Six Must-Geek Happenings at the Philadelphia Science Festival

By Nicole Bonaccorso
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Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Dark
Learn to breathe smoke like a dragon, view 3-D printers and NextFab’s laser cutters, and make cocktails out of paper. Take part in tapping the 2013 Yard’s Official Science Festival Beer, Pythagorean Beerum, a Belgian Tripel brewed specially for this adults-only event. Thurs., April 18, 6:30pm. $15. NextFab Studio, 2025 Washington Ave.

Sounds Made Up: Tales from the History of Science
Scientists make mistakes, too. Join Philly Improv Theater comedians and historians of science as they present some of humankind’s biggest scientific blunders. Thurs., April 25, 7pm. $5-$7. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band Performance and Science Demonstrations
Science and mystery combine in this Victorian-style performance of the classic Sherlock Holmes story by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After the show, learn about the science behind the historical devices, artifacts and compounds used in the story from Mütter Museum experts. Sat., April 27, 7:30-9:30pm. $35. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 West Tulpehocken St.

Astronomy Night Café: Edge of the Universe
Is the Big Bang Theory now nothing more than a slightly humorous sitcom? Learn from physicist Paul Halpern about the “Big Bounce,” the “Big Rip,” dark matter and other spacey theories. Halpern will wrapup the lecture with an evening of stargazing. Fri., April 26, 6pm. Free. Frankford Hall,1210 Frankford Ave.

The Morgue the Merrier: The Science of the Living Dead
Learn the science behind the much-feared zombie virus, just in case. Watch a live zombie autopsy, participate in a scavenger hunt for zombie body parts, and learn the science behind viral outbreaks. Haunt Laruel Hill Cemetery afterwards for refreshments and zombie-themed activities. Sat., April 27, 6-10pm. $25. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.

Science Surprises: Vicki Cobb’s One-Woman Science Show
Cobb is an expert in making science fun. Learn about the science that is present in your everyday world, experience illusions and participate in challenges in this show based on Cobb’s best-selling books Bet You Can! and Bet You Can’t! After the show, participate in activities run by LEAP into Science. Sun., April 28, 2pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

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