March 12–March 25, 2009 Program 4 Mixed Repertory
On a Theme of Paganini
Jardin aux Lilas New!
3. Dined at: LE GITANE, a terrific new Mediterranean/Spanish restaurant emphasizine tapas along with a GREAT watering hole in the wondrous hidden little alley that is Claude Lane (GITANE was opened by the folks at the eponymous Cafe Claude; the famed true French bisto charming the City by the Bay for over a decade now)
6 Claude Lane (at Bush), San Francisco; (415) 788-6686 or gitanerestaurant.com.
GARY DANKO, the renowned temple of haute cuisine in the Fisherman's Wharf area, that is not only the City's favorite according to Zagat's but also it's most highly rated. Its small plates offer a diversity of California/French cuisine that is astonishing. Book months in advance, or just take your chances at the-first-come-first-serve bar where the entire menu is also available. http://www.garydanko.com/
TOWN HALL, the SoMa (South of Market) spot for downtown culinary cognoscenti that serves deeeeeeeeelicious New American food in a New Orleans like setting. http://www.townhallsf.com/
Special delights shopping:
Visited CATALINA ISLAND -- my first visit.
The Inn On Mt. Ada
Breathtaking Ocean Views
1. New Broadway shows:
BLITHE SPIRIT: Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett and Christine Ebersole are back in Noel Coward's famed fantasy frolic of ghostly shenanigans. Lansbury, 83, is a comic tour de force, and all of the players are in top form. Coward's 30s book is a bit creaky, but the players are so good, that the laughs are still genuine, and it's ultimaely well worth the chance to see the legendary Lansbury having the time of her life.
HAIR: A group of youngsters bring last summer's acclaimed Shakespeare-in-the-Park production to Broadway. The music is still infectious (LET THE SUN SHINE IN, AGE OF AQUARIUS, etc.), and the youthful cast full of fun. I remember the original in the 60s, so am biased, but I loved it!
33 VARIATIONS: Jane Fonda is back on Broadway in a star turn that uses Beethoven's obsession with a minor waltz, late in his career, to comment on the difficulties many of us may have finding our places late in life. Although the show is somewhat cerebral, its full of intentional humor too, which saves it from wallowing in didactic preachiness. Fonda is excellent, as is a supporting cast that includes Colin Hanks, son of Tom and Rita.
For discounted tickets to most shows, go to http://www.broadwaybox.com/, and avoid having to wait in a long line at TKTS in Times Square or the South Steet Seaport in the Wall Street area.
(Thanks to Wikipedia for many of the photos)