BATS’ Summer Improv Festival in association with BoBA are giving away 2 tickets to three shows, one pair each night, six tickets in total. Winners can attend Friday or Saturday for the following shows:
Improvised Downton Abbey
San Francisco Secrets
Improvised Game of Thrones
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Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega, CA. It was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County. The church is located directly next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds. Photo Courtesy of Kenneth Bradley Photography
Bust out the gin and tonics because this is shaping up to be one heck of a long hot summer. Weather- wise and politics- wise. All over the world, hostilities are flaring like out of control wildfires. While here at home, it’s the words that have grown from fiery to scalding. And the only way to describe the actions- incendiary.
Impeachment and lawsuits and child immigration are all raging hot topics. The partisan sweltering also includes the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, which is heating up like an egg frying on a chrome bumper in a Death Valley parking lot at high noon in August.
Sun setting over the Napa Valley, Photo by Wendell H. Wilson
The Napa Valley Wine Train is 3-hour, 36-mile round-trip gourmet journey from the historic town of Napa through one of the world’s best known regions of wine to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back. Much of the railroad parallels Route 29 and passes through the towns of Yountville, Rutherford and Oakville. 2014 is a milestone year for The Napa Valley Wine Train, as they celebrate 150 years of preservation of the railroad and 25 years in business. The train has been in operation since September 16, 1989 and has carried more than 2 million passengers.
Would you like to fly through the sky, performing graceful acrobatics like the skydivers you see on TV, but are a bit too acrophobic to jump out of an actual airplane? Then you are in luck Bay Area, iFLY in Union City, CA allows even the most timid flyer to “cop an altitude” with their top of the line indoor skydiving facility. Indoor skydiving centers can be found all over the world and they are the closest thing to jumping out of an airplane.
Wendell H. Wilson and Instructor Charles "Chuck" Reid. Photo courtesy of iFLY
If you are looking for something different to do besides tour the wineries, go to a new restaurant, or take in a movie, you must try one of Kelly McVicker’s workshops. Kelly invited me to a Sunday DIY Hangover Cure Bloody Marys and Pickling Workshop. This workshop takes place on selected Sundays from 12-3 at Workshop SF, which is perfect if you were out late drinking on Saturday night. The start time is casual as people gather and socialize. In this workshop Kelly teams up with Gillian Fitzgerald from Virgil’s Sea Room to help you pickle your veggies AND your liver—all in one class!
Jesse Lumb as Ovid Walpole Bernstein/Tobias Pfeiffer, Jr. - Photo by: Robin Jackson
by Cari Lynn Pace
Old Money, the current stage production of the Ross Valley Players, is a time-warping story contrasting the former landed gentry with today’s new moneymakers. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning author Wendy Wasserstein, this family flashback between what was, and what might have been, is certainly entertaining although a bit confusing at times.
Old Money unfolds in an old restored New York mansion in scenes 100 taking place years apart. The set, designed by Michael Walraven, is absolutely stunning, as is the cast ensemble. Each actor plays his role and that of his predecessor, more or less. Veteran award-winning Director Kim Bromley admits “I had to read the play three times before I felt that I finally knew what was going on.” The characters shift back and forth from high society matrons, contemporary artists, business barons, parents and offspring, and, as Producer Maureen O'Donoghue enthuses, “a fine Irish lass singing in the production”. Indeed, Gillian Eichenberger, doubling up as the maid and brash punk daughter, has a truly lovely voice.