Men I Trust
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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

Live Performance from Men I Trust
with support from mk.gee
DJ set by Popscene
Presented by Noise Pop

NightLife LIVE 2019 kicks off its first of four live shows in our West Garden with a performance from Men I Trust. Co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, and artist-in-residency Maggie West.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Show
West Garden

  • 6:00 - 10:00 PM - Explore a colorful new art installation by NightLife LIVE’s first artist-in-residence, Los Angeles-based artist Maggie West.

  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM - Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and California transplant mk.gee (pronounced McGee) opens, bringing his standout funk-inspired indie rock.

  • 8:45 - 9:45 PM - Fresh off their Coachella debut, Montreal trio Men I Trust headlines, featuring dream-pop perfect vocals by Emma Proulx and a funky “insatiable groove” (Ones to Watch).

Experience: Vision Quest
African Hall
6:00 - 10:00pm

  • Keep your senses stimulated between sets with VR experiences by Vision Quest, which offer new perspectives on the world around you.

Art, Albums and Screen Prints
Swamp & Project Lab
6:00 - 10:00pm

  • Spruce up your record collection by visiting Amoeba Records’ pop-up shop and collect all of San Franpsycho’s “one-night-only” screen printed shirts designed just for NightLife LIVE. Plus, creativity workshops & button making with Paint Pens Collective.

ABOUT NIGHTLIFE LIVE:
NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art. The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, living rainforest, and live performances on an outdoor stage transforms the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

Partnering with some of the Bay Area’s most buzzworthy art collectives and studios, NightLife LIVE will feature immersive light shows and mind-bending projections by ALL OF IT NOW, VR experiences by Vision Quest, and more. Each NightLife LIVE event will also feature hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective, rotating pop-up shops from local vendors like Amoeba Records, and special “one-night-only” custom designs with screen printing by San Franpsycho.

Check the Spotify playlist to hear Men I Trust & more.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Last entry for the Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Find out where the Apollo astronauts left their footprints and why we may want to go back.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

NightLife honors the historic Vortex series with immersive new visual and sonic creations for the Planetarium.

Upcoming NightLife Events

August 29th at 6:00 pm

Can’t stand the heat? Explore some of the coolest creatures from some of the planet’s hottest climates.

September 5th at 6:00 pm

NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation, from cider to kimchi and everything in-between.

September 12th at 6:00 pm

Duckwrth performs at our 3rd installment of NightLife LIVE, co-presented by Noise Pop.

October 10th at 6:00 pm

Nick Hakim performs at our final installment of NightLife LIVE 2019, co-presented by Noise Pop.