Food Demonstrations
NightLife, KQED and a variety of expert organizations have a treat for all of you foodies this week: food demonstrations that with stimulate both your taste buds and your mind.  A select few attendees of each talk will get to sample the outcome.  Topics include:

The Science of Taste – Presented by Bill Briwa, Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America and 18 Reasons, including Flavor Bar and Miracle Fruit demonstrations

The Science of Chocolate – Presented by Tcho andMadecasse

Beer and other Sundry topics – Presented by Roadtrip Nation
Including clips from their popular series.

And there was some big tasting having to do with taste buds and whatnot – we got there a bit late so I don’t know what that was like.

But there’s always something else going on at NightLife.

See you there (after Thanksgiving)!

A Photo Tour of the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Down at Piers 15-17

Friday, June 25th, 2010

As rumored, the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) guided missile cruiser was open for tours yesterday at Piers 15-17 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Check some photos below and also some more here from Jonathan Koren.

Unlike the thousands of people at the Valrag down at Piers 30-32, the crowd at the Bunker Hill was manageable:

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Let’s start at the back, as the tours did. Countless Tomahawk missiles are down there, probs:

A five-inch gun, Harpoon missile launchers, and Old Glory - Gaia bless America:

Those petroleum mishaps clean up in a jiff with the Oil Spill Containment Kit:

When you got a Yingji-82 Eagle Strike or an Exocet Flying Fish coming your way, the Phalanx gatling gun is your last hope: 

The fix-it shop for twirlypoppers:

This giant bell sits amidships:

They turn it upside-down for baptisms, if you can read the etchings:

Now we’re at the bridge, where you can see the Financh and the Bay Bridge: 

The helm. Left and right are clearly marked – how convenient!

The view from the bridge overlooking the waterfront:

Now we’re at the bow, where you can pose with an AR-15:

This isn’t your grandfather’s cruiser. The way you can tell that is by the small bore size of this five-inch gun. Of course, this is a missile boat, primarily, not a gun boat:

And way up at the fron, the First Navy Jack: Don’t Tread On Me. It’s in vogue now, in this post-9/11 era.

All the deets, in English and Russian:

And There You Have It.

Internet Chatter Confirms Blog Rumor: USS Bunker Hill Tour Today from 1-4PM

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Word on The Streets of San Francisco is that the U.S. Navy is, as of yesterday, planning to let regular people come aboard guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) today, Thursday, June 24th, 2010, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Piers 15-17.

That’s the updated rumor from the rumor from a couple days back. So, the Navy might do this. Maybe.

Keeping  a weather eye out for them terrorists 24/7 whilst docked at Pier 17:

Of course the swells, the People That Matter, have already taken the tour. See the portkey tents on the ship and at the end of the pier? That’s the route.

The Navy might make an announcement about this or they might not.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

Rumour of the Day: USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Will Offer Public Tours on June 24th at Pier 17

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Now, I might be besmirching the stellar reputation of bone-stock WordPress blogs the world over, but Word on The Streets of San Francisco is that the U.S. Navy is, as of yesterday, not 100% opposed to letting regular people come aboard guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) this coming Thursday, June 24th, 2010.

Keeping  a weather eye out for them terrorists 24/7 whilst docked at Pier 17:

Of course the swells, the People That Matter, have already taken the tour. See the portkey tents on the ship and at the end of the pier? That’s the route.

The Navy might make an announcement about this or they might not.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

Penguins and Pajamas – Stay Overnight With Your Kid at the California Academy of Sciences!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Oh it’s on! Grab a slot on one of these upcoming Friday nights, June 18, July 16, or August 13, 2010, and then head over to our fantastic California Academy of Sciences with your kid for an overnighter.

It’s a Night at the Museum, baby! Check it:

“Participants can take in the evening songs of the rainforest birds, sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool, and watch the fish cruise under the moonlight in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Then, guests can catch a special penguin talk, and become stargazing gurus during an after-hours planetarium show.

“Before bedtime, sleepover guests can grab a snack of cookies and milk and settle in for story time, featuring “Pierre the Penguin,” the true story of the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, participants can unroll their sleeping bags in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, it’s time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8:30 am.”

If you’re an Academy Member, then all this is just $99 per kid aged six and up.

