On June 5, 2012, we lost a phenomenal American writer … Ray Bradbury. Over the years, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has featured many movies based on his work, including “Fahrenheit 451,” “It Came from Outer Space” and “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.” On First Friday, August 3 at 7pm, the Natural Horror Picture Show offers a special screening of rare films based on Bradbury’s short stories, straight from the A/V Geeks archive (not available on DVD). Join us in remembering an American legend about whom Steven Spielberg wrote, “On the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal.”
The three short selections are:
- “The Veldt,” which takes place in a futuristic house whose occupants are increasingly disturbed by the images and sounds of the African veldt that appear on the hi-tech playroom walls;
- “Zero Hour,” a story about a girl and her friends who play a game called 'Invasion,' but her mother soon discovers that a real invasion is coming from outer space; and
- “Electric Grandmother,” a story featuring Maureen Stapleton as a magical, ageless grandmother whose warmth transforms a skeptical little girl and brings love to a motherless home.
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to 50 books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” He is the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.
The Museum — both the main building and the Nature Research Center — 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, and enjoy snacks and beverages provided by the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Store offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-8:30pm) for Shelly Hehenberger, whose show “Chaos and Cosmos” features a series of paintings in oil and wax on wood, and runs August 3 to September 3. 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.