FLINT — Longway Planetarium, one of our area’s most unique educational and entertainment venues, features diverse programming year-round. This weekend is no exception with a trio events of interest to stargazers, undersea enthusiasts and classic rock head trippers.
The First Fridays at Longway series this Friday will present “A Really Strange and Mysterious Star.” The universe is full of mysterious wonders, but astronomers have found one particular star that has baffled them for almost 200 years. Join Garry Beckstrom for an entertaining talk about this most mysterious of stars and how we are finally beginning to unravel its strange behavior. Garry Beckstrom is the Director of Beckstrom Observatory and President of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. “A Really Strange and Mysterious Star” starts at 6 p.m., Oct. 2.
On both Friday and Saturday this week, as well as next week, Longway Planetarium is featuring a pair of shows that will take attendees from the depths of the prehistoric ocean to the dark side of the moon.
“Sea Monsters” is a National Geographic journey 80 million years back in time to an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land – and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swarm, hunted, and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas. Stunning, photo-realistic imagery recreates the perilous underwater realm of two young, dolphin-sized marine reptiles called Dolichorhynchops, or Dollies, and follows their incredible journey through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl the Earth’s oceans. Interweaving groundbreaking fossil finds from around the globe with cutting-edge computer-generated recreations, National Geographic’s powerful storytelling immerses you in the life-ordeath drama of an age when monsters ruled the seas! “Sea Monsters” features original music by Peter Gabriel and The Footnote, and is narrated by Liev Schreiber.
At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, for fans of classic rock or anyone who enjoys a state-of-the-art sound and lightshow, Longway presents “Dark Side: The Light Show.” Experience Pink Floyd’s iconic album as never before in this brand new, one-of-a-kind show. Featuring 4K visuals, brilliant LED sequences, and incredibly clear 5.1 Surround Sound all set to Pink Floyd’s legendary classic Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. All shows in the radically renovated theater feature the latest Digistar projection technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievable rich and realistic experience. Visitors can recline, relax, and experience this light show in a whole new way. “Dark Side: The Light Show” will play at 8 p.m. from Oct. 2 through Dec.26.
Longway Planetarium is located in the Flint Cultural Center, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan. Planetarium hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $4 seniors (60+), and $4 youth age 2-11.
Longway Planetarium is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is supported in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ruth Mott Foundation.
Visit Longway.org for all show times and more information. — G.G.