Monday, October 6, 2014

Science on the Rocks - Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails

The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails 
Learn About Libations at the Fleet’s Signature Science and Social Event Thursday, October 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

The Fleet has discovered the scientific formula for a perfect night out: Take one part fun with friends and slowly mix in two parts intriguing interaction. Then add a scoop of nibbles and a cup of libations. Cover all ingredients with music and laughter. Let it simmer to perfection. And voilĂ ! You have Science on the Rocks—a delightful evening of unexpected activities, delicious tastes and indulgent experiences for adults ages 21 and up. Science on the Rocks is held on select Thursday evenings, and each event features a unique theme.
This October, Science on the Rocks is stirring up the fun at our next party, The Science of Spirits: Craft Cocktails. We’ll tantalize guests with sips and stories from San Diego's best bartenders and reveal the chemistry behind popular whistle-wetters. Partygoers will enjoy sweet and savory food and drink samples, intriguing science activities and fascinating chats with experts.
Scientists will be on hand to present fun science-based activities for attendees to engage with between libations, prominent members of the craft cocktail community will be giving informative talks and music will be provided by Engage Drumbeats by DRE, featuring a DJ with live drums. Plus, all Fleet galleries will be open for guest to explore.
The informative activities and talks include:
·         Craft Cocktails Dissected: The Secrets of a Classic Cocktail.
Join Polite Provisions owner, Erick Castro, as he reveals the craft of cocktails and the elements that distinguish a handmade libation from a run-of-the-mill drink.
·         The Science of Spirits.        
Explore the distilling process with experts from Deadhead Rum, The Twisted Manzanita Spirits and Ballast Point Spirits. From ingredient selection to bottling the finished product, craft distilling combines art and technology to create pure cocktail pleasure.
·         Spirit Society Private Class
Join the Spirit Society for a special class and learn to make the perfect cocktail, courtesy of the expert bartenders from Polite Provisions. $15 for the 30-minute class--and students get to drink their creations.
·         I Am So Infused …
Bacon vodka? Cucumber gin? Local scientists dispel confusion and explain the art of infusion.
·         You Want Proof?!    
If a whiskey is 90 proof, what does that mean? Local scientists explain the truth about proof.
·         Who Are You Calling Dense?        
Join local scientists to learn about different liquid densities and how they affect cocktail mixing.   
·         Beer Goggles           
Put on beer goggles and attempt to complete our obstacle course.
·         Take it Slo-Mo
Make your own Super Slo-Mo Video, thanks to A Little Scene.
The party will feature sample bites courtesy of South Park Abbey, Sadie Rose Bakery, the Patio Restaurant Group, Terra Catering & Events, Glass Door and Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and sinful sips from Twisted Manzanita Spirits and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits.
This event is open to savvy adults ages 21 and over only. I.D. is required. A cash bar features beer, wine and select cocktails. Tickets for this event are on sale now.
Advance ticket prices range from $20 to $40. All proceeds from this special event go toward the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's efforts in building a community where children and adults are empowered by science.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Beautification at the Fleet!

Change is afoot at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center … and underfoot! We’re installing new carpeting in the exhibit galleries, and we've just opened  our new exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, which made its North American premiere on May 10. To accommodate these improvements, we’ll be moving many exhibits to new locations within the science center. Please note On The Fly and Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World have left the building, however all your other favorite exhibits have simply been shuffled around a bit! If you have trouble finding your favorite interactive exhibit, please ask a friendly gallery facilitator for help. Thank you for your patience as we create a more fantastic Fleet experience!

Science on the Rocks: Love, Lust & Libido - The Chemistry of Sex

Love, Lust and Libido: The Chemistry of Sex

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it ...
And we're going to do it, too, on Thursday, May 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Peep into the science of sex by exploring the laws of attraction, tinkering with sex toys and finding answers to questions surrounding the hot topic of sex. As always, your ticket will include complimentary food and drink samples, fascinating presentations and intriguing activities. Don't be uptight. Join the fun! 
  • Be tempted by sinful sips by Helm's Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company, Aztec Brewing Company, Manzanita Brewing Company and California Fruit Wines.
  • Sample bites courtesy of Lil' Piggy's BBQ, West Coast Tavern, Feast On This and Carriage Trade Catering.
  • Let our scientists show you the dangerous side of a midnight rendezvous with a bed of nails and the science behind morning breath.
  • Take it slow and make your own Super Slo-Mo Video, thanks to A Little Scene.
  • Find out what the buzz is about—take apart adult toys to see how they work.
  • Practice your sexy laugh during a sassy comedy show by Robert Timothy.
  • Shake your groove thing while our DJ spins tunes.
  • And be among the first to see our mind-bending new exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems.

