Tuesday, Oct. 15

People don't know science. Color-adjusted photos of the Hubble Space Telescope's deep field and the first images of carbon atoms are plenty beautiful; and the miracles of modern medicine and smartphones make great ammo in arguments against luddites, but that's not "science."

Science is hard work. Unless, that is, you're Peter Venkman. For Venkman, science is a method for scoring hot dates.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, Boiseans get a chance to see some of Venkman's greatest hits in the 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters at the Egyptian Theatre.

For the uninitiated (if there could be such a thing), Ghostbusters is the tale of three failed paranormal scientists and a blue-collar dude living in a condemned firehouse, plying their dubious trade of capturing ghosts with an array of high-tech and probably dangerous gadgets.

Along the way, self-styled ladies man Venkman (Bill Murray) falls for Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), who becomes embroiled in a nefarious plot to resurrect Gozer the Gozerian--an interdimensional entity worshiped as a god by various ancient Near Eastern cultures--while Venkman, Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) try to stop the end of the world. Rick Moranis is in there somewhere, too.

The plot thickens when the Environmental Protection Agency shuts down Ghostbusters headquarters due to the group's possession of an unlicensed nuclear device, and prim EPA agent Walter Peck (William Atherton) throws them in prison. As ghosts overrun the city and the plan to resurrect Gozer unfolds, the Ghostbusters have to "cross the streams" to save the day.

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