Pocket full of ticket stubs

Ed and Eddie's list of 98 plays, musicals and operas seen in 2008 organized by month. Spent a week in NYC. Saw shows on Sacramento and Ireland.

Ratings Legend:
5* - Loved It – A classic, would see it a second time.
4* - Really Liked It – Excellent, strong production.
3* - Liked It – Good production but something is lacking or not clicking.
2* - Just OK – Below average but had at least one interesting component.
1* - Did Not Like It – Waste of time.
No rating – A work in progress (reading or workshop), or children’s production.

Rating*, Show Title - Author, Presenting Theatre (comments)
[Synopsis or review]

January:
4*, Speed-the-Plow - David Mamet, A.C.T.
[Hollywood producers engage in a verbal boxing match centered around the eternal debate of art versus money. It escalates when the female secretary acts as catalyst in the debate.]
5*, Third - Wendy Wasserstein, TheatreWorks
[A feminist college professor finds herself at a crossroads, her life as mother and daughter in disarray and her liberal convictions challenged by an intriguing new male student.]
2*, SLAVS! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness - Tony Kushner, Custom Made Theatre Company
[Uninspired community production that spans the beginning of Perestroika through the fall of the Soviet empire in 1991. We encounter leaping Bolsheviks, drunken lesbians, wandering children, and even a Babushka or two.]
4*, Brainpeople - José Rivera, First Look at A.C.T. (new work)
[Two women are invited to dine at the home of a wealthy, lonely stranger. As they eat and drink, they reckon with the complexities of their pasts and the maddening nature of love, death, and poverty. By the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Motorcycle Diaries.]

February:
5*, Tin Pan Alley - Palm Springs Follies, Plaza Theatre (The Four Aces)
[A three-hour, song and dance extravaganza that recaptures the glorious days of vaudeville, the Ziegfeld Follies and showgirls with talented cast members from 56 to 84 years "young!" ]
3*, CopyKatz Celebrity Revue- CopyKatz Showroom (Julie Sheppard, Kenny Kerr)
[A drag and celebrity revue. Sheppard as Judy Garland was excellent.]
4*, Blood Knot - Athol Fugard, A.C.T. (Music composed and recorded by Tracy Chapman)
[Two brothers, one black/one white, trapped in the madness of apartheid South Africa, 1962.]
2*, Mormon American Princess - Steven Fales, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Musical cabaret version of Fales' first show "Confessions of a Mormon Boy". Needs work.]

March:
4*, Sonny's Blues - James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Word for Word
[Baldwin's short story of two brothers in 1950’s Harlem—the elder a schoolteacher and family man; the younger, Sonny, a jazz pianist with a troubled past—navigate a tense and complicated relationship against the jazzy rhythmic background of city life.]
5*, Blade to the Heat - Oliver Mayer, Thick Description
[Deals with latent homosexuality in the boxing world of 1959. Three boxers vie for the middleweight championship. Fantastic staged boxing scenes.]
4*, Orlando - Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl, A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program
[Story of a young man during the reign of Elizabeth I, who decides not to grow old. He passes through the ages as a young man until he wakes up one morning to find that he has metamorphosed into a woman - the same person but in a woman's body. The remaining centuries are seen through a woman's eyes.]
5*, The Scene - Theresa Rebeck, San Francisco Playhouse
[An attractive young woman who both despises and prides herself that every man wants her for sex. And, to boost her self-esteem, she proceeds to use sex to conquer one male after another. Black comedy on the TV industry in NY. Similar to a NYC Speed the Plow.]
4*, Tir na nÓg (Land of Youth) - Edna O'Brien, Magic Theatre
[Adaptation of O'Brien's novel The Country Girls. With live music and dance, this coming of age play follows two girls who make their way from rural Ireland to Dublin.]
5*, The Laramie Project - Moisés Kaufman, members of the Tectonic Theater Project, Palo Alto High School
[Do not miss a chance to see this play performed by students at a local high school or college. It is a sad reminder that this year is the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder and there is still no hate crime legislation.]
4*, Southern Comforts - Kathleen Clark, TheatreWorks
[A taciturn Yankee widower and a vivacious grandmother from Tennessee find what they least expected - a second chance at love. Awww.]
5*, Teatro ZinZanni - One Reel (Liliane Montevecchi)
[Evening of European cabaret, cirque, divas and madmen with live music and a gourmet five-course dinner.]

