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Bang That Drum: The Tribal & Textiles Arts Show

Score! The artwork is absolutely amazing at the Tribal & Textile Arts Show in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

But so, too, was the McCall Associates buffet at last night’s opening-night party which benefitted the de Young Museum’s Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and Textiles Galleries. That’s because McCall Executive Chef Lucas Schoemaker had cooked up our all-time favorite: Swedish Meatballs!

Wilkes Madness: The Wilkes Bashford Warehouse Sale

Long before there was March Madness there was ... Wilkes Madness.

As in Wilkes Bashford -- the man, the legend, the bon ton boutique!

For the last 20 years, Bashford & Co. have swung open the doors at their San Francisco and Mill Valley boutiques to the sartorial masses for the twice-yearly (February and August) Wilkes Bashford Warehouse Sale.

Love, All: Allison Speer and Fred Moll

Getting a jump on St. Valentine, love was celebrated in great style last week at a big-hearted party toasting the engagement of PR pro Allison Speer and Dr. Fred Moll, founder and CEO of Hansen Medical.

Hosted by Alexis and Trevor Traina and Sloan and Roger Barnett, their sweet party invitation encouraged guests to dress in, Red, Red and More Red!

So it was that a sartorial red-hued sea washed over the sleek black-and-white tiled and glass-walled solarium in the Traina’s gracious and glamorous home.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

There’s an old adage warning against ever working with kids or animals.

But at Fort Mason last night for the Arts of Pacific Asia Show (through Sun., Feb 8), both groups, including dragons, were front-and-center.

The opening-night gala of this show benefits the arts and education programs of the Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. And supporters gaily banged the gong, ringing in the Lunar New Year with great style.

Featuring exquisite goods from dealers ‘round the globe, guests played their part, too -- swathing themselves in cheongsams, saris, kimonos and jewels of jade.

25 Random Things About Jerry Brown

He’s happening, he’s hip (heck, he’s on Facebook) and wethinks (that is, until he officially declares), he wants to be your next Governor of the (once) great state of California.

Giving us a peek behind the curtain, CA State Attorney General Jerry Brown (who served as Governor of California from 1975-1983) recently filled out the 25 Random Things About Me survey that is viral-ing 'round the walls of Facebook fanatics everywhere.

Herewith our Top 7 personal favorites:

3. In 1958, I took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Later, Pope John XXIII dispensed me from these obligations.

8. I dislike shopping.

Secrets in San Francisco

Much to the dismay of guests gathered in the gracious home of Cissie Swig, no secrets were actually spilled at a book party Swig hosted to celebrate author Merla Zellerbach.

Drat!

But there was great fun in speculating who’s who within Merla’s new fictional novel, Secrets in Time: San Francisco (Firefall Editions).

That's Noir, Baby. Film Noir!

If there is a current topic better suited than the news biz to the hard-boiled, cinematic stylings of Film noir, then I know it not.

Like this beloved B-movie genre, so, too, is the (once-beloved) newspaper industry black-and-white ... and bruised ... all over. The majority of American newsrooms, sadly, are In a Lonely Place, indeed.

Twinkle Toes


There was a distinct change in the weather Wednesday at City Hall for the 76th Opening Night Gala of the San Francisco Ballet.

Holiday Wrap


The alpha and the omega of the Swell set’s holiday hootenanny typically kicks-off in early December at the shindig hosted by dynamo Dede Wilsey and concludes with the birthday blowout of philanthropist-composer Gordon Getty.

Dinner, Dancing & Debutantes

(Reader note: Between a fabulous new redesign of this very website and the crush of holiday hoo-has, we got a bit backed up on our party posts. So herewith, the best of the holiday hootenannies. Happy New Year ... wehopes!)

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