Culture Shock

Steven Robert Allen
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Speaking of Molly Ringwald (were we speaking of Molly Ringwald?), I would like to go on record stating that I've never had a crush on the red-haired star of The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Not even in the darkest days of my zit-spangled, hormone-poisoned adolescence did I even have a secret, in-the-closet fixation on her.

I don't want to give you the wrong impression. Molly Ringwald didn't offend me or anything. Actually, I liked several of her films. She just didn't seem like crush material, for some reason. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the teeth.

Anyway, as everyone who grew up in the '80s already knows, Ringwald became a star by nabbing giant roles in goofy teen romance comedies directed by John Hughes, who, in addition to the movies mentioned above, also created such gems as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and those adorable Home Alone flicks.

Needless to say, if these movies were ever hip, they certainly aren't so now. A group of hip young artists in the coveted 18 to 34 demographic have created an entire exhibit of work called I Still Have a Crush on Molly Ringwald aimed at reshaping and rethinking those classic John Hughes films of yesteryear. I think it's probably safe to assume that irony will play a leading role in this artistic drama. Bring a hankie. This one could be a weeper.

I Still Have a Crush on Molly Ringwald opens at UNM's ASA Gallery this Tuesday, and a reception will be held next Friday, March 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. That evening's festivities will include refreshments, a performance by Gabe Romero, and a puppet show by Sherlock Terry and Melissa Weinstein. Tell me that isn't sweet. Come on. I dare ya.

The show runs through March 12. For details, call Chad at 301-4778.

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