$25 for nonmembers in advance
$22.50 for students and military with I.D. in advance
$20 for Fleet members, Fleet staff and volunteers, and Balboa Park employees in advance
Tickets at the door are $30, no discounts.
This event is open to savvy adults ages 21 and over only. I.D. is required. A cash bar features beer, wine and select cocktails.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Come Rock in the Park with us!

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is ready to ROCK with our first-ever live concert series! Concerts will be held on select Friday nights in January, February and March 2014. Each show featuress:
  • Two performances: an awesome opening act and a rockin' headliner
  • Food by The French Gourmet for purchase
  • Beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-host bar
  • The Fleet's 100+ hands-on exhibits open for exploration, including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World
Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. 21+ only; IDs will be checked at the door.

Concert Schedule

Friday, January 17: Common Sense with special guest Michael Tiernan
When it comes to rocking reggae with a southern California vibe, Common Sense stands alone. They've created their own style. And if you’re ready to have a good time, Common Sense is ready to accommodate. Reggae-rock guitar is the best way to kick off the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Rock in the Park concert series!

Friday, February 7: Paul Cannon with special guest Michael Tiernan
He's homegrown, and he’s the real deal. Paul Cannon brings a cool, peaceful vibe that will have you grooving along with your friends like you’re at a bonfire on a San Diego beach. His song "Homegrown" was the most played song by any local artist in San Diego last year, and it was even chosen by the San Diego Padres as a theme song for the home team. Paul Cannon and his band deliver guitar-driven melodies and catchy lyrical hooks that will have you singing along.
Friday, February 21: To Be Announced
Friday, March 7: Venice with special guest Michael Tiernan
You can't leave a concert by Venice without saying WOW. In an age of "auto-tuned superstars," these four vocalists blend perfect harmonies. There is no musical style beyond their range. How good are they? Ask Roger Waters of Pink Floyd—the guys just finished touring with him as his backing vocalists for The Wall Live tour. Venice will bring a hugely diverse playlist to Rock in the Park!  
Friday, March 21: A Very Special Performer with guest Michael Tiernan
We’re dying to tell you who’s going to close out the Rock in the Park series, but we can’t announce his name just yet. Trust us … it’s worth the wait. You know him, you love him, he’ll rock you. Stay tuned. We’ll be able to share the secret in February.
Michael Tiernan opens each show. He hung with monks deep in desert monasteries and lived in the Vatican, but he left the seminary for the higher calling of music, and has since racked up several national and international awards for his songwriting. His acoustic blend has a relaxed vibe mixed with a big city sound. Deep in meaning, yet playful in attitude, Michael’s music takes you from the temple to the tavern and from the beach to downtown.

Parking and Times

All performances will be held at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Ample FREE parking in the lot at Space Theater Way at Park Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Michael Tiernan performs at 7:30 p.m. Headliners perform at approximately 8:20 p.m. Come early, get your hands on fun science exhibits, grab a bite to eat, get a beverage and we will rock you!


$30 at the door
$25 general admission, in advance
$22 for Fleet members, staff and volunteers
Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now.
Online:        Through Eventbrite.
In person:    Buy at the Fleet ticket counter, open at 10 a.m. daily.
By phone:    Call the Fleet’s Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 x 806.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Science on the Rocks: Chocolate Unwrapped

In case you missed it in October time, take a look at our fabulous quarterly event series Science on The Rocks! Our October theme was Chocolate Unwrapped - allowing guests the opportunity to sample San Diego's finest wine, beer, chocolate and spirits.  They had a bit of fun too.... take a peek.

Coming up in the New Year...

January 23:
The Science of Rock

May 15:
 The Science of Sex

October 16:
The Science of Spirits

We hope to see you there! Check back as the events get closer for more details. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Balboa Park ... Your Premiere Event Destination!

Events in Balboa Park are truly one of a kind.  Take a peek at the many fabulous locations just waiting for you to book! No one wants to attend another boring meeting or conference ... and they won't when they're meeting in Balboa Park. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has an array of entertainment options to spice up your next corporate event. 

Now, lets talk about Fairy Tale Weddings! Balboa Park has that old-world, architectural beauty that makes every photo a beautiful memory. Through the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, your guests will be able to mingle around the iconic and gorgeous Bea Evenson Fountain. What better place to get married than the Arts & Culture center of San Diego?