(Bradenton, FL) The South Florida Museum has kicked off a new season of programs with a focus on our
home state. The Film Fridays series “Greetings From Florida” will begin on Friday, November 8th at 6pm in the Bishop Planetarium Theater. Florida is on the big screen in these popular movies set in the Sunshine State. Additionally, think + drink (science) focuses on all things Florida for this season as well. And of course, Stelliferous Live will continue to focus on our place in the state, the world, and the universe – while employing awesome new technology! In December, patrons will have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with us through a slate of festive programs tying together the joy of the season, learning, and fun.
Whether set on golf courses, beaches, cities or swamps – the films in the “Greetings From Florida” series all depict the beauty and idiosyncrasies of Florida. Join in the excitement as we explore how filmmakers have depicted Florida over the decades. All Film Fridays screenings begin at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s Bishop Planetarium Theater located at 201 10th Street W. in downtown Bradenton, schedule below. The films range from the classic hijinx of Some Like It Hot to the zany comedy of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The series runs on Fridays at 6 pm from November 8 through December 13; tickets are $5 per person for General Admission with discounted rates of $3 per person available for Museum Members. The museum offers concessions including beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Seating is limited, so reserve early!
The Museum’s FREE science programs have also gotten into the Florida-focused spirit this season.
think + drink (science) provides a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. After debuting our lineup last week (October 9) with “Land Beneath Our Feet: The Story of Florida’s Fossils,” think + drink (science) follows up with two more Sunshine State themed programs in the next two months. On Wednesday, November 13 at 6 pm, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida with “Stories of Florida- Con Sabor!” Then on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 pm, author and Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg presents “Alligators in B-Flat.” Klinkenberg will take the opportunity to instruct attendees on how to get more Florida out of Florida. think + drink (science) is a FREE program; reservations required. Drinks and bar snacks available for purchase.
Additionally, Stelliferous Live continues on the 4th Wednesday of most months at 7pm. Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium, takes patrons on a journey through the upcoming month’s local night skies, then leads a discussion about current events in astronomy. On Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, attendees will get a special treat! Stelliferous Live will take place for the first time in the newly updated, all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater. The DigiStar 5 Planetarium and Projection system is among the most advanced technologies in the world, placing the NEW Bishop Planetarium among the most elite in astronomy education, with stunning new multimedia capabilities. More than three times brighter and twelve times sharper than our previous system, the Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility; Stelliferous Live will never be the same! Stelliferous Live will also take place on Wednesday, November 27 at 7 pm. Stelliferous Live is a FREE program; reservations required. Drinks and bar snacks available for purchase.
December will bring three great opportunities to celebrate the holidays in cool new ways. Family Nights at the Museum presents “Toy Stories” on Saturday, December 7 from 4 – 8 pm. Museum admission is half-priced after 4 pm during Family Nights. From delicate dolls carved from wood or twisted from corn husk to steaming train engines churning on mini tracks, play time has always needed special props: toys! Celebrate with us the history and fun of the holidays through children’s toys! Then design your own toy of the future. The evening will include a screening of Toy Story 3, as well as special Planetarium and Manatee presentations. The Planetarium also provides a thought-provoking look at one of the symbols of Christmas with the “Star of Bethlehem” Live Star Talk on December, 18 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Back by popular demand, this presentation allows you to explore the question “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” $3 Museum Members; $8 general Admission; reserve early! And finally, Film Fridays offers a special holiday film presentation of the seasonal classic Meet Me in St. Louis, featuring Judy Garland’s riveting performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on December 20th at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 – General Admission, $3 – Museum members; reservations required.
For reservations and additional information about all of these programs, please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Film Fridays – “Greetings From Florida”
$5 General Admission, $3 Museum Members, RSVP online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941-746-4131 x 0.
November 8, 6 pm – Caddyshack (1980) Rated R, 107 minutes.
An exclusive golf club must deal with the indignities brought about by a brash new member – Chevy Chase – and a wily and destructive gopher doing battle with the goofy groundskeeper played by Bill Murray.
November 15, 6 pm – Clambake (1967) Not Rated, 100 minutes.
Elvis fans rejoice! The King has entered the Museum. Presley plays the son of a multi-millionaire who carries out a plan to trade places with a poor ski instructor in Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father’s money
November 22, 6 pm – Some Like It Hot (1959) Not Rated, 120 minutes.
Whirling through the flamboyant settings of Chicago and Miami Beach in 1929, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) is a ukulele-playing vocalist in an all-girl band with two brand new ladies… who just happen to be men in disguise (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon).
November 29 – No film this week, Happy Thanksgiving!
December 6, 6 pm – Ace Ventura (1994) Rated PG-13, 80 minutes.
Jim Carrey plays the dopey pet detective who is out to solve the mystery of the missing mascot as the Miami Dolphins’ playful porpoise disappears just before the Superbowl in this zany modern classic. Alrighty, then!
December 13, 6 pm – The Birdcage (1996) Rated R, 118 minutes.
Based on the popular French play and subsequent American musical, La Cage Aux Folles, this film stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as the gay parents of a young man who has just become engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative Senator.
Special Holiday Screening:
December 20, 6 pm – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Not Rated, 113 minutes.
Judy Garland plays one of the four Smith daughters, learning lessons of life and love as they prepare for a reluctant move away from their beloved hometown in the year before the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. Featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
think + drink (science)
FREE program, RSVP online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941-746-4131 x 0.
November 13, 7 pm – “Stories Of Florida- Con Sabor!”
Our stories have never been the same since Ponce De Leon first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida.
December 11, 7 pm – “Alligators In B-Flat”
Join us for this entertaining program informing us how to squeeze more Florida out of Florida With Tampa Bay Times writer and book author Jeff Klinkenberg.
FREE program, RSVP online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941-746-4131 x 0.
Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live is the fourth Wednesday of most months at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration.
October 23, 7 pm
November 27, 7 pm
(There will be no Stelliferous Live on December 25 – Merry Christmas!)
Family Night at the Museum
Museum Admission is half-priced after 4 pm on Family Nights.
December 7, 4 – 8 pm – From delicate dolls carved from wood or twisted from corn husk to steaming train engines churning on mini tracks, play time has always needed special props: toys! Celebrate with us the history and fun of children’s toys then design your own toy of the future. Bring your “Yoyo-ing,” “Hula Hoop-ing” and “Candy Land-ing” skills to the Museum and compete to see if you are a Toy Box Champion! 4:15 screening of Toy Story 3, followed by a full evening of activities, Planetarium shows and manatee presentations in the Aquarium.
“Star of Bethlehem” Live Star Talk
$8 General Admission, $3 Museum Members, RSVP online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941-746-4131 x 0.
December 18, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Back by popular demand, our Star of Bethlehem planetarium presentation allows you to explore the question “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Howard Hochhalter, one of South Florida Museum’s staff astronomers, will lead you on this journey to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago using the Planetarium’s ability to travel through time and space. Take a look at the skies and see what the magi saw. Was the star a comet, a supernova or something else entirely? Join us to explore the possibilities.
About the South Florida Museum
The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. The Museum is celebrating more than 65 years of engaging and inspiring visitors and the community. The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions throughout their galleries – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is among the most elite in astronomy education, with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they ready to be released into the wild. Also included in the Museum is the Spanish Plaza, featuring full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando De Soto’s birthplace surrounding an open-air Courtyard.
For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.