April:
5*, Escanaba in Da Moonlight - Jeff Daniels, B Street Theatre
[In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hunting season has again arrived. But for Reuben, the annual return to the Soady deer camp lodge is a reminder that he’s the only family member to never have bagged a buck.]
4*, Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand, Anthony Burgess, Sacramento Theatre Company
[Actor John Pribyl is excellent at Cyrano. Show filled with poetic longings, tragic turnabouts, humorous moments and great swashbuckling]
4*, Fool For Love - Sam Shepard, Capital Stage
[Can't stay together but can’t stay apart love affair between Eddie and May.]
5*, Caroline, or Change - Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, TheatreWorks
[A musical story of forgotten pocket change becomes a story of massive sociological change.Even better a 3rd time.]
3*, Coronado - Dennis Lehane, San Francisco Playhouse
[1st act opens in a bar with several shady caracters and talk of murder and sex. 2nd act we learn we are watching the same set of characters played by different actors with overlapping time sequences.]
3*, Thrill Me, the Leopold & Loeb Story - Stephen Dolginoff, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[True musical drama of two young men believed themselves to be Nietzschean supermen who could commit a "perfect crime".]

TheatreWorks New Works Festival Readings (staged workshop productions or readings, no rankings):
Touch(ed) - Bess Wohl, [A young woman tries to help her older sister reacclimate to the world after a decade-long stay in a mental institution. A study of the cost of creativity.]
Unlock'd - Sam Carner, Derek Gregor [Musical based on The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope done in a style of Wicked or Enchanted. A mock-heroic epic of a courtly quarrel about a snipped lock of hair.]
Creating Claire - Joe DiPietro [Drama that explores when science, faith, and politics collide… Faced with a drifting husband and an autistic daughter, Claire needs a little faith to change her life.]
Girlfriend - Todd Almond, Matthew Sweet [Two person musical that explores the precarious relationship between two teen boys with a secret in a red-state town without pity.]

May:
4*, Coco - Alan Jay Lerner, André Previn, 42nd Street Moon
[Musical set in the 1950s when Chanel was considered a has-been. Story tells of the designer ’s amazing comeback as well as her battles with a jealous rival designer and the boyfriend of her protégé.]
5*, Curse of the Starving Class - Sam Shepard, A.C.T.
[A dark satire that follows a malnourished and rather bizarre family searching for freedom, security, and their piece of the American pie. As their delusions of a better life fall apart around them, so does their farmhouse and the myth of America it embodies.]
5*, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead - Bert V. Royal, Las Vegas Little Theatre
[Parody of the Peanuts gang now in high school that covers topics such as drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity.]
4*, A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare, Tim Supple, Best of Broadway
[Production created in India. The performers are all Indian and Sri Lankan. They speak seven languages on stage: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malyalam, Marathi, Bengali and Sanskrit.]
5*, Follies - Stephen Sondheim, James Goldman, Oakland East Bay Symphony (Rita Moreno, Val Diamond, Sharon McNight)
[Concert performance of a reunion of a Ziegfeld-like troupe of showgirls in the old theater where they all performed. Past and present are spun together in a rich musical meditation on memory, live theater and the nature of time.]
5*, Teatro ZinZanni - Hail Caeser! One Reel (Frank Ferrante)
[Evening of European cabaret, cirque, divas and madmen with live music and a gourmet five-course dinner.]
3*, It's Murder, Mary! - Andrew Black and Patricia Milton, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Campy murder mystery parody. A dark and stormy night when a group of eight gay stereotypes arrive at a secluded home near the Russian River.]

