Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133

The California Academy of Sciences'
“Big Bang: Party After Dark” event to feature
Mayer Hawthorne on April 18

The event, from 8:30 pm to midnight, raises funds for Academy conservation and sustainability 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 that supports critical conservation and sustainability programs at the Academy. Retro-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne will headline the night with a live DJ set, presented by Another Planet Entertainment. A critically acclaimed instrumentalist, “Hawthorne emerges with a jaw-dropping collection of classic soul,” proclaims Praised for his fresh spin on old-soul revival on his first major-label album How Do You Do, guests can expect a dance party that boasts a funky mix of Motown classics and original tracks. Keep the groove going with the "daytime disco" sounds of LA-based duo Poolside and their performance of smooth dance-pop hits.

Rock the Bike, an all pedal-powered DJ booth, will feature music by DJ Izzy Wise and guests can keep the party spinning while taking turns on El Arbol, a bicycle-powered art installation—all against a backdrop of captivating visuals by VJ Howard Wong of ALL OF IT NOW!.

Mobile pizza kitchen Del Popolo will provide late night eats to partygoers with sustainably sourced Neapolitan-style pizza, wood-fired within a restored transatlantic shipping container. Dessert, light eats and inspired libations at open bars throughout the museum will keep the party going strong as guests dance the night away amongst friends and 38,000 live animals, all under one living roof.

  When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 8:30 pm to midnight
(Note: the Big Bang Gala begins at 6 pm, 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+. Tickets available online at

 Why: Proceeds from the Big Bang Gala and Big Bang: Party After Dark benefit the Academy’s world-class conservation and sustainability programs, aimed at exploring, explaining, and sustaining life and increasing public education of these vital topics.
 Media Contact:
Kelly Mendez, (415) 379-5133,