by Josh Gross
It may have been No Country for Old Men that won the Coen brothers the Oscar for best film, but their masterpiece was the 1994 comedy The Hudsucker Proxy.
The film is the story of Norville Barnes, a naive Midwestern schlub who is promoted from the mailroom of Hudsucker Industries to president after only one day on the job. He uses the opportunity to market his big idea: the hula hoop.
More than just the stylization and detail of the film, what really makes it is the bizarre inanity of the hula hoop itself.
"You know, for kids," Barnes proclaims proudly, when he reveals a blueprint for the hoop—two straight lines representing the horizontal and vertical views, and a circle for the side view. The film's other characters are understandably confused.
Can you blame them? The hula hoop is a mystery of simplicity. You swing it around your hips (that's easier said than done). It doesn't seem like that should be very interesting, and yet the variations and possibilities are nearly endless. It has become a serious tool of dance companies and workout routines, while remaining a playground standard.
So today, why not get a few pointers?
TriCA, will be offering two free hula-hooping clinics today—you know, for kids—at two different library locations. From 1-2 p.m. at the main library downtown, and then 3-4 p.m. at the Library at Hillcrest.
Both events are free.
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