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Evidence of the alien invasion at OMA and Mother Falcon

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In case you aren't up on your seminal sci-fi, last Friday's Alien-focused art show was Mother Falcon's homage to the enduring film franchise that Ridley Scott inaugurated in 1979 and recently returned to with the sort-of-prequel Prometheus. (A respectful aside: Don't allow the middling review in last week's OW to dissuade you from seeing Prometheus, preferably on an IMAX screen; apart from some late-game logic lapses, it's a powerful blend of popcorn-tossing pulp and thought-provoking mythology.)

There must be an oversupply of talented Alien fans in Orlando, because the call to artists yielded a couple dozen witty and well-wrought homages to imagery from Scott's masterpiece and Jim Cameron's pulse-pounding sequel. Fortunately, I didn't spy any shrines to Winona Ryder (somnolent co-star of the quirky fourth film) or references to the wretched Alien vs. Predator spin-offs.

Between the life-sized facehugger sculpture (hung with a small sign saying "Do Not Molest") and the Playalien magazine cover (featuring the queen alien in a bikini), it's hard to pick a favorite piece. But I especially adored Cake Marques' "More Fun With Our Friends" ("A Little Weyland Yutani Corp. Book"), a spot-on Little Golden Books satire with a comically chilling twist.

Conclusion: Orlando's citizens don't seem to grasp that the appearance of acid-blooded assassins is an occasion for alarm, not alcohol. Verdict: Game over, man!

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