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August and September Events at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum

There are a lot of great events happening at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum during August and September 2010. Events include craftsmen demonstrations, meteor showers, Nature Photography by Julia Sims from the LASM Collection, Selection from the Dorian Bennett Collection, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, mummies, LASM After Hours, First Sunday, KIDS’ Saturday, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and a lot more. Check out the below list of activities.

LASM Schedule for August 2010

Special Events

First Sunday

August 1, 1:00–4:00 pm

Every first Sunday of the month, visitors enjoy free admission to the LASM galleries and reduced admission prices on planetarium shows. First Sunday is underwritten by Entergy.

Master Craftsmen Demonstrations

Saturday, August 7, 12:00–3:00 pm

Traditional crafts such as weaving, boat building, and quilting continue to be preserved through knowledge passed from generation to generation and transformed into contemporary pieces. Enjoy seeing how artist Shawne Major and master craftsmen Elaine L. Bourque, Keith Felder, and Geraldine Nash interpret tradition. Then at 2:00 pm, tour the exhibition Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art with Maida Owens, director of the Louisiana Division of the Art’s Folk life program. These programs are made possible by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation through the American Masterpieces Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Regular admission rates apply.

Perseid Meteor Shower Program

Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 pm

Every August, the Perseid Meteor Shower lights up the sky as the earth passes through the leftover debris of a comet orbiting the sun. The result is a spectacular display of some 100 or more meteors, or shooting stars, per hour. In this live presentation, planetarium director Jon Elvert explores why the Perseid Meteor Shower is the year’s premier meteor event, what comets are and where they come from, and the difference between meteorites and asteroids. Included is a tour of the seasonal night sky identifying constellations and visible planets. Regular admission rates apply. Advance tickets on sale beginning July 26.

KIDS’ Saturday

August 14, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kids 12 and under are admitted free to all the museum’s galleries: the hands-on children’s galleries; the Ancient Egypt Gallery with its 2,300-year-old mummy; and the planetarium’s Solar System and Universe Galleries. On KIDS’ Saturday, regular admission is charged for adults and children over 12. Note: Children may not attend LASM without an adult. Free admission does not include planetarium shows. KIDS’ Saturday is sponsored by Target.

Baton Rouge Uncorked

Thursday, August 26, 7:00–10:00 pm

Baton Rouge Uncorked will host a seasonal wine tasting competition benefiting LASM and Teach for America. Attendees may form teams of up to three members for the competition, which features California wines. Admission is $25, and each team must also bring three bottles of the same wine for the tasting. For more information about Baton Rouge Uncorked, visit http://www.batonrougeuncorked.com/.

Support LASM by Shopping at Barnes & Noble Citiplace

August 28–September 6

The community is invited to support LASM by shopping at Barnes & Noble’s Citiplace location. The bookstore will donate to LASM a percentage of every sale to customers bearing a special LASM voucher. As part of the fundraiser, LASM will host Game Day at Barnes & Noble Citiplace on Saturday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Families will enjoy games, storytelling, art activities and showings in the Discovery Dome, LASM’s portable planetarium. Vouchers are available at LASM and online at www.lasm.org/events.

Free Admission to Active Duty Military Families

Through Memorial Day 2011

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, LASM offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families as part of a new program called Blue Star Museums. Active-duty military families must present military i.d. at the ticket desk. The card holder and up to five immediate family members receive free admission to planetarium shows and all LASM galleries. Baton Rouge Coca-Cola is underwriting the program through Labor Day, September 6, and Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is providing support to extend it through Memorial Day 2011.

In the Art Galleries

Nature Photography by Julia Sims from the LASM Collection NEW!

Through December 5

Julia Sims earned the moniker “Swamp Lady” for her devotion to photographing the vast Manchac Swamp surrounding Lake Maurepas. These photographs taken between 1990 and 1995 capture the beauty and mystery of a hidden world and support the need to preserve Louisiana’s wetlands. A resident of Ponchatoula, Sims is one of the premier photographers of Louisiana wildlife. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra, Birder’s World and Ducks Unlimited.

Selections from the Dorian Bennett Collection

Through September 26

Native New Orleanian Dorian Bennett has amassed a wide-ranging collection that demonstrates his passion for all forms of fine art and for his home state. Among the Louisiana works in his collection are paintings by historic figures such as William Aiken Walker and Joseph R. Meeker; contemporary works by nationally recognized artists, including Doug Bourgeois, Clyde Connell, and Jacqueline Bishop; and work by emerging artists.

