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Join us for our free weekly planetarium shows! 40 of our 60 seats are reservable for every show. Reserve seats at noon on the Sunday prior to a show at wsuplanetarium.eventbrite.com . Reserved seats get claimed quickly, but we always have 20 walk in seats available too. Full details are below and on the eventbrite page.
Come join us under the dome for a planetarium show at Wayne State University! Located in room 0209 Old Main, we’ll do some hands on demonstrations, give you a live star talk about the current night sky and our favorite astronomical objects, and follow up with ‘Phantom of the Universe: The Search for Dark Matter’ – a full dome film about the search for this material that physicists believe makes up 27% of the universe, narrated by Tilda Swinton.
Our planetarium has seating for 60. Children are welcome at our Friday night shows so long as they can enjoy themselves without disturbing the other visitors. Our vocabulary and topics of discussion are geared towards a teen and adult audience so young science enthusiasts will love it but those children new to astronomy may prefer our Young Astronomers show, offered on the second Saturday of the month.
Shows are held on Fridays at 7pm and 8:30pm. Shows start promptly at the posted time, so guests should arrive early to be seated, and give themselves plenty of time to park and walk into the building. Those with reserved seats who are not present 10 minutes prior to the show will have their seats released to walk-in guests if space is limited.
Tickets: 2/3 of our tickets are available for reservation and 1/3 are available to walk-in guests at the door. You can reserve free tickets beginning at noon the Sunday before the show via Eventbrite here: wsuplanetarium.eventbrite.com .
SATURDAY MORNING FAMILY SHOWS:
We have free Young Astronomer shows on the second Saturday morning of each month. These shows are a bit shorter and cover topics that will engage our younger guests and their families.
Interested in bringing a large group to the planetarium?
The planetarium can be reserved for private showings for school groups, scout troops, birthday parties or by other organizations for a fee. Please complete our group reservation form for more information: http://planetarium.wayne.edu/starstudents
Looking for other astronomical events in the area?
Consider checking out an astronomy club and heading out with them to look through their telescopes at the night sky! Some of the astronomy clubs in our area include the Warren Astronomical Society, Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, Seven Ponds Astronomy Club, Oakland Astronomy Club, University Lowbrow Astronomers, Farmington Community Stargazers, and Detroit Astronomical Society. Wayne State University students should join the WSU Student Astronomical Society.
Open Book Theatre Company 1621 West Rd. Trenton, MI 48183
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Jan 24- Feb 22, 2020
By Terrance McNally, Dir. Wendy Katz Hiller
A critical and popular success, this bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that begins to develop between two middle-aged “losers.”
*this show contains strong language and sexual situations, and is recommended for adult audiences
“Terrence McNally has…a hit…in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. A romantic two-hander with character depth and an abundance of laughs…” —Variety. “…Terrence McNally’s very sweet, extraordinarily funny, romantic and ribald comedy…” —NY Post. “Terrence McNally is one of our most original and audacious dramatists, and one of our funniest…” —The New Yorker.
Featuring Krista Schafer Ewbank as Frankie and Patrick Loos as Johnny. Lighting design by Harley Miah, Scenic Design by Stephanie Baugher. Property design by Reyna DeSilva. Stage managed by Jillian Joie Dahl.
January 24-February 22, 2020
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra was the first act to ever grace the stage of the Paradise Theatre on December 26, 1941. Bassist Rodney Whitaker, who performed on the inaugural Paradise Jazz Series concert in 1999, leads a top-notch ensemble to pay homage to Satchmo! Whitaker will be joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Eric Reed, drummer Herlin Riley, saxophonist Victor Goines, trombonist Vincent Gardner, and vocalists Rockelle Fortin and Chris McDole.
Also on this double bill: Chilean-born singer, guitarist, and composer Camila Meza and her band join forces with a DSO string quartet to perform Meza’s original music.
KRIS JOHNSON QUARTET
The CUBE, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Award-winning trumpeter, composer, and educator Kris Johnson toured the world as a trumpeter and arranger with the Count Basie Orchestra from 2008-2019. Drawing from jazz, classical, hip-hop, and neo-soul, his writing creates diverse textures that represent his unique musical identity. Johnson will be joined by pianist Alexis Lombre, bassist Jonathon Muir-Cotton, and drummer Nate Winn.
$39 – VIP Experience (includes admission, reserved cabaret seat, and 1 FREE Drink)
$12 – General Admission Seating (in advance)
$8 – General Admission with ticket to Music of Louis Armstrong Jazz concert
01/24/2020 | 10 PM
Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show
Monroe County Community College, 1555 Raisinville Rd., Gerald Welch Health Education Bldg, Monroe, MI 48161
CFA All Breed and Household Pet Cat Show
This show features the exhibition and judging of cats & kittens throughout the weekend. Meet the breeds: American Shorthairs, Exotics, Maine Coons, Persians, Ragdolls, Orientals, Siamese, Tonkinese, Russian Blues, Sphynx and many more! Fun for all ages!
Admission at door: $6 adults, $5 seniors/students, $4 children, under age 6 -no charge.
January 25 & 26, 2020
FEED THE BIRDS THIS WINTER
Saturday, January 25th from 10 a.m. to Noon
Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, Flat Rock
Learn about the bird species that visit our feeders during the winter months, what foods they eat, and just how simple
it can be to bring them to your own feeders during this interactive program. Make a pinecone-peanut butter feeder to take home!
Ages: Fun for all ages! Cost: $5 per person
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 or email email@example.com