LR Culture Vulture turns 7

The Little Rock Culture Vulture debuted on Saturday, October 1, 2011, to kick off Arts & Humanities Month.

The first feature was on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, which was kicking off its 2011-2012 season that evening.  The program consisted of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90, Rossini’s, Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers, Puccini’s Chrysanthemums and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.  In addition to the orchestra musicians, there was an organ on stage for this concert.

Since then, there have been 10,107 persons/places/things “tagged” in the blog.  This is the 3,773rd entry. (The symmetry to the number is purely coincidental–or is it?)  It has been viewed over 288,600 times, and over 400 readers have made comments.  It is apparently also a reference on Wikipedia.

The most popular pieces have been about Little Rock history and about people in Little Rock.

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Science After Dark: Wine & Chocolate – tonight at the Museum of Discovery

How does the Museum of Discovery’s monthly Science After Dark top itself?  What do people love more than STAR WARS? The answer is, of course, Wine and Chocolate!

Tonight from 6pm until 9pm, Science After Dark focuses on Wine and Chocolate.

Explore fermentation, the science of making chocolate and discover the process of pairing the two!
You must be at least 21 years of age to attend.
Admission is $5
Bring cash for beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing and beer, cocktails and pizza from Damgoode Pies River Market.

Star Wars Science tonight at Museum of Discovery, or “Light Sabres and Beer, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

MOD Dark Star WarsEach month the Museum of Discovery hosts “Science after Dark” for adults aged 21 and up.  This month’s theme is “Star Wars Science.”

Here are some of the things you can expect:
-Making finger light sabres

-Fusing plastic to make Darth Vader capes

-Geeking out with Star Wars science facts, fun, and..well, it’s Star Wars!!!!!!

Don’t forget to bring cash for refreshments from Stone’s Throw Brewing and Damgoode Pies.

The program runs from 6pm to 9pm. Cost is $5, FREE for museum members. (Go ahead and get a membership, it will more than pay for itself within a year!)

The Science of Dreams and Nightmares at Museum of Discovery’s Science after Dark tonight

MOD Dark DreamsEach month the Museum of Discovery hosts “Science after Dark” for adults aged 21 and up.  This month’s theme is “Science of Dreams and Nightmares.”

Here are some of the things you can expect:
-Activities/info about sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming
-Dream interpretation
-Creepy crawly animals (to inflict nightmares)
-Sensory deprivation
– Counting (or shooting) sheep (zombie sheep)
– Adult face painting (zombie/blood/warts)

Don’t forget to bring cash for refreshments from Stone’s Throw Brewing, Damgoode Pies and Juanita’s

The program runs from 6pm to 9pm. Cost is $5, FREE for museum members. (Go ahead and get a membership, it will more than pay for itself within a year!)

This will be the final Science after Dark of 2015.  But look for more events in 2016!

Creative Class of 2015: Kevin Delaney

kevin30rock-headshotThe Science Expert on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Delaney, spends his days on the staff of the Museum of Discovery.  A native of New Jersey, he came to Arkansas a few years ago.  He serves as the director of visitor experience at the museum.  In that capacity, he performs Awesome Science experiments for children and created the Science After Dark program for adults.

His job allows him to combine his interest in science, interacting with the public, and showing off his flair for the dramatic.

Prior to joining the museum staff, Delaney worked as a playwright, director and teacher.

He has made three appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. More are in the works.

The final Science After Dark of 2015 will take place on Friday, October 30.  Watch for more detail.

SeptemBEER is theme of this month’s Science after Dark at Museum of Discovery

mod septbeerThe Museum of DIscovery’s monthly Science after Dark is tonight.  This month’s theme: SeptemBEER!

It runs from 6pm to 9pm.  Admission is $5, free for museum members.  The program is for those 21 and up.

Participating breweries:
Stone’s Throw Brewing
Damgoode Pies River Market
Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery
Lost Forty Brewing
Diamond Bear Brewing Company

Activities:
-Tinkering with Solo Cups
-Tinkering with beer bottles (make beer bottles into glasses)
-Beer pong physics
-Flip Cup physics
-Trick Shots (using a catapult, vacuum cannon, trebuchet, hair dryer and strike launcher)

Science after Dark at Museum of Discovery tonight – Science of Animals

sep mod science after darkEach month the Museum of Discovery hosts “Science after Dark” for adults aged 21 and up.  This month’s theme is “Science of Animals.”

The program will feature a lot of animals for guests to meet at this month’s Science After Dark ! It’s all happening this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5. Bring cash for pizza by Damgoode Pies, beer by Stone’s Throw Brewing and cocktails by Juanita’s Tex-Mex Restaurant & LIVE Music Hub. Thanks to the event sponsor Whole Foods Market Little Rock!

The program runs from 6pm to 9pm. Cost is $5, FREE for museum members. (Go ahead and get a membership, it will more than pay for itself within a year!)