Saturday, November 19, 2011

Deserted City

No one was out on the streets last night when we walked to Fort Mason to see Annapurna at the Magic Theatre. That was okay with me.

It was an easy walk downhill on Columbus to Aquatic Park, where the water in the cove was moving around more than usual after the rain. We even heard a very small wave or two crash on the beach.

We walked around the cove to the base of the hill that separates Aquatic Park from Fort Mason, where I tried to capture a picture of Ace, but my iphone wasn't really up to the task. I think this blurry photo looks romantic, but he's actually telling me to hurry up and stop taking pictures.

From the crest of the hill, we could see down into the parking lot at Fort Mason, where Off the Grid takes place every Friday night--a few dozen food trucks in a circle, a live band, and a lot of people milling around and sampling the wares. We took the shortcut down the dark, steep stairs.

It was hard choosing what to eat, because there were so many good smells emanating from so many food trucks with fanciful names like Chairman Bao and Curry Up Now. We ended up having a kind of corn pancake sandwich stuffed with plaintains, black beans, skirt steak, and cheese--delicious.

The band had a charming singer who sounded a little like Maria Muldaur. We stood and listened while we ate our food. Then we went to the play, which turned out to be fantastic.

Annapurna tells the story of a poet who is dying of lung cancer when his ex-wife whom he hasn't seen for 20 years shows up. It has a fantastic set, a great script, wonderful acting, and even some nudity. What more could you ask for? The play made me laugh out loud several times, and also made me cry. I give it five stars. It plays through Dec. 4. See it if you can.

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