June:
5*, Figaro - inspired by Mozart and Beaumarchais, adapted by Steven Epp, Dominique Serrand, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Theatre de la Jeune Lune)
[Music from Mozart’s opera is married with characters from the plays of Beaumarchais to create a new show. Figaro and the Count recall their rivalries years later, amidst the bloodshed of the French Revolution.]
5*, Das Rheingold - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera
[The lust for power, the lure of gold, the sacred beauty of nature, the destructive impulses of man: These timeless themes dominate both American history and Wagner's Ring.]
3*, Bug - Tracy Letts, San Francisco Playhouse
[A sleazy and violent comedy/thriller of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy. A middle-aged waitress, victimized by her abusive ex-husband, hooks up with a mysterious, timid stranger with psychotic tendencies.]
5*, Out of This World - Cole Porter, Dwight Taylor, Reginald Lawrence, Greg Mackellan, 42nd Street Moon
[Musical saucy farce about Greek Gods and Hollywood movie types on the prowl in 1950s Athens.]
3*, Darren Romeo, The Voice of Magic - Darren Romeo, Post Street Theatre
[A showtune singing magician named after Bobby Darin. Protégé of Siegfried & Roy.]
5*, The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater - Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
[MTT recreates the lives and times of his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, two giants of the American Yiddish theater.]
4*, Ariodante - George Frideric Handel, San Francisco Opera
[Two women playing castratos in this baroque opera. A Scottish prince is betrayed by a deceitful duke in this tale of passion, envy, greed, despair and ultimate triumph.]
5*, Lucia di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti, San Francisco Opera
[A young woman who is driven to madness when forced to marry a man she does not love.]
5*, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde - Moisés Kaufman, Theatre Q
[Doc-cinema style production of Wilde suing Lord Queensberry for calling him a "posing sodomite" and ends with Wilde convicted of "gross indecency" and sent to two years' hard labor.]
3*, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore - John Ford, A.C.T.
[Jacobean tragedy pits the hot-blooded violation of a shocking sexual taboo against the dirty machinations of a corrupt church and state.]

July:
Week in New York City, 8 days-13 shows
5*, August: Osage County - Tracy Letts, Music Box Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Co. production; Estelle Parsons)
[Riveting family drama of drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, death, family dysfunction, sexual harassment, aging, generational change, racism, incest, infidelity, and ultimately love.]
5*, Sunday in Park with George - Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Studio 54-Roundabout Theatre Co.
[Moving closing performance. Used animation with scenes and painting splashed across 3 walls. Production added a needed touch of humanity and humor.]
1*, Kicking a Dead Horse - Sam Shepard, Public Theater (Stephen Rea)
[70 minutes of literally kicking a dead horse. Although program notes say play was written for Mr. Rea, he was miscast.]
4*, The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber; Charles Hart, Majestic Theatre
[Musical melodrama of the opera world.]
4*, Les Liaison Dangereuses - Christopher Hampton, Choderlos de Laclos, American Airlines Theatre-Roundabout Theatre Co. (Laura Linney)
[A game of sexual conquest and one-upmanship has deadly consequences for a couple.]
5*, The 39 Steps - adapted by Patrick Barlow, concept by Simon Corble, Nobby Dimon, novel by John Buchan, Cort Theatre
[Alfred Hitchcock's chase movie drama is recreated by 4 actors on a mostly bare stage with hysterical results.]
5*, South Pacific - Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan, novel by James A. Michener, Vivian Beaumont Theatre-Lincoln Center (Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot, Matthew Morrison)
[First Broadway revival in 50+ years. Still a relevant classic about stereotypes and prejudice. Highlight of the week.]
5*, A Catered Affair - Harvey Fierstein, John Bucchino, movie by Gore Vidal, teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, Walter Kerr Theatre (Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, Harvey Fierstein, Matt Cavenaugh)
[Touching musical about rediscovering love and acceptance.]
5*, Gypsy - Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, St. James Theatre (Patti LuPone)
[Steller performance by Ms LePone as Mama Rose.]
5*, Passing Strange - Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Belasco Theatre (Stew)
[A rock performance piece with a story to tell. A young black musician travels from middle-class, South Central LA to Amsterdam and Berlin and back home again.]
4*, Young Frankenstein - Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Hilton Theatre (Megan Mullally, Roger Bart)
["The New Mel Brooks Musical". A mindless romp of fun numbers, great sets, and silly story.]
3*, Adding Machine: A Musical - Jason Loewith, Joshua Schmidt, play by Elmer Rice, Minetta Lane Theatre
[Dark and eerie musical in a Kurt Weil way. After 25 years at his job, Mr. Zero, an accountant, discovers that he will be replaced by an adding machine. In anger and pain, he snaps and kills his boss.]
5*, Damn Yankees - Richard Adler, Jerry Ross,: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop, City Center’s Encores! (Sean Hayes, Jane Krakowski, Cheyenne Jackson).
[Retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.]

