Hippodrome + Atlantic: “Stop Making Sense,” Talking Heads Tribute

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are exhausting. Resisting the urge to be “basic” is exhausting. Keeping up with the Kardashians is exhausting. Living in 2017 is — you guessed it — EXHAUSTING.

Like a lot of people my age, I long  to live in a time where the hair was big, the shoulders were padded and the music was live. Yes, you’re right! I am describing the 1980s! See?! Those articles calling millennials “idiotic mooches” are so wrong. Look how fast you got that one. You’re so smart. I love you.

Where was I? Right — the ‘80s. If you’re like the people I was describing a few sentences ago, I have some fantastic news for you. On June 23, the Hippodrome Cinema presents Johnathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense,” a Talking Heads concert movie to be followed by a dance party with Talking-Heads-inspired music at The Atlantic! (Talking Heads, in case you were wondering, is a rock band from the ‘80s, not actual talking heads from 30 years ago. You probably already knew that. Moving on.)

“Stop Making Sense” is an innovative concert documentary about the titular rock group, and it transports you back to one of their 1983 concerts with each individual member coming in at a different song.

So what’re the Talking Heads all about, you ask? Talking Heads was one of the most influential groups of the ‘80s that helped to generate a new wave of music inspired by pop, punk and avant-garde sounds paired with anxious lyrics written by its lead, David Bryne. To put it in simpler terms, Talking Heads was hipster heaven for your parents generation.

The general vibe throughout “Stop Making Sense” is definitely one of living life to the fullest and enjoying every single moment through music. There are a lot of reasons to see concert films — one being that you couldn’t afford a ticket or in this case, time travel, to 1983. But unlike the concert films of today, “Stop Making Sense” is about the music itself and what the band wants you to feel through each song. You don’t want to miss this fun, insiders’ look at what rock looked like in the past.

It is 10 p.m., the movie is over, your life just changed and you’re texting your friends that rehersal for your own era-defining band starts tomorrow. What’s next? Send a separate text to those same friends inviting them for a night of rock n’ roll fun at the Atlantic! The Atlantic will have a Talking Heads cover band (um, yes), special musical guests, a live DJ and a whole lot of soul.

So when your friends say they “don’t really feel like going out, plus they have work in the morning” scream “STOP MAKING SENSE, YA LOON” in their face and tell them that rock n’ roll is back from the dead for this one, special night. They will probably think you’re the loon and that you’re most definitely losing your mind and block you on Snapchat, but we get you and that is all that matters.

Oh, and did we mention that tickets are only $9, and $7 if you’re a student? This is the cheapest time travel you’ll ever find, folks. So come on down to this blast-from-the-past spectacular June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Hipp, where we keep things hip and fresh and aren’t afraid to rock out to the classics. Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org or calling (352)375-4477.

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