D’Anjou Pear Galette

Dessert at the Cafe at the Frick. See those slices of fresh pear? The flaky crust galette was warmed and topped with a scoop of ricotta gelato. That’s a golden drizzle of bourbon caramel and a shake of cinnamon you see finishing the presentation. Oh and a pansy with a few blueberries for garnish. Mmmmmm.It was a perfect fall dessert.

Before lunch, my friend V and I had seen the exhibit of Katherine Hepburn Dressed for Stage and Screen showing her Costume and Fashion Collection. On view until January 12th. This winter we’ll watch a few of the old movies featured to see her wearing the costumes on screen. Here’s an article link https://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2019/10/17/The-Frick-Pittsburgh-Katharine-Hepburn-Dressed-for-Stage-Screen/stories/201910170010in the Post-Gazette by Sarah Bauknecht about the exhibition

from The Philadelphia Story

   From The Little Minister 

Katherine Hepburn had a 20 inch waist.

Keeping Cool at the Movies

It’s been unbearably hot this past week and one cool place to go is the movies. Three of the grandkids and I went to the movie theatre to see Toy Story 4.  We took turns sitting in the chair of this cardboard commercial for an upcoming movie.

 When I was a kid I loved reading Charles Addams cartoons in a big book we had in our house.

Saturday Night at The Oaks Theater

Saturday night at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA,

Steve and I went to see Groundhog Day (1993).

My friend Vincie said I’d really enjoy seeing it on the big screen and she was right. She told me how wonderful it was when she saw Casablanca in the theater compared to viewing on TV.

We sat in the front row with plenty of leg room and weren’t too close to the screen as there’s the stage between us. There was even a beer tasting happening in the front when we arrived. And a bar and food available, too.  Great audience reaction to seeing the skyline of Pittsburgh in the opening credits.  We had a fun night.

Filmed in Woodstock Illinois, my sister and I visited a few years ago on our way back from Rockford. You can see the house used as the bed and breakfast where Bill Murray stayed in the film  in this post from five years ago.

 

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) to be Shown at Row House Cinema

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.iPhone shots tonight.

The Lawrenceville Historical Society and Row House Cinema present

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) shown on Friday JUNE 23, 2017  at 7 PM

4115 Butler Street

Also-  Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn highlight reel will be shown
With round by round commentary from the panel

Gene Collier – Post-Gazette columnist
Tim Conn – Billy’s eldest son
Paul F. Kennedy – author of Billy Conn’s biography
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a member was hanging a flyer at Ritter’s Diner and Aphrodite introduced us. Here she is holding the flyer announcing the event.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by clicking this link

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.

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Making Another Movie in Pittsburgh

It’s always good news for the Burgh when the filmmakers come to town.

The movie making industry is thriving in Pittsburgh.  Here’s a list of films shot in Pittsburgh.

I saw a number of trucks and trailers in an East Liberty parking lot as I drove to school, early this morning.

On the way home, I drove by again and asked a man in a truck with the door open what was being filmed.  He told me Kerosene, The Last Witch Hunter. (with Van Diesel )

I called to him and said “Enjoy the city while you’re here” and he said “I live here”

then he told me that 98% of the crew live in Pittsburgh.

He was very nice and I drove around the Penn Circle to get home and saw more trucks, lights and filming.

Stalled traffic made it easy to catch a couple of quick shots.  On the way back from Bernadette’s  South Side Bday party I asked Steve to swing by the route again on the way home.  Still working into the night.

catering on Centre AveFiring up the grill for dinner time

Got to eat

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That was some giant spotlight illuminating the East Liberty Presbyterian Church

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Road Closed

Not much to see really but a road closed and a blur of the Motor Square Garden dome in the background.

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Steve was driving later

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All Her Ducks in a Row

Saturday afternoon  my friend and I came out of the theater where we’d just seen Philomena.   A young girl had lined up all of these rubber ducks on the edge of the table in the lobby.

She said she’d won them at the arcade, 6 for a dollar.   I asked if I could photograph them.

Looked up the origin of the saying “having ones ducks in a row”  found  several claims  at  Wise Geek

It is in the small details but might come from-

*duck pin bowling

*ducks flying in formation

*carnival game targets.

Ducks in a row

ducks in a rowGrainy phone photo but you get the idea

and here is how much a family of four spent at the concession stand at the movies today.

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So thinking about the cost of popcorn at the movies and why it seems so much….. why yes, there’s actually a book written by an economics professor (Richard McKenzie)  on this topic   Here’s the ABC News Story on Why Does Theater Popcorn Cost So Much  by Nick Watt on Nightline- says- Americans eat a billion pounds of popcorn a year!  

(and it is a 1300% markup at the theater)

Studio 35- Oldest Independent Cinema & Drafthouse, Hosts Free Oscars Event in Clintonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my way to Laura and James’ house, I saw this cool theatre, Studio 35,  and read the marquee.  Pulled over to the curb and got out the camera.  Thought it sounded like a fun evening.  Took the shot from the car and the day was a gray one.

This theatre looks l like the ones I knew growing up.  No theatre in Pittsburgh serves beer as far as I know.

My DIL was teasing about my getting home to watch the Oscars Sunday night, live stream on a computer as I have no TV that gets any channels. It is always fun to see the best and worst dressed though.  A lot of hype in the media.  But this image evokes nostalgia for me.  One of these visits to Columbus I am going to have to go watch a movie here.

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Vampire’s Assistant at Midway Theatre, Forest Hills, Queens

A theatre lit up at night attracts my eye. (Is it theater or theatre? This sign ends in tre) I see theaters transformed and repurposed all the time so want to preserve the genre before they all disappear.

I shot the Midway Theatre  when I visited my sister in NYC and we went out to Queens on the subway to meet friend Matt and eat at Just Like Mother’s Restaurant. You can read a blog about the mostly Eastern European fare, see some Borscht-  if you click on the name.

I took this about three years ago (11/2009) but came across it when I was looking for a response to a weekly challenge and since theaters are a vanishing breed, I like to photograph them, read what’s playing.  Thought this was an interesting selection.  Always like to work on my night photography and think about how I would change the settings next time.

Midway Theater Queens