Monday, July 31, 2006
After my conference ended on Friday I had some free time to explore South Lake Tahoe, drive around the lake and visit Virginia City (photo above) before returning to Reno to fly home.
Back in Los Angeles I had a busy weekend without the time to blog about it until now -- so here goes.....
After leaving South Lake Tahoe I drove about three-quarters of the way around the lake. The weather was gorgeous Friday. This is a photo of Emerald Bay, the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe. This is the only island in the entire lake. It's a little hard to see but around the turn of the century a rich lady who owned land on the shore built a teahouse at the very top of the island.
My friend Pam Taylor, who lives in Lexington, KY, was kind enough to suggest some places for lunch on the north side of Lake Tahoe. When I asked the hotel staff for directions to one of her suggestions -- the Sunnyside Resort -- they insisted I instead go to a place across the street, The Fire Sign Cafe.
I'm sure Pam's suggestions were great, but I'm really happy I went to the Fire Sign. It's a great, casual place with really good food. I had the excellent tostada.
A beautiful old church in Virginia City. I stopped by Virginia City, about 25 miles from Reno, on my way back to the airport Friday afternoon. The last (and only) time I was in Virginia City was when my Father and I visited when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I don't remember for sure, but I imagine we had been to a dog show in Reno.
Sunday night I went to see the new Kander and Ebb musical, "Curtains" at the Ahmanson Theater. It's excellent and I suspect will be a big hit.
It marks the final collaboration of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb -- and spent nearly two decades in development.
At first blush it's a musical comedy about a theatrical production plagued by a series of murders of members of the cast and the Boston police detective (played by David Hyde Pierce) who comes to investigate -- and reveals his own fascination with community theater. But, really, the show is a love-letter to the truly American art form: musical theater.
Edward Hibbert, fresh off the hit smash "The Drowsy Chaperone," plays an over-the-top director of the show within a show.
I know it's early in the season, but I smell Tony.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Had a chance to catch Pirates of the Caribbean last night at the Heavenly Village Cinemas. What a disappointment! It was boring and I was checking my watch for the last hour.
Johnny Depp is funny as the fey Captain Jack Swallow -- but that alone does not an entertaining movie make.