3*, Snapshots - Stephen Schwartz, David Stern, TheatreWorks
[A revue with a story of a couple's marriage that has lost its way until they rediscover their love through photographs found in the attic.]
2*, Reduced Shakespeare Company All the Great Books (abridged), Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, San Jose Repertory Company
[Shtick-filled comic sendup of classic literature from Tolstoy to Tolkien.]
4*, Doubt - John Patrick Shanley, TheatreWorks
[A look at Catholic Church politics and the ramifications of a possible child molestation in a mid-1960s Bronx parochial school.]
5*, Drowsy Chaperone - Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin, Don McKellar, Best of Broadway
[A die-hard musical-theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the tale of a Broadway starlet trying to find and keep her true love.]
3*, Cabaret -Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb, John Kander, San Francisco Playhouse
[Small-stage version. Seedy nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and doomed romances set in 1929/30 Berlin on the eve of the Nazis' rise to power.]

August:
Trip to Ireland; plays in Dublin and Dingle
5*, An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
[A rising young politician has everything a successful public figure could possibly need: an impeccable reputation, a private income, a loyal wife - and a dirty little secret. A portrait of a marriage wrecked by double standards.]
5*, The Weir - Conor McPherson, The Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
[Set in present day rural Ireland, finds Valerie, at a small country bar, spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories from the local bachelors. Their tales are a mesmerizing mixture of rumor and local legend. However she has her own story to tell.]
5*, Raccoon - Thomas Hall, Meridian Theatre Company at Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
[A one-act, lunch theatre. A story of a lonely waitress in a small café. One day a bizarre encounter in her café leads to the chance to reconstruct her past and her future. A lyrical exploration of children laid aside but held in the heart, and of parents named and unnamed, lost and found.]
4*, Riverdance - Bill Whelan, The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
[Popular celebration of Irish dancing and music with a healthy dash of other cultures as well.]
3*, Drama at Inish - Lennox Robinson, The Beehive Theatre, Dingle, Ireland
[A visiting theatre company's productions of classic Russian and Scandinavian plays disturb the peace in the quiet seaside resort of Inish, with consequences that reverberate through the community as they absorb and mimic the plots.]

4*, Grey Gardens - Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, TheatreWorks
[Musical based on the 1975 documentary about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”).]

September:
3*, My Strange Nation, the Music of Susan Werner - Susan Werner, Theatre Q
[Stage revue of singer-songwriter Susan Werner. Strong community cast of 5 women.]
2*, Friends Are Forever - Tom W. Kelly, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Three gay couples explore love, fidelity, open relationships and its awkward repercussions in this weak sitcom comedy.]
5*, Spring Awakening - Steven Slater, Duncan Sheik, Frank Wedekind, Best of Broadway
[Based on Wedekind’s banned German play. This rock musical boldly depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. Noticed a number of changes from the pre-Broadway run.]
4*, Simon Boccanegra - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera
[Convoluted story of a daughter finding her father and grandfather and healing the political hatred between them.]
4*, Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka, Erik Jackson, Ben H. Winters, Bus Barn Stage Company
[Jukebox musical of Sedaka songs. Hijinks and comic romance is in the air at Esther's Paradise Resort in the Catskills, over the 1960 Labor Day weekend. Surprisingly enjoyable.]
2*, The Spitfire Grill - James Valcq, Fred Alley, Palo Alto Players
[Based on the Lee David Zlotoff 1996 movie. The musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town and precipitates a reawakening in the town itself. PA Players way in over their head to pull off.]
5*, The Full Monty - David Yazbek, Terrence McNally, American Musical Theatre of San Jose
[Musical based on 1997 film. Reset in Buffalo during a steel mill strick.Can a group of "down on their luck" guys get their act together for a one night only Chippendales type show?]
4*, The Foreigner - Larry Shue, San Jose Repertory Company
[While on a vacation in a Georgia hunting lodge, George pretends not to be able to understand English, so as to avoid the attentions of the other guests. His plan backfires and he soon finds himself the confidant of everyone and ends up having to foil the schemes of the local Ku Klux Klan.]
5*, The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace, San Francisco Opera
[Based on Tan's 2001 novel. Adult daughter and mother reconcile past hurts with a visit by grandmother's ghost. Production mixes traditional Chinese soloists, instruments and acrobatics with Western opera styles.]
4*, A Bronx Tale - Chazz Palminteri, John Gromada, Best of Broadway
[Stage adaptation of Palminteri's 1993 screenplay that starred Robert De Niro. Calogero Anello grows up in the Bronx in the 60's with a mobster as one of his role models.]

