Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Cunning Little Seagull
Taking a boat from the San Francisco Ferry Building to Oakland’s Jack London Square is a delightful day trip.
I rode the ferryboat Sunday afternoon to attend The Cunning Little Vixen, Leoš Janáček's 1923 opera about animals and humans in a Bohemian forest, which is being presented as part of West Edge Opera’s summer festival at the abandoned Oakland train station.
As a prelude to the opera, there was wildlife everywhere around the Ferry Building…
…including a fearless seagull grooming itself for the ferry passengers.
Escaping the city’s summer fog for the East Bay shoreline is another delight as is watching container ships from China unloading in the Port of Oakland.
On Sundays there is a farmers’ market at Jack London Square, and you can get breakfast on Broadway at an old-fashioned diner called the Buttercup Grill & Bar or cross the street and eat vegan soul food at Souley Vegan.
You can also jump in a cab or use a rideshare service to get yourself to the West Edge Opera performances, which continue through this weekend.