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| Tuesday, November 26, 2013


EMU PLANETARIUM PRESENTS ITS LINE-UP OF MOVIES: The EMU planetarium has a spectacular line-up of shows that will be shown in the 28-foot dome, located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, at any EMU ticket office, online at www.emutix.com or by phone at 487-2282. All shows are open to the public. Seating capacity is limited to 37 and all shows will start promptly at their designated times so please arrive early. For questions or more information, please call Norbert Vance at 487-4146 or email Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu.

Below are the movies, dates and times, along with a brief description for each show:


“The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System. Show dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Showtime 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 - Showtime 2 p.m.

Run time is 35 minutes and is appropriate for all ages, recommended for families. K-6 Education Guides are available. Each “Little Star” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time of 7 minutes. Please visit the "Little Star That Could" to see a preview of the movie.



The EMU Planetarium presents an all-new show just in time for the holidays. "Season of Light"  presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminaries in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. Show dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Showtime 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 - Showtime 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 - Showtimes 2 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.

The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.

Naturally, there is some astronomy in "Season of Light". Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Appropriate for all ages. Run time is 36 minutes. Each “Season of Light” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time 15 minutes. Please visit "Season of Light" to see a preview of the movie.


DARIUS RUCKER IN CONCERT: Darius Rucker and his True Believers Tour featuring Eli Young Band with special guest David Nail will be coming to the EMU Convocation Center on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the EMU Ticket Office at 487-2282 or go to www.emutix.com.


THE ROADSHOW 2014 LINEUP: Skillet, Third Day, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace and more are coming to the EMU Convocation on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The concert starts at 6 p.m. This year, all seats for the Roadshow 2014 Lineup will be reserved and there will be three ways concert goers can obtain their tickets:

  • $10 at the door (pick-up at venue box office)
  • $10 In advance at the venue box office during regular hours
  • $20 online or by phone

There will not be any additional services fees for the tickets for this concert. For more information, call the EMU Ticket Office at 487-2282 or go to www.emutix.com.


JUSTIN MOORE IS COMING TO THE CONVOCATION CENTER: Tickets will go on sale in February 2014 for the Justin Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" tour scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the EMU Convocation Center. Also starring Randy Houser, with special guest John Thompson. For more information on Justin Moore visit www.moorejustinmusic.com.

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