he Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) fell out of fashion, like his geodesic domes, with the waning of the ’60s. The self-described “citizen of the world” was a futurist and optimist who naturally appealed to idealistic hippies and young boomers. But like The Whole Earth Catalog, who reads him today? Bay Area filmmaker Sam Green went to the archives at Stanford to help make Fuller topical again, and he’ll narrate his new documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller while Yo La Tengo plays a score commissioned especially for the film. (Some may recall YLT’s similar accompaniment of short films by Jean Painlevé, called The Sounds of Science.) There will be an unlikely, Seattle-specific aspect to to the performance, too. Green discovered that a former student of Fuller’s built a hemispheric “Spacearium” for our 1962 World’s Fair. That was later repurposed as the Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center (not coincidentally a favorite of the hallucinogenic set), and Green intends to use it somehow tonight at the Moore. The program is expected to last an hour. If we’re lucky, maybe YLT will play a short set afterward—with lasers! BRIAN MILLER

Tue., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2012