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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Maybe This Is Old News, But…

posted by on July 25 at 14:06 PM

Apparently EMP has reduced its entry fee—from $22.95 (not counting those stupid “MEG” portable headsets that allow you to “interact” with all the dusty junk on display) to $15, including admission to the unspeakably lame Sci-Fi Museum (AKA Paul Allen’s teenage bedroom.) I found this out when I went to the Sci-Fi Museum last night to see some crusty old science-fiction writer read (not my idea; can you tell?) and ended up wandering around Seattle Center instead; EMP’s JBL Theatre, crowded with geeks in bad haircuts and women in flowing, flowery dresses, was just too depressing.

Will the cost-cutting strategy work? Who knows; the biggest problem with EMP (leaving aside its laughably dated late-’90s aesthetic) is that its exhibits are static, not experiential; “interacting” with the museums means pressing to press a button and listen to music or a prerecorded message. The “experience,” as I’ve written before, is a tremendous disappointment.

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They don't have the "practice space" thingy anymore?

Posted by Dougsf | July 25, 2007 2:43 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The only time I ever truly "experienced" music was when a samba band I played with was hired to play a private function in the Sky Church. Beyond that, I get much more experience listening to my iPod.

Posted by ChrisB | July 25, 2007 7:56 PM

if the crusty old science fiction writer ( actually crusty old science fiction african american queer man of letters ) you went to hear read last night was samuel delany.. well i ought to come over to your house and slap you twice..delany is not only one of the greatest in his genre .. he's easily as genre defying as they come.. science fiction is but a jumping off point more speculative fiction really ..the man's a prophet actually and his forward thinking about technology, shifting gender identity.. uber sexuality and race are as mind boggling as in ALL of fiction.. and if you were extra lucky he would have read from hogg.. quite possibly the filthiest porn imaginable..
sometimes erica your ingnorance simply astounds me..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 25, 2007 8:55 PM

Portland's EMP is like sooo much better omg

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | July 26, 2007 2:23 AM


Posted by Jonah S | July 26, 2007 10:26 AM

Paul needs to get a larger dalek than that crummy small toy in the glass case.

Posted by Simon | July 26, 2007 11:38 AM

EMP has never been the same since they took out Funk Blast - The Ride. It's no secret that when they removed Funk Blast in 2003, the music industry started its downward spiral.

Posted by John | July 26, 2007 3:18 PM

Hey Rev Riz: Just kidding about crusty, not about old. My boyfriend really loves Delany; I, however, am no sci-fi fan.

Posted by ECB | July 26, 2007 5:28 PM

ok then..all is forgiven.. i might have gotten a little carried away.. the innernets yend to do that to me.. i'm also no big fan of science fiction..but i first read dahlgren while i was attending bible school and it was the only book i could read and nurture my little perverted gay fantasies and not get called on . ( i had yet learned not to care..) through the years i return to his writings and gasp aloud at the power,beauty and singular vision of his varied work.. he has a creation story/myth where a woman births the universe through her womb which would make you shudder ( the tale of potters and dragons from tales of nevereyon ) he has some journals detailing his coming of age in ny that are fascinating and his porn?.. still banned in many places and hard to get ( i bought my first copy at bailey coy some years ago ) hogg is a jaw dropping masterwork that gives admirers of genet a run for money.

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 26, 2007 5:50 PM


Exactly, Sir Riz.

Seriously, at the very least, besides your boyfriend's collection, please check out Delany's non-fiction "Times Square Red, Times Square Blue," which is incredible psycho-geographical writing about "safe versus dirty" Times Square long before it became a trendy topic. And is just as jolting and fun as "Grindhouse."

Posted by Chris Estey | July 27, 2007 11:10 AM

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