Drama Talk & Drinks: “I wish she was my grandma…”

If you have grandparents who loved Murder, She Wrote marathons, or if you grew up with an affinity for singing teapots, you can’t help but have a special place in your heart for Angela Lansbury. Who else can make murdering people and cooking them into pies sound so sweet? So, when we heard that at age 89 she was doing a super-limited North American tour of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, we knew we had to see it. So, off we went to SHN’s Golden Gate Theater for a night of laughs, drama talk and drinks.

Katie: Go fucking see this show!

Brittany: IT WAS SO GOOD!

K: If you’re going to throw down some money on a really fun, twists and turns, old-school, straight-play comedy, THIS is where you should put your money, people.

B: It was amazing, and Angela Lansbury is the most adorable, wonderfulest person. I wish she was my grandma. I mean I love my grandmas, but I’d take her as my third grandma any day.

K: Be prepared though, because every time she walks on stage people love her so much they can’t stop clapping. Which was annoying, but I get it.

B: She walks on stage and all you want to do is give her a hug. You can’t take your eyes off her, she’s that talented. Everyone in this show is really talented, but she is exceptionally talented.

K: This is one of the few shows I’d say don’t have a drink before, because you don’t want to miss a thing. It starts off with a lot of British fast wit, and you want to be able to follow it, because it’s hilarious. What I really loved about his play is it wasn’t predictable.

B: There’s a reason some plays survive the test of time. This was written in the 1940s, and it’s still so funny.

The Verdict: If you have the money, or if you don’t have the money go find some money and then see this show. When you aren’t mesmerized by what’s happening on stage, you’re hoping that the scene change doesn’t mean the play is over, because you want it to keep going for another hour. One of the best shows we’ve ever reviewed.

The Drama Talk: The best actors are the ones who you can tell absolutely love performing, and you can tell Angela Lansbury loves being on stage. It’s no wonder she won a Tony for this role. She is phenomenal; you can’t help but watch her and love her. This is a quick, smart, witty play, but with enough darkness and occult elements (it’s a comedy about ghosts) that it doesn’t get saccharine. All the actors are great. With a play this fast you need a tight cast, and they are tight. It’s a national tour, so of course the set and design are top notch. As delightful as this show was, perhaps the most endearing part is watching Angela beam at her curtain call. She really is one of the greats. Don’t miss this chance to see her perform.

The Drinks: We had rock-star parking near the Golden Gate, so we decided to stay nearby and go to The Showdown across the street for drinks. It’s an “Urban DJ Saloon” so, as promised, there was a DJ spinning and an open-mic hip-hop show happening. It was hard to hear yourself over the music, but the drinks were strong and good. Brittany got a martini (since those are the drinks they open the show drinking) and Katie got a gin and tonic, and we yelled excitedly over the DJ about what an awesome show we had just seen.

Blithe Spirit runs through February 1st at SHN’s Golden Gate Theater. At the time of writing, SHN’s website was showing the error “We are currently experiencing high demand for tickets. Please check again shortly.” Since price is variable based on demand, these aren’t going to be cheap tickets. If any are still available you can get yours on SHN’s website. As of right now there are also tickets available on Goldstar.

Win tickets to the Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things

There’s really no better party than a dance party, but have you ever been to a slow dance party?

The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things is a slow dance club that welcomes dancers of all skill levels and non-dancers to share a night of vignette moment with strangers and friends. Attendees are given a dance card upon entry with 21 spots for 21 songs to be filled by you with other attendees.

We will begin with a simple lesson of the dancestep and then leave it to you to fill up your card. You do not need to be an accomplished dancer as the emphasis the interaction not the flair. Dress to the nines and come mingle with us for a night not to be forgotten.

It’s all happening at the Verdi Club this Wednesday at 8pm, and we’re giving away TWO FREE TICKETS!  To enter, just name your favorite song to dance to in the comments.  Contest ends at 4pm tomorrow!  Check out all the details here.

And for all the rest of you, get 20% of your tickets here!

Celebrate the season Saturday at the Adobe Holiday Party!

Sure sure, you can have your gaudy Twitter holiday parties at City Hall and all that biz, but I’ll take the awesome community spirit of the Adobe crew over that any day.  I mean, just look at this lineup!

Holiday jams provided by DJ JustStella
Ornament making with Erica Gangsei
Treats donated by Tartine Bakery
Tasty snacks provided by Bi‑Rite Market

THE RETURN OF CHRISTMAS KARAOKE

So be sure to brush on your Bing Crosby and come on down!  Check out all the details here.

