Being a child of the '80s, it should really come as no surprise that I grew up watching the magical creations of Jim Henson.
From The Muppets (primarily in the cartoon form of the "Muppet Babies") to the Fraggles who live down at Fraggle Rock, my youthful television years were filled with the creations of the puppeteer.
As an adult, I've found myself revisiting his films from that era, particularly "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth." Watching these films as a grownup, I've found a new respect for Henson (and also wondered what he was smoking).
While both films strike me as a little too scary for smaller kids, I still think it's important to indoctrinate our youth and expose them to what I value as quality entertainment. (I could go on and on about what kids watch today, but that would make me sound old, so I'll spare you.)
Henson fans will have a chance to catch a big-screen showing of "Labyrinth" at Cinebarre on Thursday as part of their Outdoor Film Fest Throwback Thursdays series.
For those who are (sadly) unfamiliar, the film follows Sarah (a young Jennifer Connelly) as she tries to rescue her baby half-brother from Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie rocking a superior mullet).
While the film was met with mixed critical response and was considered a box office disappointment upon its release in 1986, the film has since gained a strong cult following.
"Labyrinth" 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.
"Everything is awesome!"
The infectious tune from the surprise hit "The Lego Movie" will be stuck in your head for days after seeing the film. But don't let that deter you if you haven't seen it yet.
With a great mix of humor, heart and visuals, the film follows an eclectic mix of would-be heroes intent on saving the Lego universe from the evil Lord Business and the "Kragle."
Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Jonah Hill along with special appearances by the likes of Batman, the Green Lantern, Superman, Abraham Lincoln, Gandalf and Dumbledore, "The Lego Movie" is appropriate and entertaining for all ages.
The movie will show twice over the next week in special outdoor screenings.
The first will be Saturday at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston as part of the Wannamaker Summer Movie Series. The movie will begin around sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar; alcohol is not permitted. Socialized dogs on a short leash are welcome. The screening is free with park admission ($1 per person). For more, call 795-4386 or go to charlestoncountyparks.com.
The second showing will be Wednesday. The free outdoor screening will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green at Freshfields Village. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. 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 the Travis Allison Band, a group that blends electric and acoustic guitars with soulful three-part vocal harmony to create "a live Americana rock 'n' roll show like no other."
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Movies in the Park
Yet another outdoor movie screening on the schedule for this next week is part of a new series put on by the town of Summerville.
Movies in the Park, a free, family-friendly event, will screen "Divergent" at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Released earlier this year, the film is the first installment in "The Divergent Series," a three-book collection written by Veronica Roth. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago that sees its residents split into factions based on virtues. Those who don't fall into just one group are referred to as "Divergent" and are deemed a threat to society.
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, the movie will be shown at Gahagan Park, 515 W. Boundary St., in Summerville.
Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a blanket and/or chairs. Beer and wine are allowed but glass and pets are not permitted.
One of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's most popular events, Yappy Hour is back in action Thursday.
From 4-8 p.m., you and your pup are invited to enjoy an evening of socializing, live music and more at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive.
Held in the off-leash dog park, owners can enjoy live music by the Dreamland Band and sip on adult beverages, which will be available for purchase on-site, while their dogs run around and play.
Admission is free with the $1 gate charge. Outside coolers and alcohol are prohibited and pets must be leashed outside the dog park.
For more info, call 795-4386 or go to www.CharlestonCountyParks.com.