8.13.15: Rocky Horror's 40th Anniversary, Sing-A-Longs, & 33 1/3

Aug 13, 2015

Tomorrow marks the fortieth anniversary of the longest running film in continuous release ever – The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Today, a critic deconstructs how the long-running cult classic introduced the LGBTQ community to the mainstream. We’ll also hear from the organizers of a Rocky Horror convention on the appeal of midnight showings and fishnet stockings in America’s rural and suburban towns. 

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Rocky Horror's Cultural Impact

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. She joined us to talk about the cultural legacy of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Doing the Time Warp Again and Again

Larry Viezel and Shawn Stutler are Rocky Horror enthusiasts and producers of the upcoming documentary Rocky Horror Saved My Life which will premiere at the Rocky Horror 40th Anniversary Convention in New York City, September 25-27th.  

Sing-A-Longs On Trend

Shelly Hudson is executive director of Red River Theatres in Concord, where they’ve been experimenting with the audience participation format…Dirty Dancing, Goonies and other titles are coming up.  

33 Best of 33 1/3

Stephen Deusner is a staff writer at Pitchfork, where he recently lauded 33 1/3 by compiling his 33 favorite books from the series

Group Singing for the Mind, Body, & Spirit

Among the albums featured in 33 1/3 is “Another Green World” by musician and composer Brian Eno.  Recognized as a father of ambient music, Eno was an original member of the glam band Roxy Music, and has since collaborated with a number of musicians, including David Byrne, David Bowie, and produced several albums for U2. Eno has done quite a bit of solo work throughout his career, but in this essay, recorded for “This I Believe”, he reflects on the importance of making music with others. 

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