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Weekday matinees scheduled at Mayborn Science Theater

The Mayborn Science Theater continues to offer weekday matinee shows July 15-17. Three shows starting at 1:30 p.m. are scheduled each day.

On Tuesday, July 15, the matinees open with “Zula Patrol: Under The Weather.” Take a rollercoaster ride across the universe with the lovable, wacky cast of alien characters from the award-winning PBS series, “The Zula Patrol.” The audience will learn about astronomy and weather as it rides along with the Zula Patrol as it tries to save the solar system's weather from interplanetary villain Dark Truder.  Show time is 1:30 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m. is “Cosmic Collisions.” Creative and destructive, dynamic and dazzling, cosmic collisions have resulted in many things we take for granted such as the glowing moon, the sun's warmth and light, our changing seasons and waves washing up on a sandy shore. They've ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars and new worlds. "Cosmic Collisions" provides an unprecedented and extraordinary view of these catastrophic and constructive events that have shaped our world and our universe.

The laser light show “Laser Vinyl” is at 3:30 p.m. this quintessential rock and roll experience features the music of some of the greatest classic rock bands such as AC/DC, Queen, Boston, KISS, Journey and Van Halen.

On Wednesday, July 16, the first show is “Zula Patrol: Down To Earth.” This adventure with the Zula Patrol gang, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth and the life forms that call it home as they try to stop the villainous Deliria Delight from illegally dumping her company’s toxic trash while on a trip back to Earth’s prehistoric past. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. Show time is at 1:30 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., we join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the HMS Beagle in “Natural Selection.” Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin's eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place.

Then at 3:30 p.m. is the laser light show “Laseropolis” – an eclectic mix of rock, pop, alternative and oldies tunes. Featured artists include Alanis Morisette, the B52s, R.E.M., Nirvana, Creed and No Doubt.

The lineup for Thursday, July 17 opens at 1:30 p.m. with “Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes.” This musical cartoon adventure takes viewers into the world of atoms and molecules as they journey with an amazing cast of atoms aboard the most fantastic ship in the universe: the Molecularium. Journey to a nanoscale universe created from accurate molecular simulations and learn about the three states of matter as you travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form and count the number of water molecules in a raindrop.  

Next up is “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 2:30 p.m. The show uses full-dome digital technology to transport viewers to the ancient jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the sun, moon and planets. Their observations and sophisticated mathematical system also allowed them to develop a precise calendar system that fascinates the world to this day. The show weaves together a rich combination of science, art, culture and mythology and revisits the sounds and sights of an ancient way of life.

At 3:30 p.m. is the laser light show “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.” This classic album is featured in its entirety and set to stunning laser light and graphics. Featured songs include “Money,” “Us and Them,” “Brain Damage,” “Eclipse” and “The Great Gig in The Sky.”

Matinee tickets are $4 per person, per show. For complete show descriptions, weekend show schedules and membership information, visit www.starsatnight.org online.