One might wonder what the two things above have in common. It turns out they are both Stills. On the right is a Clyfford Still, currently on view at a wonderful 75th anniversary exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. On the left is Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpet player Chris Still, currently enjoying his birthday here in San Francisco. Without doubt his celebration was enhanced by a rowdy but heartfelt chorus of Happy Birthday that started this evening's acoustic rehearsal.
Waking late and recovering from a night at a San Francisco speakeasy called Bourbon and Branch (how could a person fail to order a drink called "The Naughty Sundress"?) I wondered how I could possibly fit in a visit to SFMOMA with time to spare to meet a good SF friend for lunch. In Los Angeles, this agenda would be doomed to failure. But amazingly enough, the museum and lunch site both turned out to be just blocks from our hotel on Market Street. This level of geographical convenience made virtually no sense at all, but I ran with it anyway.