TOO MUCH INFO: Remember the movie “Poltergeist?” You know how the spirits were released from the TV after whatever channel the parents were watching concluded its broadcast day? If those ghosts were around today they’d never get out. They’d be trapped in an infomercial, hanging around for all eternity with the Slap Chop guy. The world doesn’t stop these days. Everything is 24/7. We have cellphones, texts, Twitter, Facebook, FaceTime, email, eBay, ESPN, MSNBC, iPhones, YouTube, My Network TV, Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray … ARRRRGGH! If it all gets to be too much, then today is made just for you. It’s Information Overload Day. Turn off that cellphone, stop watching QVC and don’t retweet anything for a day. Just relax and enjoy life. See? Now, isn’t that better?
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT: Before 1983, no one knew what girls wanted. When asked that question, people responded with various answers. “A car,” some said. Others said, “dolls,”“candy,” “affordable hair-care products,” or the ever-popular, “I dunno.” But then, Cyndi Lauper came along and told the world that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Yes, it was 30 years ago the singer released her debut album, “She’s So Unusual,” and her signature song with its quirky Captain Lou Albano-infused video. To celebrate the anniversary, Lauper is out on tour, and luckily for us, one of those stops is Tuesday at the F.M. Kirby Center. The she bopping starts at 8 p.m.
WHAT A DOLL: Somewhere, in the depths of the late 1980s, a Hollywood type made a move pitch. “All right, Bubby, imagine this: A doll is possessed by a maniac’s spirit, comes to life and starts killing people. Don’t ya love it?” Stranger than the idea, is that someone actually bought it, and the “Child’s Play” movie franchise was born. Maybe even more disturbing is that someone (or something) decided to “honor” the doll from those flicks by declaring Oct. 25 as “Chucky, the Notorious Killer Doll Day.” And while it may be just a coincidence, AMC has a bunch of Chucky films on tap beginning Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s “Seed of Chucky,” “Bride of Chucky,” “Child’s Play 2,” “Child’s Play 3,” “Chucky vs. Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots,” and “Chucky vs Stretch Armstrong.” … OK, not those last two.
RIGATONI, ANYONE? And now, ladies and gentlemen, some facts about pasta. Did you know the name “pasta” isn’t Italian, but has its origins in the incredibly obvious Greek word “pasta,” which means “barley porridge?” Yes, indeed. And that there are more than 400 varieties of pasta, everything from tortiglioni to orecchiette to farfalline. And that there is actually a large gathering of pasta producers called the World Pasta Congress, where macaroni mavens meet to discuss World Pasta Day, an event designed to “draw the attention of the media and consumers to pasta.” Why is any of this important? Because Friday is World Pasta Day. So fire open a can of Chef Boyardee and celebrate.
SCARY CINEMA: As we slash through the dying days of October and get closer to Halloween, monster movies and ghost stories start to pop up more often than a corpse looking for an autograph at George Romero’s house. Not to be outdone, the F.M. Kirby Center will be holding a day-long spooky film series this Splatterday … uhhhh Saturday, beginning at noon. Before the scares come some laughs with the first two flicks, “Ghostbusters” and “Young Frankenstein.” Then get your creepy on with Romeo’s zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead” and the original “Halloween.” And the marathon ends with the midnight showing of the campy musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Each movie is just $5 and you can catch all five for $20.