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OMG, It’s Your Summer of NightLife! Thursdays at the Academy of Sciences – Pride, Gallery Crawl, Soundwave, More!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

As they say:

NightLife events in July 2012 at the California Academy of Sciencesevery Thursday night is different.”

Which one will you attend next?

Deets below.

Put a little swaggr into your Thorsdagr why not? Thusly:

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California Academy of Sciences

Remember, I love the Nightlife…

See you there!

June 21
Pride NightLife
Kick off your celebration of SF Pride weekend at NightLife. In the Piazza, Heklina of Trannyshack will host a fabulous drag performance and “tranimal” costume contest. Carol Queen & Robert Lawrence, co-founders of the Center for Sex and Culture, will give a talk titled “Seven Billion Sexual Orientations” about supporting sexual individuality and diversity. In the planetarium, don’t miss “Stargayzing” at 6:30—a look at the mythology behind some of your favorite constellations—followed by two showings of Earthquake. Plus, hear tales of sex-changing fish and other fascinating animals from an aquarium biologist, and enjoy activities and information from organizations like Hard French SF, Rainbow World Fund, Gay & Lesbian Sierrans, and AIDS Memorial Grove. Entertainment in the east pavilion by San Francisco icon Juanita More and the Stay Gold DJs. Additional music by Hard French DJs Carnita & Brown Amy in the coral reef.

June 28
Gallery Crawl NightLife
For one night only, the Academy will transform into a pop-up art museum, featuring guest curators who will each take over a portion of the space with hand-picked collections that reflect their take on the intersection of art and science. See the selections of Tenderloin art pushers Ever Gold Gallery; Michael Cuffe, founder of online arts publication Warholian; Spoke Art, San Francisco’s newest art gallery and publishing house; writer/curator/street art aficionado Adam Reed Rozan; and Electric Works Gallery, which tends to focus on contemporary art work balancing strong graphic and conceptual elements; and other guest curators others to be announced. Live music performance by Tim Cohen’s band Magic Trick, whose music evokes the early era of rock ‘n’ roll with hints of psychedelic pop. Additional music by Britt Govea, DJ and founder of (((folkYEAH!))), whose sets feature contemporary and cutting edge artists who bridge a large gap of musical sounds and styles. Music presented by (((folkYEAH!))).

July 5
Soundwave NightLife
Celebrate opening night of San Francisco’s innovative three-month art and music festival, Soundwave, presented by MEDIATE and The Bold Italic. The night features a blend of art, science and sound around this year’s festival theme: challenging audiences to question their perspectives on the present and our hopes and fears about the future. Futuristic space rock band Lumerians performs in the piazza, musician Matt Baldwin will play amongst the fish in the coral reef, and guitarist Danny Paul Grody will play the skies of the Aurora Borealis in a mini-planetarium, with DJ Tristes Tropiques spinning the night away with disco house/post-punk tunes. Select Soundwave artists will present interactive demonstrations that explore future experiences of sound and technology, including Les Stuck’s video dance sensors, The Cellar Ensemble’s sound/light oracle instrument, Jay Kreimer’s empathic facial responder and instruments, Drew Detweiler’s Lumisketch, and Stephen Hurrel’s live sounds of the moving Earth. Plus, Apocalypse Cakes author Shannon O’Malley will serve samples and read from her guide to doomsday desserts.

July 12
Disposable Film Fest NightLife
This week, NightLife and the Disposable Film Festival want you to do it yourself. What’s a disposable film, you ask? A short film made on a non-professional device, so DIY is the phrase of the night. At Disposable Filmmaking 101, pick up tips and tricks for creating a masterpiece with whatever camera you have on you (even your cell phone). Discover the latest and greatest gadgets, apps and hacks you should have in your toolkit from the experts at PhotoJoJo, Boom Grip and Veetle, and then practice your storytelling at the flipbook animation booth and interviewing workshop. Attend a food filmmaking workshop and learn how to make food prep look glamorous on-camera. Stop by the Public Bikes station and contribute your story to their bike advocacy video. Disposable Film Festival’s 2012 competitive shorts will be shown throughout the night in the Forum Theater. Music by Slayers Club.

