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'How's the lobster? It sucks': Let's heckle 'Flashdance'



flashdance.jpg"First when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind." Those could either be the opening lyrics to What a Feeling, the theme song to Flashdance by Irene Cara, or the crazy rantings of the always eccentric Salvador Dalí. Both maybe?

If you’re a fan of the artist and have a biting sense of humor about the 1983 movie starring Jennifer Beals, then dig out those faded leg warmers and torn sweatshirt and head to downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday for Heckling at the Dalí, part of the museum’s ongoing Summer Surreal Series of film screenings.  As if you need any help, here are three great Flashdance moments -- besides the obvious "lobster dinner' scene -- to heckle.

1. DANCING AT MAWBY’S: Any of the silly dance performances — not stripteases! — at this fictional Pittsburgh bar are ripe for ridicule, especially the “chair shower” scene. We’re sure Salvador’s wife, Gala, would not have approved.

2. THE ICE SKATING DEBACLE: You’ve heard of schadenfreude, right? It’s German for taking delight when waitress Jeanie Szabo takes spill after spill during her audition for an ice show. Don’t worry; Jeanie finds a lovely job at the Zanzibar shortly afterward. (Bonus points for those throwing singles at the movie screen.)

3. THE BIG FINALE: Only after her BF/steel mill boss Nick buys her an audition at the dance conservatory does our hero, “Alex” Owens, get her big shot at her dreams (and we finally get the full version of Cara’s Oscar-winning tune). And what do you know? She stumbles! Heckle heaven! “Boooo! Have a nice trip!” But you’ll soon be sobbing when she starts again and wins over the stodgy judges. What a feeling!

The movie is free, but that does not include gallery admission, which is $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. The Dalí striptease is at the museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive at Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:15am]


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