Drinking and watching Casablanca over and over at home alone in your pajamas is a little sad. Especially when you could be drinking and watching Casablanca out with people in fancy clothes. That's not sad. It's cultured and social.
On Friday, April 24, the Eureka Theater becomes Rick's Café Americain for a big-screen showing of the 1942 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman ($10, $7.50 advance). Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, walk into this one. Throw on some vintage swag if you've got it and belly up to the Art Deco bar at 6:30 p.m. for themed cocktails, perfect for drowning your sorrows over the one that got away. You'll always have Paris, and now you'll have the newly restored upstairs lobby to stroll in wistful style.
At 7:30 p.m., the old-timey newsreels, trailers and cartoons get rolling to warm you up for some timeless Hollywood magic. Bergman's Ilsa is caught between the deadpan and heartbroken Rick (Bogart) and her noble resistance-leader husband, Victor (Paul Henreid). But it's not just the most heart-wrenching love triangle ever, because you also get the smugly shady Claude Rains, the greasily desperate Peter Lorre and beady-eyed Sydney Greenstreet in a fez, plus Nazis and the seedy backdrop of wartime Morocco.
Here's looking at you, kid.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill