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Laser shows light up night at Ingram Planetarium

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Beam me up

By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Get ready to be entranced by laser shows this weekend in Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater this Friday and Saturday night in Sunset Beach.

The shows are among the planetarium’s lineup of heavenly astronomy and science programs for all ages in its 85-seat theater. All shows are one hour or less. Laser shows are staged the third Friday and Saturday of the month.

The planetarium’s laser projection system, unveiled last November, consists of full-color animation lights choreographed to music and a new 5.1 surround-sound system.

The laser system comes with about 20 mesmerizing shows that can be choreographed to everything from Pink Floyd to Shania Twain, Barry Manilow to Metallica,

The planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in the Village at Sunset Beach.

Admission is $8 per person. For more information, call the planetarium at 575-0033 or log onto www.ingramplanetarium.org.

The planetarium will be closed May 1-22 for installation of its new digital system.

On the laser-show roster this weekend (March 20 and 21) are:

“Hypnotica,” 5 p.m.—Songs and artists include “Trip Like I Do” by The Crystal Method, “Love Island” by Fat Boy Slim, “Insomnia” by Faithless, “Narayan” by Prodigy, “Joga” by Bjork, “Silence” by Delerium, “Music: Repose” by The Chemical Brothers, “Acid 8000” by Fat Boy Slim, “Comin’ Back” by The Crystal Method, and “Setting Sun” by The Chemical Brothers.

“Laseroplis,” 6 p.m.—“Karn Evil 9,” Emerson Lake & Palmer; “Head Over Feet,” Alanis Morrisette; “Rock Lobster,” The B-52s; “Firestarter,” Prodigy; “Under the Milkyway,” The Church; “Papua New Guinea,” Future Sounds of London; “Spiderwebs,” No Doubt; “Foreplay,” Boston; “Champagne Supernova,” Oasis; “End of the World (As We Know It)” REM; “Torn,” Creed; “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana; “One of These Days,” Pink Floyd.

“Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ laser show, 7 p.m.—“In the Flesh,” “The Thin Ice,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part I),” “The Happiest Days of Our Lives,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II),” “Mother,” “Goodbye Blue Sky,” “Empty Spaces,” “Young Lust,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part III),” “Hey You,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Stop,” “The Trial,” “Run Like Hell.”

Afternoon programs

The planetarium is open 12:30-4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through April 25 for astronomy and science programs for all ages in the 85-seat Sky Theater. The theater simulates a perfectly dark, starry night, and it is unsafe to move around during the shows. Late arrivals are not admitted to the theater. Shows include Science Hall exhibits.

Admission is $8 aduts; $6 senior adults 60-plus; $6 students and $4 preschool. For group reservations, call for details.

Afternoon shows include:

“Our Place in Space,” 1 p.m. (new)—Scarlet learns to solve a crossword puzzle where the clues are about things in the sky. Learn about the sun and planets; includes short star show. For young children and young-at-heart adults. Length: 40 minutes.

“Ancient Horizons,” 2 p.m.—The Ancient Egyptians had a complex society. They watched the stars to systematize their society. With short star show. For ages 9 and older; length: 40 minutes.

“Legends in the Night Sky: Orion,” 3 p.m.—Orion is a famous winter constellation. Learn his story of how he became a constellation. Laser show; short star show; 45 minutes.

“Sunset Skies,” 4 p.m.—The constellations are easy to learn. Find out how in the Sky Theater. All you need to know is the when, where and how. Hear about some great astronomy stuff while you wait for your eyes to adjust to the darkened theater.