[i: wherein our hero measures the boot of a small car and eats sushi]:( I put on my robe and wizard hat )
Afterwards I walked back home. Took some more photos. Lingered around Japantown, which was mostly closed... I should go back there soon. I want to wander around North Beach sometime soon too. Getting to know SF one photo walk at a time.
First we went to see the Cornelia Parker installations at YBCA... Mass and Anti-Mass. Charred remains of a white church in Texas that was struck by lightning, and the charred remains of a black church in Kentucky that was destroyed by arson, arranged in opposing corners of a room. Visually intriguing with a deeper layer of meaning to wrap your head around.
Then Corteo. I had purchased the Tapis Rouge tix (on a whim, as a gift), and the vip treatment started with reserved parking by the entrance. We had arrived quite a bit early, so we spent forty-five minutes or so in the Tapis Rouge hospitality tent.
Vip hospitality tent: Ambient lighting. Velvet [inflatable] couches. Free flowing champagne (or wine or choice of other beverage). The hors d'oeuvres were quite tasty: veggie Vietnamese spring rolls, handmade chips with salsa fresca and guacamole toppings, sausagey things for the meat eaters, and a few other bite-sized things that I couldn't describe for the life of me, which were also quite tasty. Our own bathrooms, free of the stench of common people. ;-) ... And free programs on our way to the show.
Then, during intermission, they changed up the hors d'oeuvres to more dessert-y bits... apple turnover bites, mini eclairs, and other indescribable-but-tasty bite-sized things. More free flowing champagne. And a little gift bag with a Cirque Delirium cd and some stuff from Porsche including a free test drive... heh.
They had an Italian art type translucent curtain around the stage, which stretched the length of the tent.
The show began with aerial acrobatics on the chandeliers.
( +1 )
Our seats were about seven rows from the stage... pretty great seats. Corteo featured lots of aerial acrobatics and lots of circles and rings... surefire ways to my heart.( Spoilers for those who don't want to know anything prior to seeing the show. )
All in all, I think Corteo ranks up there with Ká as one of my favorite Cirques... top 3 out of the 10 or so I've seen. Highly recommended. Go see!
On our way out, we walked through the commoners' tent, with its popcorn and plastic bottled drinks for sale, programs and cds for sale (like $17 and $20?), bright lights and huge crowd, and I thought, damn I'm a spoiled fucker.
(My parents were really happy with their birthday presents though =D ... )
Afterwards we ate sushi... had fun watching my parents talk to the chef and choose the best stuff to eat. It was pretty good. I asked to tag along to their favorite sushi place in Little Tokyo in LA. And sounds like we might go to Nobu in Vegas this Giftmas... my current personal favorite.
Then we wandered around the Giftmas lights in Union Square for a bit and stopped in the Westin St Francis for a pee.( gingerbread village )
They had a gingerbread castle on display there... 70 pounds of gingerbread, 300 pounds of icing... just amazing. My camera and/or computer ate the picture of the actual castle that I took. Bit annoyed at that.
Trying to decide whether to continue the day with some stomping. Maybe I'll just watch some Aqua Teen Hunger Force before bed and foray back into clubland [after a long hiatus] next week.
Damn this was a good day.