Sci-fi Saturdays (Sept. 13, 20 and 27)

September 10, 2008

I was never a sci-fi TV or movie fan until college, when I was filling up elective requirements one summer and happened upon a medical ethics course taught by a sandal-wearing, nose-pierced professor who illustrated his lessons with clips from sci-fi shows and the occasional documentary. Strangely enough, it was an extremely effective class, and I still remember many of the conundrums he placed before us in his unique way. Although that was almost 20 years ago, I continue to like the questions science-based fiction is able to raise to different levels than other media.

Which is a very serious intro to a fun topic: Sci-fi Saturdays at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (Sept. 13, 20 and 27). The first of the three movies to be projected onto the planetarium’s exterior is War of the Worlds, in the original 1953 version. The lawn opens at 7 p.m. for picnics (snacks will be sold until 9 p.m., or you can bring your own in a cooler), and the projector fires up at 7:30 p.m. The series continues subsequent Saturdays with It Came From Outer Space and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

In case of rain (and there’s a chance of it this weekend), the movie will be canceled. To find out more, call the Saint Louis Science Center at 800.456.7572.


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