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‘Laser Shows’ Return Saturday at the Planetarium

May 20, 2011 7:49 AM | Entertainment

The Manitoba Planetarium will open its popular Laser Shows exhibit again beginning Saturday.

In April, the public was asked to provide input on which bands they’d like to hear perform to the orchestrated movement of lasers.

“The technology is ten times better than what we had last year,” said Scott Young, Manager of Science Communications and Visitor Experiences. “This year’s laser shows will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Visitors will be treated to music from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Radiohead.

Shows will run on Saturday evenings, and then expand on July 1 to include Thursday and Friday nights as well. A family-friendly matinee — Celebration of Flight — will run Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Some songs use animated characters or scenes drawn with the laser, while others use fractal patterns, abstract images, or special effects to complement the music.

The first show will be on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with “Laser Beatles: Anthology,” followed by Radiohead at 8:45 p.m., Daft Punk at 10 p.m. and Pink Floyd at 11:15 p.m.

Tickets to the evening shows are $10 per person, or $8 for museum members. Matinee tickets are an add-on to regular museum admission at $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for students, youth and seniors. A family pass is available for $8.

For more on the exhibit, visit ManitobaMuseum.ca.