Corpses and body parts fill half of Boise’s science museum, but the Discovery Center of Idaho is anything but dead these days.
During the first week of “Bodies Revealed,” almost 4,000 people flocked to the exhibition of dissected cadavers.
Based on positive feedback, the Discovery Center is expecting lots of return customers in the next six months.
“We have seen great attendance by entire families ...,” says Discovery Center marketing director Doug Lambuth. “We have already hosted a few school field trips and expect to see school participation continue to grow as well.”
The preview article on the front page of the Idaho Statesman was titled: “ ‘Bodies Revealed’ shows the Discovery Center of Idaho isn’t just for kids.” That’s true. But the fact is, there are still plenty of kids witnessing this display of plasticized Chinese innards.
More than 25 percent of the visitors have been under 17 years old, Lambuth says.
Here’s a thought: Could “Bodies Revealed” slice into business at seasonal shriek fests such as Field of Screams and The Haunted World? After all, Halloween is right around the corner, and it doesn’t get more real than this.
Cue a zombie voice groaning “braaaaiins” over the Discovery Center’s speaker system and watch the teenagers scatter.
LYNYRD SPINAL TAP
Lynyrd Skynyrd, which performed Sept. 28 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, had a Spinal Tap moment earlier in the day.
The Southern rock group found itself stalled at a back entrance of Walmart in Meridian for a pre-show CD signing. The musicians were supposed to be at the Wally World in Nampa — right across from the Idaho Center.
“They called and wondered why no one was coming to the door — and turns out they were at the wrong one,” said a Nampa store Walmart employee who asked to remain anonymous. “It was pretty hilarious, though.”
Fortunately, band members did finally make it to the correct Walmart — albeit a little late.
The signing was held in the garden section, says promoter CTTouring. The long line went out the door.
Æ Country icon George Strait holds the Treasure Valley record for concert attendance. He drew 12,900 to his 2007 show at Taco Bell Arena.
For his final journey —“The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” — he’ll grace the Idaho Center on Jan. 26, 2013.
The stage placement will be similar — in the middle of the arena. So is it possible that Strait could break his own record? It is, after all, the hit-making cowboy’s final go-round.
Probably not. Based on the setup, it looks like the Idaho Center could only fit between 12,100 and 12,200 fans. (Still a ton.)
Tickets will cost $69.50 and $89.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at ICTickets. (Fan club members can get tickets at GeorgeStrait.com at 10 a.m. Oct. 9.)
Æ Sellouts of any size don’t come easy. Alanis Morissette hadn’t sold out the 999-capacity Knitting Factory at press time. You could still purchase tickets for the Oct. 8 show.
It’s a sign of the times.
What about Jimmy Buffett’s Oct. 25 concert at Taco Bell Arena? It didn’t blow out instantly. While it’s basically sold out at this point, you still can purchase “possible view obstructed” tickets.
Considering the amount of margaritas that will be consumed, “obstructed view” could comprise at least half the audience, I’m guessing.
Æ The new Revolution Center in Garden City has added a handful of events to the calendar. They include the electronic dance music-driven Fright Fest headlined by DirtyRock (Oct. 26), E-40 (Nov. 10) and the reunion of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Dec. 1.)
The club also is launching dance nights on Wednesdays for ages 16 and older.
TONIGHT IN ‘THE OTHER STUDIO’
Heard the new, old-sounding Prince song? Or how about Randy Newman’s presidential satire “I’m Dreaming”? We’ll spin and discuss those songs, plus feature fresh music from Soundgarden, Donald Fagen and more.
“The Other Studio” airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
COMING OCT. 12 IN SCENE
Æ A guide to local commercial haunts such as the aforementioned Field of Screams.
Æ A preview of “Tigers Be Still,” the season-opener at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Æ Been to the Bleubird Cafe in Downtown Boise yet? Our reviewer made a couple of visits and shares his thoughts.
Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: mdeeds@ idahostatesman.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds