Theatre: Summer 2014

Another season of plays, fourteen this time. My favorite was Songs from An Unmade Bed, New Helvetia Theatre’s one-man performance by Conner Mickiewicz. I was leery – could he really pull it off? – but he did, in fine form and voice. I saw Into the Woods (Sondheim & Lapine) at San Francisco Playhouse. This is my favorite play of all time, and one I have seen far more than any other. This performance was on par with others, but not the best. The best was actually the very first one, in Chico, put on by a community theatre whose name I don’t even remember. Chico Theatre Company is in the space now, but they say they started in 2004, and I saw the play about 1991. I think I have seen the play seven times now.

  • 2014-09-18  CapStage: Tribes
  • 2014-09-17  STC: Taming of the Shrew (Young Professionals Conservatory)
  • 2014-09-05  Green Valley: The Light in the Piazza
  • 2014-08-29  Teatro Espejo: Enslaved
  • 2014-08-28  B Street: The Conference of the Birds
  • 2014-08-13  Cap Stage: Orchid Child (Playwright’s Revolution)
  • 2014-08-12  Cap Stage: Black Fly Spring (Playwright’s Revolution)
  • 2014-08-02  SF Playhouse: Into the Woods
  • 2014-08-01  Big Idea Theatre: The Language Archive
  • 2014-07-27  Ovation Stage: The Flu Season
  • 2014-07-12  SHN: Once
  • 2014-07-11  New Helvetia Theatre: Songs from an Unmade Bed
  • 2014-07-10  Shakespeare Davis: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2014-07-08  B Street: Provenance

Busy Fall

It’s been a crazy busy fall, very enjoyable. Though each of these activities could have its own post, and its own photos, I’m just going to list them with a few words:

  • ProWalk/ProBike Conference in Chattanooga TN: the national conference on biking and walking, and serves as the national Safe Routes to School conference in even years; Chattanooga was enjoyable, but getting there was quite long and unpleasant with horrible transportation connections; the conference’s real value for me was the connections made
  • Pickin in the Pines Festival in Flagstaff: this weekend music festival is full of great bluegrass music, and this year for this first time, also full of contra dancing; I had a great time dancing, loved the music, visited with friends dancing and not (Kate, Deb & Mike, Fran, Karina), ran into several friends I’ve not seen in many years and didn’t even know were in Flagstaff (Ann).
  • Gathering of the Tribe sacred circle dance

    Gathering of the Tribe in El Cerrito: I attended Saturday of the sacred circle dance weekend called Gathering of the Tribe; it has been a long while since I’ve done circle dancing, and I really enjoyed being back in it, particularly the dances outside with Holly; seeing and dancing with Sienna was an immense pleasure; the night before I went to the special Felton contra dance with Julie after dinner with the whole Widera crowd

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco: and the next day I spent at the festival in Golden Gate Park; friends have been recommending that I go for years, and I finally made it; I spent all my time at the “old timers” stage, listening to people whose music and history I’ve long admired by mostly never seen; though there were hundreds of thousands of people there, it didn’t feel overwhelming; just before the festival I had tea with Barbara who I’ve not seen in years
  • Bioneers in San Rafael: I’ve not been to the Bioneers conference in years, and noticed that it was both completely different and yet unchanged; I attended a number of workshops that were valuable, but as always, it was the personal connections that were most valuable; I spent a lot of time talking to Stephen about transportation, and attending the council circle which was for me the deepest experience of the weekend
  • Into the Woods in Reno: I attended Into the Woods with Darla and Danita; this is my favorite play, and the first time I saw it was the best play of my life, so I was a little leery of a TMCC production, but it was well done and I was happy to see it again; I don’t seem much theatre because there isn’t much in Carson City
  • Fall Has Sprung in Grass Valley: this 12-hour dance is often my favorite of the year, and this year was not exception; my dance community is in Nevada City/Grass Valley as much as locally, so it is great to see and dance with those people, and the others who travel to the special dance from distant places; Danita accompanied me, her first real contra dance out of town, and loved it; Lisa and Eric hosted us and fed us waffles, and life can’t be better than that