, the Romeo and Juliet
of the '80s, was released 30 bitchin' years ago last month. Both the 1983 movie and the 1982 song "Valley Girl," from Frank and daughter Moon Unit Zappa, helped make Valspeak SoCal's unofficial language at a time when malls were becoming big hangouts, suburbanites were discovering sushi and hummus, and Van Nuys was considered a cruising spot. It also was when Nicolas Cage made his big-screen debut (as Cage, not Coppola) along with his triangular chest hair pattern. Cage and Deborah Foreman played teen lovers who get together despite being from opposite sides of the hill -- you see, Hollywood punks and Vals with their turned-up collars and noses didn't mix. LACMA's Valley Girl: 30th Anniversary Screening
includes a post-screening reception, '80s costume contest and discussion with director Martha Coolidge, who'll no doubt share some of the flick's historical tidbits: Coolidge had Judd Nelson in mind for the lead; producers required her to include four shots of bare breasts; and X were originally asked to be the film's featured band instead of The Plimsouls. You might also find out about MGM and Paramount's plans to remake Valley Girl
into an upcoming movie musical. As if last year's Rock of Ages
wasn't enough. LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Thurs., May 16, 7:30 p.m.; $10, $7 seniors and students. (323) 857- 6010, lacma.org.
Thu., May 16, 7:30 p.m., 2013