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April 24, 2014

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Free lectures tonight at Atomic Testing Museum

Before creating elaborate sculptures of Ten-in-One sideshow stars, Holley Bakich did her homework. This wasn't just some kitschy project she was taking on for the novelty. Bakich studied their lives, their spouses and children, their fame, their misfortune, their beauty and camaraderie and created three-dimensional portraits of the "human oddities" in all their glory.

If you haven't seen the show, you should. The craftmanship and narrative is worth the trip to the exhibit inside the Atomic Testing Museum's Harry Reid Hall at 755 E. Flamingo Rd.

And tonight might be a good time for that. Bakich is in town to discuss the lives of Johhny Eck, the half boy; Frank Lentini, the three legged man; Julia Pastrana, the bearded lady, and more.

The lecture is part of a double feature starring Bakich and her husband, Michael Bakich, senior editor of astronomy magazine and author who will discuss black holes, white dwarfs and the birth and death of stars in "The Amazing Atomic Lives of Stars."

The "Bakich Double Feature" begins with "The Bakich Sideshow" at 6:30 p.m. "The Amazing Atomic Lives of Stars" begins at 8 p.m. Admission to the sideshow exhibit is $6; $4 for children. For more information, call 794-5161.

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