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Body Art Meets Science

Tonight's event couldn't get any more San Francisco. Where else could you bring a decidedly hipster vibe to a five-day biosciences festival? Part of the larger Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health festivities, Friday's California Academy of Sciences program "Body Art: An Evening Science Mingle" looks at the body as creative canvas. See complex muscle systems displayed as body paint on roaming models, and see up-close scientific images of neurons and viruses.

In partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, a leading bio-med research organization, the festival brings together some of the Bay Area’s most brilliant scientists to talk about pioneering research in human health—from cutting-edge stem cell research to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

Looking for extra credit? Chat up one of the on-hand scientists donning white lab coats. And geek out over tacos and beer, compliments of Tacolicious, against a backdrop of beats by DJ B. Smiley.

Friday, 1/25, 6-9 p.m.; Tickets are $25 for adults/$20 for Academy members. Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, calacademy.org/brilliantscience