We take our entertainment seriously in the Camp household! I’m a big fan of the date night whether with my husband or one of my kids, either at home or out on the town. The date night options featured here include new movies, a play, and a cooking showcase event:

Goodbye Christopher Robin

As a longtimelon fan of Winnie-the-Pooh, I jumped at the chance to watch a home screening of the new movie Goodbye Christopher Robin, which opens in theaters this weekend.

This is a movie for adult fans of A. A. Milne’s books who enjoy learning the story behind the story. It deals with adult themes like war, PTSD, and the toll that fame and success had on the Milne family and real-life son Christopher Robin, in particular.

A. A. Milne returned home traumatized after World War I, suffering from what appeared to be PTSD. As a successful playwright and author, he wanted to write an anti-war piece. Instead, the fanciful tales he spun for his only son, Christopher Robin, developed into stories and characters which brought comfort to a hurting world after the horrors of war.

This visually beautiful film shows us a different time and a different culture; the toll that war takes on the collective consciousness; and the power of stories—those of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh—on a generation. It broke my heart, much like Saving Mr. Banks, another story behind the story of a childhood favorite (Mary Poppins).

I’m glad to know the backstory of how the beloved tales of Winnie-the-Pooh came to be.

Release date: October 13, 2017
Rating: PG (I recommend it for adults, not children)
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.

Blade Runner 2049

My husband and I wanted to see the new movie Blade Runner 2049, but neither of us had seen the original film. Multiple versions of the 1982 movie are available, but we decided on the 2007 release, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, which apparently is the favorite of Harrison Ford and director Ridley Scott, and the one that’s considered the prequel to Blade Runner 2049.

We streamed Blade Runner: The Final Cut from Amazon (available to rent or buy) on Sunday and saw Blade Runner 2049 at the movies on Monday. I prefer the newer movie, but wouldn’t have understood it as well without the first one.

Science fiction can be colorless and sterile—Ryan Gosling’s blue eyes may be the most colorful thing in this movie—but I enjoyed it and it made me think afterwards, which I love.

Release date: October 6, 2017
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hr. 44 min.

The Color Purple at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Fifth Third Bank’s Broadway in Atlanta series will feature The Color Purple, the stage adaptation of the 1985 movie, from Tuesday, October 24-Sunday, October 29.

From the official site:

With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

Good Taste Atlanta

My husband and I will attend Good Taste Atlanta next Thursday, October 19, at the Infinite Energy Forum. This cooking showcase features tastings from local restaurants while their chefs whip up their signature dishes on the cooking demo stage and teach you some great cooking tips for at home.

Attendees can browse and shop local vendors and register to win one of over 75 prizes, including several trip giveaways. EVERY ATTENDEE gets a goody bag stuffed with restaurant/vendor/sponsor coupons and items. General Admission tickets include three tasting tickets to sample from various restaurants, a gift bag, specialty spirits and wine drink tastings, vendors to browse/shop and the opportunity to win prizes.

What did you do on your last date night and what will you do on your next?

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