Erling Wold Composer of Operas
is a voluptuary and an insouciant libertine
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Gig: Director, Erling Wold's Fabrications; Chief Science Officer, Audible Magic Corporation
What are you up to these days? I'm putting the finishing touches on an opera — Certitude and Joy — that's premiering at Bindlestiff in March. It's about the ecstasies and dangers of religious faith, a pretty dark piece, semi-autobiographical, that mixes in the story of a woman who killed her children here in San Francisco about six years ago. I'm also working on a commission by a theater in Austria for a piece on the life and times of the Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms for next Fall. I'm paying the bills these days by working out the math for ubiquitous media identification for TVs and mobile devices. I'm also recently married to Lynne Rutter the local decorative artist and blogger on all things beautiful, and she demands much.
What event will we find you at this week? Little Minsky's Burlesque on the 12th at Club Deluxe in the Haight. It's a great mix of performance, from old school neo-jungle burlesquers to goth tribal belly dancers. The last time I was there, I ran into Joe Wicht aka Mrs. Trauma Flintstone, who has a regular gig at Martuni's, and my son Duncan and his friends from PianoFight.
Where would you have your last meal on earth? Is this a post-apocalypse last meal or a pre-execution last meal? If the latter, the sausage pizza at Flour + Water in the Eastern Mission, or maybe the oysters at Zuni. If post-apocalypse, well, then most likely feasting on the corpses of the envied dead.
Who's your favorite quintessential local character? Aaron Muszalski, @sfslim , a right-thinking and right-writing nexus of the San Francisco I know and love: the city of pop-up night markets and guerrilla art happenings and naughty parties and alternative lifestyle activism.
What's your favorite under-the-radar SF restaurant? The New Spot, a great Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant in Dogpatch. Yum.
What do you get obsessive about here in SF? It's San Francisco's celebration of sex in all its glory, freethinking broadminded people of all genders and combinations of genders and preferences, acting out transparently and without regret.
Erling 's Favorite Stories
I've been going to Zeitgeist for a long time and I wasn't aware of its tough love — but it's a great article. It's a good idea to buy a shot of tequila and toast Steve Kustra at his memorial shrine. He simply was *my* bartender there and for all time.