9 Inappropriate Sexual Scenarios in '80s Teen Movies

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Sometimes, you just gotta say...
Irreverence is essentially the backbone of teen comedies...and adult comedies as well. If there aren't references to weed, puking from drinking too much alcohol and naked hijinks, then it really isn't worth watching when you are in high school. But, in the 1980s, there were times when the irreverent dove headlong into the inappropriate. I'm not talking about gritty representations of real teenagers and their troubles, but the off-handed dismissal of some fairly disturbing situations.

Some were laughed off as kids will be kids. Others were swept aside with a "Whew, thank God we didn't get caught" wipe of the hand across the forehead. This is not the moment when Judge Reinhold's character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High was caught masturbating to the thought of a topless Phoebe Cates. Not only did no young male blame him, but this is something that could actually happen with no real harm done outside embarrassment. These moments went a little further.

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100 Creatives 2014: Lindsay Finnen, Photography Through a Fascinating Linds

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What She Does: For Lindsay Finnen of Fascinating Linds, photography has always been a part of her life. She's had a camera in her face since the day she was born, and was delighted when she discovered the process of double exposures at the age of eight. It was always in the background, but while attending Houston Community College she decided to take a 35mm camera on a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and was amazed at the emotion that she managed to capture through the lens.

Ever since that trip photography has been her main drive, though she also occasionally performs poetry at Avant Garden and started dabbling in painting two years ago. Photography remains her main focus, though. Her favorite photos so far come from a series she did with model Shina Rae called "Birth of a Tree-Nymph" which show the nude Rae emerging from the hollows of dead trees. Each one is a fascinating dance of human form and magical shadows. Her work is highly emotional, dictated primarily by whatever happens to touch her heart. You can almost feel it beating on the edge of her images.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Theater for Millennials, the Benefit Betties Have a Ball, Norman Jewison's Version of Easter and More

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Photo by Jordan Jaffee
Really, Really
Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre, tells us he hopes the company's newest production, Paul Downs Colaizzo's provocative he-said/she-said drama Really Really, draws in 20- and 30-somethings audience members. "My aim is to bring younger people into theater in Houston," Jaffe, who directs the show, says. "Really Really is one of the most important, provocative dramas that has been written about millennials by a millennial. To get millennials to put down their phones and come to the theater, the play has to be relevant to their experiences."

Really, Really, one of our picks for Friday, has been called the Lord of the Flies for the millennial generation. The comparison might not be strong enough. Really Really seems a much more blistering indictment of society, perhaps because the circumstances are so familiar. Set at an ivy league college, the drama centers on a group of students as they try to piece together what happened the night before at a wild keg party. It's clear that two of the friends had sex -- Davis and Leigh (she's Jimmy's girlfriend). But was it an ill-advised hookup or rape? No one is sure, not even, it seems, Davis and Leigh.

The students, overachievers on track to early and brilliant success, each respond differently. From outrage to doubt, sympathy to indifference, the responses reflect not so much compassion or concern as self-centered conceit. ("How will this affect me?" each student seems to be asking.) Jaffe says the play examines the "gray area between ambition and selfishness." Jaffe tells us, "I don't know many people in my generation who have not had to navigate some horror story related to party/hookup culture."

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and April 21. Through May 4. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 713-515-4028 or visit blacklabtheatre.com. $25.

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Revisiting Blood In The Face In The Wake Of The Overland Park Shootings

The neo-Nazi in his summer plumage.
Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. (AKA Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr.) will likely be hit with federal hate crime charges in addition to murder for the shootings at the Jewish Community Center in the Overland Park suburb of Kansas City:

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 73, of Aurora, Mo., also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, could be charged as soon as today in Johnson County District Court, where he probably will face murder counts. District Attorney Steve Howe said information about charges could be released this morning.
Miller has made statements to investigators, but authorities would not reveal those comments Monday. The southwest Missouri man long has been known for deeply anti-Semitic and racist statements. He was a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon at one time and founded the White Patriot Party in the 1980s.

I thought the shooter's name sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it until they showed some clips of his WPP days. That's when I knew where I'd seen him: in a 1991 documentary about white supremacists called Blood in the Face. I rewatched it earlier this week (it's available for streaming on Amazon), and was struck by how the filmmakers really didn't take Frazier (or other white power figures in the movie) very seriously, and how big a mistake that might have been.

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How To Fight The Preteen Power Struggle And Still Lose

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So, I feel like I should preface this blog by saying that for the most part, I'm a pretty rational, sane parent.

But there are times -- middle school times -- that I am not rational. Not even a little bit.

