Friday, September 14, 2012

Casablanca Night at the Strand: Saturday September 15, 2012

Here's what you do Saturday, September 15, 2012.

It's Casablanca Night at the Strand in Marietta on Saturday.  Here's Lookin' at You Kid...
Are you one of those closeted people who's never seen Casablanca?  You know who you are!  It's time to right that wrong.  Head over to the Strand in Marietta on Saturday at 8 to catch the show.  From the strand:
"In this Oscar-winning classic, American ex-pat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) plays host to gamblers, thieves, and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub during World War II, but he never expected Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) – the woman who broke his heart – to walk through his door. Ilsa hopes that with Rick's help, she and her fugitive husband (Paul Henreid) can escape to America. But the spark that brought the lovers together still burns brightly. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along featuring The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ at 7:30 p.m."

Now, let's dive a little deeper with Casablanca.  It's a film that is on everyone's top films of all-time list.  It's sweeping, and epic, and touching, and iconic.   But did you know it was filmed without a script?  They literally made it up as they went along.  I suppose it's because the story was unfolding in the reality of world war two as the film was being made.  Inspired writing nonetheless.

Great friend to HWYD (Here's What You Do) - Andrea Strickland Shomaker - said this about the film:
"I watched Casablanca with my Granny on her sun porch in the early 1980's. I was nine or ten. It was south Georgia and brutally hot despite the oscillating fan. Granny was chain-smoking. Between the heat and smoke, I was in Casablanca.  Humprhey and Ingrid, in their crisp, clean suits and dresses were a million miles away from the torn, paint-splattered clothes all the kids were wearing those days. And I thought Casablanca was such a beautiful world.  I drove my family crazy traipsing around the house repeating it...Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca. Like a mantra.    
The mantra stuck!  It made me want to travel there, and everywhere.  So, I did.  I made my way to Morocco with my daughter Emma Cate a few years ago.  She loved it, and so did I." - Andrea Strickland-Shomaker
Emma Cate trying her hand at Camel riding.

What a glorious trip!

Casablanca is undoubtedly a date night move.  Check out this blog from Atlantans Brandie, Carrie, Nikki, and Sarah.  They love a classic film, and there are few they love more than Casablanca.  In fact, I picked up a few dating hints from Sarah's post.  She and her husband watch the movie in Atlanta each year in a different location.  Can you imagine?  Music from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  A picnic.  Under the stars at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.  Doesn't get much better.  I bet Sarah will be at the Strand on Saturday!  

It's got something for everyone, Casablanca does.  Tickets are $8.  Show starts at 8p.  Get there a little early for the music, and enjoy.

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Here's what you do Saturday

First:  Start late Saturday with a big Moroccan-inspired brunch.  Never made a Moroccan brunch?  Here's what you do.  Make Kefta with Eggs and Tomato according to this awesome recipe from PetitChef.  Mix that in with a viewing of the Barefoot Contessa and Giada At Home, starting at 11a on Food Network.  Ina is focusing on cheese.  And Giada on dessert.  A perfect morning.

A Moroccan Brunch of Kefta with Egg and Tomato.  Great way to start the weekend.

Catch an episode of Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten on Saturday Morning as you make your Moroccan Brunch.

Second:  The High Museum is hosting the Hot Glass Roadshow.   This is a demonstration show, where you can watch glass artists from the Corning Musuem of Glass on Sifly Piazza skillfully shape globs of molten glass into works of art.  The highlight on Saturday is at 2:30p, when they host a "You Design It; We Make it" experience.  You'll be able to suggest a design.  If chosen, you can watch your dream be created.  Fun, and free!  

Experience the pinnacle in Art glass making at the High on Saturday.  

Third:  Time for a little nap before dinner and the show.  

Fourth:  Get a little dinner before the show.  Try out Chicken and the Egg in Marietta.  A farmstead-focused eatery with great fried chicken and waffles.  Great short ribs.  Here's the supper menu below.  We'll let you decide!  Dinner should be about $35 per person.


ashley farms chicken breast, "all day" braised greens, whipped sorghum butter, house made hot sauce


certified angus beef, gaucho marinade, watermelon relish, roasted potatoes, arugula


sweet corn, smokey field peas, vidalias, cherry tomatoes, green tomato chow chow, pork jus


asparagus, mushrooms, sweet pea puree, tupelo honey


logan turnpike gouda grits, spring onion fondue, baby arugula, garlic infused demi, preserved lemon gremolata


english pea risotto, local pea shoots, preserved lemon butter


tomato, basil, zucchini relish


braised pork, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion, peppered bacon gravy, sour cream, jalapeno, pesto, pappardelle


pesto cream (no nuts)

Finally:  Casablanca, baby!  Of all the gin joints...  $8 per person.  Maybe $10 more for some refreshment.  

Book Keeping

For two people

Breakfast:  About $20
Glass Roadshow: $Free
Nap: $Free
Chicken and The Egg: $70
Casablanca: $40

Total: $130

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