Be sure to take along your pigiami del pinguino, you know, something like this:

via amanky

This is going to be mega. All the deets:

“PENGUINS AND PAJAMAS” SLEEPOVER PROGRAM AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES LAUNCHES IN JUNE

Tickets for new summer sleepover events go on sale at www.calacademy.org May 1st

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2010) — Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Starting this summer, kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. The “Penguins and Pajamas” sleepover program, for children ages 6 and over and their adult chaperones, will launch with three summer events on Friday, June 18, July 16, and August 13. Tickets will be available at www.calacademy.org beginning on May 1.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm, when sleepover guests are invited to come in and explore the Academy after it’s closed to the public. Participants can take in the evening songs of the rainforest birds, sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool, and watch the fish cruise under the moonlight in the Philippine Coral Reef tank. Then, guests can catch a special penguin talk, and become stargazing gurus during an after-hours planetarium show.

Before bedtime, sleepover guests can grab a snack of cookies and milk and settle in for story time, featuring “Pierre the Penguin,” the true story of the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, participants can unroll their sleeping bags in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, it’s time to rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast before the sleepover event ends at 8:30 am.

The “Penguins and Pajamas” Academy sleepover package includes overnight parking in the Music Concourse parking garage as well as next-day museum admission, breakfast, snacks, and a special commemorative gift. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café or the Moss Room.

What: “Penguins and Pajamas” sleepover program

Who: Open to children ages 6 and over; an adult chaperone must accompany every group of up to five children.

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 94118

When: 6:30pm – 8:30am on Friday, June 18, July 16, and August 13

Tickets: $119 ($99 for Academy members), tickets available starting May 1, 2010 at www.calacademy.org.

Extreme Mammals, a Major Exhibit, Opens April 3rd at the California Academy of Sciences

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The Cal Academy, our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, has a new exhibit opening Saturday, April 3 - it’s called Extreme Mammals: the Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time and it’ll run all the way through September 12, 2010.

Don Sanchez has all the deets – take the tour. See? There’s lots of stuff to look at.

And here’s a live one on display - this little treeshrew loves to screech and jump around, that’s all it did when I was there. Is it a dead ringer for Scrat from the Ice Age series? Through the glass with the tail on the right side:

A lot of the critters portrayed are no longer with us. Like this Ambulocetus, a sacrilegious, walking half-whale:

And of course, a huge diorama:

That’s the show, but I also got a chance to check out the climate-controlled catacombs of the Cal Academy today - here’s Research Associate Dr. Galen Rathbun showing off his collection of elephant shrews. He’ll soon be trekking to Africa for more research:

Your kids will love Extreme Mammals.

And for you non-kids out there aged 21 and up, I’ll remind you that popular NightLife picks up steam this month. They’re going to get extreme ‘n stuff, starting tonight. And don’t miss out on the real live cheetah they’ll have on Arpil 15. Check it: 

“NightLife gets “Extreme” during April (Ages 21+) Thursdays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
In April, NightLife gets “extreme” in celebration of the opening of Extreme Mammals. Highlights include a Yuri’s Night party with extreme robots (4/8); a celebration of our extreme home, Earth – the only planet known to support life (Earth Day, 4/22); and tales about white sharks, of one of the ocean’s most extreme predators (4/29).  Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors from 6-10 pm for NightLife, a chance for adults ages 21+ to explore the museum in a whole new light, with DJs, bars, and provocative science programming.  A valid ID is required for entry.  Admission is $12 per person ($10 Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.  (415) 379-8000.
www.calacademy.org/nightlife.

4-1 – “Extremely Jurassic” with Paleontologist Scott Sampson and Miles the DJ
4-8 – “Extremely Cosmic” – Yuri’s Night, Extreme Robots, and the SpaceCowboys
4-15 – “Extremely Warm-Blooded” – All about mammals including a big cat show, with music by Aaron Pope
4-22 – “Extremely Green” – An Earth Day celebration with green games, interactive displays and DJ Michael Anthony

All the deets of the new mammals exhibit after the jump.

See you there!

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Our California Academy of Sciences Says Recession, What Recession

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Not literally or anything, but it appeared to be packed this past weekend. And I asked them, I says, “Is this a free day or something?” And they’re all like, no, it’s just a regular old three-day weekend, just business as usual.

Now, I’ve heard all the complaints. Let’s deal with them, below.

Become a member or get your tickets online ahead of time, and then you avoid this line around the building.

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“The CalAcademy is too small.”

All right, I’ll tell you I was never in there at the old building – I understand it had cool stuff that you miss. But some people, especially the NIMBY neighbors in the nearby Inner Sunset area, think the new building is too big, too popular. The Academy couldn’t continue with the old building due to earthquake concerns – what was considered a safe enough building before in the last century is no longer considered safe enough now. Sorry. (Damn you, San Andreas Fault, damn you.)

 “The CalAcademy is too crowded.”