July 19
Mixology, Mixtapes and Remixes at NightLife
NightLife stirs things up with Noise Pop this week. Watch the mixologists at Cocktail Lab work their magic during demonstrations using seasonal ingredients. The San Francisco Mixtape Society will host a mixtape swap, so come prepared with a mix tape, mix CD or mix USB stick inspired by the theme of Night Creatures. You’ll walk away with someone else’s mix and a smile on your face. Watch masterful DJs remix a track before your eyes and ears in the Remix Lounge, featuring Friendzone at 6:00, Yalls at 7:00, and Giraffage at 8:00. Music in the Piazza, presented by Noise Pop, is by Heathered Pearls [Ghostly International, ISO50], followed by Dan the Automator. Renowned in underground circles for spearheading critically acclaimed underground projects Handsome Boy Modeling School with Prince Paul, and Deltron 3030 with Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the widely successful anime influenced trip-hop project Gorillaz.

July 26
Runner’s NightLife
In honor of the 35th annual San Francisco Marathon, NightLife celebrates athletes who hit the pavement to push their limits mile after mile. Learn how to take care of your soles with a talk on foot and grounding massage by the SF School of Massage; stop by African Hall for a deep tissue massage and Jamba Juice sample; and make your own headbands and wristbands with SCRAP. Learn why ostriches are the fastest animals on two feet, clocking in at up to 43 mph. In the planetarium, catch the “Messier Marathon” at 6:30, a look at some of the 110 deep sky objects documented by astronomer Charles Messier, followed by two screenings of Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet. Enter the “Runners Have Soul” fashion contest with your best 60s-70s soul–inspired look. Plus, Academy microbiologist Shannon Bennett will be on-hand to discuss her work with mosquitoes, and to conduct a eyebrow mite survey of NightLife guests. Hint: chances are you have them, and no, you can’t outrun them. But the good news is, they’re harmless! Music by the soul/boogie DJs Gordo Cabeza & Timoteo Gigante (MOMSF).

NightLife Basics:

What: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (for adults ages 21+) featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase

When: Every Thursday, 6-10 pm

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Cost: $12 per person ($10 for Academy members); Tickets available at the door or online at Details: Available at

Know Your Illegal Taxi Drivers of San Francisco: Typically, They Have Large, Black, Lincoln Town Cars

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just as politics is the reason why the feds are about to spend a billion dollars on the oh-my-God-wouldn’t-we-be-better-off-without-it Central Subway, politics is the reason why it’s hard to get a taxi cab in San Francisco.

I mean, what kind of world do you want to live in – one where we have a lower number of higher-paid drivers or a larger number lower-paid drivers? (That’s a political question, of course.)

For whatever reason, it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at certain times and relatively hard at others. That’s the system we’ve had, that’s what’s been chosen.

And that means it’s awfully tempting for illegal cab drivers to hit the streets during the busier times.

As here, at the foot of California Street, right near the foot of Market, right in the Financial District in front of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. See? A quick price quote/negotiation convo and then she hopped in:

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Do you think this woman would have preferred to take her taxi ride in a taxi? Probably as it would have been much cheaper, but she didn’t really have all that much of a choice.

Do you think the SFPD generally knows what’s going on here. Sure, but they don’t really want to deal with this sitch.

Now, how about making money instead of spending it this coming New Years Eve? Simply rent a car and then drive it around all night taking people where they want to go. You’ll see thousands of people waving their arms around all over the City, so you’ll have no problem finding customers. Be sure to quote an outrageous amount when they ask you, “How much?”

As long as you don’t get in an accident, and don’t get pulled over by the police, and don’t run into a few other hazards I can think of, you should be good to go. (But if the cops figure out what you’re doing and they’re motivated to throw the book at you for not having permits and stickers on the outside of your car and whole bunch of other stuff, then you’ll be in trouble with a capital “T.” That’s just one reason why I don’t recommend you to do anything like this.)

Such is the state of San Francisco taxi driving.

As it is, as it was, and as it shall ever be…

Dear SFMTA: Your Bike Lights Aren’t Really Bike Lights, So They Don’t Satisfy the California Vehicle Code

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

See what the SFMTA is giving out for free these days? It’s a Chinese flashlight with an adjustable mount so it can be used as a bike headlight. The problem with that is that it’s insufficient to put a nighttime cyclist in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. Check it:

Equipment Requirements. VC 21201 d) Every bicycle operated upon any highway during darkness shall be equipped with the following: 1. A lamp emitting a white light which illuminates the highway and is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and the sides of the bicycle.

This setup up sends out zero light to the sides. In fact, the way it’s made it sort of has a hood. Now, it’s not illegal per se and it’s better than nothing but it’s not up to code in California, you know, where we all live.

