Enjoy classic movies under the stars and a glass of wine at The Athenaeum‘s outdoor movie series, Flicks on the Bricks, taking place on Thursdays at 7:30pm all through August. Series host and wine expert Barbara Baxter will introduce the wines paired with each movie. Glamour, drama, hot popcorn, and wine – what more could you ask for?
AUGUST 6: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
With champagne. Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally (1989, 95 min) stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as the title pair. The film opens with the two strangers, both newly graduated from the University of Chicago, share a car trip from Chicago to New York, where they are both going to make their way. During the trip, they discuss aspects of their characters and their lives, eventually deciding it is impossible for men and women to be “just friends.” They arrive in New York and go their separate ways; when they meet again, the two confront one another about how they really feel.
AUGUST 13: DOUBLE INDEMNITY
With Spanish Colonial wine. Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity (1944, 106 min) represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.
AUGUST 20: JAWS
With Deep Down Under wine. There has never been a movie or a phenomenon like JAWS, the terrifying motion picture from the horrific best seller and one of the most popular films of all time. Directed by Steven Spielberg and acclaimed by critics worldwide, JAWS (1975, 124 min) continues to shock moviegoers with its riveting tale of three men who become allied in a life-and-death hunt to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of instant white death.
AUGUST 27: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
With Greek wine. One woman’s rocky road to the altar is showcased in this hilarious off-beat comedy adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by (and starring) Nia Vardalos. Toula is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single; schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect, except for two little things: he’s not Greek and he’s a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula’s family.
The series of 4 is $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers; individual screenings are $17 for members and $22 for nonmembers. Visit The Athenaeum’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.
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