Just Like Heaven

During its song “Laser Show,” Fountains of Wayne giddily references Pink Floyd (We’re going straight to the dark side of the moon) and Metallica (We’re gonna sit back, relax, watch the stars/James and Jason, Kirk and Lars). Traditionally, progressive rock and metal accompany laser shows, with the former catalyzing cosmic trips and the latter reinforcing the awesome power of a concentrated beam that could totally put out your eye. However, Science City (30 West Pershing Road, 816-460-2020), showing Galilean vision, argues that its 30-minute laser shows need not revolve around those genres. For LASERetro, Fridays at 5:30 p.m., the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium pairs its ultraviolet oscillation displays with Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and other new-wave bands. As anyone who’s ever waved a glow stick knows, danceable beats and neon-bright luminescent patterns, give or take another ingredient, produce blissful stimulation.

Fridays, 5:30 p.m., 2006

Categories: Music