Museum of Science, Boston Presents Isabella Rossellini, Headlining SubSpace: Adult Programming After Dark Virtual Season

May 8, 2020

Museum Delivers Virtual After Hours Programming with Live Music, Discussions, and Performances

BOSTON, MA (May 8, 2020) — The Museum of Science announced today that actress, filmmaker, author, and model, Isabella Rossellini, will return for an encore conversation with canine expert, Brian Hare, PhD on May 26, as part of the new virtual transformation of the Museum’s award-winning programming, SubSpace: Adult Programs After Dark. This exciting new season of adult programming is an extension of MOS at Home, the virtual Museum of Science experience, which offers daily live presentations, activities, podcasts, and more, for all ages. Registration for An Evening with Isabella Rossellini in Conversation with Brian Hare, as well as the other diverse SubSpace programming, will open Monday, May 11 at

SubSpace is the Museum’s award-winning experimental playground for developing fresh, original, social experiences for adults. In addition to the return of Isabella Rossellini, this season of SubSpace: Adult Programs After Dark, all offered via Zoom and YouTube Live, includes Sci-Fi Book Club for the Curious, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original multimedia play, Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth, a return performance from the Multiverse Concert Series, and a virtual talk from the pioneer of CRISPR, the revolutionary genome editing tool, Dr. Feng Zhang. The popular 18+ event series has included programming that has taken over nearly all areas of the Museum, from live podcasts and talks in the Blue Wing, including Jonathan Van Ness’s visit in February 2019 and Isabella Rossellini’s in October, to re-envisioning the Planetarium as a venue for some of the most exciting live performances in the city. These offerings are now transformed to engage audiences through a virtual medium.

“We are committed to serve our community as a convener where fascinating conversations can start, whether visitors are in our Exhibit Halls or at home,” said Tim Ritchie, President of the Museum of Science, Boston. “As part of MOS at Home, our SubSpace offerings continue to expand our digital offerings for our diverse community through thought-provoking discussion and live performances with local artists and entertainers. I am in awe of how our team has been able to create an authentic Museum experience for people at home. While we look forward to the day we can welcome people back to the Museum, MOS at Home will continue as an extension of how we can reach our community.”

Since its inception, SubSpace has been a platform for local artists and performers to engage with the Museum’s audience. The Museum is committed to continue being a resource for local artists and diverse experts to offer creative, though-provoking programming that Boston-area adults are seeking. These digital offerings are an expansion of this commitment, connecting local talent to the broader Museum audience.

“We are thrilled to continue to be a space for local and regional artists to perform and reach new audiences, despite our physical venue’s being closed,” said James Wetzel, Producer of Adult Programs at the Museum of Science. “SubSpace has always been a place for artists to experiment with our amazingly talented team and expanding the offerings online has been an exciting experiment in celebrating the diversity of our programming.”

Initial programming for the virtual SubSpace season includes:

  • ·       The Big Virtual Quiz Thing, May 14, 7:30pm: Participants will gather their teams virtually of four to six players, communicating via voice or chat, and prepare their brains as Quizmaster Wes Hazard presents a fully produced team-based quiz show on science, science in popular culture, and more. The game will feature unique video and audio puzzles, Smart-Ass Points, the Buzzertastic Finale, and the best “figureoutable” trivia questions anywhere.


  • ·       Science Fiction Book Club for the Curious, May 19, 5:30pm: Join the Museum for a newly created science fiction book club for adults, which will select a science fiction title monthly to read and discuss virtually. The first meeting will discuss Space Opera by Catherynnne M Valente.


  • ·       CRISPR Joins the Fight Against COVID, May 20, 7:00pm: Join Dr. Feng Zhang, core member of the Broad Institute, investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, for a one-night-only, virtual event to learn firsthand about his CRISPR research and his recent work using CRISPR to test for COVID-19. Dr. Zhang will also discuss additional ways he and other scientists are working to fight COVID19.


  • ·       eGaming: Fortnite Tournament, May 21, 7:30pm: After a sold-out season of eGaming under the dome of the Planetarium, the Museum of Science and One Up Games partner again, this time for a virtual livestreamed Fortnite tournament. Whether an expert player, new to esports, or simply a fan, all are welcome to join in for an opportunity to win a cash prize in each round of gaming. This program is free due to the generosity of the Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Fund for Adult Programs.


  • ·       MOS at Home Presents an Evening with Isabella Rossellini in Conversation with Brian Hare, PhD, May 26, 7:00pm: This special, virtual evening with the Museum features a conversation between legendary actress, model, filmmaker, and author, Isabella Rossellini, and canine expert, Brian Hare, PhD., professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. Rossellini and Hare, who reunite, after a sold-out event at the Museum in Fall 2019, discuss animal cognition and the wondrous intelligence in nature.


  • ·       Coleslaw’s Corner: Science in Drag, May 28, 7:30pm: For two years, one of Boston’s brightest stars of drag, Coleslaw, has continued to sell out performances of the hit series Coleslaw’s Corner in collaboration with the Museum of Science. Join Coleslaw virtually, as she sits down with a different expert, scientist or researcher in each episode of this digital series to explore, question, and learn about topics of science and technology that shape our world today.


  • ·       Multiverse Concert Series: Unfolding Life, June 2, 7:30pm: After a sold-out performance of Hidden Worlds in the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Multiverse Concert Series returns for a special virtual livestream event, featuring excerpts from Hidden Worlds and more. Multiverse Concert Series is a live performance of lecture and music, joined to explore how life explores itself on Earth.


  • ·       MEDUSA: Behind the Scenes, June 11, 7:30pm: After two sold-out runs at the Museum, Brian King, Nathan Cohen, and the cabaret band, What Time It It, Mr. Fox?, return to explore the vision and process behind their multimedia musical experience Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth. The animated audio play with live band performance retells the Medusa tale for the modern era, innovatively using the full dome medium of the Charles Hayden Planetarium. This conversation will feature excerpts from the show and more surprises from the team behind it.


Visit to register in advance for these virtual offerings and learn about new events coming soon, including live music experiences, wellness and mindfulness sessions, a panel conversation about the impact of Coronavirus, and fun Pride-centric events for Pride Week.

This season’s SubSpace programming is made possible by the Lowell Institute.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

Among the world's largest science centers, and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive exhibits and programs. Nearly an additional 2 million people experience the Museum annually through touring exhibitions, traveling programs, planetarium productions and preK-8 EiE® STEM curricula through the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center.  Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at

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