Also, this jury rigged system is ridiculous. For example, it’s too bright, IMO. So if it’s pointed level with the ground then it will be certain to irritate oncoming traffic. Build quality is lower than standard if the standard is a typical Chinese flashlight. (It doesn’t say “Made in China” or anything, which was probably a selling point for the buyer, but where else could it have been made?) The big attraction for SFMTA with this setup must have been the giant SFMTA logo. Hey, SFMTA! Did it cost more to put the logo on than to buy these sub-$5 one-star-rated lights in the first place?

Now, click here to see a real bike light, with a blinking function, a decent quick release, longer time betwixt battery changes, and, of course, it complies with the CVC. Oh well.

And here’s what SFMTA thinks is a bike light:

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And as for the rear lights they’re giving out, they’re flimsy as all get-out, but that’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some super glue. The best course with those red lights would be to just glue the entire affair to itself and leave it on the bike 24-7.

I know what you’re trying to do, SFMTA, but you never do anything right. Why not try to do one small program that’s not FUBARed from the get-go? (Or maybe somebody can tell me something that the SFMTA does right?)

(Hey, SFMTA! Remember that big meeting when Nate Ford was maybe just a tad agitated about that big article, the one he “never read(!),” in the SF Weekly that was all about how you suck as an agency? Wouldn’t it be funny if somebody, maybe one of your very own, somehow made an mp3 audio recording of that little get-together? You know, surreptitious-like? Boy, that’d be funny, huh? Good times.)

Anyway, there’s no law that says you can’t give away flashlights to advertise your agency, but calling them bike lights, that’s what I’m taking issue with.

Combined SFMTA SFBC Bike Light Giveaway a Huge Success – Look Forward to Three More Sessions on Your Commute Home

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Despite some issues people might have with the giveaway SFMTA-branded lights themselves, last night’s somewhat-publicized bike light giveaway in front of Fox Plaza near 10th and Market was a huge success.

They’ll be doing this kind of thing again over the coming months, but you’re not going to hear about it beforehand – the tents will just pop up somewhere on your commute home betwixt 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

But mind the rules – you gots to have a bike to get your lights and your bike can’t already have lights.

Queuing up on Market:

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Check out this SFPD bike cop. He’d direct Lightless People to the queue but he didn’t get too much of a response. Oh well. (I suppose he could detain you first –  I’m sure that would increase interest dramatically, but he doesn’t need the hassle, right?)

(When a typical SFPD officer gives you ticket for rolling through a stop sign on your bike or riding around at night without lights on your bike or something like that, it’s for one or both of these reasons:

1. There’s an enforcement action going on, one where SFPD higher-ups have specifically mentioned that they want to see more of a certain type of citation, or

2. You’ve gone out of your way, your behavior really, really sets you apart from the crowd such that the cop is somehow personally offended by you.)

Anyway, Fiat Lux, let there be light…

OMG, Front and Rear Bike Lights Given Away on 11-8-10 Near Fox Plaza! From 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at 10th and Market

Monday, November 8th, 2010

If you don’t have bike lights already, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants to hook you up with a solution, ‘specially since daylight savings done went away and your ride home is probably darker than what you’re used to.

Check it:

Free Front & Rear Bicycle Lights

November 8, 2010; 5 to 6:30 pm Market St. at 10th Street, in front Fox Plaza – San Francisco

From The Sentinel: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) are working together to increase the visibility and safety of people riding bicycles at night by giving out free bicycle lights and safety information as part of their “Light up the Night” campaign. Starting on Monday, November 8, SFMTA and SFBC staff and volunteers will be distributing front and rear bicycle lights to people on bicycles who do not already have lights. A white front light and red rear reflector (or light) are required by law when riding at night, yet some cyclists either cannot afford lights or are not aware of the law.

See you there!

Lights would be the perfect accessories for this sweet ride:

Via the photostream of Dustin Diaz

OMG, Free General Admission to the de Young Museum Tonight – “Friday Nights at the de Young” – Live Music from Tango No. 9

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Thanks to Ovation TV, you can get free general admission to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park tonight, Friday, October 22, 2010.

Now, you can’t see Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond for free, but everything else is totally wide open.

Atop Hamon Tower during the dinner hour:


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See you there!

October 22, 2010

5–8:45 pm

Enjoy FREE general admission, FREE music and dance performances, FREE hands-on art activities and more!

Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond.

