Last week I had the opportunity to go to Seattle to see a performance of, Mysterious Gifts: Theatre of Iran. As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of my fellow grad students is teaching a children’s theatre class and organized the trip as an optional experience for his students.
I decided that I wanted to drive over to Seattle a couple hours early and get some stuff done. First of all, I love driving and it’s almost therapeutic to me. Since I’ve been in Ellensburg, I’ve driven maybe 75 miles, in a month’s time. I was looking forward to the chance to drive on the highway, listen to my mixes and experience the independence of driving in Seattle. I also needed to find some winter boots for myself, since the weather is rapidly changing and my only real close-toed shoes are my converse. I planned my trip, so that I’d have a couple hours in Seattle before meeting up with the rest of my group. I got to Seattle around 2ish, navigated Seattle traffic and parked near the Seattle Center. I’ve decided that this is the key to parking in Seattle. From the Seattle Center you can take the fun monorail to downtown Seattle, which drops you off near all the major department stores and within walking distance of Pike Place Market and the waterfront, so it’s perfect. Anyway, I parked and took the monorail to Nordstroms. I had already done my research and decided that a pair of Ugg boots would be my best bet for winter boots and knew where to go to get them.
I have to say something first. As a Floridan, Ugg boots have a horrible reputation (or at least in my mind). See, the sorority girls at FSU like to wear them with mini-skirts in the hot, humid Florida summer. Ugg boots make no sense. Therefore, when my friends told me that I HAD to get a pair, I scoffed. I couldn’t be caught dead in those silly boots! But as I did some research, I discovered that they are actually great boots that will keep my feet warm in the cold and snow… and as a bonus, the technology/design of the boot helps prevent feet from sweating.
So I got to Nordstoms and on a mission, went straight to the shoe section. I tried on several pairs, debated back and forth, had my dad price check online from Florida and ended up leaving the store with my new black Uggs and the water proofing spray. Mission accomplished.
After that, I wandered around downtown Seattle, searching for other cold-weather accessories. I really enjoyed my adventure. It was definitely liberating to navigate a true “big” city on my own, both in the car and on foot. I’ve never traveled around a big city on my own. I loved the experience.
There were anti-scientology protesters. Almost as scary as scientologist themselves, haha.
I headed back to the Seattle center and went in search of a place to read. But before doing that, I went to the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum gift shop looking for t-shirts/postcards. I ended up walking into a wedding photo shoot happening outside the museum. The building itself is so cool structurally, so I can understand using it as a location, but man, it was cold outside! Inside the museum was also really neat! I really want to go back and check it out when I have time. The first Thursday of the month, most of Seattle’s museums are free, so maybe if I have a light Thursday, I’ll go over sometime.
Inside the EMP/SciFi Museum!
As I was walking back to the Starbucks, I stumbled upon a bunch of zombies. Apparently there was a zombie walk at the Seattle center last Saturday. If you’re not familiar with zombie walks, people dress up as the living dead. Think lots of blood, torn clothes, random appendages, even brains hanging from fishing poles. It was weird. Thankfully, there were harmless and just milling around the center. I’m not really sure the purpose, but it was an interesting slight to say the least.
I don’t know if you can tell, but these are zombie pictures. I suck at taking sneaky iphone pics. The first picture shows the brain on a fishing pole.
At 5pm, I met up with the group to see Mysterious Gifts. All I can say was that it was incredible. Mind-blowing. The performance incorporates dance, music, puppetry and movement to tell universal stories to audiences of any culture. There is not a single word spoken throughout the hour and a half long performance, and yet the story is perfectly clear to the audience. Driven by music, lights and movement, the story starts with an exploration of traditional Persian dance. Then goes on to tell a story about the conflicts within one’s self, using astonishing physicality and a puppetry. Finally, the performer uses clay and mud to “create” a person, bending and shaping his creation as he sees fit, only to have the creation magically come to life with a mind of it’s own. Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat. The only real indication that it was a children’s performance, was the intermission after a half hour. I wondered if there were adjustments made to the performance to fit the audience, but I don’t know. They also did a talkback after the show, but it frustrated me. The performers don’t speak English, only Farsi and the kids would ask the translator questions where the performer would responded with elaborate responses and the translator would condense it so much that I’m sure much was lost. I actually used the performance for one of my assignments this past week, but still couldn’t find any more information, probably because it’s all in Farsi and unavailable to me in English.
Anyway, the weekend was a much needed change of scenery and break from all the reading. Unfortunately, my break definitely set me behind for the rest of the weekend.