Fair warning. This review has at least four moving parts. It may be too complicated for some. It involves an evening of (A) dinner and (B) a much-anticipated performance at (C) an historic theater with (D) downtown parking & restroom issues. Viewer discretion advised.
On a beautiful Friday evening just before Christmas (2011), Ms. Karen, Ms. Sue, and I went out to dinner at Caffe’ Milano adjacent to the restored Fox Theater downtown Tucson. Both would be a new experience for us. One of the attractions was going to be the theater itself in all its historically glorious Southwestern Art Deco motif. (More on the Fox in a moment)
The central purpose of our evening was to see Aaron Neville one of our favorite singers, perform. (More on the performance in a moment.)
Parking Near The Fox Theater
The first problem one encounters when going to either or both Caffe’ Milano and the Fox theater is PARKING. Come on people! Get your act together. Add valet parking and/or staff to direct incoming diners/audiences to the nearest parking space or garage.
At first we tried a couple of parking garages nearest to the theater, but various guards told that we couldn’t park there. And no, they didn’t know where we could park.
Luckily, we happened by a metered street parking space just as someone was pulling out. We parked and only had to walk about a block. The good news is it was after 5 PM so there was no parking meter fee.
In anticipation of the performance to come, I had made dinner reservations at Caffe’ Milano a week earlier. And there we dined, within 50 feet of the Fox box office. We had never experienced Caffe’ Milano, but had heard good things and, after all, I’m now in the restaurant review biz. So why not?
Oldies, Goodies, & Low Expectations
Ms. Karen and Ms. Sue have delighted in Aaron Neville’s musical arrangements, poetic, storytelling lyrics, and that
magnificent voice, going back to 1966 with his first hit record, Tell It Like It Is. (Are we really that old?)
Ms. Karen & I went to see Aaron perform in Baltimore (MD) maybe 14 or 15 years ago, and he was terrific; a powerful, dynamic performance to say the very least. At the end, Aaron was still going strong and we were emotionally drained, but still wanting more.
However, I know well the toll the years take on all of us and I thoroughly expected an abbreviated, less energetic performance now. After all, the man is 70-years-old. But I knew the girls would still enjoy his music and that was my Christmas present to both. Great presents don’t have to come wrapped under the Christmas tree.READMORE