Sept. 12--This weekend's entertainment best bets include the horror flick "Insidious: Chapter 2," a sing-along screening of "Grease" in Maryville and a music festival at Pop's Place.
In theaters: Director James Wan thrilled audiences this summer with "The Conjuring," but before he broke through with that film, he terrified those who watched the underrated "Insidious." On Friday, "Insidious: Chapter 2" will open in theaters. In the sequel, the haunted Lambert family (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, etc.) seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Expect "Insidious: Chapter 2" to enjoy a good, long run at the box office as it's the first horror movie of a six-week stretch approaching Halloween.
Captivating visuals: After a summer with Debra Payne's realistic landscapes and John Thein's incredible exhibition inspired by the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art will host two new exhibits starting Saturday. Opening receptions for the abstract show "Between the Lines: Poetry Inspired Abstract Paintings by Jennifer Rivera" and "Glances of the Inner Realm: Paintings and Sculptures by Elizabeth Zeller" will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum. Check out Friday's edition of St. Joe Live -- online at stjoelive.com -- for more information.
One more 'Summer Night': If you thought "Rocky Horror" provided a wild interactive movie experience, get a load of the greasers. Northwest Missouri State University will host a sing- -- and dance- -- along showing of "Grease" at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Sept. 12) in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts in Maryville, Mo. This sing-along performance is shown with on-screen lyrics, and guests are encouraged to dress up in their own versions of '50s high school apparel worn at Rydell High, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes, black leather biker and powder-pink bomber jackets, chiffon scarves and skinny ties.
Women's Wednesday: "Menopause: The Musical" has entertained audiences -- mostly female -- across the country for the past decade. And now the ladies are returning for another few hours of hilarity in St. Joseph. "Menopause" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Missouri Theater. In the nationally touring show, four women shopping for lingerie at a Bloomingdale's sale sing about chocolate cravings, hot flashes, loss of memory, nocturnal sweats and sexual predicaments. The lyrics parody popular music of the '60s, '70s and '80s, with notable numbers "Stayin' Awake" and "Puff, My God I'm Draggin'."
Pop's new groove: For the last two years, Pop's Place hosted a metal festival simply called Pop's Metal Fest. But this year, the offerings for the event will be all over the board -- from country and bluegrass to classic rock, punk rock and, yes, a hefty dose of metal. Hence, the name change to "Pop's Music Fest," which will be held from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The festival will include performances by Grindstone Creek, Storm Born, Magnum Opus, Airport Novels, DC and Key, Ridgeway Trail, Until the World's End, Shoot For Wednesday and Coverboy. Check out Friday's edition of St. Joe Live for more information.
Shea Conner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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