The folks at the San Francisco Symphony very kindly invited “The Beths” to film a video report of Wednesday’s Opening Night. I have to admit, the first hour of the shindig was pretty intimidating. While my questions to partygoers were all of a musical nature, it’s kinda tough to walk up to former Secretary of State, George Schultz and ask, “If we were to start a band, what would our band name be?”
The second cocktail hour, this one opened up to a broader scope of high falutin’ types, provided a slightly easier interview audience. None the less, Beth and I struggled to find people willing to go on camera and answer our highly controversial questions. One group, who’d enjoyed an abundance of champagne, actually dragged us over to them.
“Who are you!?!? Is this on TV!?!?”
“We’re the internet!” I replied.
“Interview him! Interview him! He’s running Gavin’s campaign!” She screamed this, as if I was going to shit myself with glee.
This lovely and aggressive blonde then grabbed the arm of what I assume was her date and dragged him towards me. Gorgeous and tuxedo clad, this dude wanted nothing to do with “The Beths.”
“I’m not doing any interviews.” He deadpanned, refusing to make eye contact.
Fine with me, pal. I know this might come as a shock, but tonight’s not about Mayor Newsom, which, since you’re so fuckin’ fancy, is how you might want to remind your date to address him. I mean, really. Respect the office.
The night was about the children, anyway. I don’t know if the folks from “Newsom for California” could handle the very challenging, “What musical instrument did you play as a kid?” in the interest of drawing awareness to the Symphony’s musical education program. They already give so much. Can’t they just enjoy their champagne?!?! My GOD!
Speaking of fuckin’ fancy, please forgive my hair and make-up. I got dressed in a public restroom (no joke) and it was really goddamn hot in there. That being said, I’ve got to hand it to the ladies of the Symphony Opening Night Gala. They brought their sartorial A-game.
Enjoy the video and THANK YOU Symphony!
Photo: Civic Center Mike