The elegant and cool hallways of San Francisco War Memorial Opera House were preparation station for patrons to mentally prepare for emotional plunges along with the orchestra and singers, or oases to take refuges from the heat generated on stage and in the orchestra pit.
During intermissions, I like to cool down a bit on the balcony, which offers a view of the neoclassical dome of the San Francisco City Hall - not for the fresh air - many patrons smoke there, unfortunately. Sometimes, the opera house would decorate itself a bit on the balcony, and it's always fun to see the appearance du jour, like encountering an old friend with a new hairdo.
Last week I was delighted by the multiple-hued balcony, cheerful and festive. Snapping pictures along, I realized that the colors formed a rainbow and they must be there to celebrate the Gay Pride Month, which culminated in San Francisco with the Gay Parade, taking place on 23-24 June this year.
In San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, the festivity started early.