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The Marvel of Manga

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

"Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" opened on June 2 at the Asian Art Museum with a celebratory bang. Approximately 150,000 pages of manga along with 70 anime TV and feature-length productions by Tezuka Osamu, called "The God of Comics" in Japan, are on display until Sept. 9.

SF Opera Ball 2007

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The San Francisco Opera Ball brought Opera Guild members together at the home of Orrick CEO Ralph Baxter and Opera Ball Co-Chairman Cheryl Baxter for a night of drinking, noshing and dancing to live music.

Rucci Opens at Sorokko

Fashion designer Ralph Rucci kicked off his art show last week at the Sorokko Gallery. Rucci, the first American in 50 years to be invited to show his line with the Paris Haute Couture collections in 2001, has recently focused his efforts on his art, including fabric and sewing techniques in a number of his works.

Jason Cook, Brook Fraiser, Mary Condy, Justin Fichelson

The Modern Ball

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Last Wednesday, SFMOMA hosted the Modern Ball, which brought out a who's who of SF's arterati. The event included a lavish gala dinner and benefited the museum's exhibitions and public programs.

Art Stars in Napa

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Caldwell Snyder Gallery had its grand opening last weekend in St. Helena's Star Building, which was designed by turn-of-the-century architect H.W. Corbett. The gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art includes pieces by Gilles Marrey, Frank Stella and Popliteo.

BRAVO! CLUB's Spring Fling

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

SF Opera's BRAVO! CLUB threw a party for its members (opera lovers aged 21-40) at Harlot in SoMa last Thursday.

Alice Zhang, Andrew Strauss  Birgit Coleman, Mariana Ricci   Brita Moeller, Drew Cushing

SFMOMA Party on Nob Hill

SFMOMA's Contemporary Extension hosted a private reception for a select group of young art patrons as a warm-up to The Modern Ball, set for May 2, at The Fairmont Hotel's penthouse suite.

Art and Hieros

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

440 Brannan Studio Showroom (440 Brannan St., 415-957-1411) held an art and fashion soiree featuring works by artist Elaheh Borna and clothes from the Hieros line on Thursday night.

Tim Rose, Yooyoo Nazirbaygiev, Elaheh Borna

Jazz Divas

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the W Hotel and Jazz Diet Pepsi hosted "The Lovely Ladies of Jazz" photo exhibit and live performance on Wednesday night. SF's own jazz diva Lavay Smith belted out some soul-satisfying tunes as folks perused Kareem Black's photographs featuring top female jazz performers amd benefiting the Jazz Foundation of America.

Cake Dreams

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Artist Shinmin Li recently showcased her fanciful "I Dream of Cake" creations for a select group of guests.

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