Jurassic Park Party Lamentably Goes Extinct at Red Room

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Red Room booker Wes Malvini attempts to re-enact Jurassic Park with his fingers.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Red Room booker Wes Malvini attempts to re-enact Jurassic Park with his fingers.

The Red Room took a page from larger cities like Portland, Ore., on Friday night by hosting a showing of the '90s classic film Jurassic Park. But despite promoter Wes Malvini’s short shorts and pink polo, the crowd failed to materialize, perhaps drinking in Missionary Position at the Shredder (or not) or Brown Bird at the Visual Arts Collective instead.

However, there was a handful of costumed patrons. In the corner sat Benjamin Vanderpool and Abby Raiser, sporting risque dino names Lickalotopuss and Dickasaurus Hunter, respectively. Vanderpool wore a foam dino mask and dinosaur-patterned cape. Raiser wore a safari hat and camouflage top, perhaps meant to emulate the shotgun-toting Jurassic Park character Robert Muldoon, played by the late British actor Bob Peck.

Benjamin Vanderpool, left, and Abby Raiser, right, dressed up for the Jurassic Park Party.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Benjamin Vanderpool, left, and Abby Raiser, right, dressed up for the Jurassic Park Party.

Vanderpool said he wore the same outfit to New Belgium Brewing company’s Tour de Fat, and when he heard about the Jurassic Park party, he had to don it once more.

It’s a shame more people didn’t turn out, with only a handful in the bar when the movie began at 7:30 p.m. The movie was shown on a pop-up screen, despite the remaining sunlight filtering into the venue, perfectly projecting Steven Spielberg’s crowning dino achievement. It was an experience filled out by the sounds of snarling velociraptors and tyrannosaurus rex pumped in over the venue’s sound system.

However, the bands following the movie drew a crowd who seemed not to know about the themed evening. They wandered in for Jacksonville, Fla., acts Memphibians and Andrew Felts, as well as Boise band Cerberus Rex.

Felts pulled in a modest crowd, with five or six hugging the stage to listen to his well-composed acoustic tracks. He took and left the stage quietly.

Either the crowd didn’t remember the whimsy of Jurassic Park—or they were more concerned with the bottoms of their glasses and the evening’s lineup. Previously, the Red Room hosted a Star Wars party. Hopefully, they will continue the trend by hosting more childhood favorites of the current generation. Personally, I’d like to see Monty Python.

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