Tradition/Innovation:

American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art

Through September 26

This exhibition celebrates masterworks of contemporary craft and traditional art created by 58 artists in nine southern states, including five from Louisiana. The 100 items on view include a Mardi Gras Indian costume, a set of silver mint julep cups, ceramics, baskets, and glass sculptures. Tradition/Innovation is a South Arts project, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and the Baton Rouge Metro Council. It is also supported by a grant in memory of Clara and J. W. Annison from The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Samuel S. Lipscomb and Joseph W. Annison Family Memorial Fund.

In the Planetarium

A Brief Mystery of Time

Through August 28

This humorous presentation delightfully educates audiences about science, history, and our cultural perceptions of time. Astronomy topics include black holes, wormholes, the speed of light, and the possibilities of time travel. Note: May be viewed by children three years of age and under.

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Through August 28

This legendary album is presented via the planetarium’s new ultra-high-definition, fulldome video projection system. Enjoy classic songs in 5.1 Surround Sound accompanied by incredible animated images.

Ice Worlds

Through August 29

Generations of scientists have studied the delicate relationship between ice, water, and the existence of life. Ice Worlds tours the icy landscapes of the solar system, focusing on those of Earth, where viewers will see how the survival of Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems relates to human survival. Included is a tour of the seasonal night sky identifying constellations and visible planets.

In Search of Our Cosmic Origins

Through November 24

Follow an astronomer on a telescopic journey from the world’s largest array of telescopes in Chile through the Milky Way Galaxy and onward to some of the youngest, most distant galaxies ever seen in the early universe. ALMA, or the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is the leading telescope for observing the remnants of the Big Bang and the molecular gas and dust that constitute the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, and life itself. Viewers will learn about the formation of stars and planets, and how ALMA will help answer questions about our origins.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Through February 2011

Using digital projection technology, the planetarium presents its first large-format digital movie. Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs takes viewers to the royal tombs of Egypt, where scientists seek a window into the mysterious world of the pharaohs by piecing together the archeological and genetic clues provided by mummies. Through ambitious computer graphics and dramatic reconstruction, Mummies highlights one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th century discovery of a cache of 40 mummies, including 12 pharaohs, among them the legendary Rameses the Great.  After the show, check out LASM’s own 2,300 year-old mummy in the Ancient Egypt Gallery!

SpacePark 360

Through May 2011

This state-of-the-art fulldome program immerses viewers in the experience of amusement park thrill rides as it transports them to surreal vistas all over the solar system—the cloud tops of Jupiter, the surface of Venus, and Martian sand dunes. Note: Visitors who are easily prone to motion sickness may find portions of this show unsettling.  May be viewed by children three years of age and under.

August programming is underwritten by Entergy. LASM receives generous operating support from the East Baton Rouge City Parish Government, members of LASM, the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign, and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Airlines and American Eagle are the official airline sponsors of LASM programming for 2010.

LASM Schedule for September 2010

Special Events

LASM after Hours

Thursday, September 2, 5:30–7:30 pm

Enjoy a lively performance by Mardi Gras Indians and tour the exhibition Tradition/Innovation, which includes a Mardi Gras Indian costume. During the tour, Jean McLaughlin, exhibition co-curator and director of the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, will discuss the role of tradition in contemporary craft and how the exhibited art reflects our southern heritage. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres with admission: members free, nonmembers $7. This program is made possible by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation through the American Masterpieces Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

First Sunday, September 5, 1:00–4:00 pm

A Collector’s Tour with Dorian Bennett at 2:00 pm

Collector Dorian Bennett will discuss the joys of collecting and will relate stories about the artists and artwork on view in the exhibition Selections from the Dorian Bennett Collection. Admission is free to the LASM galleries and prices on planetarium shows are reduced on the first Sunday of every month.  First Sunday is underwritten by Cox Communications.

Support LASM by Shopping at Barnes & Noble Citiplace

Through September 6

The community is invited to support LASM by shopping at Barnes & Noble’s Citiplace location. The bookstore will donate to LASM a percentage of every sale to customers bearing a special LASM voucher. Vouchers are available at LASM and online at www.lasm.org/events.

