First Friday: Sound of Science Schedule

DJ Dance Party & Fleeting Trance Performances



Join the DJ for a giant dance party for all humans and noisemakers! Featuring performances by the genre-defying band, Fleeting Trance.


Science of Sound Activities


Throughout Center


Member Lounge


Hauben Room

Members are invited to join us in the lounge for hot cocoa and games.


Foley and Pixilation Stations with Berkeley City College


Galileo & Kepler/Copernicus Rooms

Use your whole body to create fun and magical animations with Berkeley City College at their Pixilation Station and add amazing sound effects to your video using found objects at their Foley station!

Located in downtown Berkeley on the same block as BART, BCC welcomes working professionals updating their technical media skills and students pursuing university degrees. Courses include scriptwriting, video production, Photoshop, After Effects, 3D animation, Web development and programming, social media for professionals.  Five of our alumni have won Emmy’s and hundreds are employed in media related careers around the Bay.


Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

6:30pm & 7:15pm


Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.


The Sound and Tuning of Glass Workshop with Edward Schocker from Thingamajigs

6:30, 7:30, & 8:30pm

Biology Lab


Have you ever tried rubbed your finger on the rim of a wine glass? Do you remember the surprise and excitement when it made a pure pitch? Join Edward Schocker, a composer and director of Thingamajigs, in an interactive workshop on using glass to make music and sounds. We’ll explore why glasses can be used to make incredible sounds and how we can use glass and water to explore natural tuning systems. Together we’ll create our own scale and tuning with a large set of glass and water.

About Edward Schocker

Edward Schocker is a composer and performer who creates music with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. Edward founded Thingamajigs, an Oakland arts nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting music created with unusual instruments and tunings.

Edward’s artist in residencies and commissions include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Stanford Lively Arts, and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. As a performer, he has presented work at festivals around the world, including Internationales Klangkunstfest in Berlin, Soundwave ((6)) in San Francisco, and Culture Station Seoul 284 in South Korea.


Beat Making Workshop with Today’s Future Sound



Appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

This interactive workshop will explore sound and sound creation through the process of beat making. Together, participants will explore what different instruments, samples and sounds can be used to compose a “beat.” It will also give a basic introduction to the history of beat making and Hip Hop, and progression from the use of turntables to beat machines and software. The workshop will be facilitated by Today’s Future Sound Director Dr. Elliot Gann and Senior Instructor Elwin Williams III aka Da Rap Nerd.


The Farthest (2017) Screening


Megadome Theater

THE FARTHEST tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission. The twin spacecraft—each with less computing power than a cell phone—used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the spectacular outer planets and their many peculiar moons. Still going strong four decades after launch, each spacecraft carries an iconic golden record with greetings, music and images from Earth—a gift for any aliens that might one day find it. Voyager 1, which left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. A billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will still be sailing on—perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity ever existed.


Star Stories

7:30 & 8:30pm

Observation Deck

Come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky.


Telescope Makers Workshop


Chemistry/Physics Lab

Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to.


Telescope Viewings


Observation Deck





Meet in the Rotunda at 8pm to help create a magical indoor rainstorm soundscape!


Bay Aerial



Take a supersonic spin around the Bay Area skies! This 10-minute flight of fancy begins at our home port, Chabot, and covers a lot of ground from the sky above!


Laser Mania Show



Surveying soft rock, pop, and adult contemporary and easy listening music, this fun family laser concert is a beautiful artistic interpretation for all ages. Featuring music from over five decades, hearts, eyes and ears will enjoy the dazzling colors and laser art set to a collection of musical delights in an immersive visual environment.