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‘Spice World’ screening is Spice Girls singalong and celebration of girl power

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You know what you want, what you really, really want.

Fans of the ’90s cult trash classic girl group Spice Girls can attend a screening of the movie starring the band, “Spice World,” at the Gowanus venue the Bell House on July 19 — but “screening” is perhaps too strong a word.

Attendees are encouraged to sing along with the movie, compete in a trivia competition, and celebrate the Spice Girls much like they celebrated themselves, with a healthy dose of fun.

“I am a fan of the Spice Girls and I went back and watched the movie a few years ago and it’s actually really funny,” said event organizer Michael Austin, whose favorite Spice Girl is Baby, thanks for asking.

“It’s really reminiscent of the early Beatles films. They’re willing to make fun of themselves.”

That’s something Baby, Ginger, Scary, Posh, and Sporty do for sure — the hijinx in the film include running away from the paparazzi, listening to Baby Spice detail her stuffed animals, and encountering aliens.

All this absurdity makes it perfect, Austin said, for a Rocky Horror-style reappreciation — something he tries to get started with this singalong.

Participants can dress up as their favorite Spice Girl, or they can even invent their own. Singers will give tribute performances, fans will compete in karaoke, and as the night goes on, the themed drinks will continue to pour, leading to all kinds of silly activities.

When Baby Spice sucks on a lollipop in the movie, for instance, everyone in the audience gets a lollipop; the audience also gets spice packets to throw at the screen, thus defeating the bad guys in the movie with “the power of spice.”

And, of course, whenever someone mentions “girl power,” a drink is due.

“The Spice World Sing-Along“ at Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. July 19, 8:30 pm, $12.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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