Science After Hours: Sci-chella

DRAFT Science After Hours: Sci-chella

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Adults
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public

Gather, dance, discover, sample, and play! Art meets science meets music at SciChella—the Science After Hours event of the summer. Fueled by science and inspired by the myriad of modern-day music festivals, SciChella features an unforgettable blend of musical acts, performance art, creative dance, and festival fashion—all orchestrated around engaging science demos, experiments, and interactive installations and activities.


Close-out the summer with live performances by Fishtown’s own Creem Circus, saxophonist Keegan Tawa, one-man-band The Journeyman, local drag performer Summer, and the innovative choreography of Brian Sanders’ JUNK.

Delve into the science behind distillation and flavoring methodologies, learn alongside local distillers how to properly cut open a coconut and make Single Pop Rum, test the physics of hula-hooping, play electric drums and string guitars, take a mini-lesson in Zumba, and dance the night away at the rooftop silent disco.

Experience roving experiments that tease challenge and heighten the five senses, musical instruments that translate each performance into a light show, and visual artists who paint and draw art inspired by different music and instruments. Plus! Music trivia, themed quizzo, screenprinting, and interactive color-changing infinity mirrors.

Featured Performers:

Creem Circus

From the streets of Fishtown and the brainchild of Chris DiPinto of DiPinto Guitars comes retro glam sounds that can’t be missed. With glitter suits, and platform boots they are the complete package of power chord rock & roll and lots of boogie down soul. The time has come to party on down and run away…with the Creem Circus.

Keegan Tawa

A Jazz saxophonist, Tawa has been immersed in music his entire life. Tawa combines a powerful and eclectic blend of original songwriting, focused production, real-time analog synthesis and aggressive, live saxophony to deliver a unique, engaging and unforgettable performance.  This evening Keegan Tawa will be performing two unique sets this evening, a live performance as part of his Jazz Quartet and a special Techno DJ set.

The Journeyman

With a snare, cymbal, banjolele and more, this one-man-band has some magic in store! Keep an eye out for them as they rove the museum, bringing this unique experience to you!

Brian Sanders' JUNK

JUNK's mission as a dance-theater company is to inspire with creativity. The company strives to produce work that is both artistic and accessible while maintaining a ceaseless desire to try new things. Enjoy a live performance and learn about Brian Sanders’ 2nd Sanctuary fall production.

Brittany B2B Summer

Local drag performer Summer and Franklin Institute Science Interpreter Brittany, team up to bring you a back-to-back spectacle combining science experiments and performance all on the same stage.


Groundbreaking convergence of choreography and programming, MANDALA, created by choreographer, Nora Gibson (USA), and digital artist/ programmer,  Jason Haggerty (AUS) is a spectacular re-envisioning of dance for the planetarium dome. Sensor technology and specialized software capture dance in this spectacular visual experience.

This event is for Adults 21+

Ticket Prices:
Non-Members $25
Members: $20

Science After Hours offers a welcoming environment in which all guests can freely delight in the fanciful, the frightening, and the just plain weird reaches of science.  We maintain that each guest has the right to fully experience and enjoy our programming regardless of their age, background, ethnicity, gender orientation, socioeconomic situation, religion, or abilities.


Participating Partners

  • Boardroom Spirits
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Tesla Science Foundation
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • RhythmetriX
  • Philly Dance Fitness
  • Brian Sanders' Junk
  • Keegan Tawa (DJ)
  • DiPinto Guitars
  • Keeley DeAngelo LLP
  • Matt Garfield - Interactive Musical Light Show
  • Single Prop Rum
  • X-Ray Artistry
  • Softwax Record Pressing
  • World Cafe Live
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet