Step right up for a night of circus fun inspired by the Academy’s marvelous menagerie of creatures. Play good old fashioned carnival games amongst roaming jugglers and gymnasts from Velocity Circus, and animal-themed Burning Man sculptures including Dusty Rhino. The experts at Circus of Smiles will teach you to juggle, make masks, and otherwise fit in with the circus-y crowd. Then transform yourself into a bearded lady or half-man-half-tiger at a face painting station—what better way to intimidate the competition in a round of Berlin-style ping pong? Academy scientists will bring out some of their favorite sideshow-worthy specimens, including weird worms, a four-horned sheep skull, and a two-headed snake skeleton. Music is presented by Popscene, including performances by Seattle-based groups Beat Connection and ODESZA, plus a DJ set by Aaron Axelsen.
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NightLife takes place Thursday nights (6-10pm) at the California Academy of Sciences. Music, Creatures and Cocktails. 21+