03 June 2015

Jump Into The Jurassic! here in the New Urban Downtown Mesa? ... Get Off My Cloud

Received an announcement in the MesaZona inbox the other day from Kevin Christoper, City of Mesa Office of Public Information:
Your blogger's immediate question was: Why is an educational non-profit institution owned by The City of Mesa - or "literally owned" by the public - part of a pre-release media advertising campaign for a Hollywood movie? No one's impressed by dinosaurs anymore . . .and rather than jumping back into The Jurassic ... how about a jump into forward-thinking here in the New Urban Downtown Mesa?
. . . With reports of worldwide record-breaking revenues from the weekend opening I guess ya gotta say "We live in Jurassic World", Huh?
Mesa, AZ – Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, is celebrating the opening of the ‘Jurassic World’ movie with a special “Jump into the Jurassic” program Saturday, June 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Try your hand at the Wheel of Time with our paleo-educator for a free ‘Jurassic World’ mini poster.  The museum will have children’s craft activities and a dinosaur touch cart available, plus lots of fun facts about the Jurassic Period!  We will have an enter to win contest featuring a prize pack including four free passes to the preview opening of ‘Jurassic World’ on June 9.  The contest will be in the lobby and no purchase is necessary.
Regular museum admission rates apply and members are always admitted free. Plan to come and enjoy a cool indoor afternoon jumping into the Jurassic! 

LOS ANGELES — In “Jurassic World,” scientists create a living theme park attraction called Indominus rex [a female dinosaur] by splicing the DNA of two very different species.. 
They are ecstatic. Behold!  
The glorious future, a ticket-selling machine.
But there are naysayers. 
This Franken-beast monster may draw crowds, but it is not natural. You cannot be two things at once.
excerpt from a review in The New York Times June 3, 2015

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