Way! Aurora Is Throwing A Months-Long 'Wayne's World' 25th Anniversary Party
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 5, 2017 11:50PM
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In news that will simultaneously make you feel ancient and also burst out an inevitable "excellent," Wayne's World, the acme of SNL skit-to-film adaptations turns 25 years old this February, and to celebrate, the Chicago suburb of Aurora—where the film's action takes place—is putting together a months-long anniversary celebration.
The 1992 film, of course, starred Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as hesher-meets-slacker best buds Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who broadcast a no-budget cable-access show from Wayne's basement in Aurora. All this time later, it still holds up, so it's good to see it get the toast it deserves.
The celebration will include roughly a dozen events, spread from early February to early July. Plans include a look-alike contest and an air guitar competition (natch), plus screenings of the cult classic—which not even the Donald can diminish—at Two Brothers Brew 'N' View and the Paramount Theatre. The Ferris Fest-like celebration was the brainchild of Jen Rauch, owner of Aurora art gallery If These Walls Could Talk. "Party On! 25 Years of Wayne's World" kicks off at her space, on Feb. 3, with a poster contest. (Flannel encouraged.)
There won't be any location fun, though, since filming took place mostly in California. Although (the great, underrated) director Penelope Spheeris did make memorable use of several Chicago and Berwyn locations, some of which—like the famous Spindle in Berwyn—are sadly no longer. Still, we party on.