First Friday: All the dreams you’ve ever had, and not just the good ones
Q: What happens when a young boy goes on a time-travelling adventure with a bunch of treasure-hunting dwarves armed with a map to the Universe’s time holes? A: They don’t make history … they steal it! You would be wise to protect your jewels when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts “Time Bandits” on First Friday, October 5 at 7pm. Please Note: This movie is rated PG. (But it’s still free.)
Long before it inspired the naming of a king crab fishing boat, “Time Bandits” was a British fantasy film directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam, former animator/writer for the early 1970s television show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Gilliam also directed and/or wrote the show-related movies “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life,” as well as the similarly themed “Jabberwocky,” “Brazil” and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.” “Time Bandits” features a star-studded cast including Sean “007” Connery as King Agamemnon, Shelley “Olive Oyl” Duvall as Dame Pansy, and Monty Python veterans John “Minister of Silly Walks” Cleese as Robin Hood and Michael “Stuttering Thief” Palin as Vincent.
Calling all teens! Want to know what makes a zebrafish nervous? Arrive early (6pm) for a discussion about the study of fear, anxiety and stress responsiveness in animals as NC State biology professor John Godwin joins us for the second Teen Science Café, held in the new wing’s Daily Planet Café (121 West Jones Street).
The Museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is now open and First Friday visitors can see it at a discounted rate ($3 off adult tickets). In this exhibition, you will experience Titanic’s fateful 1912 maiden voyage and take on the identity of a real passenger as you explore magnificent re-creations of the ship’s interior and view haunting artifacts recovered from the wreck site 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface.
Additionally, the Museum Store offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-8:30pm) for Charlotte-based painter Ruth Ava Lyons, whose show “The Road Not Taken” runs October 5-28 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.