By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
The dance floor will be shakin', not stirred, Oct. 15 at the annual Mad Scientist Ball.
The party is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Don Harrington Discovery Center, raising unrestricted funds that are used for supplies for programs, to offset costs for traveling exhibitions and more, said Aaron Pan, the center's executive director.
"It's a fantastic party," Pan said.
This year's event — this year inspired by the traveling exhibition Top Secret: License to Spy — runs 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 15 at the center, 120 Streit Drive. Tickets are $125 and are available online through Oct. 14 or at the door.
The party will feature music by the Space Rockers, a novelty rock band from Austin who play hits from the '80s through today while dressed as lycra-clad aliens. Amarillo musician Brandon Todd will perform earlier in the evening.
Chef Bud Andersen designed a menu of spy-inspired treats, including salad, potatoes, bacon-wrapped asparagus, shrimp skewers and more, including a cheesecake bar.
Partygoers — who'll each receive a special lab coat to wear over their optional "geek chic" — also can enjoy open bars, including a martini bar and a coffee bar, and watch and take part in science experiments and activities.
They'll also test their aim at a Nerf Wars course set up throughout the Top Secret exhibit; extra bullets or a larger Nerf gun are available to purchase.