Last night was the Sprout’s belated birthday celebration. Belated because she spent her real birthday in Central America, easing the plight of the world’s poor. How do you best celebrate the birth of such an altruistic spirit? To my thinking, nothing short of a full bore, multi-sensory assault would do.
We went to dinner at Casablanca in Harvard Square. The food: delicious! She had the Grilled Striped Bass and I ordered the Stuffed Red Pepper in White Bean Crepe, with a Spriced Apple Tart for dessert. I would highly recommend it, although don’t go in a hurry. The service was a bit on the slow side, making us late for the next phase of our evening: drinks with friends at Redline. What a great time! We got to some some great people we hadn’t seen in a little while, and some that you just can’t get enough of. Whitney’s MSH colleagues were represented, as were the Living Root Dragons. My opera-singer friend Alexis even made the trek out from Hartford for the occasion.
The evening would have been a great success if I’d stopped there, but I was determined push the envelope. At 11:45pm, an hour when anyone with a lick of sense should be making a b-line for home, we went to the Brattle Theatre for the East Coast premiere of Black Sheep. This black comedy (presented by the Independent Film Festival of Boston) has all the elements of a great comedic slasher flick:
- A troubled hero, paralyzed by an irrational fear of sheep, caused by a traumatic childhood event;
- His evil brother, determined to use science to warp nature for profit; and
- A rampaging hoard of genetically engineered, flesh-eating, mutant sheep.
Comedic Genius Defined: imbuing docile animals like sheep with a snarling, slobbering blood-lust. My one criticism of this movie was that its creators suffered from a surplus of comic inspiration. 20-30 minutes of material could have been trimmed from this movie without a problem, particularly some of the gorier parts.
Boyfriend Folly Defined: taking Whitney to see this movie for her birthday. I don’t think I’ll ever hear the end of it.
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