American pie

What goes perfectly with the Brattle’s evening of ‘Twin Peaks’? Special Agent Dale Cooper’s favorite treat, cherry pie.

By Courtney Hollands
Globe Staff / April 9, 2010

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“Twin Peaks’’ turned 20 yesterday. I didn’t watch it when it first aired on TV. But three years ago, a DVD boxed set of the entire series showed up at our apartment and for a few weeks, I was completely obsessed with and immersed in David Lynch’s bizarro murder mystery. I’d daydream at my desk: Who is the one-armed man? Kyle MacLachlan, will you marry me? I couldn’t wait to get home from work and get lost in two, maybe three episodes. The twangy opening notes of Angelo Badalamenti’s theme song still send shivers down my spine — in a good way.

The Brattle Theatre is fêting the quirky show’s anniversary by showing the first season this weekend. Catch episodes three and four tonight; five and six Saturday; and seven and eight on Sunday. (You missed the pilot and second episode last night, sorry — but you probably know them by heart.) The theater will also screen the second season, as well as Lynch’s film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,’’ later this year, said Ned Hinkle, the Brattle’s creative director.

“This was the only show I made sure to watch. I always blocked out the time when it was on,’’ Hinkle said. No word yet on whether the Log Lady will be in the audience.

Screenings at 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $9.75. Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.


So, Petsi Pies isn’t the Double R Diner. But it is the place to go if you’re in Harvard Square and you want a mouth-watering piece of cherry crumb pie ($3.50). Agent Dale Cooper (pictured) would wax poetic about this sweet and tart treat which Renee McLeod and her team have been making since Petsi Pies opened. Though the bakery regularly changes its offerings, the cherry pie is a staple and usually available. Tuck into a warm slice at a table or at the counter near the window and trade your favorite “Twin Peaks’’ quotes before strolling to the Brattle. Maybe you’ll see McLeod there — she’s a “huge fan.’’

Better yet, order a whole 10-inch cherry pie for $20 (you need to call two days in advance for that) and just take it home.

Or, if you’re running late for the screening, you can always make like Coop and grab a “damn fine cup of coffee’’ ($2.25) — black, of course — at Algiers Cafe, just above the Brattle.

Petsi Pies is open until 9 tonight, 31 Putnam Ave., Cambridge. 617-499-0801.