This past week, we attended a number of things that I haven't had a chance to blog about yet. So, here we go. First, music producer and actor Jim Brewer along with his partner, Amy Donder, gave us a little barbeque dinner party. He invited Jim's old friend, super club pianist Houston Allred.Amy Dondy, James Brewer, New Conservatory Board member Caitlin Morgan, her husband Patrick Irwin, Norman Anderson, his partner Houston Allred, and Jim Brochu.Then we visited Jim's goddaughter, Kate, who lives up on a hill. The view from her place is astonishing (click on pic for larger size):
Then, we had a surprise visit from our very good buddy, actor/director Travis Terry, who was up from Los Angeles doing Shakespeare. Here he is with Steinbeck, the monster cat:
We visited the longest running show in San Francisco, called Beach Blanket Babylon, which is, to put it mildly, a hoot. But the big surprise was that the musical director is the man who first hired me for a theatre gig, Bill Keck. Yes, this guy is the one who started it all. He put me into the line-up at the Gran' Crystal Palace in Dallas back in the late 70s.
Thurber has been keeping all our appointments. The theater has been keeping us so busy, he feel asleep just trying to keep it all updated:
Then, on Wednesday, we were interviewed for a new book about the secrets longterm couples have in keeping their relationships together. The authors, Linda and Charlie Bloom, have another book called "101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married." They were looking for a gay couple, I think, and saw our interviews in the SF Chronicle. So, they contacted me and we took about two hours just talking about ourselves.
Jim took this pic of me and Steinbeck. We love having the boys here. This is only one of two places we've been able to go to and take them with us. It makes it all seem like home.