War of the Worlds

When: Tue., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. 2012

Sometimes commercials are important — for instance, in 1938, when radio listeners tuned in to what they thought were alerts about a Martian attack. Without the usual breaks advertising Wonder Bread or Campbell's Soup, the show was given the authority of a live breaking news broadcast, causing panic (verklempt ladies and fleeing gentlemen and the like). And yet, it was just Orson Welles' hour-long adaptation of H.G. Wells' book War of the Worlds. Colorado Springs' UFO Institute will be doing their own re-enactment of the broadcast — incorporating local roads and communities and such — at 7 tonight at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., ppld.org) as a rehearsal for a live Internet radio re-enactment on the 74th anniversary of the original broadcast, Oct. 30. It's free, but if you forget it's fiction and scream, you might get shushed by a librarian. — Kirsten Akens

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