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Aug. 22: ‘Dirty Dancing’ at the Hammer

Dirty Dancing
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To help us all enjoy some wonderfully distracting air conditioning, the Hammer Museum at UCLA is showing “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic that taught us “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” The film, about a disaffected young woman who falls in love with both dance and her dance teacher at a Catskills resort, remains the oft-imitated gold standard for dance films. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey with Jerry Orbach in a supporting role, it was a massive box office hit with an award-winning soundtrack. It is “a great, brave movie for women,” according to Jezebel, containing class conflict, an abortion drama, and young adult growing pains.

Dirty Dancing” will screen for free at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 as part of the Hammer’s Shake It Off series of dance-themed movies that celebrate the bodies, the music the editing, and the superhuman choreography that make the intersection of dance and film electrifying — and, most importantly, fun.

The film will be shown in the Billy Wilder Theater inside the Hammer Museum. It’s free to attend, but tickets are required. Guests can pick up tickets at the box office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.

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