SF LIFE: Clowns, Vintage, Rom-Com, Whiskey

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 As we march out of this month, how about getting a laugh on at the Circus Center clown conservatory, no frightening clowns I promise. Or you can spruce up your spring wardrobe at the Vintage Expo. Hmmm wondering if I qualify as vintage yet? If Rom-Coms bring you the joy they do for me, BEYOND THERAPY is a must see classic play. Whiskey is not normally my beverage of choice, but this all female distillery in Sonoma has created blends that warm the insides with flavor and not fire.


I didn’t even know that we had a local circus center, not to mention a Circus Center Conservatory. What fun! Not only can you unleash your inner trapeze artist here with highflying classes from beginner to advanced, you can learn juggling, aerial arts or just strengthen and stretch. I am definitely going to be the oldest person doing silks, but I’m in!

The Clown Conservatory, another arm of the Circus Center, is now performing THE SUPERS, a hilarious human cartoon adventure story. It is a tragicomic experience that includes physical comedy, music and mime. The Conservatory is a multidisciplinary training program in physical comedy and human cartooning. Tonight and tomorrow night, if you have nothing going on, I guarantee a hilarious and unique adventure. Get tickets and more info.

April 1-2. Vintage

Don’t you ever want to dress up and pretend you are Betty Grable? Or how about Ginger Rogers? Do you lean more towards the roaring twenties or the sexy sixties?  Everything from every decade can be found at The Vintage Fashion Expo, California’s definitive vintage marketplace for the best in vintage design, style and period pieces. No need to purchase, but going to browse and view the pieces is like a visit to a costume museum.

There are eyeglass vendors, milliners, fine jewelry and rare and esoteric items. The team that produces this event is also committed to fostering educational programs on the history of fashion for students in the SF Bay area. Love anything with a passion to educate, and oh love that passion for fashion too! April 1 & 2, The San Francisco County Fair Building.  Get more info.


Beyond Therapy


In this Christopher Durang outrageous adult comedy you may glimpse traits in friends, or perhaps even yourself. Two singles search for love using the advice of their therapists. Insane characters, screwball humor and Durang’s trademark observations of contemporary American Society will give you an evening of non-stop laughter.

Prudence and Bruce take the advice of their therapists and place personal ads, leading to a disastrously funny first date between the pair. As these two would-be romantics stumble toward a relationship with each other, it becomes increasingly clear that the therapists are actually more troubled than the patients. Staged at the intimate Shelton Theatre, this 70-minute explosion of laughter is just what the doctor ordered. Through tomorrow night.  Get tickets and info.


Women of the whiskey world unite!  Spirit Works in Sebastopol is one of only a few distilleries with an all-female production team. They call this a grain-to-glass distillery – you can’t get more organic than their blends. Known for their classic gins and vodkas they welcome the first batch of whiskey. Aged in American White Oak barrels, it is filled with hints of baked apples, aromatic spices and a slightly sweet finish. I am not necessarily a “whiskey” girl myself, but I’m willing to try at least a small taste. I hear it doesn’t burn like the ones I tried in college.

Leave it to the women to come up with unique and experimental ways to age the rye. From the entrance, you can hear music playing, part of an experiment where different artists’ music is being pumped into different barrels of whiskey. One blend is listening to The Nutcracker performed by the SF symphony, while others tune in to Daft Punk and Led Zeppelin. The idea is that the sound vibrations will allow the whisky more inhalation and exhalation from the wood. I say, ok, why not. But how about some Michael Jackson? Taste away and find out more.


  • Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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