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8 p.m. today, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, UW Planetarium

The mysteries of dark matter, cosmic superstitions and a spooky Halloween program highlight programming at the University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium during October.

“Friday the 13th, Halloween and Dark Matter Day. Oh, my!” Planetarium’s Coordinator Samantha Ogden says in the release. “It is a mysterious and spooky month indeed at the UW Planetarium. Join us as we explore the mysteries and dark side of space.”

Friday planetarium shows during September start at 8 p.m., with a STAR Observatory tour scheduled to follow approximately an hour later. Kid-themed shows are scheduled for at 11 a.m. Saturdays. The month also includes four Tuesday night shows beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for non-students, and can be purchased from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 8 a.m.-noon Fridays at the Department of Physics and Astronomy main office, Room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building. 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.

“Cosmic Superstitions” is at 8 p.m. today. Friday the 13th is a day of superstition, and the cosmos is filled with them. The Zodiac constellations have existed for thousands of years and have been used to predict one’s future, but are they really supernatural? What has made the Zodiacs so interesting and historically famous among humans? What role do peanuts play in NASA’s mission successes? How will the universe really end? Spend this Friday the 13th at the UW Planetarium to find out about some of the most famous superstitions in the cosmos. A free STAR Observatory tour (weather dependent) follows at 9 p.m.

“Wyoming Rocks to the Moon and Back” is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The solar system is full of moons. The Earth’s moon waxes and wanes every month as it journeys through its lunar phases. But did you know that other planets in our solar system have moons, too? Mars has two, and Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, has 67. This program will explore these planetary companions and find out how similar or different they are from Earth’s moon. The planetarium is teaming up with the UW Geological Museum for this program, which is free of charge for the Geological Museum’s outreach event.

“This Month’s Sky” is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. As the months and seasons change in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in the nighttime sky. No matter what time of year, there is always something to see after the sun goes down. From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, this program acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.


10-11 a.m. Fridays, UW Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum is slated to offer Friday morning preschool class from 10-11 a.m. Fridays in October.

Each session will be led by the Art Museum’s trained teaching artists and educators to help preschool students explore a variety of materials to create unique works of art, according to a news release.

The Art Museum’s October class is titled “Learning from the Cheech Marin Collection.” Students will be inspired by the exhibition “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection,” and they will learn about why people collect art and how artists create work that inspires others. Each week, students will create a new work to add to their collection. The four-session class is $25 per student. Online registration is available at

Contact Master Teacher Heather Bender at 766-3515 or for more information.


7 p.m. today, Gryphon Theatre

Environmental and outdoor adventure films and documentaries are set to be presented during the Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour today.

The University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources will present the films at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. The screenings are free open to the public and include a different set of films each night.

Shows begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The films focus on exploring cultures, preserving environments and inspiring adventure, according to a news release.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources has hosted Mountainfilm for free in Laramie.

Go to to learn more about the Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour. Contact Mandy Gifford at 766-6462 or for more information.


The Karen Lewis Fiber Arts Studio at the Laramie Plains Civic Center is set to host classes related to sewing, weaving and batik in Room 333 of the center, 710 Garfield St., according to a news release.

A circle weaving class is from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The class is suitable for children and adults. Admission is $25 with all materials included. The class is taught by Jane Wade and allows a maximum of 12 students.

Intermediate sewing classes are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, as well as Oct. 18 (two sessions) and Oct. 25. Classes are $45 with most materials included. Participants should bring their own machines, patterns and fabric. The class is taught by Ivy Thompson and allows a maximum of six students.

Part one of a fabric manipulation class series is from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19. The class is $25, and participants should bring their own machines and some sewing knowledge. The class is taught by Paul Ditty and allows a maximum of eight students.

A fabric creation class is from noon-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

Email or call 717-712-6625 to reserve a spot or for more information.


7 p.m. today, downtown (sold out), 7 p.m. Saturday, downtown

Ghost Tours of Laramie presents: Ghosts and Grub, an evening of food, frights and fun, is sold out for its event tonight, according to a news release. A second date was added to the schedule: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center, 603 Ivinson Ave.

The event begins with a spooky-meets-western dinner followed by a haunting hayride through historic downtown Laramie along with other notable haunted locations in Laramie. Filled with historically documented stories, guests are treated to an evening food, fun and frights that creatively showcase Laramie’s wild, and sometimes dark, history, the release states.

Tickets for Saturday are $20 per person, with reservations required. Call 760-8835 to RSVP and for additional dates, times and future events.


4 p.m. Sunday, 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. Sunday 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, call 745-8000 or go to for tickets or more information.


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

The first concert of a monthly organ concert series is slated for 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew, Cathedral, 104 S. Fourth St.

