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Fall Arts Preview: Places
Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Carnegie Science Center is still jamming the "GUITAR," the Heinz History Center has a season full of Steelers, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History has fun with "Bugs."

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, 412-622-3131

EXHIBITS:

"Bug Works" -- Photographs, specimens and live bugs (Sept. 15-July 2013); "Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure" -- Explains the science behind evolution through activities, story theater and discovery area (Oct. 6-May 12); "Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities" -- A look at the work of female artisan cooperatives in 10 countries (Oct. 6-May 12); Exploration Basecamp -- Explore the museum's educational collection of real specimens, historic dioramas, scientific illustration and more (ongoing).

EVENTS:

• Overnights -- Sleepover with museum tours, hands-on projects, games and more: "Creepy, Crawly Carnegie" -- Behind-the-scenes look at collections that are not normally on display (Oct. 26); "Prehistoric Encounters" -- Explore the past through fossils (Nov. 9). Ages 6 and older. Information/registration: 412-622-3289 (7 p.m. Friday-9:30 a.m. Saturday).

• Pajama Nights -- Dinosaurs and Friends. Ages 2-8 can experience an overnight adventure without staying the full night. One adult chaperone per child. Registration: 412-622-3289 (Nov. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.).

• Winter Camps -- Science: Land of the Giants -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 27); Extreme Events -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 27); Secrets of Ancient Cultures -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 27); Rock On! -- ages 6-7 (Dec. 28); Eye Spy -- ages 8-10 (Dec. 28); Exploring Ancient Egypt -- ages 11-13 (Dec. 28). Registration: 412-622-3288 (Dec. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.);

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

One Allegheny Ave., North Side, 412-237-3400

EXHIBITS:

"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" -- Traveling exhibit from The National Guitar Museum explores the history of the guitar and showcases more than 60 models (through Sept. 30); "SpacePlace" -- Experience what it's like to be an astronaut, with zero-gravity climbing wall, replica of International Space Station, artifacts and space images (opens Nov. 16).

RANGOS OMNIMAX THEATER:

"To the Arctic" -- Film follows a mother polar bear and her cubs as they navigate the changing arctic wilderness (opens Oct. 5).

EVENTS:

• Must-See Acoustic Performances. Local musicians perform on the acoustic sound stage from 2-3 p.m.: Abby Krizner and Jason Sichi of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot (Sept. 8); The Mavens (Sept. 15); Chris Higbee, formerly of the Povertyneck Hillbillies (Sept. 22); Uzell Finney of The Flow Band (Sept. 29).

• Giant Eagle Nutrition Series -- Nutrition advice sessions from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch Anyone? (Sept. 8); Health-Smart Snacking (Oct. 13); Diabetes Awareness (Nov. 3); Cold Weather Survival (Dec. 8).

• Parents' Night Out -- Kids 6-12 can take in an Omnimax movie, a laser show and science workshops while parents spend a night out. Registration required: 412-237-1637 (Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 -- drop-off at 5 p.m.).

• Cafe Scientifique -- Free monthly program for adults features speakers on scientific topics, including astronomy, nutrition, robotics (Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m.).

• Munchkin Mondays -- Themed activities for ages 2-6: Bubbles (Sept. 10); Science Safari (Sept. 17); Guitars (Sept. 24); Autumn Harvest (Oct. 1); Science Over The Rainbow (Oct. 8); Healthy Me (Oct. 15); Let's Try Chemistry (Oct. 22); When I Grow Up (Oct. 29).

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