October:
4*, Die Tote Stadt - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, San Francisco Opera
[A dream within a dream, psycho-sexual drama. A mix of hallucinatory fantasy and painful reality as Paul mourns the death of his young wife Marie.]
5*, Rock 'N' Roll - Tom Stoppard, A.C.T.
[A decades-spanning tale that follows the passions and politics of a Marxist professor in Cambridge and his Stones/Pink Floyd obsessed protégé fighting for freedom in Soviet-dominated Prague.]
5*, Irma La Douce - Alexandre Breffort, Marguerite Monnot, Julian More, David Heneker, Monty Norman, 42nd Street Moon
[Wild Parisian musical of carefree streetwalker whose life is turned upside down when she falls for a poor law student.]
4*, Shining City - Conor McPherson, San Francisco Playhouse
[Suspenseful drama of a man that seeks help from a young therapist, claiming to have seen the ghost of his dead wife.]
5*, Radio Golf - August Wilson, TheatreWorks
[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.]
3*, Russian on the Side - Mark Nadler, Marines Memorial Theatre
[One man show developed around the Danny Kaye show-stopping patter song "Tchaikovsky" (written by Weill and Gershwin).]
5*, Ugly Coco - Clinton Leupp, Rrazz Room in Hotel Nikko
[Can a drag queen save the world?]
4*, Idomeneo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giambattista Varesco, San Francisco Opera
[A powerful king who, in the aftermath of the Trojan War, makes a pact that he comes to regret: he must sacrifice to the god the first person he encounters on land...his son.]
5*, Splitting Infinity - Jamie Pachino, San Jose Repertory Company
[An unresolved Jewish love story between intellectuals who've been best friends since childhood: Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Leigh and Rabbi Saul.She just started bedding her grad student; he has left his wife for her.]

November:
3*, The Quality of Life - Jane Anderson, A.C.T. (Laurie Metcalf, JoBeth Williams)
[Two couples with family tragedies, one from the born-again midwest and one from post-hippie west trade stories. Great first act, lousy second.]
4*, Girl Crazy - George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Guy Bolton, John McGowan, 42nd Street Moon
[Young NYC playboy is sent to Arizona dude ranch. Opens a night club. Great songs.]
5*, Defying Gravity - Stephen Schwartz, Broadway by the Bay
[Musical review of Schwartz's songs. Featured Stephen Schwartz, Liz Callaway, Scott Coulter and Debbie Gravitte.]
5*, Flower Drum Song - Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, David Henry Hwang, American Musical Theatre of San Jose
[New adaptation centers on Mei-Li who arrives in SF's Chinatown after fleeing communist China. She is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese Opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the theatre into a rowdy nightclub.]
5*, The Elixir of Love - Gaetano Donizetti, Felice Romani, San Francisco Opera
[Set in Napa Valley 1915. The naïve Nemorino believes that a love potion will win him Adina's heart. Blossoming from a shy Italian immigrant to a plucky entrepreneur, he captures both his sweetheart and the American dream over the course of this delightful opera buffa.]
2*, Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky, San Francisco Opera
[Russian history told in operatic terms spanning the years between Ivan the Terrible and the Romanovs.]
2*, Six Years - Sharr White, Dragon Productions Theatre Company
[Drama explores the psychic damage a couple endures after WWII vet comes home. Five scenes spaced six years apart.]
4*, The Seafarer - Conor McPherson, Marin Theatre Company
[A Christmas Eve of booze, poker and a visit from a soul-claiming Mr. Lockhart in the Irish countyside. A Faustian Carol]

December:
5*, La Bohème - Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, San Francisco Opera
[A series of character sketches of Parisian Bohemian life wrapped around the love story between Rodolfo and Mimì, ending with her death.]
4*, The Golden Girls Christmas Episodes, Mama Calizo's Voice Factory
[Underground drag-show of 2 GG episodes. Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin, Pollo Delmar]
4*, Long Story Short - Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, TheatreWorks
[Relationship-minded musical based on David Schulner's play An Infinite Ache. Charts a couple's sometimes rocky road from first date to deathbed.]
4*, Ben Franklin in Paris - Sidney Michaels, Mark Sandrich, 42nd Street Moon
[A forgotten musical from 1964, which dramatizes Franklin’s efforts to get Louis XVI to recognize the fledging United States as a nation.]

