Didn’t get a chance to make it to the funeral? Oh, we need to be more specific, since, you know, every day there are hundreds of funerals. Well, we’re talking about the big one. The only one that was on TV for what seemed like a gazillion hours. Hell, it’s probably still on right now.
Of course, we’re referring to the funeral of Michael Jackson, King of Pop, world-class weirdo, and accused pedophile. In honor of Wacko Jacko, the Charleston County Library will host a screening of The Wiz. An adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, The Wiz features Jackson as the Scarecrow, alongside the likes of Diana Ross as Dorothy and Richard Pryor as the Wiz himself.
If you feel like you’ve seen enough of the Barbie doll-Jacko that only Joan Rivers resembles, and find yourself missing the fresh-faced, Afro-crowned kid from the ’70s, then this is the movie for you (although he is dressed in an elaborate scarecrow costume, but when is Jackson not in costume?).
The film, released in 1978, regales us with outlandish costumes, the music of Quincy Jones, and an imaginative New York City locale, including a yellow brick road that spans the Brooklyn Bridge.
Media Librarian Peter Paolini believes that as a public library they are dedicated to popular fiction, so a posthumous screening of a popular movie featuring Jackson was a no-brainer.
The film shows this Fri., July 10 at 1 p.m. and Wed., July 15 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium (68 Calhoun St.) The event is free.