Was the first time you really thought about space when you were gathered around a campfire, looking at a night sky pocked with stars? The redesigned Space Odyssey at the Denver Museum of Nature & …
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Was the first time you really thought about space when you were gathered around a campfire, looking at a night sky pocked with stars? The redesigned Space Odyssey at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has something for that. Or maybe it was because of an entry into Star Trek, Star Wars or some other science fiction story? The exhibit has you covered as well. Perhaps it was through experimentation in science class at school? Boy, does Space Odyssey have something for you.
In other words, no matter how a person developed a fascination with the mysteries of space, the exhibit — which reopened at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver, on Nov. 13 — contains something that will interest and inspire.
“In its new design, the guiding theme was, `How do we know what we know about space?’” explained Naomi Pequette, astrophysicist and experience developer at the museum. “We have the exhibit broken into different knowledge orbits that find unique ways to explore a variety of questions and topics.”
The redesign has been in the works for years, and was largely guided by community engagement — from both museum regulars and those who haven’t visited in a while, she added. And all that feedback led to developers to take innovative and interactive approaches to the exhibit’s displays.
One of these new approaches can be seen right when entering Space Odyssey — a campfire where visitors can gather and learn about traditional and living indigenous knowledge of the night sky and Earth origins. And those looking to get a taste of what it’s like to be at a spacecraft launch won’t want to miss the new launch simulator.
“One new feature we’re particularly excited about is My Role in Space, where we partnered with 18 professionals from around the world,” Pequette said. “Guests take a quiz and it pairs them with someone who does a job that fits with their personality. This allows us to show the diversity of people who work in a variety of fields, including software engineer, astronaut and more.”
Following public input, staff realized science fiction is an entry point for so many and that imagination is crucially important to scientific discovery. That resulted in the Fantasy Spaceship, which uses elements of the genre any fan will recognize to get guests’ creativity and problem-solving skills firing on all cylinders.
“We want Space Odyssey to connect everyone with a sense of wonder and `wow,’” Pequette said. “We hope what guests find here is a catalyst for curiosity.”
All guests are required to have a timed ticket to enter the museum and a separate, timed ticket for Space Odyssey (however, there is no extra charge for the exhibition). For more information and tickets, visit www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/space-odyssey/.
Olde Town Arvada embraces the season
The Arvada Resiliency Task Force, Olde Town Arvada Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Arvada will be turning the area into a winter wonderland with street closures, a holiday pop-up market and synthetic ice-skating rink.
The rink is open 2-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Masks are required at all times, online reservations are required and social distancing will be enforced. The holiday market features German Christmas market-style huts placed around Olde Town and will run through Christmas Eve.
For more information, visit www.oldetownarvada.org and visitarvada.org/.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Liam Gallagher goes Down by the River Thames
Oasis’ Liam Gallagher is livestreaming a global concert, “Down by the River Thames,” where he’ll be performing classics from his time in the group and his solo material as he floats down the river on a barge - something legendary groups like The Clash have pulled off before.
The concert will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Get all the details and a ticket at www.liamgallagher.com/downbytheriverthames/, innit.
Streaming style - ‘Ted Lasso’
As we’re in the midst of the holiday season, most of us are looking for entertainment to make us feel good and connected to humankind. I’d be hard pressed to think of a better example of that this year than “Ted Lasso.”
Jason Sudeikis is the best he’s ever been as an American football coach who gets hired to take over a Premier League soccer team in London by Rebecca Welton (a superb Hannah Waddingham). As Lasso tries to find his feet in his new gig, he brings his unflappable optimism to every interaction he has. The cast is uniformly great, and it has several layers of humor baked-in to a perfect balance, just like a good biscuit.
Watch it on Apple TV+.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture apears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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