Put on your parachute pants and hit the town
The original ’70s Hustle was a more demanding dance, requiring partner lifts and spins, says co owner and director Rozana Sweeney. The ’80s Hustle is simpler and more within the capability of average dancers. "There’s more turns, connections, push and pull stuff," she says.
Registration is required. It’s important to, well, hustle, because the price goes up after Wednesday and the class fills quickly. They turned people away during the last Hustle workshop. Leg warmers are optional.
Art Style Dance Studio is at 44 Pius St., near East Carson and 18th streets in the South Side. Saturdays. Details: 412 381 1671 or online .
"We have more and more ’80s stuff all the time," she says. "When we originally opened, I focused more on the ’70s and ’60s, but as time goes on, ’80s stuff becomes more and more collectable."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stand sentry on the shelves. You’ll also find action figures from the "Ghostbusters" movies, "Peewee’s Playhouse" and the popular "He Man" cartoons.
"They must have made 50 different He Man figures," Dupree says.
She hasn’t forgotten about the girls, either. They also stock Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears merchandise. In the ’80s, Mattel also launched a line of Barbies that featured a rock group called Barbie and the Rockers. Other members were Ken, Dana, Diva and Derek. Dupree has some of these female figures, complete with
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Groovy, at 1304 E. Mondays through Saturdays. Details: 412 381 8010.
Debate the virtue of yellow Wall Street power ties versus skinny red leather "new wave" ties at Eons Fashion Antique in Shadyside. Owner Richard Parsakian has a revolving stock of ’80s men’s and women’s clothing, including retro
cheap ray bans looks by designers such as Thierry Mugler and Norma Kamali.
"Essentially, the ’80s copied the silhouette of the ’40s for men and women in a more exaggerated way," Parsakian says. "When you look at ‘Dynasty’ and early Princess Di, it was all exaggerated 1940s."
Fashion designers paraphrased that era’s wide, padded shoulders, trench coats and pleated, high waisted "zoot suit" pants.
Eons also stocks skinny pants
replica ray bans for women and "a leather dress that’s very Janet Jackson," Parsakian says. They’ve also got prom dresses from the era, and some women’s hats.
"They’re really obnoxious looking," he says. "Think of Aretha Franklin at the inaugural."
Eons Fashion Antique is at 5850 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. Sundays. Details: 412 361 3368.
The ’80s also boasted its share of food fads. Blackened Cajun cuisine was everywhere. And more diners were opting for a raw deal as sushi gained popularity. It might have officially entered the mainstream after Molly Ringwald had it for lunch in the 1985 movie "The Breakfast Club."
It’s too bad that Froggy’s, the Market Square watering hole that used to pack in the yuppies in its ’80s heyday, has closed. Ditto for Confetti, the nightclub at Parkway Center Mall in Green Tree where you could dance to Adam Ant’s "Goody Two Shoes" and pound down the Zimas.
Over dinner, you and your date can bond by confessing to your more egregious fashion and music transgressions during the Reagan years. Maybe you wore a lumberjack shirt. If you’re a female, maybe you owned one of those "Dynasty" style suits with Klingon size shoulder pads. Did you have a man perm Or pay legal tender to see "Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo"?
Hmmm. Maybe there are certain secrets that are better left buried. Finish off your repast with a wine cooler.
Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville has been packing them in for its Thursday ’80s night. You don’t have to wear your black and white checked Vans or Ray Bans, but it helps.
"There are some nights where people dress the part lots of neon, hair bands and off the shoulder tops," assistant manager John Kaminski says.
The cost of admission includes a 50 50 raffle ticket. Prizes, which range from ’80s merchandise to DVD players, are awarded later
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The cover charge is $8 for all you can bowl. Participants must be 21 or older.
Arsenal Lanes is at 212 44th St., Lawrenceville. Details: 412 683 5992.
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