CLASSICS & COCKTAILS: Stooges, Sparkling and Silliness

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In Classics & Cocktails, we combine two of Cambridge’s best features—classic film screenings and top-notch libations—pairing upcoming movie showings with their cocktail counterpart for an evening full of sips and stars.

Looking for a laugh this April Fool’s Day? You’ll want to head to Harvard Square for a screening of “The Three Stooges” and a pre-movie cocktail at Beat Brasserie. Nevermind the 2012 remake, the Brattle Theatre goes right for the good stuff with two days of classic Stooges’ shorts on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1.

Larry, Moe and Curly (and, okay, Shemp too) have been making audiences giggle for over 75 years with their slapstick antics. The vaudeville trio never misses an opportunity for an eye-poke or a hair-pull—complete with sound effects, of course. The punches and jabs might be lowbrow, but the comedic timing and situational comedy are spot on. The Stooges are continually in over their heads in places they don’t belong: as plumbers, football stars, Scotch distillers, college professors, plumbers again, detectives—the list goes on. The combination of Moe, the stern, short-fused ringleader, Curly, the high-voiced, baby-faced dunce, and Larry, the middleman with the mad scientist hair, is a recipe for high jinks and hilarity that resonates today. Even without a laugh track, the Three Stooges have withstood the test of time (and still rank high with dads everywhere) simply because they’re silly.

To prime your vocal cords for “Swinging the Alphabet,” stop by the bar at Beat Brasserie for something to sip. The eclectic underground watering hole takes its name from a Parisian bistro popular with the Beat Generation. The vibe inside is free-wheeling and fun-loving, with beaded curtains, vibrant lights and hippie-inspired peace signs. Their cocktail list features a selection of bubbly concoctions made with Domaine Chandon Brut Classic that will prep your funny bone for the night ahead with an effervescent tickle. 

The Bitter End makes a good match for the Stooges—the sparkling beverage has the sweetness of elderflower liqueur followed by the quick bitterness of Aperol, the taste bud equivalent of one of Moe’s face-slaps (without the pain). The Beat bar opens at 4 p.m. and the Brattle will screen the best of the Stooges in two programs, with program one playing March 31 at 8:30 p.m. and April 1 at 7 p.m., followed by program two at 9 p.m. You soitenly won’t want to miss it (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk), so order your tickets online with the Brattle and check out the Beat’s bar menu here.

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