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Catherine Bigelow

No Child Left Behind

 

On a bright sunny spring day last week, a sold-out crowd of 600 supporters crowded the Ritz-Carlton ballroom to raise some $300K in support of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Under the dynamic leadership of new director Katie Albright, this 12th annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon: For the Love of a Child, also featured a knockout keynote speech by Katie’s mom, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Pictures at an Exhibition

 

When dynamo Dede Wilsey goes shopping, she doesn’t fool around.

In February, the Fine Arts Museums Board Director traveled to Paris with Fine Arts Museums Director John Buchanan and his wife, Lucy Buchanan, to attend the sale of tres cher objets from the private collection of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent.

My Morning Convo With Gavin

So I just got off the phone with Mayor Gavin Newsom! But really, no biggie.

Considering the catbird seat I am often afforded at numerous galas, openings and super soirees, it just goes with the territory that civic leaders and politicians would send an email the previous evening telling me to ring them at 9 a.m. (PST) to check in with the G-Man.

Policy? Party planning? It’s all rather similar territory.

Besides -- as many folks know, I’m at my best and brightest as the sun rises.

Makin' Change: North Beach Citizens

 

The spirit of Abbondanza filled hearts (and tummies) Sunday in the auditorium of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in North Beach at the North Beach Citizens dinner.

Now in its eighth year, the down-home event raises funds for this neighborhood homeless organization founded by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

A Museum as Big as The Ritz

There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.

The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.

Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.

The Play's the Thing

All the world was a stage at the 14th annual California Shakespeare Theater’s Gala Flamenco last month at the Rotunda Building in Oakland. A sold-out crowd donned their Ole! finest to play upon the stage in support of this award-winning theater.

Pretty As Their Picture

 

Shafts of early evening light poured through the picture windows at the Old Mint last week, casting an other-worldly glow on famous San Franciscans.

But the majority of these famous denizens -- from jazz musicians, politicians, juke joint owners and society doyennes to shoe shine proprietors and famed foodies -- were also framed in glass; hanging from the walls of the storied interior of this 1874 building known as The Granite Lady.

My Funny Valentino

 

For a self-described “gay man who is not interested in fashion,” Vanity Fair editor and scribe Matt Tyrnauer certainly nailed his mark on the catwalk with his first (and, yes, very fashionable) documentary film, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Five Easy Pieces: William Kentridge

Well, perhaps they weren’t all that easy. Over at SFMOMA, the blockbuster Five Themes show (through May 31) starring South African artist William Kentridge is drawing crowds and major kudos.

An American in Paris: Willie Brown's 75th

 

Dateline: Paris

Paris was the particular which inspired a young Ernest Hemingway to craft the phrase, A Moveable Feast.

That evocative invocation is also à propos in describing last week’s sojourn to the City of Lights to celebrate the 75th birthday of former Mayor (and the former storied Speaker of the Assembly) Willie L. Brown, Jr.

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