Yuri’s Night NYC 2010
The Center for Inquiry in New York City is sponsoring Yuri's Night NY 2010, the local of an annual worldwide celebration of the date Yuri Gagarin became the first man to be in outer space and the first to orbit Earth.
Admission is $20 in advance, $25 door. Tickets are on sale at www.yurisnightny.net -- use the discount code "CenterforInquiry". Guests must be 21+. General Admission opens at 8 p.m.
The evening begins with a VIP cocktail hour, $60. Mingle with today's space and entertainment luminaries including Bob Werb (Chairman and Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation), Dr. Denton Ebel (American Museum of Natural Historys Curator of Meteorites), Dr. Gregory Matloff (CUNY professor of Astrophysics), William Watson (Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation), Jeff Krukin (NewSpace Advisor to the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance), Michael De Dora (Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry, New York), Ross VanBurg (Speaker Chair at the Explorers Club), Taylor Dinerman (Space Journalist), Carol Pinchefsky (Editor of SpaceFuture.com), John Huntington (CUNY professor of Entertainment Technology), Kenji Williams (Violinist and creator of Bella Gaia).
After that, enjoy:
- An action-packed Space Trivia Survival game, after which prizes will be given to the last space travelers left alive at the end of the game. Visit www.SpaceFuture.com to pack your brain with space trivia before the event.
- Composer and violinist Kenji Williams then presents Bella Gaia Live, a poetic vision of Earth from Space. Developed in collaboration with NASA, Bella Gaia is a celebration of Planet Earth and the music of our world, performed by a live orchestra coordinated with gorgeous satellite imagery. Self-described as Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Funk that also Rocks, the New York City based instrumental trio Consider the Source will deliver effect-soaked riffing, spaced-out shredding and sitar-like twanging with funky bass and anchoring drums. The band draws on influences from progressive rock and jazz fusion.
- The Manhattan-based New York Jedi Stage Combat group will perform a Star Wars style light-saber battle. The 15-minute performance features teams of costumed Jedi and Sith clashing glowing light sabers with whirling choreography on the main stage.
- Lastly, the midnight toast to Yuri Gagarin and all who have or who will follow him into space includes commemorative shot glasses provided by the Space Frontier Foundation.
- Guest will also enjoy dance to an intergalactic music mix from star DJ the Bass and more.