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take me back to the stars...

So, last night I looked up at the night sky... I think for the first time since i got back from the beach, and it made me a little sad. I mean, for one - there are just so many fewer stars I can see from here. That and you can see already how much the sky has changed... I mean, it's hard to believe, but it's almost been a month already. The stars are shifting, the summer constellations are sliding off the horizon or something like that. And there I was staring at them alone... I swear this is not a "I want a boy to look at the stars with me" rant. For real. It was just a teeny tiny bit of feeling alone -- with a bit of wishing that I lived with friends again... so that someone would be awake to have a smoke & look at the stars with me. You know?

Back to the stars... it came to my attention while at the beach that between the utter lack of stars in my normal night sky & the fact that I haven't studied astronomy since I was like TEN -- I really can't identify most of the constellations anymore. So, how do I go about re-learning the positions of the stars? Planetarium. Oh yeah, look out, here i come :) So of course I go straight to look up the mother of all planetariums, the Hayden Planetarium (at the American Museum of Natural History). I find out that it's gone under this extensive renovation & is now "the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence". How stoked am I? And it's currently offering three programs: "The Search For Life: Are We Alone?" – Narrated by the ever sexy Harrison Ford; "Passport to the Universe" - Narrated by Mr. Tom Hanks; and "Look Up" - For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. Think they'd let me into "Look Up" without a kid? 'Cause I have a feeling that's the one I'm looking for… the other two sound cool & all, but I really just want someone to draw the lines on the stars so I can remember where everything is supposed to be. I am SUCH a geek, but I honestly don't care – I *love* this crap. And I'm sure that my geek quotient is only going to increase exponentially by what I'm about to say next… they have done away with the laser shows (*sniff*, *sniff*) but in their place, may I present Sonic Vision? brace yourself… this has the potential to be like 80 million times better than Laser Floyd…

The American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with Moby, is launching SonicVision, a groundbreaking digitally animated alternative music show. Presented in association with MTV2, SonicVision takes audiences in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater on a mind-warping musical roller-coaster ride through fantastical dreamspace. Mixed by Moby and featuring tracks from Radiohead, U2, David Bowie, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Prodigy, The Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner, Spiritualized, Audioslave, Stereolab, Boards of Canada, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Goldfrapp, Zwan, White Zombie, and Moby, the music ignites this one-of-a-kind computer-generated musical and visual experience, which uses next-generation digital technology to illuminate the Planetarium's dome with a dazzling morphing of colorful visions. Beginning on Friday, October 3, 2003, SonicVision will be presented every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 p.m., in the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum's Rose Center for Earth and Space.

I told you I was a geek :o) But SERIOUSLY… I'd go just for the music! Are you kidding me? Rh, Bowie, Boards of Canada!?!!! With the exception of QotSA, who I recently discovered, SUCK, I'm down with every other band they've listed. (hmmn, notice no eminem? wonder how he got left out...) This is going to be the Geek-Chic event of the fall, and I KNOW I'm not alone in being a lttle giddy about it, so ante up… who else wants to go? lemme know.

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