What are we doing New Year’s Eve?

I’m thinking maybe this party at Virgil’s:

Virgil’s Soul Room
w/ records hand-selected for your dancing pleasure by
DJ PAUL PAUL (Soul Party)
DJ CARNITA (Hard French)
DJ WAM BAM ASHLEYANNE

Free Entry!
Free Fernet-Branca Toast at Midnight!

That’s a lot of good reasons. RSVP and invite your friends if you want!

Group photo show at Cha Cha Cha

I know, it’s raining. If you’re stir crazy from sheltering in place all day today, here’s a good reason to venture out. Our good buddy Troy Holden wrote in to let us know that tonight (Thursday) is the opening for a group photo exhibition, featuring his own work as well as the works of Dave Glass and Emmanuel Blackwell. These are all photographers I admire, each one capturing a very real, very valuable and very unique side of our city’s life. Troy adds:

“We’ve taken down all the old random photos at Cha Cha Cha and replaced them with huge (4 feet!) photos of the neighborhood around 19th and Mission Street. The printer did amazing work. The photos span from the late 1960s through 2014 and are a permanent installation. A second round will be installed in the spring.”

 

Map of shuttered SF art spaces

Cara Rose DeFabio put together a map of art spaces, focusing on performance, that are no longer with us. She is inviting people to add others that might be missing.


Check it out on Google Maps here.

The map was created as part of a dramaturgy for The Dance that Documents Itself, opening tonight at CounterPulse and running through the 14th.

Who wants to be sedated by a psycho killer?

Big thanks to this week’s sponsor, I Wanna Be Sedated by a Psycho Killer, which is a party at Rickshaw Stop I’m helping throw this Saturday night. Here are a number of reasons I’m excited:

  • THE BAND… They’ve been practicing nonstop for the past couple months, essentially *becoming* Talking Heads.
  • There’s gonna be a sort of loose “costume contest” (with Mai Le from Fashionist as guest judge and party photographer, and prizes from Jameson) so be sure to dig up your best CBGB’s-era fashions.
  • This band did a Talking Heads set last New Year’s Eve and it was awesome, but this is gonna be even better because they’ve added a couple new members for a fuller sound, AND it’s at Rickshaw Stop this time so the pro audio and lighting should really take the party to the next level.
  • The first ping pong party I ever went to in SF (years before “Berlin-style ping pong” got started) was at Ping Pong Gallery (now called Romer/Young) in the Dogpatch, and it was very small and chill, a bucket of Trumer Pils in one corner and a DJ in the other, and he was spinning mostly Talking Heads and Ramones, and it ruled. So, full circle, a million years later.
  • Talking Heads and Ramones are THE BEST BANDS.

Let’s party! RSVP and invite your friends and get advance tickets!

If you’re outdoorsy

Outdoor SF, tonight at Folsom Street Foundry, might be something you wanna attend:

We’re going to once again bring together the coolest outdoor brands in San Francisco for a meet and greet with the founders, followed by influential live speakers and some awesome music. The bar will be stocked, the dance floor will be ready, and all we’re missing is you.

Join us on 11/12 at 6pm at one our favorite new venues in SF, the Folsom Foundry. We’ve got you covered with craft beer from Ft. Point Beer and mouthwatering food from Luke’s Local. Show your support of local San Francisco, outdoor and lifestyle brands, by enjoying killer local music and free swag. All proceeds from the event go to Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and their mission to crowd-source adventurers to gather environmental data.

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Speaker:
Greg Treinish: National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Music:
Galen Ash
One Grass, Two Grass, Red Grass, Bluegrass

Folsom Street Foundry is a great place for a party, and Fort Point is making some amaaaazing beers. Get tickets (which include a beer and a raffle ticket) here.

‘Massive Urban Change,’ a visual, sculptural, conversational project about the Mission

Tonight:

Eliza tells us it’s “kind of like a temporary, physical incarnation of Mission Mission.” Can’t wait to see what that means. Will Tuffy be there, heckling me right to my face? I hope so.

RSVP and invite your friends!

‘The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart,’ coming soon

It’s gonna be like a late-night talk show from TV, except more San Francisco-oriented, and you get to be right there in the room with all the action. And the first musical guest is Boots Riley!

Here’s that info once again: