All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.
All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Drinks at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
Guest Speaker: Julianne Burke
"Fact and Fiction in the Valley of Fear"
PLUS Red Circle Holiday Festivities
- December 1 Reservations due for the Red Circle's Holiday Party.
- December 1 Sherlock Holmes: The Novels Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda has written the introduction to Penguin's new edition of the four Holmes novels. Dirda will be on hand at Busboys and Poets in Takoma to discuss. The event starts at 6:30 and details are here.
- December 4 The Red Circle's Holiday Party
- December 5 Mystery Author Extravaganza, presented by the Chesapeake Chapter of the Sisters in Crime. A gaggle of local mystery writers will be on hand to chat, and sign books at the Reston Library beginning at 12:45. All the information is here.
- January 1 "The Abominable Bride" starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson premieres on PBS Masterpiece Mystery at 9:00pm Eastern.
- January 10 "The Abominable Bride" encore airs on PBS at 10:00pm Eastern.
- January 13 - 17 Sherlock Holmes Birthday Weekend This annual much-longer-than-a-weekend weekend will once again be held in New York. Peter Blau has the inside scoop on all the events in the October edition of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, which lives right here at the Red Circle website. Click here and scroll down to pages 6 and 7. And as always, although the festivities are referred to by some as the "BSI Weekend," the only event that is restricted to BSI members is their Friday dinner. All other events are open to all.
- January 22 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, one performance only, presented by the acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Details and tickets here.
- March 11 - 20 Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror This stage adaptation of the Nicholas Meyer novel will be performed at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, VA
- April 9 Open House at 221B Baker Street Sitting Room The Red Circle's Denny and Joann Dobry invite all Sherlockians to explore their splendid re-creation of the sitting room at that picturesque pile in Baker Street. The Dobrys will open the sitting room (which is actually in their home in Reading, PA) from 11am to 6pm. A light lunch will be provided with voluntary donations to offset the cost of the meal. There will be a Canonical knowledge challenge with prizes for those who wish to participate. And of course there will be ample time to explore and enjoy the full scale, authentic re-creation of the sitting room of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. A great opportunity for a relaxing, informal time in surroundings that live in every Sherlockian's heart. Please e-mail Denny to RSVP and get directions, and take a few moments to look at his facebook page here.
- May 14 The Silver Blaze The 30th running of the Silver Blaze (Southern Division) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
For a much more comprehensive list of Sherlockian meetings and events around the United States and beyond, see Ron Fish's
Scenes from a Screening
A grand time was had by all on September 26 as the Red Circle presented the Washington area premiere of the newly discovered and newly restored 1916 classic film Sherlock Holmes, starring William Gillette.
Sherlock Holmes, the new play by Greg Kramer and starring David Arquette, is reviewed by webmaster Alan Rettig. Read it here. Comments? E-mail Alan here. The show moved from Washington to Chicago on November 23, where David Arquette gave an interview saying, incredibly, that American actors should not play Sherlock Holmes. Now he tells us! Read the interview here.
The Exercising Men The Washington Post is out with its 2016 calendar, featuring the work of their fine photographers. Terry Rettig alerts us to the image for September, captured by Jonathan Newton, which reveals a line of early risers exercising in front of the Reflecting Pool. The
MEETING NOTES from the Red Circle's September 25 meeting are available here. Thanks once again to Carla Coupe for a fine writeup.
The Times hated it! When The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes was first published in the United States, the New York Times took a dim view of the effort. "The reader leaves Mr. Sherlock Holmes at the bottom of a Swiss precipice, smashed into smithereens, and with the sincere hope that Mr. Doyle will never resuscitate him." So much for spoiler alerts. The Times hadn't been any kinder when the first group of stories was published by Harper Brothers in 1892. They panned The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by saying of the detective, "You get a little weary of his perspicacity." Now the Times has published these reviews--and more--under a short cover piece by Mark Bulik. The whole package is a must read, and you can find it here. This illustration is the cover of your webmaster's copy of the Harper Brothers edition of The Adventures. It's the 1900 printing, not the rare 1892, but it is still fun to read from a volume that was printed while so much of the Canon was yet to be written!
Red Letter Day for the Red Circle About 100 Red Circle members and friends converged on the Bethesda Row Cinema on September 26 for the Washington Metro Area premiere of the 1916 classic film Sherlock Holmes, starring William Gillette. Peter Blau introduced the screening, noting the overwhelming impact of Gillette's performances onstage and in this film on the early popularity of the great detective, and on his subsequent staying power. It was clear after watching the marvelously restored film that a great debt is owed Mr. Gillette by Sherlockians past, present and future. A collection of photos from the screening can be found to the right below the calendar.
What's the double meaning of this? Russian Sherlockian Alexander Orlov notes that this ad for the
More opportunities to see Hamlet Peter Blau reports that the National Theatre's stage-to-screen production of Cumberbatch's Hamlet is "imaginatively staged and full of energy." The premiere performance on October 15 will be followed by numerous encores around the country. To find screenings near you, click here.
New Sherlock Special, "The Abominable Bride," to air January 1 The producers have announced that the long-awaited Sherlock special will ring in the new year on both sides of the
GridLOCK DC 2015, the annual Sherlock
Meeting Notes from the Red Circle's June 26 dinner meeting are available here.
An Actor of Many Colors For those who may need a Benedict Cumberbatch encounter before the next Sherlock film airs, we draw your attention to the Benedict Cumberbatch Unofficial Colouring Book, part of a series called "Colour Me Good." Grammatical problems aside, it may be just the thing to keep the BBC's star detective top-of-mind during the long hiatus between his Sherlockian turns. The book is available widely, including at amazon, where both new and used copies are offered. That said, your webmaster is constrained to point out that purchasing a used copy of a coloring book might be imprudent.
Seeing Red: An Elementary Omission On June 12 the Washington Post published a review of a new book by art critic Jacky Colliss Harvey entitled Red: A History of the Redhead. The book traces red hair throughout the ages and across multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art. But alert
The Silver Blaze: Sherlockians Cash In on a Breeder Named Watson Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course played host to 29 Sherlockians attending the revival of the Silver Blaze (Southern Division) on May 23. This 29th running and the first since 1998 brought with it a beautiful day. Attendees from a half dozen regional Sherlockian societies dined on crab cake sandwiches and scoured the Racing Form for Sherlockian clues to help them pick winners. The Silver Blaze was a mile and a sixteenth run on the turf track, and many put their money on horse number 6, I'm Da Big Man, whose breeder's last name is Watson. And a wise choice it was, because he won the race handily! The winner's trophy was presented by Joann Dobry, the lady who made the longest trip to join the fun. Afterward, many in the group repaired to the nearby Mount Washington Tavern to squander their winnings on dinner and continue their conversations and merriment. Organizer Greg Ruby tells us that plans are already underway for the 30th running at Pimlico on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Getting "the dirt" on criminals Many Red Circle members remember that four years ago FBI forensic geologist Maureen Bottrell joined us to share the ways in which modern crime solvers follow "in the footprints" of Sherlock Holmes by analyzing soil, rock and other geological clues. Now comes a new article in the journal Nature which details the adventures of one of Maureen's colleagues, Lorna Dawson, as geologists do more than scratch the surface in pursuit of evildoers. It's a fun read online here, with a pdf version also available here.
- Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for more than four decades, and has a permanent home right here on our website. It's the most remarkable collection of Sherlockian news and notes anywhere, and your webmaster recommends a monthly visit. The very latest edition is available now, as are past numbers. It's just a click away--use the "Scuttlebutt" button at the top of the page.