We’ve had the opportunity to do a couple of fun things recently. Shaundo and I went to Evansville Indiana Museum last week. The plan was to go to the museum then the Zoo, but we ended up spending all out time at the museum which has grown considerably since I we last visited.
The Evansville museum has a recreation of an old town which is the main thing I remember from visiting this place as a kid, but now it has an expanded science section, planetarium and greatly expanded art gallery. The planetarium was featuring a laser light show and we’ve both always wanted to see one. This was the first showing of the first laser light show the museum had ever displayed so despite being 2 PM on a Monday every seat was packed.
The show was called Laser Magic and it wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. The show was composed of two colorlasers, red and green, either showing line art images of characters, or visualizations of the songs. The music was almost entirely from 1997 with such classic hits as the”Titanic Theme,” the “Men in Black Theme,” Chumba Wumba’s classic theme, “Tubthumping,” even a song by Bjork, “Hunter.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I was eighteen years old in 1997 so this was really cool, like taking a trip back in time. I mean really it was weird. This laser light show is 17 years old, most of the kids’s in the audience weren’t even alive when these songs were cool, but Shaundo and I were in out prime. I can’t help but feel a bit let down by the actual lasers though, I thought there would be more than two colors. Really the highlight for me was that they ran the star projector the entire time so we could continually watch the night sky go round and round.
The art was by far my favorite part of the museum, I could have spent far more time looking at it. There are a few well known artists, there was a piece of Chagal, Wood, and Renior, all minor pieces but still. Almost all the artwork on display is high quality objective art, you’re not going to see much abstract expressionism here, which is fine by me. Looking at the fine work left me awestruck by the abilities of these artists.
The second part of today’s double feature post is yesterday’s trip to see “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Seeing this movie is kind of an accomplishment for us because the last several times we’ve deiced to see a movie we’ve balked. We come to the sobering conclusion that we’d just as soon go home as to sit through a movie. Well this time I was adamant, we are going to see this movie. I had researched the movie times, there are 3 AMC movie theaters in Southern Illinois, and they offered viewings of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in an impressive array of times and options. Seven showings at one multiplex on a Sunday in various configurations. I chose the 1:45 screening.
My wife is not exactly the free spirit, come what may, type she likes to think she is, she’s a hard core worrier. She wanted to get to the theater early, she was worried about lines, seating, lighting, ticket prices, and possible ninja attacks. Turns out she had good reason to worry. The 1:45 screeening turned out to be a 1:30 screening. I had screwed up.
Imagine the look on her face when the only available seats were not in the plush stadium seating area but down in front in the nearly blind area. We were one row from the front and we couldn’t take in even half the gigantic screen. I have to admit I thought it was cool, it was like big time immersion, but Shaundo was not amused.
Now that would be more then enough, but get this, two ladies were sitting behind us, and they apparently thought they were watching the movie in their living room. They discussed their notions of the plot, emotional feelings, and reminded us several times that we were watching an action/comedy by saying over and over again, “That was funny.” Truly I was cracking up, but Shaundo wasn’t amused.