BEAUTIFICA – a 360-degree “journey through worlds real and imagined, from mind blowing particle fields to unashamedly euphoric fantastic environments almost impossible to describe – comes to Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, in October.
The family-friendly show – suitable for ages 6 and up – has sold more than a half-million tickets in more than 30 cities around the globe.
The show – a full-dome production with 3-D animated visuals and 7.1 surround sound – was created by artist James Hood, who is known for his work on a unique instrument called the PanART hang. He has also played drums for The Pretenders and has spent more than two decades working in ambient and electronica music.
You purchase tickets for shows on four Fridays: Oct. 6, 13 and 27 and Nov. 3. Tickets and more information are available at the website.
Just a little warning from the show’s website, “There are no strobe lights used in the production but there are some fast image and light transitions, so we would advise caution for those who suffer from seizures. Equally, while the vast majority of our patrons have an amazing time with no issues, a small minority who are very susceptible to motion sickness find immersive entertainment slightly uncomfortable, so we would advise caution if you fall into this camp.”
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.