Pick of the week: Ever since it was launched in 1996, the annual Omnifest film festival has been one of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s most popular attractions. The collection of fan favorites at the museum’s 90-foot domed Omnitheater, originally two weeks long, now lasts for two months, with five movies running in rotation. There’s one slight change this year: Instead of starting in March, this year’s festival is kicking off on Friday and continuing until March. The movies are “Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees,” “Journey Into Amazing Caves,” “Wolves,” “Rocky Mountain Express” and “The Magic of Flight.” Tickets for one film are $9.95, $8.95 for seniors and ages 4 to 12, and there’s a $2 discount for tickets to subsequent same-day screenings. In addition, museum members get one free admission per day. For a list of showtimes or to reserve tickets, go to smm.org.
A look back: On Jan. 3, 1924, nearly two years after the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, Egyptologists finally found the mummy of the so-called boy king encased in a solid-gold coffin, paving the way for Steve Martin’s 1978 gold record, “King Tut.”
Day by day: If you haven’t eaten that fruitcake you got for the holidays, why not turn it into a shot put? Wednesday is national Fruitcake Toss Day, an annual competition in Manitou Springs, Colo., in which contestants vie to see who can throw theirs the farthest. The record is 415 feet — but keep in mind that it was accomplished in Manitou Spring’s (elevation 6,412 feet) thinner air.
Recommended reading: A doctor and a chef have teamed up to teach a course in healthful cooking. Read about it in Wednesday’s Variety.