Friday, October 26, 2012

Luminescence and Bodies Abound at Discovery Center's Adult Night

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Attendees of Discovery Centers Adult Night: The Science of Luminescence put on their best glow gear.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Attendees at Discovery Center's Adult Night: The Science of Luminescence put on their best glow gear Oct. 25.

Typically, the words "bodies" and "lit-up" are only incorporated in two instances: talking about X-rays and slang for being ridiculously intoxicated. But the Discovery Center of Idaho put those words together in a much more fun and science-y way Oct. 25, when it presented the latest installment of its Adult Night series—the Science of Luminescence.

Anxious 21-and-older attendees channeled their inner children (or rave-goers) and donned costumes ranging from a Ghostbuster, The Big Lebowski's Dude and a glowing Moth Man to a pirate, flapper girl and South Park's Towelie. Those who arrived in costume received a ticket for the raffle, which featured a basket of gourmet candy and tickets to a future Adult Night, among other prizes.

Glow sticks and neon clothing were the attire of choice and were highly visible against the low-lit background of the Discovery Center. Some of the museum's permanent displays were a little tough to enjoy with the decreased visibility, but that didn't slow Adult Night attendees down.

An area off the main exhibit hall featured a green screen used for TV, and adults clutched beverages while putting on green "invisibility" cloaks and laughing at the images of themselves as floating heads.

A group of young dudes promoted the upcoming Boise Glow for Cushing's Awareness race and explained the chemical reaction that makes glow sticks light up. Another booth featured large lights that lit up on different places, depending where they were gripped, and tables were interspersed throughout the exhibit hall explaining the intricacies of genetically modified fluorescent fish.

The dark room contrasted with the bright white light emanating from the space that houses the Bodies Revealed exhibit. Attendees perused exhibits that showed the body's inner workings, from capillaries to nerves and a human form in cross-section. A table in the middle of the exhibit detailed the liver's workings, and possibly made Adult Nighters think about the adult beverages they were consuming. Bodies Revealed will be on display through March 31, 2013.

Out back, Crooked Fence Brewing, Payette Brewing Co., Indian Creek Winery, Archie's Place, Boise Fry Company and A Cupcake Paradise provided grub and libations while costumed characters huddled around heat lamps or watched a slew of fire dancers show off their skills.

For more on Adult Night and the Bodies Revealed exhibition, visit DCI's website.

Adult Night attendees discover how television green screens work.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Adult Night attendees discover how television green screens work.

Tables around the Discovery Centers exhibit hall describe how fluorescent fish come to be.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Tables around the Discovery Center's exhibit hall describe how fluorescent fish come to be.

The Moth Man makes friends at the Discovery Center of Idahos Adult Night.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • The Moth Man makes friends at the Discovery Center of Idaho's Adult Night.

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