Apparently, Grease Is The Word

by James McNally on February 22, 2012 · 1 comment

in Special Events

#SEQUELSERIES presents Grease 2, March 9th at Cinecycle

There seems to be some­thing in the air these days, and it smells a lot like Grease! There are two big Grease–related events hap­pening over the next few weeks.

First off, this upcoming weekend fea­tures Sing-a-Long-a Grease at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 1978 musical will be screened while the audi­ence, many of whom will be in 50s cos­tume, sings along at the top of its lungs. I saw this film many times the year it came out, mostly with girls I had crushes on, so there’s def­in­itely some nos­talgic appeal for me. And it appears that I’m not alone. Two of the four per­form­ances are already sold out.

More intriguing (to me, in any case) is #SEQUELSERIES, a group of events being organ­ized by local duo Tegan and Holly. On March 9th, they’re screening Grease 2, the 1982 sequel star­ring Michelle Pfeiffer (and written by Canadian Ken Finkleman). It was dir­ected by Patricia Birch, the cho­reo­grapher from the ori­ginal Grease (and who more recently has cho­reo­graphed sev­eral epis­odes of the tele­vi­sion series Boardwalk Empire). They’ve also lined up surf-rock band The Space Dusters to play after­ward, so you can dance the Frug wearing your saddle shoes and bobby socks. Tickets are a very reas­on­able $7 at the door (or $5 in advance, plus fees) and the venue is the very cool Cinecycle, which is also licensed.

I’ve never seen Grease 2, and I love the idea behind #SEQUELSERIES, so I’m ser­i­ously tempted to check it out. Small and innov­ative events like these make Toronto the greatest city in the world for movie lovers.

Upcoming screen­ings in the #SEQUELSERIES include Short Circuit 2 on May 11th and Troll 2 on July 13th. Unfortunately, the latter con­flicts with my own Shorts That Are Not Pants screening, but don’t let that stop you!

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