So they must be doing something right, right? What you’re saying, in a way, is that the CalAcademy is too cheap.

 “The CalAcademy is too crowded with kids.”

Yep, especially when those school buses roll up. Oh well. The Academy has a mission of public education, does it not? That’s for the benefit of California’s kids. Does that directly benefit you today right now? Maybe not. Sorry.

 “The CalAcademy is too expensive.”

Well, this ties in with the first complaint. How can it too expensive if it’s packed all the time? You know how much the Monterey Bay Aquarium is these days? $30. If you live in San Francisco, you’re entitled to something like 20 days of free admission per year plus a free NightLife entry on your birfday (assuming the stars align and they’re having a NightLife around the time of your birthday.)

“Them free days, they’re even more crowded.”

Well, yeah. Get there early, why don’t you? (Or get there late in the day, when there’s less of a line (tho your chances of getting into the Planetarium and/or rainforest dome will be lower). The Bernard Osher Foundation Third Wednesday of the Month Free program is open to all, so of course it gets crowded those days. But the zip-code based free days are less crowded, so San Franciscans, including you born-and-raised-San Franciscans, you old goats, get six of those not-so-crowded days a year.

“The food’s too expensive.”

Check out the nearby Inner Sunset area for food if you want. It’s walkable. Get yourselves a perfectly cromulent  fat burrito at Gordo’s at 1239 9th Avenue near Lincoln. Get it to-go and have an outdoor picnic.

“The rainforest was closed when I was there.”

Yep, sometimes. Life’s like that. They don’t keep this kind of info a big secret, however.

“There’s no place to park.”

Maybe - that’s by design, in a way. Actually, you’re lucky to have that underground parking garage whether you use it or not, so count your blessings. Whatever you do, don’t drive into Golden Gate Park, big mistake on busier days. Think Fulton, think Lincoln, think about spending ten minutes walking through the park to get the CalAcademy. That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. And on Sundays, all parking is free in the surrounding Inner Sunset and Inner Richmond areas – it’s totally wide open. Might not be as easy to park as you’re used to, but you can deal. And there’s plenty of bike parking since they added in a bunch of new spaces.

Here’s the thing – you gotta work the system, baby. Plan ahead, try to figure out when the place has fewer patrons, check the schedule,  make a beeline to the Planetarium to get your free show passes as soon as you get in, monitor the rainforest line to see when it’s shorter.

So, if you’re unhappy customer, you gotta think:

1. Maybe your expectations were too high because you didn’t plan ahead (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault), or;

2. Maybe the CalAcademy isn’t for you (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault)

And all you NIMBY neighbors, please realize that the CalAcademy was here even before you.

Let’s thank Gaia we’re not saddled with some big hulking wreck that nobody wants to go to.

See you there!

Cal Academy Goes Coffee Crazy – Tomorrow’s NightLife to Feature Ritual, Four Barrel and Blue Bottle

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The people behind the popular NightLife program at our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park know that you kids (21 and over) just love your coffee. So tomorrow’s NightLife will be heavily caffeinated:

THE GREAT SAN FRANCISCO COFFEE TASTING

“Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love” – Turkish Proverb

This week’s piping-hot party features a coffee (and tea) tasting with an opportunity to learn more about the science of coffee and how it can be harvested and produced sustainably. Some of the Bay Area”s finest local producers, including Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Equator Coffee, Barefoot Coffee, Om Shan Tea, Samovar and Four Barrel Coffee are participating.

NightLife @ The California Academy of Science w/ Coffee tasting and music by Future Universal 

time: Thursday, January 21st, 6pm – 10pm
location: California Academy of Sciences
admission: Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members)

You’ll get so hepped up that you’ll just want to dance, dance, dance the night away in the atrium

All the deets. See you there!

FUTURE UNIVERSAL DJs

This week is Future Universal’s much anticipated return to NightLife. They are a collective of seasoned electronica DJs, artists, and promoters based in San Francisco. Focusing on exposing local talent to the world, it acts not only as an event production company, but also a talent agency. Working with local venues and groups, FU’s produced events include Super Ego, Bump, Robotronika and more.

Future Universal DJs on the Main Floor:
Sarah Delush
KidHack
Mario Muse
Matt Haegan

Future Universal DJs in the Aquarium:
Kirin Rider
PETE

Age 21 and over, with valid ID. Tickets are available online or at the door. General $12, Members $10.

Upcoming Installments:

1/28: Music by Aaron Pope and Expedition Medicine with Dr. Matt Lewin

2/4: Music from OM Records’ J-Boogie and Fred Everything and the Insect Discovery Lab

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