Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Humboldt Style: Everybody Goes to Rick's

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click to enlarge Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back.

The Eureka Theater was packed like a wartime visa office for the screening of Casablanca on Friday night. The upper and lower lobbies were transformed into Rick's Café Americain, the gin joint run by Bogie in the film, and more than a few patrons took the opportunity to work their 1940s vintage best. 

click to enlarge Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend.
click to enlarge Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket.
click to enlarge Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct.
Upstairs, the second floor lobby with its newly silver-leafed ceiling, was decked out with a roulette table and a Champagne bar, where, as in the decidedly anti-Hitler 1942 film, patrons sipped and socialized under the watch of jack-booted Nazis. Yup. They went there. In fact, intermission was marked by the same black shirted thugs storming the theater with searchlights and dragging off the tuxedoed Joel Canzoneri, who made a run for it like the doomed Peter Lorre. 

click to enlarge Um. An actor made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Um. An actor made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony.
click to enlarge Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress.
click to enlarge Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators.

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