RALEIGH — Brace yourself amigo for a most triumphant movie when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” on First Friday, December 2 at 7pm. Free. Dude! It’s the funniest comedy in the history of history!
“Bill and Ted” (1989, rated PG) follows two metalhead slackers as they travel through time to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation. As it turns out, the dudes must pass their class or the future of the world is at stake. “No way,” you say. “Yes way!” The pair of slackers is portrayed by Keanu Reeves as “Ted” Theodore Logan and Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq. This is one of Reeves’ first roles on the big screen, which inexplicably prepared him for leading roles as an action star in “Point Break,” (1991) “Speed” (1994) and the “Matrix” trilogy. Winter started his career on Broadway before grabbing a small role in the cult vampire movie “The Lost Boys” (1987) and of course this month’s feature and its sequel “Big and Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991), again paired with Reeves. An untitled third film is planned for release in 2013.
George Carlin steals the show as the benevolent guide from the future named Rufus. Carlin is one of the most influential stand-up comedians of all time. His notorious “7 Words You Can’t Say on TV” comedy routine was part of a radio censorship case that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978 and remains a classic to this day. Don’t miss Al ‘Ka Bong’ Leong as Genghis Khan. Leong’s amazing martial arts skills and Fu-Manchu have served him well in short but memorable performances onscreen as “Endo” torturing Mel Gibson with electric shocks in “Lethal Weapon” (1987), as “Uli” the chocolate bar stealing terrorist in “Die Hard” (1988), and as one of the Wing Kong members in “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986).
The Museum stays 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, enjoy snacks and beverages from the Acro Café, and groove to live music from The Foyer. The Museum Store also offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-8:30pm) for Museum educator Mike Dunn, whose amazing collection of nature photography will be on display December 2 to January 2 in the Nature Art Gallery . All exhibited art is for sale.
You can also visit the Museum’s newest special exhibit, “Genghis Khan ,” which tells the amazing true story of Khan — his life, his land, his people, his culture and his enduring legacy. The exhibit features more than 200 rare treasures — from jewelry and ornaments to musical instruments to sophisticated weaponry — made famous by Khan and his warriors. Plus, a mummified Mongolian princess on loan from the Mongolian Academy of Science. Special First Friday rate: $8 for Adults, $5 for Children/Students/Seniors, free for Members. This exhibit runs through January 16, 2012.
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.