The Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box) has been mixing up its programming lately — some theater, film, music or combinations of all. Well, give the wizards credit for pushing the envelope. On April 1, the Loring promises "Where Tammy Tied the Knot: A Night of Tammy Faye Baker."
Not too many of us recall that Tammy Faye Messer and Jim Bakker — fresh-faced youngsters at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis — were married exactly 50 years ago, on April 1, 1961 at the Loring Theater. At the time, the theater was owned by the Evangelical Association.
Their fairy tale life together as TV evangelists (PTL Club) took a sour turn after Jim admitted to fishing off the company dock with Jessica Hahn. Tammy admitted to a drug addiction and finally the empire came tumbling down after investigators found fraud and financial disorder. Tammy and Jim divorced while he served prison time in Rochester, Minn. She died in 2007.
Tammy built her image on makeup, wardrobe and a generous dollop of loopiness. No eyelids in history, perhaps, supported more mascara.
In the bargain, Tammy became an beacon of garish taste. Check out this video montage shown at her memorial.
The Loring will celebrate the wedding anniversary on April 1 with these events: a screening of the documentary "The eyes of Tammy Faye," narrated by RuPaul, at 7:30 p.m.; Tammy Talk, a discussion focusing on Tammy’s popularity in the gay community, at 9 p.m., followed by a 1961 style wedding reception, with DJ and dancing and vintage clothing.
The full package runs $25. The party alone is $15. More info here.