Parties dedicated to the sounds of the '80s and '90s used to be novel, but now the idea has become so commonplace that an "old school" party needs a special hook to set it apart. (Honestly, how hard is it to find a DJ who has both Madonna and Bell Biv Devoe on a playlist?) That's why we're excited about "Back to the Old School," a fundraiser for the Reading Connection held at Darlington House's private second-floor lounge. (That the local charity reads to children in shelters and provides books to at-risk families is icing on the cake.) Beyond the usual drink specials, leg-warmers-requested dress code and spinning disco ball, "Back to the Old School" features dance instructor John Chu teaching the moves from Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video to all comers between 9 and 9:30 p.m., followed by a dance-off.
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