Press Release

Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128
htaylor@calacademy.org
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133
kmendez@calacademy.org

THE EARTHQUAKE PREMIERE PARTY WILL BRING EDWARDIAN-ERA REVELRY TO THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ON MAY 25

The event, from 7:00 pm to midnight, is the dramatic kickoff of the Academy’s
brand new Earthquake exhibit and planetarium show

WHAT
Travel back to a time when San Francisco, the ‘Paris of America,’ was the largest port city in the west—rich in gold, industry and culture, full of excitement, grit, beauty and mischief—and be the first to see the Academy's brand new Earthquake exhibit and planetarium show. Experience a taste of the seedy Barbary Coast, brought to life through variety shows, art installations, roving characters, and live music provided by the Vau de Vire Society. Try a Pisco Punch or Martinez cocktail, and then dance the night away to the vintage sounds of the Sour Mash Hug Band.
 
Turn on the red light with titillating entertainment, including a vaudeville show, Can-Can dancers, and music by the John Brothers Piano Company. View an exclusive exhibit featuring photographs of San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake, and Academy specimens and archive materials saved from the ensuing fires. Costumes and period dress inspired by the Steampunk, Edwardian, or Barbary Coast eras are encouraged!
 
Be the first to experience Earthquake before it opens to the public on May 26. Meet live ostriches (yes, they have a surprising connection to earthquakes!), feel the power of the Great Quake of 1906 in an earthquake simulator, learn how to prepare for future seismic events, and fly over and into our dynamic planet in an immersive planetarium show.
 
WHEN
Friday, May 25, 2012 from 7:00 pm to midnight
 
WHERE
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
 
TICKETS
Tickets for the event start at $69 ($49 for Academy members). Open to ages 21+. Visit www.calacademy.org/earthquake/party to purchase tickets.

WHY
Earthquake is a major new exhibit and planetarium show with special relevance to the seismically-active Bay Area. Visitors will take a kinetic journey toward understanding these super seismic phenomena and how they fit into the larger story of our ever changing earth.