On Saturday we went to the Ferry Market in the morning to hang out with a woman I met at the Donna Frye fundraiser last month, who had seemed like the sort of person my parents would like. (She's a retired lawyer and political figure, with a similar sort of family to ours. And she's social like my mother is.) After my dad had driven off to visit a friend up north, my mom and I were walking over to the BART to go find someplace to sit and relax for a few hours before going to the opera house again, and ran into collapseylamb and digitalgoth taking photos at the Loma Prieta Memorial Fountain.
We BARTed down to Powell, where I stopped at Sephora and picked up some blue-iridescent makeup stuff that I had seen somebody wearing in the line for Alton Brown's signature at the Stanford Shopping Center over a year ago, which I thought Xta would like. (She seems to approve of it.) Then we walked up to Borders and sat in the cafe and read for a couple of hours. We attempted to call for a reservation at Absinthe, but it was already booked; we walked by the opera house, but they weren't opening to diners til 1.5 hours before the show (meaning we'd only have half an hour to eat before the talk); we walked over to Jardiniere, and they were completely booked with reservations. We finally managed to get a light dinner at Citizen Cake.
I think I actually liked Rodelinda a little better, overall, than I liked Doctor Atomic. The translation of the Macbeth/Hamelet-esque royal-intrigue plot (which was loosely based on historical events in Lombardy in the 2nd century AD) into a film noir-ish setting, with the villain being something like a mafia don or chief of secret police (it's ambiguous), worked quite well. And they made a good move in recognizing what plot elements strain credulity, and then playing them for laughs -- if you'll look silly even if you try to present something seriously, you might as well show that you're in on the joke. Definitely one of the better Handel operas, though I think Semele is still my favorite.
Today I'm just trying to catch up on the news, email, etc. We're planning to go to my cousin's BBQ this evening...