Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Theremin demonstrations at Spaced Out

On Sat., Aug. 15, EMP|SFM opens a new exhibit, Spaced Out: The Final Frontier of Album Covers, featuring 117 space-age themed record album covers released 1940-1969. It's family day at the museum as well as the opening of this exhibit and a send off for the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit (open through Aug. 16) so there are lots of events planned.

Of special note: there will be theremin (that eerie electronic box that produces a staple sci-fi sound) demonstrations in the Spaced Out exhibit at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. According to Wikipedia anyway, theremin music has been featured in: the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951); the television series, The Outer Limits; the score for the video game, Destroy All Humans (2005); and mentioned in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953). If you have more insider theremin information, please dish (no matter how trivial)! Or, if you hear the theremin at Spaced Out, let us know how it was and who performed.

Other events (free with admission) at the museum on Aug. 15 include:
A tour of the exhibit
led by curator Brooks Peck at 11 a.m.
The MoonSpinners, a 60s influenced lounge-pop band, perform at noon and 1 p.m. in the Sky Church.
Muppet Fairytales films show, at 2 p.m. in the JBL Theater. See Kermit as The Frog Prince
(1971), directed by Jim Henson, and other muppetized versions of fairytale classics.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle. Tickets are $15-12 (free for EMP|SFM members or children 4 and under). For more information, call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1. Spaced Out shows through Jan. 3, 2010.

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