Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128

California Academy of Sciences'
“Big Bang: Party After Dark” event to feature
Fitz and the Tantrums on April 19

The event, from 8:30pm to midnight, raises funds for Academy research and education programs.


 What: Explore the tastes, sounds, and creatures of the night at the California Academy of Sciences during Big Bang: Party After Dark, a special evening to support Academy research and education programs. Soul/pop band-on-the-rise Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the night, presented by Another Planet Entertainment. Named a "Band to Watch" by Rolling Stone, and a "You Oughta Know" band by VH1, Fitz and the Tantrums puts a modern spin on Motown with their eclectic sound and powerhouse vocals.

favorite J Boogie will get the party rolling with his one-of-a-kind blend of beats, genres and rhythms from around the world before Fitz and the Tantrums goes on. Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist will jump in later with his vast arsenal of vinyl weapons, ranging from hip hop and soul to electro, house, even acid jazz.

Dessert, late-night snacks, and inspired libations at open bars throughout the museum will keep the party going strong as guests dance the night away amongst friends, 38,000 live animals, and the Billion Jelly Bloom, a "polyp-morphic" performance art piece of undulating, luminous 15-foot-tall jellyfish floating through the museum.

 When: Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 8:30 pm to midnight (Note: the Big Bang Gala begins at 6pm, and there will not be a NightLife event that evening.)

 Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco



 Tickets: $75 for general admission to Big Bang: Party After Dark ($45 of each ticket is tax-deductible). Open to ages 21+. Visit to purchase tickets. Tickets available at the door or online at

 Why: The California Academy of Sciences is dedicated to exploring, explaining, and protecting the natural world. Proceeds from the Big Bang Gala and Big Bang: Party After Dark benefit the Academy’s world-class research and education programs. In an era when science touches every aspect of our lives, creative strategies to boost scientific literacy are more important than ever.
 Media Contact:
Helen Taylor, (415) 379-5128,