- $39 for one ticket to see "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths" tour ($79.25 value)
- When: Saturday, December 14, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Lowell Memorial Auditorium
- Seating: balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour
Two audience members pedal madly on stationary bikes. A pair of water balloons hang precariously above them, slowly filling thanks to their partners’ motion, and both participants are attempting to avoid a soaking. But there's a problem—the contraption has become unhooked. “Am I allowed to climb this?” asks host Adam Savage, scaling the 12-foot structure without waiting for an answer. Moments later, the balloons are filling, then bursting, and the two racers are dripping wet. These impromptu hijinks perfectly sum up Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman’s live show: the Mythbusters don't guarantee that everything will go right the first time (or even at all), but they do guarantee it will be fun.
Inspired by their long-running television series, Mythbusters: Behind the Myths tour invites audience members on stage to get down and dirty with some hands-on science. Among other experiments, fans may recline on a bed of nails, run a simple obstacle course with an altered sense of perspective, or marvel as a medieval suit of armour faces off against a gatling gun loaded with paintballs. All the while, Savage bounces from setup to setup with a boyish, barely-contained energy, and Hyneman keeps things grounded with deadpan charm. Part physics class, part performance art, and all live-action cartoon, the show gives attendees the chance to become human guinea pigs without renting an enormous running-wheel.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however—in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.