Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan reviews Avatar and other movies made for the big screen. Her column runs every two weeks and previous reviews are at the bottom of this column.
Well, we went to see James Cameron’s Avatar over the holidays, deciding that if we were going to invest in this season’s blockbuster, we might as well see it in 3-D and at an IMAX theater. The whole thing was worth it. Some critics have said that the story is worthless, sentimental, melodramatic, etc., etc.
I actually liked its simple-mindedness. There is an enchanting innocence to the film, even though the special effects are sophisticated beyond anything I’ve ever seen.
The imagined primal world that is threatened in the story reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra—an equally provocative story about humanity intruding on an Edenic planet—but then, that’s reading.
What are you doing tonight? Luis and I got these great “traditional Victorian” style paper-cardboard masks at Pulp (14th & S Streets NW) for only $4.50 each. Luis is the “Venetian” and I am the “Mandarin.” We got the last ones in these styles and there was only one other style for men, “El Capitano.” However, they had a number of masks left for women as of Thursday evening.
- What: Halloween Party at 14th and U Streets NW
- Where: 14th and U Streets NW, in front of the Reeves Municipal Building
- When: Saturday, October 31 at noon
“Wondering where to wear your costume during the day on Halloween. Enter the 14& U Farmers’ Market Halloween Costume Contest with great prizes for kids and adults, kindly provided by: Saint Ex, Cork Market, Pulp, Mid City Caffe, Biaggio, Adventures in Shaw. Judging by Amanda of Metrocurean and Diane of Cork at Noon on Saturday, October 31. Plus, DC FoodBloggers Spooktacular Bake Sale to benefit Martha’s Table.”
The rain is gone (for now) and DDoT was finally able to get started on the southbound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street NW. Yes, bikers will ride southbound on a one-way northbound street, between the curbed and parked cars—from Massachusetts Avenue to Florida Avenue NW.
- 15th Street Southbound Bike Lane Installation Starts MONDAY (with links to additional postings plus a plan map)
Update: Here is the story (and a real pic) from Phyllis D. Klein; she took the photo and has the story on Community Matters DC. Hope the deer is okay.
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A deer was spotted this morning, standing in the rear of 1912 14th Street NW, which is just south of U Street. There was a message on the Dupont Forum and U Street listservs on Yahoo! Groups, with a photo. (I saw the photo, but don’t have permission to post it.) My guess, from the pic, is that it is a White-tailed doe.
Apparently Animal Control rescued the deer. Anyone know anything more about the deer?
Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.
Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.
Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service—I had a very good meal last Sunday.