Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gotta See(& Hear)! Laser Guardians @ Pacific Science Center

With Stan Lee's screening of The Avengers sold out, we found another fun Marvel evening event to partake in, a laser light show set to the soundtrack of this past summer's gargantuan hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Taking place at the Pacific Science Center next to the Space Needle, the Laser Dome is credited as the largest and longest operated laser theater in the world. There was a line around the building but we got seats easy enough as many chose to just lie back on the floor and gaze. Our artists of the evening explained that the effects were done live, how that is, I have no clue.

With a puff of smoke and a dim of the lights, 45 minutes worth of colors, lights, swirls, squares, beams and animated space men, women, aliens and planets accompanied the hit soundtrack, Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 from the flick. The rocking, funky and weird rumblings of Blue Swede, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, The Runaways and Marvin Gaye among others made for an interesting listening party. Each song had a different laser motif going from patterns and moving parts to actual minimalist animation with a Powder Puff Girl looking character to a rocketship to the Earth passing the moon. One towards the end with straight lines to make triangles reminded me of Aliens when they cut down the door, scan the interior and find Ripley inside.

Located within walking distance of the Space Needle and Key Arena, the Pacific Science Center also had a Pompeii exhibit going on and the courtyard outside the laser dome was home to some cool dinosaur statues and the fins of killer whales coming at you in the beautiful clear water garden. Apparently they do these laser light shows pretty often so locals should definitely check it out. I could only think that this would go really well with the synth-rock 80's epic-ness of The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack cause you got The Touch if you Dare!

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