KIDS’ Saturday

September 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kids 12 and under are admitted free to all the museum’s galleries: the hands-on children’s galleries; the Ancient Egypt Gallery with its 2,300-year-old mummy; the art galleries; and the planetarium’s Solar System and Universe Galleries. On KIDS’ Saturday, regular admission is charged for adults and children over 12. Note: Children may not attend LASM without an adult. Free admission does not include planetarium shows. KIDS’ Saturday is sponsored by Target.

Free Admission to Active Duty Military Families

Through Memorial Day 2011

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, LASM offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families as part of a new program called Blue Star Museums. Active-duty military families must present military i.d. at the ticket desk. The card holder and up to five immediate family members receive free admission to planetarium shows and all LASM galleries. Baton Rouge Coca-Cola is underwriting the program through Labor Day, September 6, and Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is providing support to extend it through Memorial Day 2011.

In the Art Galleries

Tradition/Innovation:

American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art

Through September 26

This exhibition celebrates masterworks of contemporary craft and traditional art created by 58 artists in nine southern states, including five from Louisiana. Among the 100 items on view are a Mardi Gras Indian costume, a set of silver mint julep cups, ceramics, baskets, and glass sculptures.

Tradition/Innovation is a South Arts project, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and the Baton Rouge Metro Council. It is also supported by a grant in memory of Clara and J. W. Annison from The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Samuel S. Lipscomb and Joseph W. Annison Family Memorial Fund.

Selections from the Dorian Bennett Collection

Through September 26

Native New Orleanian Dorian Bennett has amassed a wide-ranging collection that demonstrates his passion for all forms of fine art and for his home state. The Louisiana works in his collection include paintings by historic figures such as William Aiken Walker and Joseph R. Meeker; contemporary works by nationally recognized artists, including Doug Bourgeois, Clyde Connell, and Jacqueline Bishop; and work by emerging artists.

Nature Photography by Julia Sims from the LASM Collection

Through December 5

Julia Sims earned the moniker “Swamp Lady” for her devotion to photographing the vast Manchac Swamp surrounding Lake Maurepas. These photographs taken between 1990 and 1995 capture the beauty and mystery of a hidden world and support the need to preserve Louisiana’s wetlands. A resident of Ponchatoula, Sims is one of the premier photographers of Louisiana wildlife. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra, Birder’s World and Ducks Unlimited.

In the Planetarium

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System NEW!

September 2–November 24

This riveting show reveals the discoveries of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite and its mission to create a map of the boundary between our solar system and the rest of the galaxy.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda NEW!

September 4–November 21

This is a delightful story about the autumn and early winter Greek constellation legends. Animated in laser light, this family show is educational and entertaining. May be viewed by children three years of age and under.

Pink Floyd: The Wall

Starting September 4

Back by popular demand, this legendary classic rock album is presented in 5.1 surround sound with incredible animated images.

In Search of Our Cosmic Origins

Through November 24

Follow an astronomer on a telescopic journey from the world’s largest array of telescopes in Chile through the Milky Way Galaxy and onward to some of the youngest, most distant galaxies ever seen. ALMA, or the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is the leading telescope for observing the remnants of the Big Bang and the molecular gas and dust that constitute the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, and life itself. Viewers will learn about the formation of stars and planets, and how ALMA will help answer questions about our origins.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Through February 2011

Viewers are transported to the royal tombs of Egypt, where scientists seek a window into the mysterious world of the pharaohs by piecing together the archeological and genetic clues provided by mummies. Through ambitious computer graphics and dramatic reconstruction, Mummies highlights one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th century discovery of a cache of 40 mummies, including 12 pharaohs, among them the legendary Rameses the Great.  After the show, check out LASM’s own 2,300 year-old mummy in the Ancient Egypt Gallery!

SpacePark 360

Through May 2011

Experience amusement park thrill rides on surreal vistas throughout the solar system—the cloud tops of Jupiter, the surface of Venus, and Martian sand dunes. Note: Visitors who are easily prone to motion sickness may find portions of this show unsettling.  May be viewed by children three years of age and under.

September programming is underwritten by Cox Communications. LASM receives generous operating support from the East Baton Rouge City Parish Government, members of LASM, the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign, and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Airlines and American Eagle are the official airline sponsors of LASM programming for 2010.

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