Ghetto Gastro to Headline Museum of Science, Boston 2023 Winter/Spring Adult Programming Lineup

January 19, 2023

Season Welcomes Back Audience Favorites; Registration Now Open for After-Hours Events

BOSTON, MA  Today, the Museum of Science, Boston, announced its lineup for the 2023 Winter/Spring after-hours programming for adults. The eleventh season, headlined by the culinary collective Ghetto Gastro, features new programming and the return of popular, sold-out collaborations. The SubSpace season kicks off February 9 with a conversation on the impacts of sleep and mental health and is followed by a lineup of new book release celebrations, live podcast recordings, and groundbreaking immersive performances. Tickets are available now at

SubSpace after-hours programming is the experiential playground for developing fresh, original, social experiences for adults. This season, audiences are invited to the Museum’s immersive theater spaces for captivating, live performances from New England Synth Fest, a global celebration of the night sky with Constellation Stories, the premiere of an experimental dance piece, Arrow of Time, from Zoe Dance and Violet Nox, and a four-night run of the triumphant Black Hole Symphony in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. 

The Museum will also host a variety of trailblazing documentary screenings, thought leaders Jeneé Osterheldt and A Beautiful Resistance, acclaimed writer and hip hop historian Kevin Powell, journalists Angela Saini and Virginia Sole-Smith, poet and social justice activist Justice Roe Williams, and more, to offer audiences thought-provoking programming exploring themes of anti-racism, mental health and wellness, women and STEM, inclusion and belonging and space. 

“Our Winter/Spring season is influenced by scientists, artists, and changemakers who are using their diverse perspectives to break down existing barriers around issues of current science and technology that are impacting our communities today,” said James Monroe, senior producer of adult programs and theater experiences at the Museum of Science. “We are excited to welcome new voices we have admired for so long, as well as continue our ongoing partnerships with collaborators that continue to captivate audiences and re-shape the landscape of our institution and industry with their important work.”

The full lineup of programming is below. For more information and to buy tickets, visit


Sleep and Our Mental Health, February 9, 7:00 p.m.: Learn about cutting-edge research connecting sleep to depression and the impacts of sleep deprivation on our overall health and wellness. The Museum of Science’s Dr. Insoo Hyun, director of the center of life sciences at the Museum of Science, is joined by researchers from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital for an evening of conversation on the power of sleep. This program is free with pre-registration.

Double Feature: How to Die in Space & Stump the Spaceman, February 16, 7:00 p.m.: Join astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter on a fresh choose-your-own-adventure tour of the universe, with new dangers to navigate and new mysteries to uncover in the Mugar Omni Theater. $15 with pre-registration.

New England Synth Fest, February 23, 7:30 p.m.: Experience some of the region’s best synth musicians and visualizers like never before in the Charles Hayden Planetarium’s immersive full dome environment, featuring local acts ximena with visuals by Ziaire Trinidad Sherman, Square Root of Negative Two, and Mesmers with visuals by Allison Tanenhaus. $15 with pre-registration.

A Beautiful Resistance: Live!, February 24, 8:00 p.m.: The Boston Globe’s culture columnist and creator and author of A Beautiful Resistance, Jeneé Osterheldt, returns to the Museum for a live event celebrating the tradition of Black artists and Black journalists in reclaiming the truth of Black folk. There is music, there is story, there is love. Joy lives here. Join them. This program is free with pre-registration.


Consent at All Cost: At Your Cervix Film Screening and Discussion, March 1, 7:00 p.m.: The Museum of Science, in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival and The Wellness Collaborative Inc., kicks off the third season of the Healing Arts Film & Conversation Series with an exclusive screening of the documentary, At Your Cervix (directed by A’magine, USA 2022). The revealing and thought-provoking film provides a history of gynecologic research on black women and the slow progress of addressing informed consent, especially for patients under anesthesia and medical trainees. Following the screening, the Healing Arts team, in collaboration with the Triggered Project, will present a conversation with the filmmaker A’magine, and medical professionals, including a medical student, OB/GYN, bioethics expert, and mental health practitioner. This program is free with pre-registration.

Born to Die: A Tribute to Lana Del Rey, March 2, 7:30 p.m.: Legendary chanteuse Niki Luparelli, backed by a 10-piece band, returns to light up the Charles Hayden Planetarium with an all-new, original tribute show to the one and only Brooklyn Baby, Lana Del Rey. $20 with pre-registration.

A Reno Family Symposium: An Evening with Ghetto Gastro, March 22, 7:00 p.m.: Join Ghetto Gastro, a culinary collective that uses food as a platform to spark conversation about issues surrounding inclusion, race, access, and how food —and knowing how to cook—provides freedom and power, for an evening celebrating the launch of their book Black Power Kitchen. This program is free with pre-registration.

