Anything ’80s Will Do

The first ’80s-themed party probably took place sometime in early 1990. Maybe it was the Rubik’s Cubes, the neon colors, or the slatted plastic sunglasses that did nothing to keep the sun out — or maybe it’s because the ’90s were so lame in comparison. Whatever the reason, brat pack rats everywhere have found personal validation in one soiree after another, and on Friday, Stage 84 throws its fingerless lace glove into the radical ring of retro fiestas with “Like Omigod! It’s an ’80s Dance Party.” From 7 p.m. on, DJ Kristen Knowles will keep your jellies moonwalking. But here at New Times, we have to ask, “Why limit ourselves?” After all, the 1880s were pretty rockin’ too. Nothing says ’80s like a bustle and a parasol — no matter the century. The party is free, and Stage 84 is located at 9118 W. State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-474-5040, or visit stage84fl.com.
Thu., July 15, 7 p.m., 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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