Heritage Planetarium Premiers a Laser Tribute to Anthems of the 1980s

Do you still wonder, “Where’s the beef?” Do you tear up when you hear, “Wow! Thanks Mean Joe!” Do you think Max Headroom is the greatest political commentator of all time?

If so, then the Heritage Planetarium has the perfect show for you. LaseRetro will make its premier on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets, which will go on sale at 6 p.m., are $5 per person and parking is free.

“This is an exciting program that will certainly take a lot of people back,” said Thomas Webber, director of the facility. “Folks have been asking for a program like this for some time.”

Produced in cooperation with Audio-Visual Imagineering, LaseRetro features the latest in laser art and digital programming techniques, creating spectacular effects set to rock and pop songs from the 1980s.

Some of the artists listed in the set are Tears for Fears, The Police, Duran Duran, The Eurythmics, INXS, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

“This is an absolutely fun show for everyone,” Webber said. However, he points out that the show is a level five out of five for visual and audio intensity, so it may be too much stimulation for younger children.

The Webber said the addition of laser shows has been a big asset. “People who might not otherwise visit a planetarium come for a laser show and then return for an educational planetarium program,” he said.

In addition, it provides another activity for teachers who have driven a long way to visit the facility.

Currently, the planetarium has five laser shows available. The next program, Laser Beatles, is expected to be released in February 2010.

Although the laser shows have been a success at the planetarium, Webber points out that the primary goal of the facility is space and science education. Laser shows are “…just icing on the cake,” he said.

For more information call 984-8548 or visit www.heritageplanetarium.org.

The Heritage Planetarium is located at 3741 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

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