And that, my friends, is because middle-school kids are impossible to deal with. They are eye-rolling, mouth-foaming child-demons, who feed on the forgotten dreams of their parents. Oh, and their dramatic attitude? Well, it is parental Kryptonite.

Luckily, they do grow out of it. Middle school ends, and they're back to being a tolerable level of dramatic. However, while they're in that tween-demon phase, and not yet in high school, it is imperative that a parent does everything he or she can to keep the middle-school monster from winning. And that means guerrilla parenting tactics.

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Start Humming the Torreador Song; Carmen is Coming Back to HGO

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Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera
As far as tenor Brandon Jovanovich is concerned, Bizet's Carmen might be better entitled Don Jose's Girlfriend. "Really the arc of the piece is his transformation from good boy to murderer," Jovanovich says, although allowing that the Gypsy seductress would probably not agree to the retitling.

Jovanovich, last seen at Houston Grand Opera singing the title role in Verdi's Don Carlos, says he's been all over the world singing the four-act Carmen and this will be his 16th different production.

"He's one of my favorite characters. Usually I play a lot of tenor stuff - you're a lover or the love interest. So when I get a chance to play a murderer, by gosh it's OK," he says laughing.

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Five Things Fast Food Restaurants Shouldn't Show on TV in Their Dining Area

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How sad could the Red Wedding be? Weddings are so happy!
Because I eat an unhealthy amount of fast food I spend an unhealthy amount of time in fast food restaurants. While this is terrible for my life expectancy, it's been great for my TV watching. While I own a TV and pay for cable, aside from food competition programming, professional wrestling, and Dance Moms, I don't watch much television at home. If it weren't for the recaps we run here, I'm not even sure I'd know what Game of Thrones was other than a thing that makes people act weird on Twitter.

So the fact that my roommate and I found ourselves at our local fast food fried chicken spot recently was absolutely normal. What was not normal was the fact that their TV was tuned in to a Game of Thrones marathon. GoT is not the type of thing one expects to watch when trying to enjoy some biscuits and chicken strips. Sports? Sure. News? Boring, but OK. Graphic sex and violence? Not so much.

While I wasn't personally offended because I'm a grown up, this was a family establishment, and some parts of the show were not meant for the eyes of children. Needless to say, the whole situation got me thinking on the subject of other things not to show in restaurant dining rooms. Pay attention, fast food restaurant remote control controllers.

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The Winter's Tale: A Story of Kingly Privilege and Huge Mistakes

Categories: Stage

A king misunderstands a meeting between his pregnant wife and his longtime friend and fellow king. He thinks she has been unfaithful; she hasn't.

"And because he is a king, he acts upon it with finality,"said actor David Wald who plays King Leontes in The Winter's Tale, one of the most unusual of Shakespeare's works in that it is a tragedy for three acts, a comedy in the fourth (at a sheep shearing party no less) and then a melding together of what went before in the fifth act. Oh and there's a 16-year gap somewhere in the middle of all this.

Stark Naked Theatre Company's co-founder and director Philip Lehl will direct. "I've been teaching Shakespeare for the last five to ten years. I thought it was high time that I directed one of his plays. I've always thought The Winter's Tale was a special play of his," Lehl said.

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Rest of the Best: 10 Best Places to Take a Kid on a Train in Houston

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Our version of the El

Back when Houston decided it no longer really wanted to be the Space City anymore (The reasoning behind which still escapes me to this day), we rechristened ourselves the Bayou City and also got really into trains. When Enron Field opened the old Union Station location they went in for a distinctly train station homage, and the engine along the stadium walls celebrating the frequent home runs has become a beloved fixture.

My daughter loves trains. Most kids do. And the good news is that if you want spend a couple of days chugging along on choo choos with your kids there are some really first rate ways to do it.

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Reality Bites: Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives

Wow. Such dude. Very Flavortown. 10/10
There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time.

Like most people, I've eaten at restaurants. As luck would have it, I've also been to several of the eateries featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I recall meeting the owner of one of them (not in Houston) who loudly and profanely cursed host Guy Fieri for selecting his restaurant, then loudly (and profanely) complained about the "new clientele" the show had drawn in. I hadn't gotten my food yet, so I didn't ask a) why he agreed to do the show in the first place, and b) if he was returning the new customers' money.

But this appears to be an uncommon response, judging by the fact the majority of the restaurants featured on the show prominently display links to the show. Like it or not, Fieri is one of Food Network's biggest stars, and arguably its most recognizable (provided Giada De Laurentiis isn't standing nearby in a bikini). A visit from His Goatee-ness can boost significantly boost a restaurant's business.

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