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Summer daze at the People’s Market Bike-In movie
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – When my best friend in junior high gifted me with a copy of Dazed and Confused, I behaved as if she had just handed me a bag of weed straight from the film.
Fully cognizant of the many times my mother had struck down requests to rent the film from Blockbuster, I tucked the plastic DVD case deep in my closet under a mound of clothing, removing it from hiding only when my parents weren’t home. My friends and I relished in watching the film sans parental surveillance while we sipped Coca-Cola and ate Sour Patch Kids. If only my Saturday nights still held that air of innocence.
Tonight, the iconic 1993 Richard Linklater film capturing a group of disengaged 1970s youth on their last day of school, oh, and a 30-something Matthew McConaughey (“You know what I love about those high school girls…”), kicks off the Summer Movie Bike-In series, held at dusk and care of the People’s Market.
Kori Price is in charge of special events and bike-in movies for the People’s Market. She said choosing movies for the series is all about listening when the people have spoken.
“Selecting the lineup is the best part about planning the bike-in movies,” Price said. “Over the course of the year, we get all kinds of movie suggestions from the community at random (in the post office, at restaurants or social events, etc.) and we keep a list of the good ones. Then when the time comes to choose the final four, our main goal is to choose a lineup that will entertain the masses. This year we thought, why not choose a few blasts from the past? The selection of films would appear to celebrate the 80s and 90s, but that was just an amusing accident – from the classic comedy to the time-honored drama, we’ve got a little bit of everything in store for our viewers this season.”
And hearing the music scored to this classic film on a decent sound system – Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, War, Aerosmith – is reason enough to ride your bike and blanket over to Phil Baux Park.
The following week, on August 13, the bike-in flick goes on hiatus as the People’s Market hosts a JacksonHoleLive pre-party with Dj Vert-One. Then JacksonHoleLive welcomes Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.
On Aug. 20, the bike-in movie series resumes with Tommy Boy, followed by Top Gun on Aug. 27 and Dumb and Dumber screens for the finale on Sept. 3. Local brews and food are for sale during the movie.
People’s Market Bike-In Movie Series, films screen at dusk, Aug. 6, 20 and Sept. 3 at the base of Snow King. jhpeoplesmarket.org.