CIS After Dark 2016

CIS After Dark @ Cranbrook Institute of Science

June 16, 2016Super After Dark @ 7:00pm

The 2015-16 After Dark series at Cranbrook Institute of Science series comes to a close with Super After Dark on June 16 at 7pm. Celebrating all things Super and Superhero, experiences will include heroic activities, talks, and demonstrations about favorite comic characters-just for adults 21+. There will also be a chance to learn how bats are heroes in their own right, and experience these creatures of the night in the Institute's Bats: Superheroes of the Night exhibition which closes June 19.

Throughout the evening guests will dive into the science behind superheroes and villains through special activities and experiences such as:

Avengers Assemble! A team based activity where guests must work together to achieve a Super goal.

Sci-fi Minerals takes a look at the rocks, minerals, and fossils that play a major role in comic and sci-fi stories and will reveal whether or not Kryptonite actually exists.

Mutants explores DNA and how certain mutations of the human genome gave rise to some of our favorite comic characters.

Human Powers explores the concept of humans gaining "super powers" in stressful situations, through genetic mutations, and more, to reveal what powers might be lurking in us right now.

Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite Superhero to compete in a best costume competition or just enjoy some Super- themed cocktails and treats.

More to come…

CIS After Dark is a night of science and fun for adults 21+. Each event begins at 7pm and will highlight a different thematic topic – from evolution to sex – and will include a cash bar and the opportunity to explore the museum after dark. Meet imaginative scientists, artists, thinkers, and tinkerers. Enjoy live demonstrations, enticing conversations, engaging activities, and more. Delicious meals and snacks are available for purchase from Reflections Café throughout the evening. This is much more than the field trips you knew growing up -- leave the kids behind and bring your friends or a date and converse over cocktails. Old friends and new are welcome to explore science in an invigorating setting at CIS After Dark.

$10 Members
$15 General
$20 for everyone at the door

These events are 21+ only.
All attendees will be required to show their Government-Issued ID upon check in.

Cash bar only. No credit cards.

Register early! Space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Super After Dark - June 16, 2016

Past Events

Build After Dark

From the building blocks of life to construction, build your knowledge by learning about ecosystem engineers, 3-D printing, and the formation of the atmosphere. Come see how the world fits together.


Architects of the Atmosphere
John Zawiskie reviews the fossil evidence for the evolution of the modern atmosphere.

Humans Build Amazing Artifacts
Cameron Wood  tour collections and works with humanity’s oldest tool technology.


Cosmic Building Blocks
Rachael Merritt of Wayne State Planetarium discusses the ever-changing cosmic landscape.

How to Build a Solar System
Join Cranbrook Astronomy staff for a 15-minute live sky show in the planetarium.

Ctrl + P Anything

Witness 3D printing in action.

The Village Workshop
Meet makers from The Village Workshop in Novi who will discuss their community work space and highlight a wide variety of projects made in-shop.


Egg Drop
Can you create an egg-protecting structure that will survive a 20-foot drop?

Bridge Building
Compete against your fellow guests to see who can build the strongest or most economical bridge using wooden skewers and glue.

Pasta Races
Start your noodles! And use assorted pastas to build a starchy race car.


Build-Your-Own Cocktail
Join mixologists from Wolf Moon Mixers as they help you create your perfect cocktail.

DIY Mozz
Build your own mozzarella.

Create a Crepe
Satisfy your sweet tooth by customizing a fresh crepe.

AND MUCH MORE…………………… 

Love After Dark

Adults 21+ are invited to spend an evening at the museum exploring the songs, senses, sensuality, and science of the Valentine season!

Our headline speaker, Wayne State University professor Stephanie Tong, presents new research on internet communication. While romantic love is still considered to be a key part of a lasting relationship, how we look for love has changed. How have Twitter, Facebook, dating sites, and the like changed our search for a soul mate?

Love trivia? Test your knowledge of both romantic minutia and popular love song lyrics! 

Anthropologist Cameron Wood will share artifacts from the museum’s collection as he tells tales of history’s most scandalous romances. From Antony and Cleopatra to Pocahontas and John Rolfe, examine artifacts related to stories of love from around the world.

