Firefly is not just a short-lived TV show: It's a state of mind. Joss Whedon's post-Civil-War-in-space drama showed us a non-utopian future where humans still had the same failings, but were also fortified by the same dreams. It also had a good-looking cast (Nathan Fillion! Gina Torres! Ron Glass!) and a legitimate sense of humor, something that's often missing from sci-fi. With all this going for it, Firefly was canceled after eleven episodes — but that hasn't stopped its fanatical following from agitating for a new series. Tonight from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; www.slsc.org) gives the fans a voice with First Friday: Bring Back Firefly! The evening starts and ends with free screenings of the pilot episode ("Serenity") and the feature film (also Serenity), and in between you can rock out the music of Firefly band the Browncoats, check out some new board games and do a little cosplay. Admission to First Friday is free, but some activities require a small fee.
Price: free admission, some activities require a fee