Friday, October 9, 2009

I would like to recommend a fun thing!

Ed and I have frequently discussed the possibility of going to Burning Man, which I find really appealing in theory, but not so much once I consider the logistics and expense and dirt dust and wind and lack of plumbing. Burning Man seems so interesting and also so uncomfortable, I can't determine whether it would be a thing that is fun or a thing that is not fun.
On Wednesday night Ed and I went to see How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera, which was very interesting and not at all uncomfortable, and so, so, so fun. It's a musical about Burning Man, so of course it's crazy and absurd and ridiculous. But it's also executed surprisingly well. It could easily devolve into a mess, but it doesn't, which is awesome and impressive. Plus it's in Teatro ZinZanni's antique Belgian cabaret tent, which is one of the most magical settings I have ever experienced. Out of a group of six people, five of us have never been to Burning Man. It didn't take long for us to be seduced by the performance. By intermission, we were planning our costumes. Since Wednesday night, I have managed to convince myself that I can handle the logistics and expense and dirt dust and wind and, most importantly, the lack of plumbing.

If you are in San Francisco and you enjoy things that are fun or cool or interesting, you should definitely go see A Burning Opera. As of right this second, there are tickets available for the last two performances, on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. But since they have been selling out pretty quickly, maybe they will keep extending the run. And there are plans to take the show on the road, starting in Los Angeles, so if don't live in San Francisco you may still have a chance to see this show, which, have I mentioned, is really fun?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Big important distinction: burning man is not at all dirty. It's filled with *dust*- which is white, powdery and so alkali that no microbes live in it. you get fully powdered, or 'dusty' in burning man lingo, and it doesn't feel like you're dirty at all. on the downside: sensitive skin doesn't like the alkali so well and everyone needs lots and lots of moisturizer.