Other cultural events and activities:
JAN: Horizons Foundation:, LGBT Giving to LGBT Organizations: Building a New Tradition of Philanthropy
FEB: Weekend trip to All Worlds Resort in Palm Springs, CA
FEB: Stanford Drama department lecture: Playwright/Director Luis Valdez
FEB: Weekend trip to Silverado Resort, Napa, CA. Platypus wine tours, Napa River Adventures, Hess Collection, Sonoma town square and mission.
MAR: Weekend trip to SF; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art photography exhibits: Lee Friedlander, Gabriele Basilico
MAR: Harvey's "The Monster Show: a killer drag show" with Cookie Dough.
MAR: Facing History and Ourselves in Conversation with Carl Wilkens, former director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Rwanda, with Jody Ranck, Co-Director, Health Horizons Program Institute for the Future. At Museum of the African Diaspora, SF.
MAR: San Francisco Jazz: McCoy Tyner Trio with Savion Glover, "Tyner and Taps"
MAR: Facing History and Ourselves in Conversation with Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard professor. Talks about her book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World
MAR: Host NCLR "get to know" party at Vino Locale with Kate Kendell
MAR: Teatro Zinzanni Presents LGBTZ An Evening Of Pride And Celebration, a benefit
APR: San Francisco Symphony: Bach Brandenburg Concerto #4, Handel Overture to Ariodante and Water Music Suite #3, Purcell Chacony, Respighi, Ancient Airs & Dances.
APR: Kiwanis Turnaround Scholarship benefit.
APR: Weekend trip to Sacramento; Miss Coco Peru at Sacramento Badlands
APR: Theatre Bay Area: Playwrights Showcase
APR: Hosted gay seder
APR: SF Symphony: Hayden's Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese, Symphony No. 100, Mass in Time of War
APR: Legion of Honor Museum: Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005; de Young Museum: Gilbert & George
MAY: Spring Gala for Adolescent Counseling Services
MAY:
Facing History and Ourselves Benefit Dinner with Terrence Roberts (one of the Little Rock Nine).
MAY: Outlet's "Out to Eat" fundraising dinner. Emcees Fernando and Greg
MAY: Weekend trip to Las Vegas, NV
MAY: SF Symphony: Brahms' German Requiem, Geistliches Lied, Four Songs for Women's Chorus
MAY: Sonoma State University commencement, speaker Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
MAY: Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
JUNE: NCLR's Anniversary Celebration with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
JUNE: underworld party at Space 550 SF
JUNE: UC Santa Cruz commencement
JUNE: Silicon Valley Community Foundation's tribute to Peter Hero
JULY: Week in NYC; visit Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, Museum at Eldridge Street and synagogue
JULY: San Francisco Symphony: Rodgers and Hammerstein on Stage and Screen
AUG: Iceland adventure travel trip with Alyson Adventures, Reykjavik Pride parade, concert and dance w/DJ Paul Oscar
AUG: Ireland adventure travel trip with REI and friends from England Coast to Coast Walk; Guinness Storehouse; National Gallery of Ireland (Jack B. Yeats exhibit); historical walking tour of Dublin; tour of Trinity College, Old Library and the Book of Kells, Brú Ború Cultural Centre in Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
AUG: Weekend in Sonoma, CA at Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
SEP: San Francisco Playhouse benefit: A Celebration of Yes!
SEP: No On Prop 8/NCLR/EQCA fundraisers
SEP: Weekend at a vacation home in Twain Harte, CA
OCT: 20th Anniversary San Francisco Authors Luncheon for National Kidney Foundation: Andre Dubus III, Diane Johnson, Jacques Pepan, Curtis Sittenfeld, Nancy Snyderman MD, Tobias Wolff., Michael Krasny, Amy Tan
OCT: Civil Wedding Ceremony with Lisa & Kaila and Susan & Jane.
OCT: Facing History and Ourselves in Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund and best-selling author, "The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small"
OCT: Book party of Hal Luft's "Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis"
OCT: Dinner with Miss Coco Peru
NOV: TheatreWorks: Anything Goes,Costume Ball & Auction
NOV: Trip to Nashville, Memphis and Paris, TN: Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum
NOV: San Francisco Symphony: Mahler's Eigth Symphony of a Thousand
NOV: Hike and picnic at Huddart Park in Woodside, Peninsula AIDS Memorial Grove
DEC: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 30th anniversary concert (Jennfer Holliday)
DEC: Facing History and Ourselves & Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation pre-release screening of movie "Defiance" with director Ed Zwick
DEC: Attend showing of "Milk" at Castro Theatre
DEC: Weekend w/kids; San Francisco Symphony: Music for Families; Hornblower supper club cruise; Contemporary Jewish Museum:“In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis” and “Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered”.
DEC: Trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida; TravelPride's New Year's Caribbean Cruise

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