Soundwave NightLife

Soundwave returns to NightLife for an evening exploring urban architecture and what makes cities run.Wander around the Academy as artists activate various locations with performances and installations to reinterpret the rapidly shifting cityscape of San Francisco.

Architecture of Ideas
(African Hall)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 The "Architecture of Ideas" is an experience of symbolic information which can be viewed from multiple angles and different mediums. Using partially immersed VR headsets, Jason Marsh will take audiences through data architectures built by inhabitants of the city and into a new realm.

Plus, meet sustainable design experts from local engineering firm ARUP (whose work can be seen throughout the Academy’s award-winning green building).

Urban Intermezzo
(Coral Reef)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 In front of a Philippine coral reef, Yagiz Mungan will showcase a virtual rendering of the city that participants can both navigate and play as an instrument. 

Motion into Music
(Science Today/East Garden)
7:00 - 8:00pm,
  Watch Chris Van Raalte (aka, Vicar) perform live dance and music using The BodySynth, a device that transforms his movements and gestures into sound.

8:00 - 9:00pm,
 Embark on an immersive 3D audio journey with a performance by Christopher Willits that explores the often overlooked natural environments just outside city limits.

In the planetarium, catch a special Universe Update at 6:30 pm, followed by two showings of Incoming!, the Academy’s latest planetarium show about asteroids and comets.


6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Color of Life—Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens.

6:00-10:00 pm, Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed—Marvel at rarely-seen fish and invertebrates from little-known reefs and learn about Academy scientists who travel to mysterious underwater depths.

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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.

Please note: Planetarium seating is limited . Admission is available to NightLife guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 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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