Making Whoopi

It doesn’t matter who you are. When you hear “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers, you think of Ghost, the 1990 movie that broke ground by being the first film to present pottery-throwing as foreplay. That famous, clay-caked scene harks back to a more innocent time, when Demi Moore looked naturally young instead of supernaturally young, when Whoopi Goldberg spent her time being funny in films rather than being curmudgeonly on talk shows, and when Patrick Swayze was only pretending to be dead. Those days are, of course, long gone — more than 20 years in the past. But don’t think about that fact too hard when you catch Ghost at SoundScape Park Wednesday. The subject matter alone can bring big, burly men to tears; you don’t need to compound that sadness by ruminating on how damn old you’ve gotten.
Wed., April 25, 8 p.m., 2012
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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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