There will be a concert on the third Sunday of every month through May, and the location of the concerts will be published as they become available, according to a news release.

All are welcome to the concerts, which last about an hour. Usually at least four people play at the concerts. Anyone who wants to join the roster can call Punch Williamson at 761-3889.

All concerts are hosted in ADA-compliant buildings.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, BCPA Concert Hall

The University of Wyoming Symphony’s A Season of Joy is slated to open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

The major work is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony, according to a news release.

Three shorter works fill the first half. Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2 is an exciting new work with a decidedly Mexican-Cuban flavor. Aaron Copland’s jazz-inflected Clarinet Concerto was written for the great big-band clarinetist Benny Goodman. It’s a perfect fusion of Americana and classical lyricism. Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus Overture opens the evening, a fun romp from a waltz-filled Viennese operetta, the release states.

Soloist for the Copland is UW faculty clarinetist Blake McGee. A native of the west coast, McGee performed as a member of the Portland Opera, Vancouver Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players. He is currently principal clarinet of the Wyoming Symphony of Casper. An active chamber musician, he performs regularly with the Wyoming Reed Trio, the Wu-McGee Duo, and as a member of Lights Along the Shore, a trio specializing in original works and arrangements of eclectic music from around the world. Additionally, he tours annually throughout the country as a recitalist and clinician.

Call 766-6666 to order individual concert tickets or season tickets. Tickets are also available in person at the Buchanan Center and UW Union box offices and at Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. Continuing this year are Tweet Seats. Audience members who like to stay connected to social media are welcome — silently — to post their comments and share their experiences online. Tweet Seats are available only in the back two rows of the hall.


Formed in 2016, the local indie folk band, The Woodpile, is set to release its debut EP, “Hunting Hearts,” on Oct. 20. It will feature six tracks produced by Will Flagg of Prairie Gold Sound.

The EP has been in the works since March and was partially recorded in Flagg’s home as well as lead singer Evan Gwin and percussionist Brendan Ruwart’s home. All the instrumentation was recorded at the same time to create a unique sound for listeners, according to a news release.

The album will be available for download on Bandcamp and Apple Music and for streaming on Spotify. The Woodpile plans to have physical copies for purchase after the release date.

Email Gwin at for more information on The Woodpile and its upcoming release.


7 p.m. Oct. 21, Elk’s Lodge

The Zonta Club of Laramie recently announced once again it is hosting a masquerade ball, according to a news release. The event is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Elk’s Lodge, 103 S. Second St. This is Zonta’s major fundraising event of the year, with all proceeds funding scholarships for local recipients or being donated to Laramie charities such as Climb Wyoming, Interfaith-Good Samaritan, the Downtown Clinic, Laramie Reproductive Health and the SAFE Project, the release states. Tickets are $40.00 each and are available at the Ivinson Mansion, First Interstate Bank or from a Zonta Club Member. Guests will experience the uniqueness of this event, which includes appetizers, live music and D.J., dancing, a costume contest, a cash bar and more. A raffle includes a pumpkin full of $1,000. Raffle tickets can be purchased beforehand or at the event for $20 each or six for $100. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should call Effie Bader at 303-880-0909 or email Zonta at Call Bader or Kim Frazier at 761-0202 for more information.


6-10 p.m. Oct. 21, Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

The University of Wyoming Art Museum Gala is the museum’s annual fundraiser. Hosted by UW President Laurie Nichols and her husband Tim, the Art Museum’s 24th annual Gala, Art is the Answer, will celebrate art during a festive evening that includes the Extraordinary & Ordinary Silent Auction, a special live auction, a wine pull (new this year) and a meal with dessert. A celebratory After Party follows with live music by Laramie’s own catawampus band, J Shogren Shanghai’d with special guest Laniece Schleicher from Mama Lenny and The Remedy (see brief below for more information).

Go to for tickets and more information. Individual tickets are $175 and include admission to the after party. Tickets are available until midnight Oct. 9. Formal artful attire is requested.


10 p.m.-midnight Oct. 21, Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

The University of Wyoming Art Museum plans to host Art is the Answer: The After Party following the 24th annual gala fundraiser, Art is the Answer.

The After Party is from 10 p.m.-midnight Oct. 21 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. The event is planned as a fun-filled, Wyoming-themed event with food, libations, live music and dancing. The J Shogren Shanghai’d Duo, with a special appearance by Laniece “Mama Lenny” Schleicher, will play a blend of catawampus American music. Cocktail attire is requested.

Tickets are $25 per person and available in advance only to those 21 and older. Limited to the first 200 verified purchases, they are available at The deadline to purchase tickets is midnight Oct. 19.

