Motor Mouths

For the most part, real-life robots are lame. They just sit around doing boring-ass jobs like assembling cars and vacuuming floors. They don't do any of the cool things my childhood obsession with pulp sci-fi led me to expect: no transforming into fighter jets, no plotting to overthrow their human masters, nothing. Robots, so far, have been a pretty big disappointment.

That's why I'm so excited for tonight's performance by Denver's very own mad-scientist collective, the Motoman Project. The performance, titled Smoke & Mirrors, features robots armed with flamethrowers, air cannons and gnarly metal teeth unleashing heavy-metal destruction. An ear-splitting soundtrack of metal machine music — created by an enormous spark gap generator, digital compositions by project members and the grating, roaring and rattle of the machines themselves — accompanies the carnage. Earplugs are strongly advised.

This sneak peek at the coming robot apocalypse happens at Capsule Art & Event Center, 560 Santa Fe Drive. The gallery opens at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at dusk. Admission is free, but space is limited, so get there early to claim a spot. Visit or call 720-331-4405 for more information.
Fri., July 6, 6 p.m.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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