Arrow of Time, March 23, 7:30 p.m.: Zoe Dance and Violet Nox join their mind-expanding creative forces to choreograph a one-of-a-kind audio-visual experience for Museum spectators, blending evocative dance-theater with an original music score crafted specifically for the Charles Hayden Planetarium. $15 with pre-registration.


The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, April 5, 7:00 p.m.: Join the return of award-winning science journalist and author Angela Saini to celebrate her timely new release, The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule. This program is free with pre-registration.

Woods Hole Film Festival Presents: Exposure, April 6, 7:00 p.m.: A one-night-only screening of the breathtaking documentary Exposure in the Mugar Omni Theater. Award-winning filmmaker Holly Morris captures an expedition of ordinary women from the Arab world and the West as they strap on skis and haul heaving sledges toward true North, against all odds and polar advice. This program is free with pre-registration.

A Night of Mindfulness Meditation: Healing Sound Bath, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Experience a healing sound bath immersed in cinematic art and poetry under the dome and join Maïté, founder of The Institute for Integrative Mindfulness and Movement to cultivate mindfulness, connect to your senses, and open your heart to the present moment through music, sound, and light. $10 with pre-registration.

Dope Labs Unplugged, April 13, 7:00 p.m.: Titi and Zakiya, hosts of Dope Labs podcast, return to the Museum of Science to break down the science of everything. These scientists put trending topics under the microscope, showing audiences that science is everywhere. Whether you are a self-proclaimed science nerd or a casual observer, Dope Labs will convince you that science is for everybody. This program is free with pre-registration.

The Colby Room: Cultural Institutions, Colonialism, and Our Cultural Reckoning, April 19, 7:00 p.m.: Join members from the Museum of Science team in conversation with the community partners and experts consulting the Museum on this work. Learn about the history of the Colby Room, the people and cultures represented by the items and artwork in the exhibit, the deep roots of colonialism within museums and cultural institutions that plague our industry to this day, and our current work toward reparations. This program is free with pre-registration.

Kevin Powell: An Evening of Conversation and Poetry, April 20, 7:00 p.m.: Acclaimed writer, activist, and pop culture insider Kevin Powell comes to the Museum of Science to celebrate his newest releases, Grocery Shopping with My Mother, a collection of poetry, and The Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and Conversations, a gathering of 30-plus years of his literary output. This program is free with pre-registration.

Black Hole Symphony, April 24, 25, 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.: After a completely sold-out world premiere run, Black Hole Symphony returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for its smash-hit production. This collaboration between Multiverse Concert Series, the Museum, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a symphonic journey through spacetime performed by a live chamber orchestra under the dome. $20 with pre-registration.


Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture, May 10, 7:00 p.m.: Journalist Virginia Sole-Smith joins the Museum of Science to offer a compelling reported look at how families can change the conversation around weight, health, and self-worth with the release of Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture. This program is free with pre-registration.

¡A Bailar! Dance As a Way to Inclusion, May 11, 7:00 p.m.: Join the Museum for an evening at the intersection of artistic movement and inclusion within the Hispanic and Latinx communities, highlighting some of New England’s leading artmakers, dancers, and musicians. This program is free with pre-registration.

Constellation Stories, May 18, 7:30 p.m.:  This exciting collaborative performance of dance, light, and science features astronomy-based mythologies from around the world illuminating the Charles Hayden Planetarium, featuring choreographers Merli V. Guerra, Chali'naru Dones, Henoch Spinola, and Luminarium Dance Company performers. $15 with pre-registration.

Living a Triggered Life Podcast, May 19, 8:00 p.m.: The Museum welcomes back The Triggered Project for a live production of Living a Triggered Life podcast created and hosted by Keith and Roxann Mascoll, a Black couple who have their own trauma histories, exploring how mental health, love, family dynamics, and more impact their long-term relationship, and marriage. This program is free with pre-registration.

Deconstructing the Fitness Industrial Complex, May 24, 7:00 p.m.: Join editors Justice Roe Williams, Roc Rochon, and Lawrence Koval for their vital new release, Deconstructing the Fitness Industrial Complex: How to Resist, Disrupt, and Reclaim What It Means to Be Fit in American Culture, offering perspectives from QTBIPOC, fat, and disabled trainers, bodyworkers, and coaches on reimagining fitness for all bodies. This program is free with pre-registration.

Coleslaw’s Corner, May 25, 7:30 p.m.: The HUBweek Art Award-winning collaboration with one of Boston’s favorite Drag performers, Coleslaw, is back and under the immersive dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium for the first show of 2023. $15 with pre-registration


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