The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, January 5: The dreaded post-holiday Monday has finally arrived and it's going to be a rough one. Not that we would ever encourage extending your time off, but if you do, we recommend checking out the recently re-opened Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. Its main attractions -- including a planetarium, bird sanctuary, aquarium, and natural history museum -- were recently revamped as part of an overhaul necessitated by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. There's even a four-story rainforest. Since its relaunch, the academy (now earthquake-resistant) has become one of the hottest tickets among locals and visitors alike, who queued up for more than a mile on opening day. For information and tickets, visit the Academy's website.

Tuesday, January 6: If you haven't snatched up your tickets for tonight's sold-out performance of Puccini's La Boh'me at The Metropolitan Opera, one of the most frequently performed works in the world, you can listen in to the event live through Sirius Satellite radio (details here). The famed libretto tells the story of four struggling Parisians in the early 1800s who, despite being nearly destitute, are focused on the simple pursuit of art, love, and laughter. When a seamstress, Mimi, is forced to ask her neighbor and struggling poet Rodolfo for a light for her candle, a flame of a different variety ignites and a tender (tragic) 19th'century romance is born. See this clip as Mimi introduces herself to Rodolfo in the aria 'Si, mi chiamano Mimi' ('Yes, they call me Mimi'). Then head to The Met's website to secure tickets for upcoming performances, including Don Giovanni (Mozart) and Madama Butterfly (another Puccini classic).