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Honoring "Rock Stars" and CEOs

The Exploratorium's 30th Annual Awards Dinner honored a wide range of folks, from "rock star" (aka paleontologist) Ken Miller to Carol Bartz, former CEO of Autodesk. Nobel laureates rubbed elbows with corporate executives and high-society philanthropists including Stanford's Don Glaser, Intel's Paul Otellini, Mitzi Perdue (of Perdue chickens) and Bill and Ute Bowes.

Party Like It’s 1988


Courtesy of Brandon Bird

Bay Area Gems

Maiden Lane's Manika Jewelry hosted the U.S. premiere of The Barlev Collection by Ehud Barlev, goldsmith and artist, a couple weeks back. Owners Monica and Peter Walsh typically showcase designers who live and work in and around the SF Bay Area.


Monica Walsh, Claudia Ross                     Peter Brandenhoff

Whitey Wraps It Up

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

U.K. electronic/dance rocker Whitey, who's played with everyone from New Order to LCD Soundsystem, took Mezzanine by storm with hot numbers like "Wrap It Up," "I Made Myself Invisible" and "A Walk in the Dark." New York-by-way-of-New-Orleans duo Home Video and a host of other musicians warmed up the crowd with a medley of pop and electro rock tunes.


Teddybear Punkrockers

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Once into grindcore (and going by the name, Skull), the Teddybears are now all about electronic, dance rock. Sporting gigantic teddy bear masks, the Swedish trio belted out a bunch of tunes from their latest album Soft Machine including "Punkrocker" (which features Iggy Pop on the soundtrack). Aimee Echo of The START joined in the festivities at Popscene last weekend.


London Calling


The Boulettes Larder of London

I'm in London for the week, staying with my friend Sona and her parents who live a couple blocks from Regents Park. I haven't been to London for a long time, but despite the fact that it's been 21 years since I was last here, when it comes to the fashion, it still feels very much like 1986 (just imagine every other woman wearing black leggings under everything—including shorts—plus bright colors, stripes, chunky plastic jewelry, tight jeans while sporting mullety hair).

Chicago's Scions

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago spin doctors Flosstradamus, whose Scion Sampler dropped at last month's SXSW, graced the stage at Mezzanine last week to celebrate the URB Next 100 issue. San Francisco's own DJ Vin Sol opened.

FLOSSTRADAMUS

Wine Tasting Benefit

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The SF Board hosted the Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Party to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event was held at the home of Sean and Jennifer Jeffries, who own the Four Seasons.

The Impossible Mission

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Grammy-award winning hip hop group De La Soul pulled out all the stops at Ruby Skye, sampling and rapping from funk and soul to pop, jazz and reggae. The trio, which is on The Impossible Mission tour, was joined by Prince Paul (aka DLS's producer Paul Huston), Black Sheep and Zion I.

DE LA SOUL

An Evening of a Thousand Scowls

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy
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