Originally created 06/30/00

Wizardry of 'Brain' teases viewers



Cutting-edge technology abounds at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery, but the key to its newest attraction is made of cardboard and plastic.

The Illuminated Brain is a 3-D film featuring lasers, surround-sound and computer-generated graphics.

"Any child would enjoy this, and they'll love their magic glasses," said Phyllis Hendry, Fort Discovery's president.

The film will be shown through Oct. 15 in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater. Theater tickets cost $1 with admission to Fort Discovery.

The 15-minute film tells the story of a young girl who has to give a report about the brain. She learns quite a bit about the human brain and its functions, while those in the audience are dazzled by the vibrantly colored laser images that seem to jump from the flat screen.

"I thought it was fascinating," said Louisiana Wright, who planned to bring her 6-year-old granddaughter to see the film. "This would be great for children to see and easy for them to grasp its concepts. I enjoyed it myself."

Designed by Lightspeed Design Inc. in California, The Illuminated Brain will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. And you get to keep the 3-D glasses.

Just for kids

What: The Illuminated Brain, a 3-D movie with lasers, surround sound and computer-generated graphics

Where: National Science Center's Fort Discovery, Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street

When: 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 15. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $1 for movie in addition to regular admission of $8 for ages 17-54, and $6 for 55 and older and ages 4-17; half price after 3 p.m. daily

Phone: 821-0200

Upcoming activities

9 P.M. TODAY: Movies on the River; free screening of Mighty Joe Young, Jessye Norman Amphitheater at Riverwalk Augusta; 821-1754.

1 P.M. SATURDAY: Summer Fun at Fort Discovery; half-price admission, plus beach music, ice cream, and a bubble party; 821-0200.

2 P.M. SUNDAY: Artrageous Sunday! The Writer's Journal at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; free; 724-7501.

5 TO 9 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 7: First Friday Celebration at Broad Street's Artists' Row.

MONDAY THROUGH AUG. 4: Family Y Gymnastics Program, Wheeler Road Gymnastics Center. Instruction is provided for a variety of age levels. There's even a class for parents and tots. Call 738-6678.

Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.



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