Hot Flashes on a Cool Night


THANK GOODNESS the room was air conditioned. Seeing “Menopause the Musical” the other night was like riding the wave of a hilarious hot flash. It was 90 minutes of non-stop laughter about a once taboo topic that women can finally joke about. Yet the humor eludes most men. Only a handful were sprinkled through the theater and their reaction was subdued compared to the side-splitting laughter from the women.

Speaking of “Menopause the Musical,” Glenview author Kathleen Archambeau is the featured guest at the July 26 performance of this off-Broadway hit in San Francisco. She’ll be reading from her book “Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels” just before the 8 p.m. show at Theatre 39. Archambeau’s book is getting a lot of attention in the male-dominated corporate world and was even featured in the May 17 issue of Forbes.com. Between her book and the musical, it’s the perfect ladies night out.

MANZANITA MISTAKE: How many folks know that Oakland’s Manzanita trees are endangered and protected? Spencer Koffman didn’t, so when a fire inspector came by and told him to cut down some of his shiny, mahogany-colored bushes, he naturally complied.

“We recently had a fire inspector come by and tell us to cut down some of our Manzanita trees. “We feel very sad that we cut down these beautiful trees,” he writes. “We didn’t know they were protected, we were just following the fire inspectors demands.” It reminds me of that old 1960s bumper sticker — “Question Authority”.

LOCAL SWINGER: Oakland teen Alexis Hendrick likes to hang out, especially upside down. The 17-year old trapeze artist has been performing in Bay Area circuses since she was 10, including a stint at Woodminster Theatre in “Barnum” Before she heads off to Vassar College this fall, you may want to check her out at Berkeley’s Julia Morgan Theater. She’s part of an amazing all youth circus show called “Vertigo,” playing tomorrow in one show only at 2 p.m. The show features a band of urban youth in the year 2341, who survive with a combination of contortions, aerial hoops and other mind-bending acrobatics. For tickets and more information, call 925-798-1300.

SAVING KIDS: Reader Jeri Mersky says nine orphaned kids from Colombia will be treated to ice cream and an art class on July 23 at Kehilla Community Synagogue on Grand Avenue in Piedmont. The children are staying with Bay Area host families this summer through a program called Kidsave International. If you’d like to find out more about this program, you can call Jeri at 510-339-3922.

E-MAIL BAG: Thanks to reader Lisa Alumkal for letting me know that she’s starting a meal assembly service in Montclair later this year. The Full Plate will open in the Village Square Shopping Center, next to Montclair Bakery and Italian Colors. This kind of business is all the rage right now, because it lets busy moms (and others) assemble meals with freshly-prepared ingredients, and cook them later at home. It beats the heck out of the method a harried hills housewife used not long ago, when she sauteed sausages on a griddle (plugged into her cigarette lighter) while she drove.


You can reach Ginny Prior by phone at 510-273-9418 or on the web at www.ginnyprior.com. Ginny’s radio “ginettes” can be heard on Sirius Satellite channel 122 at 4 p.m. each Saturday.

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