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If you are feeling a bit nostalgic for the 1980s, put down that Rubik’s Cube and back away from the Atari, and get ready. The 1980s are back in a major way. Several events in February (and beyond) are paying tribute to the decade of excess, large hair and MTV. Book your babysitter, get out the acid-washed jeans and hair spray, and motor out to one of these totally tubular events.

Be cool at the Ice Bar       

Enjoy 1980s music, martini bars with specialty cocktails, a whiskey bar and a beer and wine bar, and lots and lots of ice. Warm up in the Great Hall and enjoy an assortment of snacks and desserts available for purchase with tokens.

Bedford Village Inn, Bedford
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1• 6 to 10p.m.
purchase tickets at Eventbrite 

They’ll be there for you     

Check out a live performance by Living on a Bad Name — a Bon Jovi tribute band based in Boston. For two hours, you’ll enjoy hearing all of the hits. And unlike the real Bon Jovi, you can meet these talented musicians after the show.

Tuscan Kitchen, Portsmouth
Saturday, Feb. 1 •  8 p.m.
purchase tickets at Eventbrite 

The Catskills are calling     

Head to Chunky’s because you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to spend another evening with Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle. Chunky’s dancing partner for its 21-plus Dirty Dancing viewing party is ABSOLUT vodka. You’ll have the time of your life.

Chunky’s locations in Manchester, Nashua and Pelham
Thursday, Feb. 13 •  doors open at 7 p.m.

Pop culture     

Jessie’s Girl has mastered stunning renditions of the world’s most vibrant songs, all while dressed up as the unforgettable characters of that decade. Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and many more come to life right before the dazzled eyes of the crowd. It is theatre, meets live music, smothered in 80s glitz.

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Thursday, Feb. 13 •  7:30p.m.

Date night

Harry Burns and Sally Albright (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) negotiate friendship… and maybe more? The classic 1989 rom-com from Director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron never goes out of style. A great date-night pick for Valentine’s Day.

The Music Hall, Portsmouth
Friday, Feb. 14 • 8 p.m.

Après Ski party

Headed north? Bretton Woods is teaming up with Boston’s Mix 104.1 and Schofferhofer to hit rewind for its Blast from the Past Après Ski Party. Safety Dance, anyone?

Slopeside Pub and Restaurant, Bretton Woods Ski Area

Saturday, Feb. 29 •  3 to 5:30 p.m.

Also, don’t miss these upcoming 1980s-themed events:

Better Off Dead: An 80s Dance Party at the Shaskeen in Manchester; March 29

Back to the 80s Bash at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown; April 3

80s Day at Loon Mountain Resort; April 4

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