8 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Tuesday, UW Planetarium

May brings the end of the spring semester, but the beginning of a new season of stargazing at the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium.

Friday planetarium shows during May start at 8 p.m., with a STAR Observatory tour scheduled to follow approximately an hour later. Children-themed shows are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturdays. The month also includes five Tuesday night shows; they begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for non-students, and can be purchased at the Department of Physics and Astronomy Main Office, located in Room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 8 a.m.-noon Fridays. Doors open 20 minutes before each show, where tickets will be sold if available. The planetarium, which seats 58, is located in the basement of the Physical Sciences Building.

“The Great Giants and Their Children” is at 8 p.m. today. The outer four planets of the solar system are known as the “gas giants” due to their tremendous size. With great size comes a pull of gravity so strong that many moons are trapped in orbit around these planets. In fact, Jupiter and Saturn each boast more than 60 moons. A free STAR Observatory tour (weather dependent) follows at 9 p.m.

Full-dome movie “The Search for the Edge of the Solar System” is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The sun lies at the center of our solar system, and it is orbited by the eight planets and more. What other cosmic objects make up the solar system? And, where does the solar system end? The program will look beyond the orbit of Pluto to discover that the solar system reaches farther than originally thought. The film takes audiences on a journey to where the solar system ends and the interstellar medium begins.


7:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Matthew’s Cathedral

The Friends of Music Organ Concert Series is set to conclude at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, according to a news release. Call Punch Williamson at 761-3889 to play in one of the concerts or for more information.

String Academy of Wyoming Concert

4 p.m. Sunday, BCPA Concert Hall

Students from the String Academy of Wyoming are set to perform a diversity of music for violin, viola and cello during a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. The concert is free to the public. The culmination of the program will include Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, according to a news release. Contact Sherry Sinift at sinift@uwyo.edu or 760-4719 for more information.


8 p.m. May 26, Gryphon Theatre

The Gryphon Theatre is slated to screen “Last Men in Aleppo” at 8 p.m. May 26 and host a discussion around the film, led by Fred Chapman.

Chapman worked as a senior social scientist and cultural adviser to the U.S. Army Division Command in Northern Iraq for 2008-2009 and will speak more about the current conflict in Syria, according to a news release. Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work — a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage — follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud — as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: Do they flee or stay and fight for their country?

The screening is supported in part by a grant from thinkWY and Wyoming Humanities, the release states.


8 p.m. May 27, Gryphon Theatre

Austin’s most adventurous band, The Invincible Czars, plans to bring their new tastefully modern score for the 1922 German silent film “Nosferatu” to Laramie as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

“Nosferatu” is one of the most revered films in the history of cinema, according to a news release. It is considered the most important horror film of the silent film era and one of the first vampire movies — though it was almost completely lost when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed.

A local concert is at 8 p.m. May 27 in the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St.

Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making the near century-old movie “actually scary” for modern day audiences, the release states. The score and performance complements the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment.

Email info@gryphontheatre.org, call 745-8000 or go to www.gryphontheatre.org for tickets or more information.


Three new exhibitions are set to open May 27 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

“Whence One Comes: The Musings of Travis Louie” presents works by Chinese-American artist Travis Louie. He creates oddly familiar, yet strange, characters from an imagined world of curiosities, monsters and the absurd, according to a news release. His images are influenced by Victorian portraiture, film noir movies and human oddities, such as vaudeville magic acts, circus sideshows and the monsters and superheroes of horror and sci-fi movies. The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 26.

“Hans Kleiber: The Western Landscape” presents a selection of etchings by German-American artist Hans Kleiber that explores the unique landscape and the abundant wildlife of Wyoming. His images convey the feeling of epic myth and sentimental nostalgia, the release states. The exhibition will be on view through July 29, and will be available to tour through the UW Art Museum’s Regional Touring Exhibition Service beginning in the fall.

“New Acquisitions: The UW Art Museum Collection” highlights important acquisitions the museum has acquired during the last year for its permanent collection. Objects will include paintings by American artist Harold Garde, who is a UW alumnus from the late 1940s; a print by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu; and photographs by American photographers Danny Lyon and William Christenberry, among others, the release states. The exhibition is funded, in part, by Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Endowment funds and will be on view through Aug. 26.

Call 766-6622, go to www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum or follow the museum on Facebook for more information about the Art Museum.


7:30 p.m. June 1-3, Cooper Center for Creative Arts

Overflowing with slapstick humor and physical buffoonery, “A Shot in the Dark” plays at 7:30 p.m. June 1-3 at the intimate Cooper Center for Creative Arts Theatre, 1174 N. Fourth St. Tickets are $5.

