First Friday: Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 fantasy feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the Golden Fleece. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion creatures, and particularly the iconic fight with the skeletons. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked on other fantasy films with Harryhausen, such as Mysterious Island and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
Live Music: Jazz with Daniel DeLorenzo and Jacob Dowdy.
Prior to the movie you can "animate" skeletal metal dinosaurs in Museum’s new special exhibit Dinosaurs in Motion, which features life-size dinos made of recycled metal that you can move via lever-and-pulley or remote control. The 14 anatomically-inspired sculptures were built by Asheville artist John Payne. Adult tickets are $2 cheaper on First Fridays (5-7pm) via the Museum Box Office or online. The exhibit runs through September 8.
The Museum and the new Nature Research Center stay 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 music, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and an opening reception for photographer Larry Earley, whose exhibit “Carolina Grasslands” runs August 2–September 3 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.