Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!
For the Art Institute’s first “Third Thursday” of the year, they’ve decided to put together a pretty dope night. The Art Institute will be teaming up with the Science Museum, offering a bunch of attractions in the event; you’ll be able to check out microscopic paintings as well as watch a masterwork be restored. Among other things that will be going on, Greg Grease & SCRNS will be providing the musical entertainment for the evening. Summit Brewing is providing the brew rounding out a pretty awesome evening, did we mention it’s FREE?
Icehouse was definitely the place to be last Wednesday, January 8th; up and coming rapper Greg Grease headlined a lowkey show that also featured 1990 & Isadore. The latter played a captivating show with amazing instrumentation from the band all the way through, with all 4 members having their own shining moments. There were many familiar faces in the crowd, friends & fellow artists; creating an almost intimate atmosphere in the venue. Isadore’s sultry croons filled the place with even more anticipation, a long way from the wild and ruckus GRRRL PRTY nights held on the same stage. After Isadore’s performance the venue was a buzz, people were clearly thirsty for more. As Just 9 & Greg Grease began setting up, the long lines at the bar turned into a decent crowd infront of the stage and without wasting any time Grease opened his set fully clothed in his winter gear. As the set went on, he’d take off layer after layer. It almost felt as if he had 6 or so on, but true to his metaphor; with each song the atmosphere and intensity grew hotter. Greg showcased his DJ (Just 9) with a small scratch session & even played K.Raydio & Psymun’s new jam “Sweet Dreamz” saying, “This is my shit right now”. The night ended on a high note after Grease previewed a few new songs, this was definitely one of the better performances I’ve seen at Icehouse; the venue had a comfortable crowd allowing for pretty much any pick of places to watch. If you couldnt make it out, be sure to keep an eye out for more from Greg Grease & Isadore; this wont be the last time they perform an awesome show.
Location: 2411 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, October 19th from 6PM-9PM
Tomorrow the good guys at Fifth Element will be hosting an event named “Visual Audio” at their headquarters on Hennepin. The event will feature artwork from the likes of Michael Arnold, Taylor Lindgren & Tim McAuliffe while also providing live music from Greg Grease, Haphduzn, Major G & Ronnie Vyce. They will be giving away free T-Shirts and will even have Donuts on tap for those of us showing up with the munchies. This sounds like it should be a good time, amongst all of the madness that’s going on tomorrow you should definitely stop by and check out the scene.
Not sure what to expect for this one since it is their first annual festival. Over in River Falls, WI., they are having an all-out bacon festival; anything and everything will be bacon. There will be pig races, a bacon cook off, and live music. Expect anything from ice cream to a variety of bacon-wrapped goods. Also, they plan on a beer tent featuring a variety of micro-brews as well to accommodate the greased up bacon. So now that the state fair has come to an end, it’s time to come back for greasy seconds!
Super late on this but we thought it would be cool to post anyway for those that haven’t seen it yet. A couple weeks ago MTV (MTVother) hit up Minneapolis to spotlight some of the local artists that make the city’s music scene so awesome. The short clip features appearances from Sean Anonymous, The Calice, Greg Grease, P.O.S, Doom Tree & Marijuana Death Squad to name a few; they also hit up a couple venues to showcase where exactly all these dope shows go down. Check out the above segment and stay tuned for more from Minneapolis’ ever growing music scene.
The good guys at Sound Verite & River Life will be bringing Greg Grease to the stage on August 23rd at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry. Greazy just tore up the stage at the Red Stag Block Party, so if you weren’t in attendance you should definitely make it out for this one. GRRL Party will be joining Greg on stage so it’s definitely going to be a night full of dope Minneapolis music, door’s open at 8PM and tickets are only $7 bucks; need I say more?
Earlier this year, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Woody Harrelson starred in the magician bank heist movie Now You See Me. The movie was released Memorial Day weekend and gained an impressive reception of more than $230 million in worldwide ticket sales. Now Summit Entertainment is talking about making a sequel based on the box office success of the film. This kind of planning, however, has a track record of movies that have done very well and then sequels that turn out horrendous. Caddyshack 2, Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, all of the new Star Wars sequels, Batman and Robin, Superman Returns, Rocky 5, and Grease 2 are just a few that have had horrible receptions with audiences. Movie sequels that are actually written well and made correctly, however, have proven time and again to do as well as their predecessors. Sequels to Spiderman, The Godfather, Clerks, and The Dark Knight have all made amazing box office sales, and stand by themselves as individual films and not just sequels. If the movie is done the right way and they convince the original cast to come back with a good script, maybe they could pull off a pretty cool sequel. This being the era of movie sequels, however, it may just be another number on an already very long list that includes Dumb and Dumber, Independence Day, and Star Wars.
Location: 509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, August 3rd from 5PM-10:30PM (Rain or Shine)
The Northeast section of Minneapolis has slowly turned into one of the city’s most popular areas for food, local brew, and street festivals. Tomorrow, August 3rd; marks the 4th annual Red Stag Block Party which will go down at the Red Stag Supperclub on 1st Ave. The event will feature live music (more about that later), local artisans, local brew, and of course local eats. The lineup is rather stacked as local favorite Greg Grease will take the stage along with Eleganza, Actual Wolf, Christian Fritz and many more. As if that wasn’t enough Familia skate shop will be hosting entertainment alongside the North Star Roller Girls. Local sponsors include Grain Belt, Schell’s, City Pages, Key North & Thrifty Hipster just to name a few and the fest is free to enter; why wouldn’t you go? If you don’t have anything better to do you should definitely get on over Northeast (yes say it like that), it should be a good time.
Jazz, Funk ensemble New Sound Underground will be having their CD release party next Friday, July 19th at The Cabooze. Sean Anonymous and Greg Grease will also be joining the band as they celebrate their new release. Tickets are a mere $10 so if you’re in Minneapolis and need something to do, check next Friday on your calender and hit The Caboze.