Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is hosting its annual Dining by Design San Francisco gala dinner this month. For this haute-design charitable event, some of the city’s top designers create one-of-a-kind table installations for diners to appreciate while they sample different culinary cuisines. Adjoining events include Cocktails by Design and Coffee by Design. The proceeds for these events will go to fundraising for uninsured HIV/AIDS patients at the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Cocktails by Design is on October 29 and Coffee by Design and Dinner by Design are on October 30, City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street.
San Francisco’s newest tourist attraction, The Bay Lights, is about to become an all-night affair. Starting November 1, the massive LED light installation by artist Leo Villareal, which illuminates the western span of the Bay Bridge, will be sparkling until dawn (currently, the lights are shuttered at 2 a.m.). “Our team worked hard to give visitors and locals alike more time each night to enjoy the light sculpture,” Illuminate the Arts board chairman Ben Davis said. “The piece continues to evolve, and artist Leo Villareal has programmed new sequences for the display that will complement the quiet, early morning hours.” To celebrate the dusk-to-dawn Bay Lights, Illuminate the Arts will offer coffee and pastries at 6:30 a.m. on November 2 at the Ferry Building.