You know that pivotal moment in teen movies when a small gathering invariably becomes a raging house party? The football team shows up for keg stands, horny teenagers turn any room with a door into a makeout cove, and Mom’s precious vase gets knocked over.
Right before things really head south, the audience/attractive co-star discover that the dorky protagonist is secretly really cool and genuine. A moral lesson is learned by all not to judge a book by its cover. Or maybe the lesson was to be true to yourself. Or maybe it’s both of those, but then enters the parents/cops/cool clique. These people are total buzzkills.
This is exactly the situation I imagined when surveying the Jurassic Lounge takeover at the Australian Museum. Any moment now a scholarly citizen or museum board member would rush inside to say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I am drawing the line at the My Little Pony burlesque performance! EVERYBODY OUT!”
Yet this wasn’t Hollywood, it was Australia, so the party continued. More and more people flooded into the museum as the night wore on. The line for the taco cart was as long as a stegosaurus and a T-rex combined, give or take a couple of those little feathery dinos that chickens descended from. Empty glasses and dirty plates slowly piled up inside a gallery displaying American Gothic: Drawings by Charles Addams.
The Search and Discover lab looked like a Rubik’s Cube disco ball had smashed onto the carpeted floor. Drunken university students jammed stuffed parrots under microscopes and posed for photos with tortoise shells on their backs. A lanky guy in a plaid shirt sipped a glass of red wine as he leaned closer towards his pretty date. She flashed a coy smile, they both studiously ignored the reference material on the monitor behind them.
In all, three floors of the museum were overtaken by live music, hula hoops, break dancing, Jumbo Jenga, DJs, Lomography booths, and standup comics from the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Sorry Hollywood, maybe the cool kids and the adults in charge aren’t such buzzkills after all.
How to get to the Australian Museum: 6 College St, East Sydney NSW 2010
About: Jurassic Lounge