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Raleigh science museum serves up new Final Friday movie night

Posted August 24

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences nixed its First Friday movie nights earlier this summer. Now they've replaced them with a new program - Final Fridays starting this Friday, Aug. 26.

Final Fridays, offered on the last Friday of each month, will feature new movies, programs and food, letting visitors explore the intersection between science and cinema. Along with movies, there also will be presentations from experts and hands-on science stations related to each night's theme. Dinner, drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. Movies and presentations start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

I'm going to say that these events are probably best for older kids - tweens, even teens, depending on the film and discussion. I do think that these could be great fun for a group of science and film-loving teens.

Here's what's on tap for the inaugural Final Friday, which is dubbed, “Science-Fiction Night: The Future Is Not as Good as It Used to Be.”

Here's what the press release says: "The 1960s … a decade that brought us mop tops, Woodstock, and the invention of AstroTurf. It was also a decade defined by excitement about the future, culminating in 1969 with the first lunar landing, and a quietly released short film from Philco-Ford called 'Year 1999 AD,' that attempted to portray what life on the brink of the 21st Century might look like. The short film features actress Marj Dusay, who played Kara in the 'Star Trek' episode 'Spock’s Brain,' as well as a young Wink Martindale. At this first installment of Final Fridays we’ll explore what the film got right and wrong, and the difficulties in predicting future technology and culture."

Before the movie, award-winning science fiction author Dr. John Kessel, a professor of creative writing and American literature at N.C. State, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., representatives from the Chapel Hill Brain Center and RTP Virtual Reality will host interactive science stations that will help you train your brain to be more focused and let you experience virtual reality using an Oculus Rift headset.

The downtown Raleigh museum's website has more information about this week's Final Friday and more.

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