There aren't many movies that I know the majority of the script. I am able to recite about 90 percent of "The Breakfast Club," maybe 75 percent of "Harold and Maude" and I know quite a few lines – and all of the songs – from "Grease."
Hence, I finally checked out Turner Hall's Beer And A Movie (BAAM) series last night at Turner Hall for the "Grease" sing-a-long. I squeezed into a pair of leather pants I have not worn in years in solidarity of the show, and despite the 8 p.m. start time, I took my kids because one of them loves this movie as much as I do.
And knows more of the words than I do, I was surprised to find out last night.
Many of the BAAM movie events are not kid friendly because the films are, at times, rated R. But "Grease," rated PG (arguably a PG-13 film if it were to get rated today), was a great experience for the fam. Although they did ask what "flog your log" means. Dang you, Rizzo!
The screen size and audio at Turner were both tip top, and the enthusiasm of the crowd really added a lot to the experience. I had a Jameson and Coke and then sang "Beauty School Drop Out" entirely too loudly, but the group didn't seem to mind.
The only downside of last night was that, now that my kids are getting older and I am thinking more about future relationships they will be in, I was disappointed at the message at the end of "Grease" that a person must change drastically to make a love connection. I say skip the perm and the cigs, Olivia, and stay how you are. How tough could it be to find a guy who appreciates a sweet blonde cheerleader with an Australian accent?
But this is not what a "Grease" sing-a-long is about. It's about singing off key with a dimply John Travolta and imagining what it would have been like to have been alive during the decade of white socks and poodle skirts. And it made me wish my old convertible in the garage weren't hemorrhaging transmission fluid or that all of the drive-ins are going away.
Although it's not a sing-a-long, the next BAAM movie is scheduled for March 1 at Turner Hall (check out BAAM's Facebook page for more info), but for the $5 price it's a really affordable and fun way to check out a classic film. I'll be back – without the kids.
And probably not in leather pants.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published Nov. 28, 2014
In 2008, New York City's Tina Roth Eisenberg decided to launch a free, open-to-everyone series offering breakfast and a lecture on a creative topic one Friday a month. The simple concept, called CreativeMornings, is now active in more than 100 cities worldwide, including Milwaukee.
Published Nov. 27, 2014
Bennie Smith's inspiration to open a restaurant came from two sources: his desires to have a home for his already-established catering business and to celebrate fatherhood. Earlier this month, Smith - along with his wife of 22 years, Angela - opened Daddy's Soul Food & Grille, 754 N. 27th St.
Published Nov. 26, 2014
An Asian bar and restaurant called Buddha Lounge will open around Jan. 1, 2015 at 1504 E. North Ave.
Published Nov. 25, 2014
Next week, Wayward Kitchen Co., 1407 S. 1st St., will mark its one-year anniversary. To celebrate, Wayward has a new menu, a new open mic night and plans to soon offer growlers. OnMilwaukee.com recently checked in with owners Tyler and Megan Mason to chat it up and look back on 2014.
Published Nov. 24, 2014
Red Lion Pub will open on Friday, Dec. 5 after renovating the former Brocach Irish Pub space, 1850 N. Water St.
Published Nov. 23, 2014
In 1993, Kirill Mikhanovsky moved with his family to Milwaukee's East Side from Moscow. He started out working at McDonald's near Oakland and North Avenues and went on to graduate from UWM and NYU with a degree in film. Now, he's in Milwaukee and trying to produce his film - despite encouragement not to.
Published Nov. 23, 2014
In conjunction with World AIDS Day, Peter Mortensen conceived and directed a unique performance called "Seance: Signs of Life From Another Room." The show, presented by The Gay Arts Center, will take place next weekend in the Montage Cabaret located above La Cage night club, 801 S. 2nd St.
Published Nov. 22, 2014
Dr. James Cameron ran the Milwaukee Black Holocaust Museum from 1988 until his death in 2006. Cameron is believed to be the only person to survive a lynching. A crowdfunding campaign is now in place to fund the re-printing of his autobiography.
Published Nov. 20, 2014
The Malt Shoppe, 813 N. Mayfair Rd., does not offer a single flavor of ice cream, but that's because it's not that kind of malt shop. It does, however, have more than 900 different beers from around the world, including places not readily associated with brewing like Kenya, Brazil, Vietnam, Slovakia and Singapore.
Published Nov. 20, 2014
The UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association plans to start a scholarship fund for LGBTQIA students. To raise funds, a "drag queen bingo" benefit event is set for Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Hamburger Mary's in Bay View.