Rick's Life

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Our man in Algiers

Like all neighbors Morocco and Algeria have had their good times and bad times.  Historic trading partners, the rupture of relations and border restrictions caused by the security situation in Algeria and the conflict over the Sahara has impacted trade and travel between the two countr(...)

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Diana Kerry visits Casablanca.and our gin joint !

To underscore how important the vote of overseas Americans is in the Presidential election, Diana Kerry, John Kerry's sister, made a weekend visit to Casablanca September 11-13. As Chair of Americans Overseas for Kerry (AOK), Diana is globetrotting to "Round up the Absentee Vot(...)

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Piano recital

I’ve always thought that Rick’s Café presented an ideal venue for a small concert, given the generous courtyard that provides near-perfect acoustics. When Royal Air Maroc asked us early in the summer if we’d be interested in hosting a classical piano rec(...)

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Basin street bar - Part 2 & End

I wrote recently about the Basin Street Bar that attracted an eclectic crowd in the 60's and 70's. Thanks to Chuck, who managed the Seamen's Club in that era and was called out of retirement to come back to Casablanca on a temporary assignment, we were able to find the p(...)

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Bill Willis visits Rick's Café

Those of you who've visited Rick's, literally and vitrually, can appreciate the fine decorative and architectural details that make Rick's such a special place. When I found the house I took one look and said, "This is it." I could see in the arches, co(...)

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Casablanca Fan

A few months ago Rick’s was contacted by an advertising agency in Los Angeles on behalf of their client, Casablanca Fans, the leading U.S. manufacturer of ceiling fans. The company was embarking on a new ad campaign, and were interested in creating an ad for one of the fans using Rick(...)

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Interview with Guy Barker and Nick Luscombe Casablanca visit May 27-30

Acclaimed British trumpeter Guy Barker and producer Nick Luscombe visited Casablanca and Rick's Café May 27-30 to record a program for BBC World Service, "Guy Barker's World of Music." Casablanca was the last stop on a hemisphere-busting itinerary th(...)

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LOST IN TRANSLATION - CASABLANCA STYLE

Japanese television pioneered "reality TV" with evening programming content full of laughs, chatter and wild costumes - the more pies in the face or falls in water hazards the better. When told that a Japanese crew would be coming by at 10pm Saturday night to film some scenes (...)