It's no secret music is an audible experience. The instruments strumming, banging and wailing along with each other, creating a wall of sound that is trance-inducing and magical. But if you head to Laser Mania at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW), you can experience music in a visual context, with laser lights choreographed to accompany the music of such noted groups as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. I'm opting for that last one. Can you imagine “Comfortably Numb” by laser light? I'm sure that's the way it's meant it to be heard.
The colorful celebration starts tomorrow and Saturday, July 12, at 7pm both nights. To hear some Zeppelin and Beatles tunes with the presence of harmonic hues, attend on Friday. But Saturday is all about Pink Floyd's otherworldly notes as “colors poetically express each timeless track.” Tickets for these shows are $6 for adults and $5 for museum members and seniors. Oh, and there are also some family Laser Mania shows not set to rock music. Those will be going from July 12-17. Check nmnaturalhistory.org for details. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science • Fri Jul 11 • 7pm • $5-$6 • View on Alibi calendar
Unless it's sacrilege to leave the house during the Super Bowl, your family can explore the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW) and its offsite educational facility, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (60 Columbine, Cedar Crest), without paying a cent this weekend. That's because the first Sunday of the month is always free for state residents. The brand-new <I>Dinosaur Century </I>exhibition at the Natural History Museum chronicles 100 years of fossil discovery in New Mexico, or stop by the Sandia Mountain center for a 10 a.m. lecture on dinosaurs that lived in the Land of Enchantment. Visit nmnaturalhistory.org for more information.
The next time you’re scheduling lunch or an event for a few hundred, you might consider Old Town. The area usually escapes my attention because I first think: museums, parking, entry fees and finding the place—complicated, right? Wrong.