Saturday, August 01, 2015
Oakland Ferry to Opera
One of the incidental pleasures of appearing as a non-singing actor in the West Edge Opera production of As One in Oakland's Jack London Square is riding the boat from San Francisco's Ferry Building to rehearsals and performances. Depending on the time and day, you can be surrounded by cute international tourists sporting amusing signage for their selfies...
...or East Bay commuters after a day of work in downtown San Francisco.
The trip is especially charming on summer days when you can escape San Francisco's shroud of fog for a sunny afternoon on the Oakland/Alameda waterfront.
The final performance of As One is next Saturday the 8th at 2PM. The boat trip from the SF Ferry Building to Jack London Square is 35 minutes long, and on the weekends you can catch one at 10:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM. The Oakland Metro rock club where the opera is being staged is a five minute walk away from the Jack London ferry landing, and there are plentiful return ferries in the late afternoon running about every thirty minutes. At the San Francisco Classical Voice site, there's a discount offer for $20 tickets to the opera. Click here, and check out the last paragraph of the review. If you're on a budget, check out the Buttercup Grill on Broadway and 3rd for a time travel breakfast experience and the Overland country-western bar at 1st and Broadway for a burger and a beer.