School of Rock is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, well
worth the price of full admission and an excellent choice for Aimee and
my Wednesday Night Movie, especially after waking up in a world where the
majority of the people in my state voted for Arnold. My favorite member
of the band? The bassist.
I wisely left my wallet in the car Thursday night when I made a brief
stop in at Canvas to see what I could see at Feria Urbana. Dozens of
local merchants and artists were hocking jewelry, bags, pillows, clothing,
belts, paintings, magnets...most all of it fantastic. I made some mental
notes for future gift-giving opportunities and then ran like hell.
Saturday afternoon I scoped out a potential studio for my boy (cross your
fingers! and your toes!) and then made my way down to Woodside for the
Theatre in the Woods production of David Mamet's The Woods,
starring Carolyn Zola and Victor Carrion. I nearly got wiped off the
one-lane Bear Gulch Road West twice by impatient locals, but I made it to
the site in time to enjoy the leisurely hike down to the theater area.
The play itself was classic Mamet: the man was a beast and the woman was
off-balance and it made me squirm a lot. That's a drastic simplification,
of course, but Mamet's work often leaves me feeling like I'd rather not
be watching what I'm watching. But I like that. Zola and Carrion were
both fantastic, literally throwing themselves into the roles. I can't
wait until Theatre in the Woods offers subscriptions.
That evening I crashed hard on the couch with Sleeper. I'd
tried to watch it a few years ago and at the time it had bored me
stiff, but this time I loved it. Maybe I've just schooled myself in
enough of the science fiction it was spoofing to appreciate it more this
time. Maybe I'm just less of a snob.
It took some work to get Sophie into her sandals Sunday afternoon, but
finally the task was accomplished and Aimee drove us over to the city to
check out that weekend's selection of Open Studios. Really it was just
an excuse to get a huge brunch at Ti Couz, but the crepes provided fuel
for our perambulations through the Mission. Again I left my wallet in
the car to save me from myself. It was so much fun to stroll into
artist's homes and workspaces and to see all the great things people are
doing. I let it all wash over me and soaked up the sun and did little to
hide my excitement at all the planes flying overhead for the Fleet Week
activities. Engineer's daughter.
School of Rock
Canvas Cafe & Gallery
Theatre in the Woods
SF Open Studios