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November 7:

SF Fall Antiques Show



As attendees of the SF Fall Antiques Show Preview Party well know, things change.

From vendors, style, and available objets to even the size of shoppers’ wallets, change (and plus ça change) was in play on Wednesday in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

“It’s a fresh, new feeling this year,” enthused designer Christian Huebner. “Not everything is 100 years old. Some of the paintings I’ve seen tonight were created just two years ago.”

However what hasn’t changed is the commitment of Glady Thacher who founded Enterprise for High School Students which is the beneficiary of this favorite Fall fête.

Semper Fi Surprise for George Shultz



A giant, “Surprise!” rang out from the symphony hall of Davies (and probably all the way to the shores of Tripoli) on Monday when former Secretary of State George Shultz was feted for his upcoming 89th birthday by his missus, Protocol Chief Charlotte Mailliard Shultz.

The lifelong and dedicated United States Marine Corps Major (who served in the Pacific theater during World War II), was more than surprised as he entered Davies’ Wattis Room -- which was awash in red-right-and-blue bunting, flags and towering Stanlee Gatti-designed blooms.

Happy Trails to The GGNPC


Records were made, and broken, on Oct. 2 at Fort Point for the Trails Forever dinner in support of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

This beloved event, held annually in one-of-a-kind locales within the 75,000-plus acre parks system which comprise our beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area, raised a record $885K for maintenance and preservation of those precious park trails.

Thanks to the expert leadership of event co-chairwomen Nancy Bechtle and her daughter, Jessica Galloway, the delightful evening was an early sellout.

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Apologies! Due to Monday-itis, I forgot to include two very important items, both Hellenic in nature, in today's Report.

On Friday, the White House announced that President Barack Obama appointed super Dem donor, activist and philanthropist Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis (of Sacramento and San Francisco) ambassador to Hungary.

As we (sometimes) say, Συγχαρητήρια!

November 7:

Keeping Score with MTT




October in our fair city is definitely a-buzz. Last week, San Francisco swayed to the sounds of the renown Bluegrass Festival. This weekend, it's President's Cup golf tourney and the Blue Angels.

But with the season’s lengthening shadows and rain on the horizon, doesn’t a night at home listening to great music sound divine?

Well pull up your comfy chair and grab the remote because SF Symphony maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and KQED serve up fabulous music, and more, this month on Keeping Score.

Mod Squad @ SF20



There was much to celebrate last night at the SF20 preview party which benefitted the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Not only has this show and sale of 20th-century decorative arts firmly established itself as a solid hit among designistas, but museum members were abuzz over the news that Doris and Don Fisher had reached an agreement with SFMOMA to house their dazzling private collection which features some of the most significant works in modern and contemporary art.

Huzzah, sweetie!

Long, Strange Trip to UCSC



The Grateful Dead is on the road again. Well, at least some 40 years of the beloved band’s musical memorabilia is, having traveled down Highway 1 to its new home at UC Santa Cruz.

The band’s donation of the collection (said to be both priceless and worth multi-millions) to the university was officially announced in Spring 2008.

But to raise awareness (and funds) for this yet-to-open treasure trove, Chronicle Books publisher Nion McEvoy hosted friends, fans and Dead drummer Mickey Hart at his home last week.

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September 23:

Meet the "First" Baby: Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom


Actress-filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, welcomed the arrival of their first child today.

Weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20.5 inches, Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom was born at 12:39 p.m.

Their daughter is named after the state where the couple's July 2008 wedding was held on the grounds of the Siebel family's Bitteroot Valley ranch. Her middle name honors the Mayor's late mother, Tessa Newsom, who died of breast cancer in 2002.

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