Menu Notes & Updates

  • Welcome to Monday Movie Night at Basic Necessities

    Already, many of you have responded to this idea, either in person or by email. Thank you.

    If you do wish to attend, please call and reserve your spot, 434 361 1766. Thank you, again.

    You can click here for updates, the whens, wheres and whats.

    Where and when: Monday at Basic Necessities. Doors open at 6 p.m, giving you time to settle in, order a little food, and get to know your neighbors. Movie starts at 7 pm.

    What: Film - German film, Lives of Others - In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Perhaps appropriate for our time. From Wikipedia: The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe (who died within a year of the film's release) as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.

    On offer will be wine by the glass or bottle, soft drinks, as well as cheese or charcuterie platters. We’ll even have a very limited Movie Night menu.

    Our idea is that Movie Night will evolve depending upon your tastes in film and food. For instance, if we’re watching an Italian film, we might serve spaghetti bowls. Right now we intend it to be fluid, adapting to your comments. We envisioned movie themes to revolve around food (Babette’s Feast comes to mind) or France, as well as classics such as Casablanca and Gone With The Wind). But if a group of you regularly attend, you can pick and decide the next film.

    On hand for the upcoming weeks (but not written in stone):

    The Lives of Other
    Tea With Mussolini
    Heaven Can Wait
    Match Point
    Same Time, Next Year
    The African Queen
    Volver (subtitlted)
    The Painted Veil
    I’ve Loved You So Long (subtitled)
    The Last Metro (subtitled)
    The Hours
    The Secret In Their Eyes
    The Queen
    The End of the Affair
    Shall We Dance
    Thelma and Louise

    The group can vote on a film each week and majority rules. Bring your own film and share it with the group.

    The idea is that some of you might be watching films at home. Why not turn that into something more social that promotes further connection. We need that right now in our world.

    And so, onwards! And may the power of movies to bring magic into our lives grow ever more!

  • Les Salons on Tuesday Nights

    We've had our first Salon, with the subject, What is Love?  and it was a success. Stimulating, interesting and thought-provoking.

    Please arrive at 7pm if you want to join in. Call us at 434 361 1766 if you plan on coming so we can count you in.

    The idea: We gather, and someone will have tossed out a subject of reflection the week before for the group to ponder, and we discuss over wine, bread and cheese. Or something of the sort. If this group is anything like previous groups in Paris, as the wine flows, so too does the discussion become animated, morphing from said chosen (tame and cerebral) subject into more sensual topics. Open to all subjects; only gossip is banned.

    Like movie night, our Tuesday Night Salons will evolve depending on you.

    Some subjects we could possibly discuss:

    • What does it mean to be good? What is goodness? Tuesday 31 Jan
    • What deters crime or, more particularly, bad action?
    • Is there such a thing as altruism?
    • What is pride?
    • What does it mean to do good?
    • What does it take to lead a happy life?
    • What is most important in life?

    We are open to your suggestions: philosophy, literature, politics (oooh, could get tricky in today’s climate), and so on. So email us your thoughts and come stimulate those brain cells.