Let’s talk about the birds and the bees. Homestead Honey joins us to discuss the essential role bees play in pollinating. Nearby, you’ll find flowers ready for guided dissection in case you need to brush up on identifying stamens and stigmas. 

If flowers aren’t your thing, comparative anatomist Mary Craig from Oakland University will be on site discussing reproductive anatomy.

Stop by My Nerdy Valentine to make your own geek chic valentines. 

If you have trouble expressing yourself, try Poetry on Demand with the Institute’s own James Kurleto. He’ll create short love poems on the spot! 

Dynamic Metroparks duo Mark Irish and Ian Ableson will join us to share information about attraction in nature. Come hear about animals falling in love in your backyard! 

Sips, sweets, and savory treats will be available: LOVEly cocktails, beer, wine, and themed snacks available for purchase from TASTE by Chartwells.

Fright After Dark

CIS After Dark returns for the 2015-2016 season to investigate the science of scary with Fright, an evening of Halloween fun for adults 21+ on Thursday, October 15 from 7-11pm. Spooky science experiments, creepy conversations, Fright-themed cocktails and food for purchase, and the chance to make glow-in-the-dark slime will make for a frightfully good time. Preregistered tickets are $10 for Members and $15 for non-Members. Day of admission is $20 at the door. Costumes are encouraged!

Fright Agenda

Planetarium - Live show 15 minutes,  8:00, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15 pm

Dr. Christine Rabinak - Monsters Under the Bed or Just in Your Head?  Fear is a universal and critical response to physical and emotional danger. Wayne State’s Dr. Rabinak will help us understand what it means to be afraid.

The Spirit Hunter and The Skeptic - he Spirit Hunter & The Skeptic is a dual speaker, point/counter-point presentation featuring the paranormal.

Eye Ball Race -Join us for a classic egg-and-spoon race with a Fright twist: we’re replacing the eggs with eyeballs! Yes, actual eyeballs. 

Fear and Fascination: Tyrannosaurus rex. Cranbrook Geologist john Zawiskie will discuss the paleobiology of this ferocious killing machine.

All-American Monsters and Superstitions - Learn about black dogs, flying canoes, and windegos as you investigate America’s superstitious history with our resident anthropologist, Cameron Wood.

Tales From the Living Dead: Maggot Art! - Participants are invited to make art from ‘icky insects’. Use live fly larvae (aka maggots!) as paint brushes. Maggots will crawl (a part of their normal life cycle and activity) over paper to create a one-of-a-kind artwork.

Haunted Hunt - Head out into the museum to complete a photo scavenger hunt. Snap a photo at our selfie stations along the way! #FrightAfterDark

Startling Science Demonstrations - Screaming spoons, explosive balloons… join the UDM Chemistry Club for can’t-miss chemistry demonstrations!

Little House on the Scary - Pets & Things Reptile Emporium crew joins us with their own spin on fear with the help of some of their "freakiest friends". Here you will find creepy crawlies, eight-legged-freaks, slithering serpents, and things that go bump in the night, and the chance to test your phobias.    

Skulls and Pelts -Touch real and replica specimens and see if you can correctly identify Michigan mammals.

Candy Head Guess -The classic “guess how many” game gets a Halloween spin – correctly guess the number of candy pieces inside the crystal skull and win a pair of tickets to a future After Dark event.

Slime - Use common household ingredients to make spooky souvenir glowing slime. 

Cockroach Encounter - Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches look intimidating, but meet these shy decomposers and see why they aren’t as scary as they seem.

Origami Bats - Fold up models of furry fliers before you visit the new traveling exhibit, Bats: Superheroes of the Night.

And more...

Local After Dark

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Mark your calendar for December 3rd as we celebrate the history and bounty of Michigan with Local After Dark. Meet area flora and fauna, sip local spirits, gaze at the night sky, and support small businesses as you shop for the best jams, soaps, and handcrafted goods in the area!

Check back as we update specific activities for each event or follow us on Facebook (Cranbrook Institute of Science) and Twitter (@cranbrooksci).

Asta Crochet
Hand crocheted cozy scarflettes made with machine washable/dryable yarn and beautiful buttons.

Beau Bien Fine Foods
Producers of world-class preserves and condiments with Michigan’s finest fruit.

