Do you know about Goldstar?

9 12 2008

gse_main_logo1Here’s a little holiday gift for you. Goldstar is a free service that offers huge discounts on live entertainment, like theater, comedy, sports, music, performing arts and even things like wine tastings, sushi making classes and rodeos. 

When you sign up, you can tell Goldstar what kinds of things you like to do, and each week they will send you an email listing local upcoming events that you might be interested in. I’ve been a member for a few years and have spent a lot of good hours at events that I might not have attended if Goldstar hadn’t told me about them, or given me a huge discount. I’ve been to major performances like Cirque du Soleil and shows at the ACT, and have also laughed my head off at a BATS Improv performance, and salsa’d down at the “Bagels and Bongos: A Fusion of Jewish and Latino Sounds.”

If you live in the Bay Area (or another of the 8 metropolitan areas they serve) and ever leave your house, I don’t se any reason you shouldn’t join!

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Bolivian Surprise – Peña Pachamama

8 12 2008

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When I was in college back in Ohio, I went to a performance one night and my world got blown open. I’d never heard anything like Sukay before – they were a Bolivian band that had so much spirit and energy and played instruments I’d never even imagined. I loved it so much that on my college student budget I brought home three albums. (Yes, albums. Be quiet.)

Imagine my surprise when years later I ran into the same band here in San Francisco. Except that now they are not only a band – brother and sister team Eddy and Quentin Navia run Peña Pachamama, a unique, intimate supper club in North Beach that serves traditional Bolivian dishes alongside raw, organic cuisine and fantastic live music by gifted artists from around the world. A typical week looks like this:

slyWEDNESDAY: New World music – Latin, Flamenco, Mediterranean

THURSDAY: Traditional flamenco music and dance

FRIDAY: Hot Cuban music

SATURDAY: Sukay (Yes, THE Sukay!) – World music and dancing celebrating Carnaval throughout a different Latin country, Bolivia and the Andes, Cuba, Spain or Brazil

SUNDAY: Early show – open floor world music dance groups; Later show –  Middle East music and dance

Going to Peña Pachamama is a unique experience. It’s like getting on a boat – once you’re in the door, you’re just along for the ride. It’s a San Francisco – er, Bolivian – experience I recommend for everyone!  Like Robin Williams said, Peña Pachamama “is the kind of place even the Amish would dance.”