Every day is opening night.


Ladies and gents,

Autumn is officially upon us, and while we still have seasons on this ailing planet of ours, let’s try to enjoy the wistful transition from summer to winter. There is no better time to be in New York – the tourists go home, the heat-fortified stenches dissipate, and you can ride the underground without having to wring out your undergarments. While New York cools down, San Francisco is heating up – and not just because of the weird climate phenomenon that makes for freezing cold Augusts and sweltering Septembers. No, it’s the invasion of the outré, gender-blending, unabashedly queer stage tornado, Taylor Mac who has turned up the temperature all across the City by the Bay. Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is currently in residence at Carole Shorenstein Hays’s Curran, and Geary Street is suddenly hipper than The Haight in 1967! The city is so gaga for Judy (Mac’s preferred pronoun) that even that staid mecca to old money superfluity, Neiman Marcus, has gotten in on the action, decking out its Union Square-facing windows with the costumery of Mac’s own wizard-of-wardrobe, Machine Dazzle. If you can’t score tickets to the show, at least you can window shop.

Tidbits from around summer towns…

Caught Amanda Peet petting a stranger’s dog on the Upper West Side.

Spotted bushy-bearded retiree David Letterman strolling along N. Moore Street.

Overheard Dana Bash ordering a salad at Chopt.

And, finally, a math problem. What does MM1 + MM2 equal? Well, if you were at Sardi’s for the unveiling of Michael

Moore and Michael Mayer’s portraits you would know the answer is open bar and complimentary nibbles! Congrats to

these two super talents on joining the wall!

As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!


Scoop V.