Presented by the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum, The After Party will conclude the Art Museum’s gala, a premier black-tie event to support Art Museum exhibitions, collections, education and outreach programs, according to a news release.

The Art Museum’s programs are anchored on a comprehensive and growing collection of more than 8,000 objects and a diverse exhibition program that ranges from innovative artists of the present time to art of the American West and art from other times and cultures. Its original art resources form the basis for education and outreach programs that serve the state of Wyoming and enable academic and community engagement opportunities, the release states.

Call the Art Museum at 766-6622, go to or follow the museum on Facebook for more information.


7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, BCPA Concert Hall

The University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale is set to present its Spain Send-Off Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall.

This auditioned ensemble of 41 members is traveling to Spain to compete in the 49th Tolosa Choral Contest and to tour the Basque country, according to a news release. This is the public’s first opportunity to hear the 2017/2018 UW Collegiate Chorale. The concert will feature a variety of pieces from Bach to Bruno Mars. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 766-6666 or go to for tickets.


7 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2, 2 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 4-5, Alice Hardie Stevens Center

The Unexpected Company Senior Theatre invites the Laramie community to its 21st production, “Sometimes a Rainbow.” This musical comedy portrays the lives of residents living in Washington, D.C., and the many humorous challenges they face in everyday living, according to a news release. The production will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 2 p.m. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4-5. All shows are at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center, 603 Ivinson Ave. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at First Interstate Bank, Laramie Plains Museum Carriage House and the Eppson Center for Seniors.


5:45 p.m. Oct. 27, Optimist Park

The fourth annual Zombie 5k, a fun-filled event with zombies chasing runners, is set for Oct. 27 at Optimist Park. Registration is at 4:45 p.m., and the race starts at 5:45 p.m. Registration is $25. Participants can dress up as a survivor or a zombie and venture into the Laramie River Greenbelt. Zombies will be lurking in the zombie zone. To survive, one must run, bike or walk to maneuver their way through the zone.

Zombies will be confined to the Zombie Zone only. Zombies will try to tear the flags from the survivors. The zombie with the most flags is deemed the Ultimate Zombie.

Runners will decide if they want to enter the terrifying Zombie Zone. The goal is for runners to keep their flags to be a survivor. Runners can choose to avoid the Zombie Zone altogether.

Go to to register or for more information.


10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Wyoming Union  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9, Centennial

Wyoming award-winning author Steven W. Horn is slated to release “When They Were Young,” the third book in the Sam Dawson Mystery Series. The book will be released Oct. 27.

To promote the new release, book signings are planned for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the University of Wyoming Union and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Country Junction in Centennial. Horn will also visit Cheyenne and Casper.

The first Sam Dawson Mystery, “The Pumpkin Eater,” won the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category. Both Sam Dawson mysteries, “The Pumpkin Eater” and “When Good Men Die,” were 2014 and 2016 Eric Hoffer Category Finalists, respectively.

Horn continues his dramatic, intelligent and gripping storytelling in “When They Were Young,” according to a news release. He presents a novel of insight and poignancy as he delves into the uncompromising complexity of relationships and their consequences that set in motion years of deception and vengeance in this spine-tingling read. Stumbling across a child’s body while fishing in Wyoming’s Laramie range, Sam Dawson must unravel the truth as those closest to him get drawn into a dangerous web of revenge.

Dan + Shay Performance

7 p.m. Nov. 16, A&S Auditorium

Tickets are on sale at the University of Wyoming for the November musical performance by the country duo Dan + Shay.

The popular duo plans to perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in the UW College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. UW’s 7220 Entertainment program hosts the event.

Student tickets cost $20 with a valid UW student ID and are available at the Wyoming Union Information Desk, Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Box Office or at Faculty and staff tickets are $30. Tickets for the public are $40. Public tickets can also be purchased at the Wyoming Union Information Desk, Performing Arts Box Office or at

Dan + Shay is an established country duo composed of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. The pair, originally from Nashville, Tennesse, began their music career in 2012. The following year, they released their first single, titled “19 You + Me.” Since then, the duo has received three nominations for the Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year award and the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award. The duo also has received recognition from the American Country Countdown Awards, Country Music Television Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards. Dan + Shay has opened for well-known country artists such as Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton, according to a news release.

Go to, visit their Facebook page at or follow on Instagram via @danandshay and Twitter @DanandShay for more information about Dan + Shay.

Go to, like the Wyoming Union on Facebook, or follow the CAC on Twitter and Instagram via @UWYOCAC for more information about 7220 Entertainment events. Go to to receive information about future events. Individuals needing assistance to attend events should call the CAC at 766-6340.

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