I'll be spending as many hours as humanly possible at the EMP tomorrow and on other days since this officially opens Saturday:
Here's the official blurb
The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films.
EMP|SFM will supplement the exhibition with a hands-on puppet theater starring Seattle’s newest band, Mudgarden Experience. The theater will allow visitors to experience what it’s like to perform puppets for an audience and view themselves on monitors—much like how it might have been for Jim Henson while he was filming “Sesame Street” or “The Muppet Show." The audience will be able to watch the puppet show from an area reminiscent of the famous stoop on “Sesame Street.”
There's a podcast version of the exhibit tour. You MUST listen to it!
Man, there are so many cool events for it:
Opening Day Events Saturday
Opening Weekend Events Sunday
Muppet History 101 with Craig Shermin on May 27
Muppet Music Moments film screening on May 30
Carter Family Marionettes on May 30
Commercials and Experiments with Karen Prell on June 10 (I'm really looking forward to this one.)
Exposed: Inside Film screening of The Dark Crystal on June 16
"Look Both Ways" with special guest Jane Henson on July 8