Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pride 2009

We are unfortunately going to miss San Francisco Pride again this year because of our trip to New York City. We are hoping we can make it to some NYC pride parties.

YouTube video called "Pride 2009". It is a celebration of GLBTQ pride and the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the birth of gay pride.

GuyDads pride news.
The blog “John and Steve are having a baby” profiles 16 gay families. We are please to be among such amazing and inspiring households.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester, England put together a list of 100 informative, entertaining and inspirational blogs. GuyDads made the list. Thanks!

POM juiceSpecial thanks to POM Wonderful for the case of pomegranate juice. On the POM website the company champions the health benefits of pomegranates. I knew it was an excellent source of antioxidants. But it was news to me that the juice improved cardiovascular blood flow, prostate health and erectile function. Wow, just what a gay Jewish man needs for Pride weekend. The Jewish symbolism of pomegranates is one of righteousness and fruitfulness.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What to wear to the Opera

Rainbow series night at the SF OperaAbout once a month, someone lands on this blog by Googling “What to wear to the Opera”. I had used that phrase several years ago when I wrote about one of my first experiences of attending an opera. But my entry back then didn’t really answer the Google question. In interest of being helpful and informative, I did some research. Here are the recommendations from several prominent opera companies on what to wear to the performance:

San Francisco Opera says: “Many years ago opera was just for the elite class and royalty, and thus patrons felt it necessary to dress to the nines when attending opera. Nowadays, opera is open to everyone and there is no dress code. People come to the opera dressed in everything from jeans to evening gowns, so please feel free to attend the opera in whatever clothes you feel comfortable.” More info

Lobby of the War Memorial Opera House in SFNew York Metropolitan Opera says: “There is no dress code at the Met. People dress more formally for Galas or openings of new productions, but this is optional. We recommend comfortable clothing appropriate for a professional setting.” More info

Washington National Opera: “recommends business attire but has no official dress code for attendance. Opening nights are traditionally more formal than other performances.” More info

Dallas Opera says: “Business attire is the norm, but anything goes, from jeans to your favorite evening gown! You’ll see more formal attire on opening night and at Saturday night performances; the mid-week performance tends to be a bit more casual. However, the rule of thumb is simple: If it makes you feel like a million bucks, wear it!” More info

Pre show drink, anyone?This is also good advice from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: “Perfumes, hairsprays, colognes, lotions, and other scented toiletries should be avoided or used sparingly when attending the opera, as allergies are commonplace.”

The same fashion advice applies if you are also attending the Theatre, Symphony or Ballet.

The summer opera season has started up again in San Francisco. Last night we saw “Tosca”. We are also seeing “Porgy and Bess” and “La Traviata”.
Want to know what I wear to the opera? Ask my husband; he picks it out. I got tired of hearing “you are not wearing THAT, are you?”

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Broadway Bound

We had a fun time watching the Tony Awards at a friend’s house. It has to be one of the sincerest gay nights on television. It is a celebration of art, talent and commercial success of the Broadway season.

The handsome and talented host Neil Patrick Harris sings the “Eleven O'Clock Number” to close the 63rd Tony Awards.

We are jazzed and excited about our upcoming trip to New York City. We will be there for 9 days and have tickets for 14 shows!
- Accent on Youth - play
- The Philanthropist - play
- Rock of Ages - musical
- 9 to 5 - musical
- West Side Story - musical
- Shrek - musical
- Mary Stuart - play
- Next to Normal - musical
- Billy Elliot - musical
- Hair - musical
- Blithe Spirit - play
- God of Carnage - play
- Waiting for Godot - play
- Our Town - play

E was able to get most of the tickets at a discount ahead of time. There are several websites that offer advance tickets:
* - discount tickets for select Broadway and Off-Broadway, also Las Vegas and London.
* - discount tickets for select Broadway and Off-Broadway by joining Playbill Club
* - discount tickets for select Broadway and Off-Broadway by joining discount list.

Last year’s trip we saw 13 shows.
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