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Arts/Culture/Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, free comics, and exploring 'After Dark'


Explore the new Exploratorium "After Dark" // The first After Dark (aged 18+) event at the museum's new space at Pier 15 is "Home," a giant housewarming party, Exploratorium-style. Meet the designer & engineer who transformed the space, and get to know some 500 trillion or so residents of your own skin, mouth, and gut with Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck. Enjoy special live music, themed exhibits, and more scintillating experts. // DETAILS: May 2, The Exploratorium, Pier 15, SF, 6 - 10p.m.; Cost: General $15, Members $10


Audium: Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space // Started in 1965 by composer Stan Shaff and equipment designer Doug McEachern, shows are Fridays and Saturdays, and you have to be there on time at 8:30 p.m. because after that they lock the door! The room fits about 50 people. Chairs are arranged in a semicircle, and about 180 speakers are arranged around the room. After a short speech, they turn off all the lights and you just listen. // DETAILS: every Fri. & Sat., Audium 9, 1616 Bush, SF, 8:30p.m.; Cost: $20

Postmodern American Poetry// To celebrate the new, second edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, edited by SFSU professor Paul Hoover, 17 of the West Coast's finest postmodern poets will read from their work at The DeYoung Museum. The poets include: Will Alexander, Nill Berkson, Norma Cole, and Rusty Morrison.  // DETAILS: May 3, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF, 6:30p.m.; Cost: FREE


Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Dolores Park // An all day celebration featuring: The Mission District Young Musicians Program Ensemble, Buyepongo, Conjunto Picante, Edgardo & Candela, and Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco. // DETAILS: May 4, Dolores Park, SF, 10a.m. – 6p.m.; Cost: FREE

Free Comic Book Day // On the first Saturday in May you can walk into participating comic book stores and get a free comic! Here is a list of participating comic book stores in the Bay Area. The comics you can get vary from store to store, but highlights from 2013 include exclusive comic books from Superman, Star Wars, SpongeBob, The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. // DETAILS: May 4, Comic Bookstores everywhere, Cost: FREE


Freedom Movement: Stories of People in Struggle // On Sunday, the Museum of the African Diaspora will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Children's Crusade," a four-day student march to raise awareness about segregation in Birmingham, Alabama that was met with arrests. Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement share their personal stories of the time bringing to life the history of the struggle. // DETAILS: May 5, 685 Mission, SF, 2p.m.; Cost: $5 - 10

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.