The Speakeasy Series

Ladies, don your garters. Men, your fedoras. Programmed by SIFF, the Tuesday-night "Speakeasy Series" promises glamour and sophistication with live jazz, retro films, and $8 vintage cocktails. (Ask bartender Brian McKay to make you “the Humphrey Bogart,” a tasty combo of Cointreau, lemon, and bitters). Films are grouped by city, and this month’s selection (through May 25) is New Orleans, meaning screenings of 1958’s King Creole (Elvis alert!) and the 1950 Panic in the Streets (Richard Widmark pursues plague-carrying Jack Palance and Zero Mostel). But, honestly, the atmosphere counts for more than the movies. My recent visit found a sexy, classy vibe that didn’t feel contrived. Some patrons slink about to the music; some focus on the flicks. Other couples ignore their surroundings entirely, opting to down drinks and engage in intense, private conversations. The decision is yours. But do order that Humphrey Bogart. (New York, Miami, and L.A. will be featured on screen through Aug. 31; ages 21 and over.) ERIKA HOBART

Tuesdays, 8 & 10 p.m. Starts: May 4. Continues through Aug. 31, 2010

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