Brazen Gypsy
Telling stories of various journeys through whimsical handmade jewelry pieces.

Breathe in Detroit
Authentic Detroit apparel that makes an impact in the community.

C.Grabski Designs
Original hand painted silk scarves and accessories.

Chazzano Coffee Roasters
Organic roasted coffee roasted to perfection in Ferndale.

Chris Ahern Photography
Professional canvas prints with images of Detroit architecture and landscapes.

City Girls Soap
Milked in Michigan, made in Michigan. A wide variety of goat milk soaps and lotions.

Cyberoptix TieLab
Hand screened neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, scarves & ascots.

Cynt-sational Popcorn
Locally Sourced, Air Popped and Non-GMO popcorn in a variety of flavors!

Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee
Handmade, homemade, and Michigan made toffee.

Detroit Marshmallow Co.
Creative marshmallow flavors with products sourced from local artisans and growers.

Dusty Goods
Original paintings, limited edition fine art prints, digital reproductions, and apparel.

FAS Ceramics
Cranbrook Art Academy student made pottery, jewelry, magnets, small figurines and accessories.

Fire & Water Ceramics
Glazed mugs, pots, vases, and more from a Michigan ceramic duo.

Fresh Hot Shirts
Locally-printed shirts and apparel out of Earth 2 Earth in Pontiac.

Gabriel’s Garden
Handmade lavender products for skin care, bath & body, cooking, and laundry.

Get Festive
Pretty paper products (garlands, paperblooms, and more) for entertaining or décor.

Green Toe Gardens
Products with small footprints for a greener planet.

Gourmand's Sausage
Belgium sausage and a select few of Ilowski Sausage products.

App that connects you with the best restaurants that use local and natural ingredients in Detroit!

Hand Knits by Gene & Jan Fox
Custom made hand knit sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, headbands and boot toppers. Special orders are welcome!

Heaven Sent Crafts
Jewelry, notebooks, and journals all made using recycled materials.

Homestead Honey
Pure Raw Honey, bee pollen, bee Propolis, candles & more with chemical-free hive management.

It’s All About That Jam
Uniquely flavored jams and jellies!

Joe's Produce Catering
Metro Detroit catering company excelling in “effortless events”.

LeadHead Glass
Handcrafted terrariums made from reclaimed glass and wood.

Love’s Pies
Seasonal, Southern-style pies in 26 different flavors including custard and chess variations.

McClure’s Pickles
Michigan-made pickles, relish, bloody mary mix, and more!

Midnight Scoop
Scoop through hard ice cream easily and correctly by using this scoop from an area aerospace engineer.

Mrs. Pruitt’s Cha Cha Salsa
Locally grown ingredients and a family recipe combine to make a great gourmet salsa.

Nancy Melet Jewelry
Nature-inspired jewelry for the everyday woman.

Neu Kombucha
A living, raw, organic drink made by fermenting tea and infusing it with handcrafted flavors that are all-natural, vegan, GMO and Gluten-Free.

Olive Branch Mediterranean
Mediterranean dips and spreads from Berkley, MI.
Old World Gluten Free
Local Michigan company producing delicious and nutritious gluten-free pierogi.

Parchment and Pine
Handmade paper and wood products.

Pets and Things Reptile Emporium
An exotic reptile store dedicated to having the most unique selection of healthy, captive bred animals in the area.

Rebel Nell
Jewelry – made from unique local materials – that provides transitional opportunities for Detroit women.

Renaissance Lathe Works
Hand-turned fine writing instruments, bowls, hollow forms, and duck calls.

Savage Arts
Where art meets science in a unique and whimsical jewelry line.

Sunfish Woodworks
Hand-painted, hand-carved wooden fish.

Tangled Web Crochet
Quality wearables that are "everyday practical," but with a personal touch.

TASTE by Chartwells Catering
Enjoy a street taco bar from TASTE Catering.

Tree Reform
Custom made woodworks including kitchen ware and furniture.

The Trove Shoppe
Unique gifts and art that are useful, affordable, and healthy for the community.

Tusen Takk Card Co.
The Norwegian name means “1000 THANKS” – new & original art prints and cards.