NightLife: Says Who? Vol. 2 Experience
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Each person has a unique lived experience shaped by their upbringing, beliefs, and cultural background. While some experiences may be more visible or valued in society, it is important to recognize that all lived experiences have value, and each person's perspective is a piece of a larger story. In the second volume of the NightLife: Says Who? series, we invite you to explore how different lived experiences allow us to learn from one another and create deeper understanding and connection.

Sounds by Noel

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Candid Conversations
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, Find out how the intersection of identities can help us better understand and appreciate the world around us with the Academy’s Community Science Coordinator/poet Olivia VanDamme and neuroscientist/tattoo artist Dr. Christine Liu as they share their unique experiences and insights as polymaths navigating the worlds of art, science, and beyond.
  • At 8:30 PM, Hear from Bay Area community caregivers featuring folks from BAYCAT, La Cocina, and El/La Para TransLatinas, moderated by SF activist, Honey Mahogany. Learn how these leaders leverage their lived experiences to find gaps in the community and create spaces to fill them.

*Featured events will be held in both English and ASL.

Academy Story Time
Science Today
8:00 PM

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

Collaboration Station
Swamp
6 - 10 PM

  • Immerse yourself in the world of zines with Rock Paper Scissors Collective, create your own, and explore zines from other local creators.
  • 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.

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.

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

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

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

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Upcoming events

March 7th at 6:00 pm

From bhangra to Pan Afro-Urban dance and Samba, see how the dance floor becomes a canvas for self-expression.

March 14th at 6:00 pm

Sounds by Vitamin1000 DJs

See what makes the museum at night different.

March 21st at 6:00 pm

Sashay into a night of greatness and glam as we celebrate the undeniable impact and artistry of drag.

March 28th at 6:00 pm

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

April 4th at 6:00 pm

We're serving more than looks in a night all about weaving connections through fashion.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.