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Join us Thursday, May 14, at 7 pm PDT for a free NightLife livestream!

Join us for Vol. 4 of Virtual NightLife to explore the nature of togetherness, and what it means when we’re all physically apart.

Now more than ever, we’re all in this together and we’re just as curious as you are to see what happens. Log-on for this experimental showcase, streaming live on YouTube and Facebook.

Event Highlights:

  • Why do birds of a feather flock together? Dr. Jack Dumbacher, the Academy’s Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy, explains the science behind the idiom with a talk on why birds (and other organisms) gather in groups.
  • Oakland’s Cunamacué shares dance inspired by generations of Afro-Peruvian culture.
  • Artist and filmmaker Ivan Cash screens his short film, “A Social Distance,” exploring the theme of connection under quarantine.
  • Some foods feel like a hug from the inside. Jocelyn Jackson (People’s Kitchen Collective and JUSTUS Kitchen) and Aileen Suzara (PKC collaborator and Sariwa) invite you into their kitchens to explore the delicious life cycle of the sweet potato and share stories of the sweet potato’s cultural, ecological, & ancestral significance in their lives.
  • Evolutionary biologist and nudibranch enthusiast Allison Fritts-Penniman talks about the theory of “isolation by distance,” and how some nudibranch species maintain connectivity across oceans.



Missed the party? Just want to relive the magic? Watch the recorded livestreams on YouTube!


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Upcoming ticketed museum events

October 6th at 6:00 pm

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October 13th at 6:00 pm

Touch, smell, hear, taste, and feel your way through the museum for a night that just makes sense.

October 20th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

October 27th at 6:00 pm

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November 3rd at 6:00 pm

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November 10th at 6:00 pm

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Upcoming free virtual events

October 6th at 7:00 pm

What live everywhere there’s water, are invisible to the naked eye, and are essential to life on Earth? Diatoms!

October 20th at 7:00 pm

We’re throwing a mini-festival celebrating the ground beneath your feet.