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Finally Friday: Big Trouble in Little China

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Big Trouble in Little China - movie poster

5:30pm–7pm: Food, live music and science stations
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary.


What’s the worst that could happen if you find yourself on the streets of Chinatown on a dark and rainy night? Maybe nothing, or maybe you’ll be pulled into the middle of an ancient mystical adventure! Don´t worry, Jack Burton is here to help with this battle against a 3000-year-old warlord.

Come join us for the April installment of Finally Friday and see John Carpenter’s cult-classic action film, “Big Trouble in Little China.” We’ll host Dr. Nathaniel Isaacson, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese literature and cultural studies at NC State University. Dr. Isaacson, whose research interests include Chinese science fiction, Chinese cinema, and popular culture, will help us separate the science from the fiction following the movie. Don’t miss it!


Check out the upcoming movies and learn more about Finally Friday: Where Science meets the Cinema.

Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American fantasy martial arts comedy film directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film tells the story of Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi rescue Wang’s green-eyed fiancée from bandits in San Francisco’s Chinatown. They go into the mysterious underworld beneath Chinatown, where they face an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan, who requires a woman with green eyes to marry him in order to release him from a centuries-old curse.

—Source: Wikipedia


Bug Trouble in Little China
Explore some of China’s most impressive arthropods, both big and little, with the Museum’s Arthropod Zoo!

中文 Chinese Calligraphy
What is Chinese calligraphy? How do you write it? How do you read it? Learn some tips and tricks about calligraphy that may be useful the next time you find yourself in Chinatown on a dark and rainy night.

Chang Sing vs. Wing Kong Chopsticks Game
Face off against your foes with a chopstick dexterity competition. Show your skills and win a prize!

Big Trouble in Little China Button Handouts
Hot off the press! A new button from our Finally Friday movie collection has been released. Supplies are limited, so get one fast before they disappear!

More Than Meets the Eye
Human eye color has always been fascinating and mysterious. Do brown eyes make you excel at tennis? It turns out there’s a lot more to eye color than meets the eye. A person’s eye can sometimes reveal more than words ever can. Learn about the science behind eye color!

Kung Fu Animals
Learn about amazing animals like the desert kangaroo rat that use “Kung Fu” moves to evade predation … or to catch their tasty prey!

MUSIC (5:30–7PM)

This month we’re featuring modern synthwave from bands like Senator Jaiz, Survive, and Com Truise.


This Finally Friday event is Asian Night! Enjoy rice bowls with white rice and your choice of tinga chicken or beef for $6 or the green apple salad for $8. And don’t miss our selection of wine and craft beers and other snacks!



April 26
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$2/ticket for Members; $5/ticket for non-Members


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Hugo Romero-Sanchez