October 22, 2010

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • DANCE to live music by Tango No. 9.  Tango No. 9 brings its synthesis of old-school, nuevo, and contemporary tango.
  • EXPERIENCE the one-night-only La Café Peetnik and sample complimentary selections of signature Peet’s coffees & teas while being entertained by tableaux vivants featuring actors as artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin.
  • LISTEN to Professor James Housefield, scholar of Modern French art, UC Davis, as he discusses Gauguin’s Baudelairean Dream.
  • CREATE accessories for your own mini art pallet.

And mark your calendars for these dates as well:

November 5, 2010

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • LISTEN to Mission Muralismo’s artists as they discuss Art and Revolution and view the animated film Los ABC.
  • DANCE to Manicato’s socially conscious lyrics are backed by a mixture of Salsa, Timba, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Rock.
  • ENJOY a tribute to artist Michael Roman and his related work for Carlos Santana.
  • PRINT your own Poster for Peace.

January 14, 2011

  • VIEW some of the world’s best American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, international contemporary art, and textiles.
  • DANCE to live music by wild jazz band Le Chat Lunatique.
  • EXPERIENCE tableaux vivants featuring actors as artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin.
  • LISTEN to a lecture on Absinthe: History in a Bottle by Barnaby Conrad, author and Fine Arts Museums Trustee.
  • CREATE your own Impressionist work of art.

For more information about Friday Nights at the de Young, please contact (415) 750-7694 or

Ovation and Comcast Xfinity are a proud sponsor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Ovation turns great art and culture into great television. All day, every day, Ovation showcases movies, biographies and documentaries about actors, musicians, artists and creators of all kinds. Tune-in to Ovation on Comcast Channel 270 or visit for other local channel listings and program schedule.

Now’s the Time to See Young Frankenstein at the Golden Gate Theatre, If You Want

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Most of the people I saw Young Frankenstein with down at the Golden Gate Theatre appeared to be highly familiar with the highly-rated movie from 1974. The show I saw was a sell-out, but you should be able to get tickets now before this joint leaves us on July 25th.  

If this kind of humor isn’t your kind of humor, I can accept that. I’ll just note that, AFAIAC, there’s nothing to disagree with here at the SF Theatre Blog.

And KGO-7’s Don Sanchez seemed to have a blast when he recently visited backstage – check it.

Roger Bart and lovely Anne Horak are standouts:

Camp, as you would expect:

It’s a well-done production. See you there!

And, don’t miss the Hat Lady:


“Immediately following the performances on Friday July 9 and Friday July 16, Jan Wahl, entertainment reporter for KCBS radio and KRON TV, will host a free talk-back and Q&A with the cast of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

Tut at the de Young – Know Your Boy King: #2, Anubis the Protector

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! As you know by now, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs has opened at the de Young Museum.

Now these days, you can’t travel without protection so what better Protector could you find than Anubis, the jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology.

And here he is, from far away, it’s 25 foot tall metal Anubis being installed up in Yelp-rated Pier 39:

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Now that’s better. Don’t lose your head, A-dog. 

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This whole installation was quite the circus with circling news choppers and the works. 

Now, you gots to install giant Anubis in pieces, and not do it the way they did in Hotlanta, GA. This chart posted inside of the hollow statue spells it all out:

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Is this jackal a naughty boy? Some seem to think so.

Here’s Tut’s actual Anubis, the main man who was at the ready for 3000 years in Egypt. There’s a lot to learn when you see the Tut show in Golden Gate Park. And, bonus,  it’s even open tomorrow, the Fourth of July, last entry at 2:00 PM.

And check out Cultural Encounters tonight at the de Young. See you there!

Fantastic Warhol Live: Music and Dance Ending Soon at the de Young Museum

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The show that opened the de Young Museum February 14th, Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work, is soon coming to an end. So get your tickets and spend some time there. You’ll encounter all kinds of grist for the accessible art criticism mill, and isn’t that what you want? But first thing you should do is hit Laurence Scott’s short punchy video at the NBC BAY AREA VIDEO ARCHIVE.

And there’s lots of free stuff at the de Young to boot on Friday nights. See the deets below.

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See you there!

[Update: Per Peter Max Lawrence, the filmed screened on April 24th is called “WARHOLICS,” a feature length film. Also it will screens again on May 15th.]

Celebrating Warhol Live
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm
West Bay sounds off with East Bay when two Velvet Underground cover bands comprised of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians perform courtesy of Amoeba Music. San Francisco-based Nihilist Outlook and Grace performs at 6:00 pm and East Bay’s premier Velvet Underground inspired psychedelic bank, Exploding Plastic Amoeba, performs at 7:30 pm.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Create a multiprint portrait in the style of Warhol’s famous portraits.

