Courtesy Hammer Museum


Wed., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood, CA  90024
The Hammer Museum screens 1984’s Breakin’ as part of its month-long series of dance films, Shake It Off, that includes Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Bring It On and Magic Mike XXL. Cashing in on the break dancing craze of the time, the story follows a jazz-trained dancer (Lucinda Dickey), who hooks up with two Los Angeles street dancers (Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones and Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers) from the wrong side of the tracks despite the disapproval of the snobs in the professional dance world. But this is a cheesy movie from the early ‘80s, so who cares about the plot, right? It’s all about the dancers, especially Shabba Doo, who was one of L.A.’s the Original Lockers, as well as the soundtrack, which features Kraftwerk, the Bar-Kays, Rufus and Chaka Khan and Ice-T.
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