Sunday, November 15, 2015

Live from Orlando, It’s Science Night Live

Orlando Science Center kicked off the summer with an eclectic evening of fun and discovery reserved just for grown-ups during Science Night Live on Saturday, June 6 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening had craft beer samplings with local and national breweries, craft beer mini seminars, a Pink Floyd laser light show and more! The event was part of Orlando Science Center’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration. I sketched a larger than life chess board. Two different couple competed during the course of the sketch.

A laser light show in the Dr. Phillips Cine Dome featured Pink Floyd’s “Best of Echoes.” It was a rock ‘n’ roll experience backed by 28,000 watts of stereo sound and  laser effects. Classics like “One of These Days,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and “Wish You Were Here” were augmented by laser animation. I watched the laser light show, and although I love the music of Pink Floyd the laser animation was insanely dated and trite. Many of the younger patrons lost interest and turned to the graphics on their phones.

Visitors could also examine the night sky in the Crosby Observatory through the use of the 10-inch refractor telescope, the largest of its kind in the state available to the public. View moons, planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebula's and more. In addition, there is an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline from the sixth-floor terrace.

While the Science Center has a lot to offer kids and families during regular hours, Science Night Live was exclusively for grown-ups. Orlando Science Center's mission is to inspire science learning for life. The Science Center strives to create lasting impacts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and develop the next generation of creative innovators. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Science Center ranks as one of the most popular museum destinations in the region. Having served more than 12 million people since its inception in 1955, the Science Center offers rich resources for lifelong learning.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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