This classic murder-mystery farce has more madcap mania than a presidential election, according to a news release. When a wealthy German choreographer discovers her Spanish costume designer Muerte is shot dead, bumbling inspector Adolf Dummkopf (incorrectly pronounced “dumb-cop”) is the first police detective on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria von Trump, the beautiful dancing maid, to be the murderer, but Dummkopf, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced she is innocent and has her released from jail. As bodies begin to accumulate, each set of clues always points to Maria, but despite this, Dummkopf continues to release her. With someone important wanting Dummkopf and nobody else to cover the case, his manic, intolerant boss, Chief Inspector Gherkin, is close to losing his mind when casualties keep turning up, and the main suspect keeps getting released.

Based on the 1962 English adaptation A Shot in the Dark by Harry Kurnitz, from the 1961 French play L’Idiote by Marcel Archard, and with inspiration from the 1964 Blake Edwards film starring the great British comedian, Peter Sellers, this new, German-style adaptation on this classic French farce will have you crying ... from rapturous laughter, the release states.

Call the box office at 742-3996 or email events@arkrs.org for tickets or more information.


June 5-16, UW Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum plans to offer two summer art camp sessions in June for students ages 6-15.

“Art and Identity” will take place in two one-week sessions. The first session, for students ages 6-10, is June 5-9, and the second session, for students ages 11-15, will meet June 12-16. Camps are from 1-4:45 p.m. daily. Participation is limited to 30 students per session, and the cost is $60 per student for each weekly session.

Students will use current museum exhibitions as inspiration by exploring how artists from around the world use process to explore their understanding of identity and belonging, according to a news release. Students will use different kinds of materials and discover ways to make art in the studio, including painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Contact master teacher Heather Bender at 766-6622 or hbender1@uwyo.edu for more information.


6:30-8 p.m. June 8, Second Story Bookstore

The next Second Story Book Club meeting is set from 6:30-8 p.m. June 8 at Second Story Bookstore, 105 Ivinson Ave., to talk about “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith.

This book is a detective story the Chicago Tribune calls “... A masterful novel, the kind of big, noisy, busy, beautiful book in which it is so easy and so pleasurable to become enmeshed,” according to a news release.

The July book, “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie, will be discuss from 6:30-8 p.m. July 13.

Call 745-4423 for more information.


8-10 p.m. June 14, Coal Creek Coffee Co.’s downtown location

Nashville-based roots/Americana artist Taylor Kropp plans to hit the road in the summer in support of his forthcoming debut album “Coming Up for Air.” This tour will take him coast to coast, with a stop in Laramie from 8-10 p.m. June 14 at Coal Creek Coffee Co.’s downtown location, 110 Grand Ave. The show is free to the public.

In addition, his single “Learn to Love” is available on all streaming services, according to a news release. A touching song about love coming full circle, it has been a staple in his live set for years. “Coming Up for Air” will be released in the summer.


7 p.m. June 18, Gryphon Theatre

Lone Chimney’s latest film, “Home on the Range,” has attracted both well-known actors and accomplished musicians. Featured in the film are the talents of Rance Howard, Buck Taylor, Darby Hinton, Skip Gorman, Mitch Holthus, Mark Mannette and many others, including several local actors, according to a news release. Musicians contributing to the project include the legendary rock band Kansas, Michael Martin Murphey, Jed Marum, the Sons of the Pioneers and many more.

“Home on the Range” was directed by Ken Spurgeon and was filmed in Smith Center, El Dorado, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas. The film is produced by Lone Chimney Films in association with Sperra Studios. Lone Chimney Films, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational film company based out of Kansas. The film is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, The People’s Heartland Foundation, Emprise Bank, Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, Philip and Becky Elder, Jim Graf, The Logan Foundation, Jim and Bev Mershon, ITC Holdings, Russ and Ilene Briggs, Carl and Jeanette Christman, Russell and Margaret Bomhoff and the generous donations of many others, the release states.

A screening of the film is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 18 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. Tickets are $10.

Email info@gryphontheatre.org or call 745-8000 for more information.


8 p.m. Sept. 23, Gryphon Theatre

Singer, songwriter, performer, producer and DJ Eric Hutchinson is a constantly evolving musician, driven by his passion and curiosity for all things musical and creative, according to a news release. He independently recorded his debut album Sounds Like This in 2007, and it became the highest charting album by an unsigned artist in iTunes history. Hutchinson’s 2008 single “Rock & Roll” earned him his first gold record in the United States, and the song became a No. 1 hit in Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

He has traveled all across America and around the world performing his music in places like Dubai, Oslo, London and Melbourne. He has toured and performed with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz and OneRepublic and has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan” and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Hutchinson is also the creator of “Songversations,” a music-listening card game that will be released by Abrams Books in the fall.

Hutchinson is set for a live concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. General admission tickets are $20-$25. Email info@gryphontheatre.org, call 745-8000 or go to www.gryphontheatre.org for tickets or more information.


4 p.m. Oct. 15, Gryphon Theatre

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army, according to a news release. The band is set for a performance at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. The concert is free to the public.

Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form — jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences, the release states. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference and an appearance on the Colbert Report.

Email info@gryphontheatre.org, call 745-8000 or go to www.gryphontheatre.org for tickets or more information.

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