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Blue Moon Weekend to explore: Science Fiction or Fact at CSC


Last updated 7/14/2014 at 5:20pm

Carnegie Science Center’s Big Blue Summer continues July 19-20 with Blue Moon Weekend.

It’s the second of three blue-themed weekends this summer, all featuring the Science Center’s newest exhibit, BLUE!

During Blue Moon events all weekend, guests can celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by exploring the connections between scientific advances and the limitless human imagination. Visitors will learn about current space travel, including going back to the Moon, and how it differs from what we see on the big screen.

Artists from Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program will demonstrate how Hollywood make-up can transform an ordinary human into an otherworldly creature. Guests can pose with a UFO hovering atop the city’s skyline, groove to sci-fi tunes, watch the show “Frankenscience,” and befriend a Stormtrooper or a Rebel Alliance character. Blue Moon Weekend activities are free with general admission costs.

Also during the weekend, the Science Center’s BLUE! Performance Series, featuring blues and bluegrass musicians, will continue. Local artists Wil E. Tri and Ernie Hawkins will play blues tunes on Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. in the BLUE! exhibit gallery.

Free with general admission to the Science Center, BLUE! performances are sponsored by Dollar Bank and will be held every Saturday in July and August.

Wil E. Tri is the premier blues harmonica player in the Pittsburgh area and has been playing for more than 40 years. He performs in the tradition of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson and sets the bar high for blues performers all across the country.

Ernie Hawkins is a Pittsburgh-born blues and folk guitarist. He has played across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has studied with Rev. Gary Davis in New York City, recorded multiple albums, and has appeared on radio shows such as “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.”

BLUE! is running through January 1, 2015 and is included with general admission. The immersive, hands-on exhibit features molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, from small enough to use on a tabletop to huge enough to climb on – and all blue. Visit for more details.


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