Last Thursday night – the bunch of us went to Max Brenner, between 13th and 14th Street on B’way in Manhattan – best known for chocolate. Mmm, chocolate. The food was pretty good – I had the three cheese sandwich as an entre – delicious and portions were good – leaving enough room in that special section of the stomach for dessert. Had the cheesecake – which came with Max Brenner’s little beaker of chocolate syrup – mmm. Prices were okay too. Thumbs up! Would love to go again.

Saturday – went to Brooklyn Museum for First Saturday freebie day/day to attract all the young to dance at the Museum and eat food while listening to concerts and lectures. Well, personally, got to enjoy more of the museum. The “Looking Back from Ground Zero” exhibit was moving – capturing what it was like before World Trade Center and after World Trade Center. Strangely, though, I miss the items of what it was like when there was the WTC. Especially found the Brooklyn Museum’s Luce Center and the Visible Storage exhibit really interesting – walking through the area to glimpse at how the museum keeps the stuff it has rarely shown – eerie and exciting and just seeing more amazing stuff.

Sunday – saw the movie “The Prestige” – Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival magicians in the late 19th Century/early 20th century. Kind of had the hint of Batman vs. Wolverine (or at least their dramatic alter egos anyway) having a go at each other. Interesting themes, and entertaining, but kind of disturbing too. (well, it is Christian Bale – I haven’t seen all his movies, but I get the feeling that he’s a guy who likes his work to have something disturbing).  What does it mean to be obsessed; what is love; what is the power of hate; and do you really know who you really are?  Plus Michael Caine (who’s always a nice watch) and David Bowie (yeah, that was a bit of a surprise there). A grade of B.  A good watch, odd plot, but not bad altogether.

Plus: The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors 2006 – well, odd. Funny? Eh, it was okay. The last skit, wherein the town of Springfield went a little batty over Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds but couldn’t defeat aliens Kang and Kodos’ invasion… let’s just say Kang and Kodos have their comeuppance when they realize their attempt at liberating Earth and failing to be welcomed with open arms are just a little too reminiscent of, say, real life issues. Is is significant that this comes just before Election Day? Hmm…