I left work at a reasonable hour this evening to meet up with Jane at Mission High. We had tickets to Voices of a People's History. Imagine a high school auditorium packed to the brim, all eyes and ears towards the stage, with an all-star line-up of Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove, Benjamin Bratt, Josh Brolin, Diane Lane, Renee Maria Saucedo (local community leader), Boots Riley (hip-hop artist and activist), Clarence Thomas (an ILWU leader), and Kerry Washington. Each person would take a turn reading a passage from a writing or speech by a historical radical figure, ranging from the 16th Century to this decade. The Stairwell Sisters, a local old-time string band, played a couple fitting numbers, easily rocketing into position as one of my favorite local bands. Mary Elizabeth Lease's "Wall Street Owns the Country" piece (from 1890) on Wall Street, foreclosures, and loan sharks is eerily appropriate today, especially in the past year; how little we've progressed in the past century? And did Muhammad Ali really speak out against the Vietnam War a year before Martin Luther King, Jr., did?
Buzzing from the performance, we decided it was time to find some dinner. Since it was a Thursday, I suggested Mission Street Food. Jane was unconvinced, wanting to stick with something tried and true. But then we ran into Luke and Sally, who were raving about their meal there, particularly the red hot banana ice cream, despite the 75-minute wait and dish shortages. So off we were, and we were seated at a community table after not too long. Unfortunately they were out of the acorn soup, but the big winners for us were a couple of their classics: "King Trumpet Mushroom with Triple Fried Potato, Garlic Confit and Charred Scallion Sour Cream on a fresh flatbread" and a smoky & spicy fried rice with duck. We tried both of the Humphry Slocombe ice creams. We really need to go to the parlor and try some other flavors!
Afterwards, we strolled home. And now time to work some more!