NightLife Intersections Dance

From bhangra to Pan Afro-Urban dance and samba, see how the dance floor becomes a canvas for self-expression. Featuring Afro Urban Society/Gbedu Town RadioBrasArte, and Non Stop Bhangra.

See more from the NightLife Intersections series here

NightLife Intersections Resident DJ: Emelle

Check out Emelle's NightLife Intersections Playlist on the NightLife Spotify page


Intersections: Conversation - 7:30pm in African Hall

African Hall
7:30 PM

Intersections: Performance - 8:30pm in the Piazza
Crowd at NightLife

8:30 PM

Watch as the dance floor comes alive in a special performance with BrasArteGdebu Town Radio, and Non Stop Bhangra

Check out more about each performing group in the drop-down menus below.

BrasArte - Bringing the best of Brazilian Culture to the Bay Area for over 25 years

Established in 2000, BrasArte is committed to preserving the traditional dances and music of Brazil, nurturing new and emerging artists, caring for aging artists and mentors, and providing a cultural exchange between Brazil and the US.

Gdebu Town Radio - A project of Afro Urban Society

Led by Artistic Director Nkeiruka Oruche and featuring a dynamic group of performers, Gdebu Town Radio explores social and political themes through Pan Afro-Urban music and dance including Afrobeats, Dancehall, Coupé-Décalé and varieties of hip hop.

Non Stop Bhangra - The Bay's Premier Bhangra Party

With 20 years of San Francisco’s “best dance party” under its belt, Non Stop Bhangra highlights the ancestral roots of Punjabi dance while pushing boundaries with contemporary influences like reggae, hip-hop, and electronica.

The Menu - Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness and Chef Rob

In The Academy Cafe:

Yuca Fries w/ Roasted Garlic Aioli

Chicken Suya on Pita Bread

At The Swamp & Aquarium Bars:


  • Rum, melon liqueur, lime, ginger beer

Red Rock Step

  • Vodka, raspberry liqueur, lemon, simple syrup, club soda
A few don't-miss NightLife details:
  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Café only.
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Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

One Sky Project is five short films exploring cultural and indigenous astronomy perspectives.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

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