If you hadn't quite guessed from my love of Disney, I'm a big fan of the movie musical genre.
From "Singin' in the Rain" to "Grease," "The Phantom of the Opera" to "Chicago," "Little Shop of Horrors" to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," I love them all - and know every single song and have a bad habit of singing along to them (don't judge).
With movie musicals, you frequently, but not always, get a great mix of comedy and drama mixed with a dash of singing and dancing. How could you not be entertained?
For those I try to indoctrinate to the movie musical fandom, I often start off easy with the very likable "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
The cult classic, if you're unfamiliar with the tale, follows just-engaged couple Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) and Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) as they seek aid after running into some car trouble. The problem is that the only help for miles around comes in the form of a "sweet transvestite" by the name of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).
The movie was selected for preservation in 2005 in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Deemed the "quintessential midnight movie," the Terrace will be showing the film at 11:30 p.m. the first Friday of every month, with the first showing this Friday.
The Terrace Theater is at 1956 Maybank Highway. For more information, go to www.terracetheater.com or call 762-4247.
Outdoor Film Fest
Another quality film selected (in 1990) for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry, though in a very different genre, also will be shown this week: "The Godfather."
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films in cinematic history - its ranked No. 2 on the 10th anniversary edition of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films of all time - "The Godfather" will be shown tonight as part of Cinebarre's Outdoor Film Fest Throwback Thursday series.
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Abe Vigoda, the movie starts at dusk at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., in Mount Pleasant. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
For more, go to Cinebarre.com.
Another outdoor screening on tap over the next week will be held at Freshfields Village.
Showing on Wednesday, a free outdoor screening of "Big Miracle" will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
"Big Miracle" stars John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in this telling of a true story where a small-town news reporter enlists his ex-girlfriend, a Greenpeace volunteer, to help save a pod of gray whales trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands.
For more information, go to www.FreshfieldsVillage.com.
Music on the Green
Another event taking place at Freshfields Village, this one of the musical variety, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday, enjoy a free performance by GrooveTown, which promises to have attendees on their feet dancing to current hits.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
James Island County Park's summer concert series Reggae Nights closes out its 2014 season with a performance by Mystic Vibrations.
Mystic Vibrations formed in the early 1990s in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Led by singer/guitarist Ric Williams, the four-piece rhythm section made its U.S. debut in 1992.
Hungry concert-goers will be able to purchase Caribbean-style dishes and other festival foods at the event. Vendors will be on-site displaying local handmade crafts and souvenirs, all available for purchase.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults (13 and up) and are available at the gate; children 12 and under get in free. Socialized dogs on a leash are welcome.
Go to CharlestonCountyParks.com/Reggae to find out more.
Bonasera, portrayed by Frank Puglia (left), asks Don Vito Corleone, portrayed by Marlon Brando, for a favor in a scene from the 1972 movie “The Godfather.”×
John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore in a scene from “Big Miracle,” a film about the rescue of a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. The film will be shown Wednesday as part of Freshfields Village’s Starlight Cinema series.×