Music, art, and tech come together for LSC After Dark: SciChella

LSC After Dark

Science + Coachella = SciChella!

On Thursday, April 19, Liberty Science Center turned into SciChella for our latest LSC After Dark event for guests 21 and over. It was a night filled with music, art, and tech, borrowing inspiration from the famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

All night, guests rocked out with four different DJs taking turns throughout the evening: DJ Souffle, DJ Prince Hakim, DJ Rob Cast, and Bizz Nice.

<i><center>DJ Rob Cast, one of our many DJs throughout the night</i></center>
DJ Rob Cast, one of our many DJs throughout the night

<i><center>On the dance floor</i></center>
On the dance floor

Guests also got to meet eight local artists and experience their work: Ryan Margaca, Alexandra Rosano, Joseph Nelson, David S., Moe Murdock, Joi-Louise, Jenna Polascak, and Balam Soto.

Many of the artists showed how they incorporate technology into their work. Balam Soto, for example, displayed his creation called “Exp.Inst.Wood,” a custom-made instrument that responds with different sounds and colors when touched by the player.

Our special activities at SciChella incorporated art, music, and technology in exciting ways. Guests learned how to make tie dye slime, and even take it home with them. "Other fun activities focused on pattern recognition through crafting friendship bracelets and the anatomy of plants with flower dissection and crown making.

<i><center>Making friendship bracelets</i></center>
Making friendship bracelets

<i><center>Making friendship bracelets</i></center>
Making friendship bracelets

<i><center>Flower lab</i></center>
Flower lab

<i><center>Flower lab</i></center>
Flower lab

Over in the Joseph D. Williams 3D Science Theater, guests played songs on a keyboard connected to one of LSC’s 1-million-volt Tesla coils, and watched as their touch of a piano key resulted in bursts of musical lightning.

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On the third floor, guests experienced our brand new exhibit: the Dream Machine, which made its debut at SciChella. This interactive, sensory adventure that combines smell with sound, touch, and light was created by multimedia artist Emilie Baltz and originally debuted at New York’s Panorama Festival. Now it has a permanent home at LSC.

<i><center>At the Dream Machine</i></center>
At the Dream Machine

<i><center>At the Dream Machine</i></center>
At the Dream Machine

Midnight Market returned this month with delicious food from local vendors. This month’s vendors included Under The Bun BBQ and Burgers, Tojo’s Kitchen, Sisig City, Waffle It & Co, Gusti di Sicila, Caked Up, Lechon de Negron, Meta Asian Kitchen, and Mozzarepas.

<i><center>Tojo's Kitchen</i></center>
Tojo's Kitchen

We had great drinks, too! Guests enjoyed a free amaretto tasting, courtesy of Jersey City Super Buy-Rite, as well as delicious drinks at the Vodka Bar. Plus, beer, wine, and smoking cocktails.

<i><center>Enjoying delicious drinks</i></center>
Enjoying delicious drinks

In the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater, the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, guests enjoyed Foo Fighters Laser Show and Saturn LIVE!

And in PSE&G Court, guests took a wild ride down our giant slide!

<i><center>The giant slide</i></center>
The giant slide

LSC After Dark: SciChella was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came out for this special night.

You can also relive the evening through this excellent video recap:

Tickets are now available for LSC After Dark: Superheroes on May 17. If you thought Avengers: Infinity War was the biggest superhero event of the season, think again! Discover the science behind your favorite superhero stories. Unleash your powers on the dance floor. Refuel with snacks and delicious drinks. Click here for tickets.

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