Piazzoni Murals Room
6–8:30 pm
Film screenings: Screen Tests Warholics by Peter Max Lawrence.  Lawrence is also known as pml, an American interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker.

Kimball Education Gallery
6–8:30 pm
Closing reception for de Young artist-in-residence Carol Newborg.

Celebrating Warhol Live
Wilsey Court
6–8:30 pm
The de Young shows the work of two local artists: Pop art by Jenny Wehrt and photo boxes and slides by Amie Leeking.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Create your own 1960s poster inspired by black-light posters and Warhol.

6–7 pm and 8–8:30 pm
DJ Carolyn Keddy from KUSF spins music inspired by the Velvet Underground.  Two sets.

7:30–8 pm
Music by Thee Oh Sees.

Piazzoni Murals Room
6 pm
Three films presented by Microcinema.  Visions of Warhol (1967, 81 min.), Andy Warhol’s life is seen through the eyes of three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the Pop artist.  Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1990, 12 min.), this film by Jonas Mekas documents Mekas presenting Andy Warhol the Film Culture Independent Film Award at the Factory in the presence of Superstars Baby Jane Holzer, Gerard Malanga, and others.  Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1990, 38 min.), filmmaker Jonas Mekas includes footage from the fist public performance of the Velvet Underground at Delmonico’s Hotel on January 13, 1966, and ends his film with the Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, after Warhol’s death.  Film includes appearances by Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Caroline Kennedy, Mick Jagger, and many others.

Koret Auditorium
7 pm
The de Young Poetry Series: devorah major and Diane di Prima.  A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, devorah major served as San Francisco Poet Laureate from 2002 through 2006.  She approaches poetry as both a written and performing art.  Diane di Prima began writing at the age of seven and committed herself to a life as a poet at the age of fourteen.  She teaches private classes and workshops and received the 2006 Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and community service.  $5; free for members and students.

Celebrating Warhol Live and College Night
Wilsey Court
6–8:30 pm
The biannual College Night features a variety of projects by Bay Area university and college students and community-based art centers, drawing inspiration from and paying tribute to Andy Warhol’s artwork and techniques.  Enjoy Studio 54-inspired dance tunes by DJ Felix and DJ Lamont and a special guest performance by Alexis Miranda, owner of Divas nightclub in San Francisco.  This event features an Andy Warhol look-alike contest.  Dress “Factory” or as your favorite Studio 54 celebrity.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Warholize your photos!  Bring in a 5×7 or smaller photo of your own, or use one of the diva’s pictures.

Final Friday Night Celebrating Warhol Live
Piazzoni Murals Room
6–8:30 pm
A recreation of Andy Warhol’s Factory is installed for one night only at the de Young.  The installation includes iconic Factory furniture, screenings by Bay Area filmmakers, filmmaking in progress, a special performance by the Mutants, plus the Psycho-delic sounds of DJ Neel N. Kizmiaz.  Warholmania strikes again with father-and-son duo Rene and Rio Yañez and the now famous “Andys.” Plus the Warholics film from Peter Max Lawrence

Wilsey Court
6:30 pm
The Mutants are an important band in the history of San Francisco punk and new wave music, known for their theatrical performances that often include elaborate props, projections, and comical antics.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Unleash your inner Studio 54 personality and create a design inspired by Pop art textiles of the 1970s.

The Fridays at the Ballet Discount Program – Quite a Bargain

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Well, let’s say you want to try out the San Francisco Ballet, something like the fantastic 2009 Program 6 – the time to do it is when they offer Fridays at the Ballet. Here’s what you get for your $49 or more:

Meet the Artist Interview – 7:00 PM: Satisfy your inner dancer with this informative talk featuring Company artists or choreographers as they discuss the work you’re about to see.

Performance – 8:00 PM: Orchestra or Dress Circle Seating.

Afterglow – 10:30 PM to Midnight: NEW! Dress Circle Lobby, Mingle with Company artists and new friends at an exclusive cocktail reception with wine generously provided by E&J Gallo Winery, vodka courtesy of Swan’s Neck Vodka and light hors d’oeuvres.

There’s plenty of people to mingle with in the youthful, well-dressed crowd upstairs in the Dress Circle Lobby after the show. This is what it looked like a few days ago:

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It’s just like a bar, but the free-flowing alcohol and yummier-than-average horsey-dervies are on the house, ’cause you signed up for Fridays at the Ballet.

Anyway, the whole affair is quite a bargain. I’m not sure when they’ll do this program again, but take advantage of this opportunity when they do.

See you there!