Science After Hours: Summer Ball

Science After Hours: Summer Ball - June 24, 2022 at The Franklin Institute

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Friday, June 24, 2022 - 7:30pm to 11:30pm

1. A round or roundish body of mass: spherical
2. A large formal gathering for social dancing 
3. An event where people “walk” (i.e., compete) for trophies, prizes, and glory 
4. A very pleasant experience 

The Franklin Institute gets LOUD, with a special night of programming that looks at what makes us happy and proud. Join us as we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month with dancing, science, and revelry spread out across the museum for you to explore. Guests are encouraged to be bold with their looks and dress to the nines…even though we are all 10s. So, from the runway to the dance floor, have fun, be you and have a Ball! 

Tickets Include: 

  • Evening access to all The Franklin Institute’s core exhibits and galleries (Harry Potter™: The Exhibition is not open during the event) 
  • Limited Edition lapel pin created exclusively for the event 
  • Access to our roof deck offering spectacular views of the city, and facilitated stargazing (weather permitting) 
  • Food and drink provided by Seravezza Events, available a la carte, at cash bars located throughout the museum 

Tickets: $40 in advance
Tickets: $45 at the door
Member Tickets: $35
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Featured Programming 

  • Dance in the Planetarium with DJ ELECTRIC HONEY. Visuals on the dome provided by Liquid Light Lab, debuting a new piece created exclusively for our Fels Planetarium, Macro Micro.
    ​“Bringing together the very large and very small. This psychedelic liquid light show can look like amoeba, bacterial colonies, planets, nebula, and galaxies all at the same time. And no better place to explore that idea, than under the dome of a planetarium!” - Steve Pavlovsky, creator of Macro Micro
  • Drag performances curated by local drag queen and show producer, The Eric Jaffe, including Drag Bingo where you can play for fabulous prizes. Our Drag Queens for the evening are:
    • The Eric Jaffe
    • VinChelle
    • Icon Ebony Fierce
    • Sutton Fearce
  • DJ Lili St. Queer keeps the crowd moving and the flow going as our house DJ at the Main Stage all night between performances.
  • History, lessons, and showcases of Ballroom culture curated by Director and Choreographer, Kemar Jewel. Performances by Dalyla Mizani Cristal and Hayden West. 
  • Special performances by The Bul Bey and Kirsten Michelle Cills, cohosts of The Franklin Institute Podcast So Curious!
  • Flash talks with local artists and scientists given the prompt “What Feels Good?”, moderated by The Franklin Institute’s Chief Bioscientist, Jayatri Das. This evening’s presenters:
    • Nancy Volpe Beringer – Sustainable and adaptable fashion designer from Philadelphia, and runner-up on season 18 of Project Runway, she made history as the “oldest” designer on the show and creating a zero-waste collection with abled and disabled models at NYFW. 
    • Federica Genovese – Currently a research associate at Monell Chemical Senses Center, her research focuses on understanding chemical irritation and its interactions with the other chemical senses.
    • Frank Jackson – Assistant instructor at UPenn as well as in-house positive psychologist at a local Philadelphia High School, currently working to expand his field for broader audiences who seek well-being.
    • Jiana Murdic – Wellness warrior, health justice champion and woman of the people, she brings her passion for plant-based living to Get Fresh Daily
    • Timaree Schmit – Educator, writer, and consultant in human sexuality who believes sexual freedom is the foundation of social justice. She is committed to sharing evidence-based, sex-positive information from an intersectional, feminist perspective.
  • Science demonstrations to tantalize and excite, presented by our Cloud 9 crew of performers.
  • Explosive demonstrations including our Soap Bubble Monster and our Ball Pit Ball explosion finale.

What to know:  

  • This is a 21+ event (a valid form of identification will be checked upon entry). 
  • Only small clutch bags are allowed (4.5”x6.5”). 
  • Doors for the event open at 7:30 pm. Follow The Franklin Institute (@franklininstitute) for more details and announcements.
  • There is no formal dress code for Science After Hours. Shoes, tops, and bottoms are required for entry at every event. 
  • The Franklin Institute does not discriminate based on gender or orientation, race, or religion. Anybody found to harass other guests will be escorted from the event. 
  • The Franklin Institute follows the City of Philadelphia’s health and safety measures and will adhere to changes made to the vaccination and mask policy in place during the event date. 

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