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First Friday features alien, cycloptic starfish in search of Museum scientists

RALEIGH —Some of the worst looking aliens ever filmed travel to Tokyo to warn the blundering humans about a runaway planetoid that will destroy both Earth and the aliens’ world. But the fate of both worlds rests in the hands of one human scientist and his formula for a new anti-planetoid weapon. Don’t miss “Warning from Space,” the first Japanese sci-fi film shot in color (1956), showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, December 6 at 7pm. Free.

Warning from Space PosterThe highly sought after Professor Kamura is played by Bontaro Miake, an actor with more than 100 movie roles over a 50-year career, including a small part in 1970’s “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, a dramatization of the “incredible attack on Pearl Harbor as told from both the American and Japanese sides.”

Is it possible the good folks at DC Comics were inspired by this film? In 1960, Starro the Conqueror made its debut as the first villain to do battle with the original Justice League of America (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter). Starro was “an intelligent alien life form resembling a giant starfish with a central eye and prehensile extremities.” There’s definitely a family resemblance.

Teens are invited to use their brains before the movie. What are brains? Brains enable us to perceive, think and act. But how do individual neurons, the cells that make up every brain, work together to carry out such complex jobs? At this month’s Teen Science Café (6pm, Daily Planet Café) Duke grad student Caroline Drucker will explain how neurons communicate and how scientists study these special cells. Then attendees will try to send messages among the group as effectively as neurons!

BOGO (buy one get one) adult admission to “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” every First Friday from 5 to 7pm. Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, birds-of-paradise are a case study in the power of evolution. This new exhibition highlights fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography. Prices: Free for Members; $6 for Adults; $4 for Children (3-12); $5 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military.

The Museum stays 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 jazz from Jacob Dowdy and Daniel Delorenzo, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and this month an opening reception for members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, whose show “Nature Up Close” runs December 6 – January 5 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013