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Catherine Bigelow

Going Green and Global: The Edgewood Fair

The Edgewood Fair fell this year on Cinco de Mayo, an appropriate twinning opportunity for this 43rd annual event’s theme, Around the World.

“It gave us the chance to add a fun twist,” said Event co-chairwoman Janet Lautenberger, “So we’re featuring a Tortilla Heights’-sponsored Tequila tasting.”

A favorite spring frolic (Tequila or not), the fair kicked-off at the Golden Gate Club in the The Presidio with a VIP preview party which heralded the start of two-days of smart shopping at this beloved boutique event.

She Blinded Me with Science: Exploratorium Awards Dinner

It was Ladies’ Night earlier this week at the Exploratorium where this beloved science museum celebrated its 32nd Annual Awards Dinner.

Always a heady event stacked with tip-top scientific minds from near and far, this year specifically lauded the ladies of science with the theme, Women in Science: Inspiring Women in the Field.

Fore-get Me Not: PlumpJack/LINK Golf Tourney

No lobsters were served at the PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic. But after a wind-whipped day on the greens at the Lake Merced Golf & Country Club, the face of many a golfer arriving for the awards dinner at the Clubhouse bore a bright lobster red hue.

Hosted by the the PlumpJack Group in support of the Northern California Cancer Center, this group of dedicated golfers (which includes a few duffers, too) raised $175K for the NCCC’s LINK Fund which provides research and education programs to breast cancer patients and their families.

Obsolete: A Cabinet of Well-curated Curiosities

 

Ain’t nuthin’ “obsolete” about the hip, hot new home design gallery Obsolete which opened last night on Portrero Hill with a Commotion of cocktail party.

It was as if the swallows had returned, en masse, to Capistrano as super swell shoppers and design-istas descended upon this soiree hosted by Vanessa Getty and Obsolete owner Ray Azoulay.

3 Million Reasons to Smile: Tipping Point

Cake may have been touted as the marquee headliner last week at Bimbo’s 365 Club where Tipping Point held it’s third fundraiser.

However the band’s well-deserved thunder was stolen by the stalwart supporters of Tipping Point who, in a matter of minutes, raised mega-millions.

To be exact? Three-million smackers!

Up on SFMOMA's Roof

 

Peaceful, it was not up on the roof Friday at the patron’s party celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s wondrous new Rooftop Sculpture Garden.

Rather, the spirit inspired by this garden of sculptural delights was fantastical, exciting, beautiful, sky-blue and scintillating.

Or as SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra succinctly stated: “It’s pretty terrific!”

SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab was appropriately wowed, too.

The Real McCoy: SFJazz Gala

Once again, the groove reigned supreme at the Four Seasons Hotel where the SFJazz Gala celebrated its 10th anniversary Spring Festival Season by honoring masterful musician McCoy Tyner.

“McCoy is a musical visionary. He opened new doors for the rest of us to pass through” declared songbird Mary Stallings, between her set. “His music is powerful, majestic, full of truth and beauty and, above all, humanity. McCoy Tyner is my hero.”

Big Screen: SF Film Society Awards Gala

A blaze of flashbulbs lit up the St. Francis ballroom at the 52nd SF Film Society Awards Gala where high-wattage Hollywooders turned gala patrons into paparazzi.

The bad news? The ensuing rush to swarm honoree Robert Redford required hotel security to form a phalanx around the still-sexy septuagenarian star so he could safely return to his hotel room. Really, folks: we just don’t do that in EssEff.

Party Animals at The Zoo

To describe the past year at the San Francisco Zoo as Annus horribilis, would be an understatement. But last week, some 500 Zoological Society members were out in force at the annual ZooFest fundraiser.

SFIFF: Under the Influence

Everyone gathered at Tosca Cafe on Sunday seemed under the influence of silver screen stardust as they awaited the arrival of film star Gena Rowlands.

The beloved blonde and critically acclaimed actress was in town for a San Francisco International Film Festival screening of A Woman Under the Influence, in which she starred and was directed by her late husband, John Cassavetes who remains a towering figure of independent cinema.

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