NightLife: Says Who? Vol. 1 Culture
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Nature has always been a source of inspiration and fascination for humans, but mainstream Western dialogue surrounding our connection with the natural world often overlooks the experiences of people of color. To shift this narrative and uplift these previously overshadowed voices, the first volume of our NightLife: Says Who? series delves into the intersection of cultural identity and nature. Hear how communities of color are redefining their place in the natural world in spite of the dominant and often exclusionary narrative.

Sounds by Baghead

Check out Baghead's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Candid Conversations
African Hall
Talks will be held in both English and ASL.

Collaboration Station
Swamp
6 - 10 PM

Academy Story Time
Science Today
8:00 PM

  • Gather ‘round to hear Drag Story Hour readers VERA! and Jota Mercury read all about standout moments from the Academy’s history as one of the oldest scientific institutions in the West.

Vignettes
Curiosity Grove
6 - 10 PM

  • Snap your story with a portrait from film photographer Holiday Hagan.
  • Grab the narrative by the horns and record your own story with Sarah Shimazaki, host of the podcast, Outside Voices.

 

Says Who? Series Essentials

While partners and panels will change with each event, every Says Who? will feature these activations:

  • Tell: Grab the narrative by the horns and record your own story with Sarah Shimazaki, host of the podcast, Outside Voices.
  • Craft: Get hands-on with take-home MakeArt Kits from the Museum of Craft and Design created to help you rewrite old narratives by infusing personal experience with artistic expression.
  • Capture: Snap your story with a portrait from film photographer Holiday Hagan.
  • Design: Immerse yourself in the world of zines with Rock Paper Scissors Collective, create your own, and explore zines from other local creators.
  • Listen: Gather ‘round to hear Drag Story Hour readers Panda Dulce, VERA!, and Jota Mercury read all about standout moments from the Academy’s history as one of the oldest scientific institutions in the West. Plus, discover the untold stories of some incredible Academy scientists of the past told by passionate Academy scientists of the present.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
     
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
     
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
     
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
     
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
     
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

Music

Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

One Sky Project is five short films exploring cultural and indigenous astronomy perspectives.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

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Upcoming events

July 18th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.

July 25th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 60,000 live animals.

August 1st at 6:00 pm

We’re kicking off our music series with homegrown movement maker LaRussell & the surf rock sounds of 3LH.

August 8th at 6:00 pm

Be transported by the grunge punk stylings of Margaritas Podridas and psychedelic rock sounds of opener Fauxes.

August 15th at 6:00 pm

Underground rap pioneer MURS takes center stage, with an opening set from multifaceted hometown artist Z-Man.

August 22nd at 6:00 pm

We’re closing out NightLife Remix with the serene soul vibes of Madison McFerrin and opener Dani Offline.