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Buckaroo Banzai visits NC Museum. Expect the unexpected.

RALEIGH — Red Lectroids from Planet 10 have invaded Earth. Your only hope is neurosurgeon/rockstar Buckaroo Banzai and his random band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Not very comforting, is it? Don’t miss “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” (1984), this month’s feature film showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, May 3 at 7pm. Free.

“Buckaroo” boasts perennial B-listers Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd. Weller plays the rocking Dr. Banzai, who also happens to be a physicist and inventor of the oscillation overthruster, a device that allows him and his crime-fighting buddies to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. Sweet! Weller is perhaps best known for his roles as a cyborg police officer with issues in “RoboCop” and as drug-induced writer Bill Lee in the William S. Burroughs semi-autobiographical “Naked Lunch.” Did you know? He also won a Best Actor award at the Paris International Film Festival for his performance as an upwardly mobile bachelor with a serious rat problem in “Of Unknown Origin” (1983).

Lithgow plays Buckaroo’s arch-enemy and Red Lectroid puppet Dr. Emilio Lizardo. Prior to his alien possession, Lithgow won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s “The Changing Room,” an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Roberta Muldoon in the big-screen’s “The World According to Garp,”  and infamy for his role as patriarch Dr. Dick Solomon in the popular but unfortunate TV series “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gNJ1z-ulB4

Calling all teens! Forget Jagger. Learn how to move like an animal at this month’s Open Minds: Teen Science Café (6pm, Daily Planet Café) when the Museum’s Biodiversity Lab Director Roland Kays explains “Coordinated Movement in Groups of Animals and Teenagers.” Find out how a few simple decisions affect the movement of flocks of birds and bands of baboons. Kays will also lead teen attendees through an exercise to see if they can use flocking behavior to avoid predation! This is the last Teen Science Cafe until October 2013.

The Museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, groove to live music from rock doctor David Kroll, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and an opening reception for six North Carolina potters, whose exhibit “May Flowers: Thrown Together” runs May 3 – June 3 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.

Publish Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2013