Forget Glenwood South this Friday – the place to party is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Their new Nature Research Center is opening at last, and the scientists over on West Jones Street are throwing a 24-hour party to celebrate.
Only problem? Picking your party plan.
Expect to get sidetracked by a wealth of other options – there’s something going on every minute of those 24 hours – but for those with limited time, here’s a cheat sheet of some must-sees.
Friday: It Begins
Nothing says “celebration” like a parade. Boogie with gigantic puppets made out of “assorted junk,” traveling from the Governor’s Mansion to the SECU Daily Planet Stage for the opening ceremony with a representative from NASA.
Join New York City-based improv troupe Improv Everywhere’s latest public participation event by going to improveverywhere.com/mp3raleigh before the event and following the instructions (you’ll need an MP3 player). Then show up at the intersection of Jones and Salisbury in either a blue, red, yellow or green T-shirt with a sense of fun and a love of the unexpected.
Come learn about frogs from Dr. Kerry Kriger, the founder of the nonprofit conservation group Save the Frogs.
For the curious hops-lovers in your life.
“Earth’s Premier Science Comedian” – who has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and makes science videos for Time magazine’s website – takes museum-goers into the wee hours.
Saturday: The Beat Goes On
Exactly what it sounds like – and if you head to the Museum Lobby at 12:30, you can meet the animals and their costume designer.
Because who can resist a surprise?
Ever think science class would’ve been better if your science teacher sang? A capella group The Chromatics brings its “astronomically-correct” concert to Raleigh, with songs about everything from the solar system to the outer reaches of space and time.