Social Science: In the Dark
Science class gets an adult twist in the Science Museum’s ongoing Social Science series, which invites legal adults to experience the wonders of science with an alcoholic beverage in hand. This month, the museum is turning off the lights — and turning up the LEDs — to explore the science behind luminescence, phosphorescence and all things that glow in the dark. Don LED jewelry as you take a spin through the laser maze, nibble on food samples by Mississippi Market and rave it up to music by DJ Simone DuJour. (6-11 p.m. Thu. $15-$17. 21 & older. Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-221-9444 or www.smm.org.)Jahna Peloquin
‘We Rock Long Distance’
This new documentary by local filmmaker Justin Schell follows three Twin Cities hip-hop artists as they journey to their ancestral homes, offering an intimate look at the creative process. Highlights include Ghana-born rapper M.anifest performing in front of his family for the first time and connecting with his poet-scholar grandfather J.H. Kawbena Nketia; Puerto Rican rapper-singer Maria Isa exploring the links between hip-hop, reggaeton and the Puerto Rican arts of bomba and plena; and spoken word artist Tou SaiKo Lee traveling to Thailand, where he learned more about traditional Hmong oral poetry forms. Friday’s screening features a live performance and dialogue between Isa and Lee, and Saturday includes a dialogue with Schell. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$9. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4444 or www.intermediaarts.org.) J.P.