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By Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins

Published 11:38 PDT, Fri May 24, 2024

Spotlight on a British cocktail and more great viewing

THE SUMMER SIP – Strawberry Fields Forever

Open Outcry has had a difficult history. The restaurant—which is located in the historic Exchange building in downtown Vancouver—originally opened in late 2019, just before COVID and the lockdown and it never really had a chance to find its way. It closed in early 2022. But now, it’s back for a fresh start. Having talented, industry people like bartender and cocktail creator, Alice Smithson, is a good move toward that fresh start. We turned to her for our latest summer cocktail suggestion, which you can try at Open Outcry or make at home. “Being British, I wanted to create something that could be enjoyed while watching Wimbledon,” Smithson tells us. And with that in mind, she offers us a Strawberry Fields Forever cocktail. “I usually start my cocktail creations with the garnish and work backwards,” she tells us, “and this particular cocktail’s garnish (or inspiration) came from watching the tennis scene from Two Weeks Notice with the classically British, Hugh Grant.”

Start with

1oz Vodka,

0.5 oz Galliano, 

2 oz Strawberry Syrup,

0.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur,

0.5 oz Whipping Cream,

1 oz Egg Whites (optional),

then shake together.

THE BIG SCREEN – Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Like The Beatles, this film franchise first appeared in the 1960’s, specifically, the 1968’s landmark, Planet of the Apes. Since then there have been many films, a cartoon series, and disappointing re-starts. When technology advanced, it allowed filmmakers to take this franchise to the next level in a brilliant re-boot starting in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Three films later, we have the latest installment, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which opens May 10 with MAX and 4DX options available. The film is set in the future following Caesar’s reign, apes are the dominant species, and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. While a tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Wes Ball (Maze Runner trilogy), and stars Owen Teague, Kevin Durand, Peter Macon, and William H. Macy.


Director, Peter Jackson, who gave us the stunning Lord of the Rings trilogy is back with a restoration of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 music documentary, Let It Be. It was originally released a month after the greatest rock ‘n roll band ever—The Beatles—officially broke up, and with it, broke the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Jackson, who gave us the restored, multiple Emmy Award-winning, 2021 documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, had the support of the original director, Lindsay-Hogg. “I’ve always thought that Let It Be was needed to complete the Get Back story,” Jackson said in the official press release, adding that Let It Be is the climax to their story. Let It Be is available exclusively on Disney+.

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