Science After Hours

Party Like a Rock Star

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

  • Adults
  • Evening
  • Members

We’re turning that amp up to 11 as we kick off 2018! Journey into a world of visual-aural spectacle with the science of sound and an evening of music, excess, and high energy.


Live in the Fels Planetarium!


8:40 pm

Minka is a dance band. They live, breathe, and procreate in Philadelphia.  The pursuit of earthly pleasures lies at the core of what Minka is about. At a Minka show, followers abandon social convention and allow their true selves to emerge.

Chill Moody

7:40 pm

Local artist Chill Moody cemented his status as one of the top lyricists and performers to hit in years Philadelphia when he won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual Best of Philly issue.   Chill Moody was also named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador by Councilman David Oh, due to his tireless efforts to "put the city on" as well as his local & national accomplishments over the years.

In Franklin Foodworks

Party Like a Rock Star Quizzo!

Rounds at 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 pm      Approx. 30 minutes

From headbangers to head-scratchers, Quizzo master Bryce Remsburg will put you to the test with this Rock Star edition of Science After Hours Quizzo! Winners of each round get a free pair of tickets to the next Science After Hours: Love and Lust. 


Science Presentations

All presentations and hands-on activities run from 7:00 – 9:45 unless noted

Theater shows have limited seating capacity. Doors open 10 minutes before each show time, and seating will be based on a first come, first served basis.


You're in the Band!

Put on a pair of glitter sunglasses and become a Rock Star! Jam with local guitar maker Chris DiPinto and his glam rock band Creem Circus. Outfitted with gear from DiPinto Guitars, watch and listen for the cues of the other musicians as they jam and guide you through an impromptu musical creation experience. Learn what it is like to converse with other people through the universal language of music!

Chris DiPinto has made guitars for the likes of Jack White (White Stripes), Elliot Easton (the Cars) and David Bowie! His band Creem Circus has shared the stage with Gene Simons, Dick Dale and Urge Overkill!

Musser Demonstration Theater

Sound, Music, Math

Presentations at 7:10, 8:10, and 9:10 pm   Approx. 30 minutes

Veteran composer and sound engineer John Deininger takes audiences on a journey through the physics of sound and its relationship to the inherently mathematical art form of music, with a special emphasis on rock and roll. The program features demonstrations, audience participation, and unique visualizations of sound and how we perceive it.

Franklin Theater

Don’t trust your brain: Why foreign accents are all in your head

Presentations at 7:40 and 8:40 pm   Approx. 20 minutes

Everyone has the same lips, tongue, throat, and larynx…so why is it difficult to hear and pronounce some sounds in foreign languages? Join Dr. Mari Sakai (PhD in Linguistics) as we learn why when we try to add a new or foreign sound into our language, our brains may not always open the door and sometimes dump the acoustic information that may seem unimportant.

Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Night Sky Observation

Weather Permitting

Join our knowledgeable astronomers as we look at the night sky through our historic 10” Zeiss refracting telescope.

The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

The Final Countdown

Demonstration at 9:50 pm

Be sure not to miss our finale for the evening as we combine everything you love about rock shows with some explosive science. Will things ever be the same again?

For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page here

This event is 21+.

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.

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Ticket Prices:

$20 for Non-Members

$15 for Members

FREE for The Innovators

All Attendees must be 21+ & IDs are checked at the door