Everybody Cut Loose…

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The only thing missing was Kevin Bacon…Be. still. my. beating. heart.

On my stalker planet, there’s a legend about musicals. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of uptight people that dancing, well, it’s the greatest thing there is. With dance fever in my blogging bones, I attended the opening gala of the Footloose Musical at The Laguna Playhouse. Complete with Nolet’s silver dry gin, RWC Regal Wines, appetizers by Mark’s Caterin and Nekter Juice bar, I was in a footloose state of mind the moment I entered the theatre.

Where were you in 1984? John Galliano had his first fashion show, Madge performed “Like a Virgin”, running shoes cost $30.00 and it was the unveiling of the Apple computer. News hit the dance doubles hard, Footloose was going to have more story than dancing. But that choice served fans of the original film well — we got more of Kevin Bacon’s sexy vulnerability and the moves that made the final cut were exhilarating to watch and reign among the most memorable dance sequences in recent filmdom.

It’s a classic tale of righteous teen revolt as a cocky city slicker comes to live in a small town that has outlawed dancing and whips his peers up in a seductive liberation movement. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for some big time culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and moving his hips are illegal. However, there is one delicious pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Conformity gets it in the teeth with a solid spin kick! Just the way we like it baby…

Remember fashion in the 80’s? Leg warmers, (originally worn by dancers, they became a fashion phenomenon) mullets and moussed teased hair with Scrunchie’s (for women, entire species of low flying birds were never seen again), leggings in traffic cone orange and fluorescent dinosaur green, stick on earings, caked make-up (ECK!), shoulder pads (who could forget this tacky trend) denim jackets with lot’s of pins and leather, leather and more leather. I recall going to the hairstylist to pay hundreds of dollars to perm my silky, shiny straight hair, only to go back one week later and have it straightened so I could see my face again. My poor Mother! Hey single ladies, take Throwback Thursday to the next level sporting high-waisted pants (think Molly Ringwald) accenting the curve of your waist and your hips at the same time. All the boys will be calling…trust me.

With ageless tunes and plenty of energy including an excursion into the land of country-western line dancing, Footloose at Laguna Playhouse (July 8 – August 9, 2015, G2K = good to know) will have you hopping in your seat and dancing out onto the street. Just go with it.

Go ahead, find the courage to stand up for what’s right in your own life. Put on your dancing shoes and prove your point. Pleasing everyone is impossible, pissing off everyone is a piece of cake. Come on, hit me with your best thoughts in the comment section.

Now if you’ll excuse me, this trend chasing Food Stalker needs to run. I’ve got to edit a million images, hit the gym for yoga and hip-hop class, figure out what I’m wearing in hot, humid New York this weekend to see China through the Looking Glass at the MET (Rihanna you ruled at the Gala) and contemplate my next maneuver running barefoot in The Hampton’s, where I will sit in traffic for hours to get to the beach versus having it in my own backyard. Go figure.

Let’s hear it for the boy….


* Founded in 1920, the Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging performing arts programming, award-winning youth education offerings and community partnerships. The Laguna Playhouse is also home to the annual Laguna Dance Festival, the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the Laguna Beach Concert Band. Serving more than 100,000 patrons each season, the Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage including: Harrison Ford, Bette Davis, Leslie Caron, Val Kilmer, Ed Asner, Hershey Felder, Linda Purl, Davis Gaines, Rita Rudner, Joshua Bell, Lee Rocker.

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1 Comment

  1. penelopeshackelford

    July 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    This was so informative and inspiring. I jumped up off my chair and began to dance when I finished reading!

With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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