It’s the year 2065 and the first manned mission to Mars is sabotaged. Two years later, as the subsequent mission approaches launch, Jeff Tracy’s International Rescue squad (Tracy’s five sons and their Thunderbird ships with ground support from London Agent Lady Penelope) thwarts a second sabotage attempt by their arch-enemy, The Hood, and the mission launches as planned. Six weeks later, the astronauts successfully arrive on Mars — only to be outgunned by giant red-eyed rock snakes! The astronauts flee back to Earth, where an equipment malfunction during re-entry causes their ship to plummet towards Craigsville, population 4,800. Can International Rescue save the day? To find out, join us for the cult classic “Thunderbirds Are Go!” (1966).
This month’s Teen Science Café  (6pm, Daily Planet Café) features NC State PhD student Emily Meineke and an up-close-and-personal look at insect predators (such as parasitic wasps), what she calls the unsung superheroes of the animal kingdom.
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 from National Geographic. 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 9 p.m. on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, groove to live music from Rich Valley Road, wander through eye-catching exhibits, 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 Gene Furr, whose show “Free and Untamed” runs February 7 - March 2 in the Nature Art Gallery . All exhibited art is for sale.