Dr. Marcia Rieke
APR 18, 2023
Leading expert in infrared technology and explorations of the Milky Way, Marcia J. Rieke is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, and the principal investigator for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope, which was launched into space in December of 2021. Because the universe is expanding, light from the earliest galaxies have been stretched, or “redshifted,” from visible light into infrared light. NIRCam will be able to visualize infrared light, making it essential to examining the early phases of star and galaxy formation and studying the shapes and colors of distant galaxies. Dr. Rieke will talk about what it took to get NIRCam where it is today, and what we hope to learn from it. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion with an intrepid Midland native and space explorer!
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The Other Mozart
APR 29, 2023
The forgotten story of Mozart’s sister, performed by one extraordinary actress. Called “Fascinating and irresistibly intelligent” by Theatermania, THE OTHER MOZART is the true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus—prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim. But because she was a woman, her work and her story faded away, lost to history. With opulent beauty, this multi-sensory experience transports the audience to a world of outsized spectacle and delight—and also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart, portrayed by actress and creator Sylvia Milo in a stunning 18-foot dress, tells her story through the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters.