We celebrated our honeymoon before the official, legal wedding this Sunday. We spent last weekend in San Francisco. Luckily we were able to score a last minute room at a bed and breakfast. We stayed at gay-owned B&B that we have not been to before. Belvedere House was outstanding. It is a 6 room, B&B located in upper Cole Valley within walking distance to Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park and the Castro. It offers a very generous buffet breakfast until noon. Half the rooms have a private bath the other’s share one.
It was Fleet Week weekend and we kicked off it off by attending the Uniform Ball party on Hornblower's San Francisco Belle presented by Energy 92.7 with gay, morning DJs Fernando and Greg. It was a fun dance event that went from 8pm to midnight. The music and DJs were hot. It was a great mix of people, both gay and straight, all dressed in a creative variety of uniforms and ready to dance. We had a fantastic view of the Fleet Week Fireworks Show on the Bay and ate delicious appetizers.
Saturday we attended The National Kidney Foundation’s Authors Luncheon. It featured a fascinating line up of authors. Speaking were Co-Chair Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club), Master of Ceremonies, Michael Krasny (KQED host, author of Off Mike) Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog), Diane Johnson (Lulu in Marrakech), Jacques Pépin
(Fast Food My Way), Curtis Sittenfeld (American Wife), Nancy Snyderman, MD (Medical Myths That Can Kill You) and Tobias Wolff (This Boy’s Life).
Sunday we attended one of our favorite smaller theater companies in SF, 42nd Street Moon. They make old or forgotten musical sing again in fully acted, sung, and performed in a staged concert format with choreography, minimal costumes and sets, and accompaniment by piano or small ensemble. They did an incredible job with the rarely performed “Irma La Douce”. The musical is 100 times better than the non-musical film of the same name. It is a saucy, sexy, musical farce. It tells the story of a successful prostitute, living in Paris that falls in love with a poor law student.
We saw two other excellent plays this week you should not miss. SF Playhouse is doing “Shining City” by Conor McPherson. It is a suspenseful drama of a man that seeks help from a new therapist, claiming to have seen the ghost of his dead wife.
TheatreWorks is presenting August Wilson’s “Radio Golf”. The play tells the story of a charismatic African American politician is running for mayor, caught between the fresh-faced spirit of the future and the soulful voices of the past.
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