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Catherine Bigelow

Mais Oui, Paris: Cop.Copine Opens in SF

 

 

A little bit of Paris alighted on Union Square Tuesday at the opening of the first free-standing Cop.Copine boutique in the U.S.

Located at 343 Powell Street along the ground floor of the St. Francis Hotel, the chic space features the sophisticated, yet eminently wearable, stylings of the French fashion company founded by designer Leon Nedelian.

His biggest fan in San Francisco? Ophthalmologist Dr. Lillie Mosaddegh, who with her husband, Ahmad Bayat, purchased the exclusive U.S. rights to open Cop.Copine boutiques around the country.

SF Opera Opening-night Gala

 

 

“New” was the zeitgeist in play Friday at the Opera Ball celebrating the 87th season opener of the San Francisco Opera.

New Music Director, Nicola Luisotti. New gala format. New production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. A new, new economy in which to operate. As well as “new media,” embodied by the glamorous presence of Arianna Huffington.

And a sellout crowd of over a thousand gala guests, ably guided by Opera Ball co-chairwomen Teresa Meaderis and Adrianna Pope Sullivan, enthusiastically showed their support for this beloved and world-renowned company.

The Band Played on @ SF Symphony Opening Night Gala

Music, it is said, hath charms to soothe the savage breast.

And maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and his band, starring piano virtuoso Lang Lang, masterfully hit their notes last night in Davies Symphony Hall during a sold-out, glittery opening-night gala that heralded the 98th season of the San Francisco Symphony.

Let’s face it, most of this past year has been a bit of a bummer. At last year’s opener, few had yet to grasp the economic troubles we’d witness during the past 365 days. The fallout from Wall Street had yet to sink in (or rather, sink down); a new president waited in the wings as the election neared.

Outside Lands: Rockin' the Bay

 

For those who missed the mind-blowing mud and music of Woodstock and others who would never willingly pitch a tent atop the hot, dusty playa at Burning Man, there is the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

Sure parking or MUNI to Golden Gate Park did get tricky. But once there, festival-goers (which ran the gamut from bankers to bohos) stepped into a wonderland of musical delights.

In spite of the NIMBY-ists and nay-sayers who proclaim that park belongs only to them, we say, a big and enthusiastic two-thumbs up for last weekend’s Outside Lands!

Summer Lovin’, Pt. 3: Sophie Middlebrook & Boe Hayward

 

Local couples had a blast this summer (and spring) celebrating their love and commitment with family and friends. From heart-warming tales of romantic triumph to the drama of logistical snafus and allergic reactions ... we’re here to tell you more.

A walnut tree played a supporting (and dramatic) role on June 13 in Calistoga at the outdoor wedding of Sophie Middlebrook and Boe Hayward.

“Meet Us Under the Walnut Tree” trumpeted the couple’s stylish and very creative save-the-date card which arrived in a box with a real walnut.

To the Glory That Is Litquake!

 

 

Entertainment choices were painful last Friday for San Francisco Goths: The Bowie Ball at the Great American Music Hall? Or a Litquake sponsored celebration of Edgar Allan Poe at the Goth Hop?

Not only that, lit lovers were torn, too, as they tarried between the Litquake event at the Verdi Club and the sorta nearby Elbo Room for the latest installment of Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match.

Oh, decisions. Such dark, difficult decisions. Nevermore!

My Dinner with Boaz

 

 

 

There are very few men (on either Coast) more dashing than Boaz Mazor. Except for, perhaps, his boss: the inimitable designer Oscar de la Renta.

Fortunately for fashionable Bay Area-Tahoe denizens, this dynamic duo have graced us with almost-annual August visits (and fantastic fashion) since 1995 when de la Renta participated in his first Saks Fifth Avenue-League to Save Lake Tahoe fashion show.

Culture Clash: SF Arts Commission

 

 

UPDATE: Another resignation has been tendered to the beleaguered SF Arts Commission by René Bihan, a Managing Principal Architect with SWA Group, a local design firm in San Francisco.

Bihan has served as a volunteer Arts Commissioner since April 2008. His resignation is based upon various business-related reasons and was not spurred on by the below-discussed Daly Debacle.

However because of said-debacle, Bihan has chosen to remain until his replacement is appointed and confirmed in order to maintain the Commission's crucial voting quorum.

Luis Cancel, Director of Cultural Affairs at the SFAC, checks in with the following statement:

Summer Lovin’, Pt. 2: Amanda Michael and Michael Harrington

 

 

Local couples had a blast this summer (and spring) celebrating their love and commitment with family and friends. From heart-warming tales of romantic triumph to the drama of logistical snafus and allergic reactions, we’re here to tell you more.

San Francisco native Amanda Michael wed East Coast-transplant Michael Harrington on May 9 amid the first blossoms of spring (accented by lanterns the couple purchased on a previous trip to Vietnam) in the garden of their recently renovated San Francisco home.

The mostly-Buddhist ceremony was officiated by Roslyn Whitney; Amanda’s children, Gus and Jane, served as the wedding attendants.

Summer Lovin', Pt. 1: Serafina Palandech & Jennifer Johnson

 

 

Local couples had a blast this summer (and spring) celebrating their love and commitment with family and friends. From heart-warming tales of romantic triumph to the drama of logistical snafus and allergic reactions, we’re here to tell you more.

Serafina Margaret Palandech and Jennifer Elizabeth Johnson were married Saturday, May 30th at Dawn’s Ranch in Sonoma County, California.

The bride, Serafina, 35, is the event manager at Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Previously, she was event director for San Francisco AIDS Walk. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz.

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