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Not in the Holiday Spirit Yet? Chanticleer Can Help.

At 8 p.m. last Saturday, in a pitch-black St. Ignatius Church, an audience of some 1,300 people sat motionless in the dark. What kept us that way was was 12 male voices, unaccompanied by anything but candlelight and including one astonishing soprano, singing 15th-century plainsong. I couldn't get a photo, of course, so the above shot (of Chanticleer rehearsing before the show) will have to do. There's something about this music that made me think, Why bother with anything else that's been composed in the last, oh, six hundred years?

Thanksgiving Dinner in SF: How to get and give

Thanksgiving is now only 11 days away, which means that you should either be a) furiously collecting recipes (look for some from us later this week or b) furiously dialing for a Thankgiving day reservation. Our friends over at Chow have already done us the favor of compiling a list of some of the best places to tuck in to turkey; click here to see their list. Or, for a complete list of places throughout the Bay Area that are serving (and to make reservations), check out the Opentable round-up here.

We’d like to add a few they left off:

Toys for Tots Holiday Party

Martin and Rosalina Lydster hosted a holiday party benefitting Toys for Tots.

Chrissy Laffere_Denise Ham Betty Rodriguez_Jared Lehr Lori Levine_Julie Veronese
Chrissy Laffere, Denise Ham      Betty Rodriguez, Jared Lehr      Lori Levine, Julie Veronese

Vintage 415 NYE Party

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

Vintage 415 threw a blow-out party at Ana Mandara, where Champagne flowed and DJ Fashen was on deck to help ring in the new year.

Rachel Rose_Vin Sol Elyssa Thorp_Leila Nasseri Natalie Marmer_Chris Croswell

Clift Hotel NYE Party

photography by Heather Wiley

The Clift Hotel hosted an "Asian paradise" New Year's Eve party that took over five rooms and included sets by DJ Spider (resident at Pure, Las Vegas; Les Deux, LA; Area, LA) and DJ Solomon (resident at Slide, San Francisco).

Gorgeous and Green 2007

Global Green USA celebrated its third annual SF benefit party at Bently Reserve. The event, which focused on "green design solutions to combat climate change and other environmental issues," attracted a host of pro-green celebrities including Jason Lewis, Josie Maran, Jason Behr, Michelle Branch and Kadee Strickland. Proceeds from that night have been funneled into projects such as the Green Schools Initiative and the Holy Cross project, the first sustainable low-income housing community in New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward.

BRAVO! Holiday Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

BRAVO! Club held its holiday cocktail party, which included performances from SF Conservatory of Music vocalists, at Palmetto on Union Street.

Mike Posey_Kathy Posey Patrick Fuentes_Marie Carr Maggie Stack_Annette Giambroni

Guide Dogs for the Blind Luncheon

The Westin St. Francis was the site of the Guide Dogs for the Blind’s holiday luncheon, which raised roughly $200,000 with close to 1,000 people in attendance.

Vanessa Zielke_Amy Carr Nancy Gardner_Sigrid Button Laura Chandler_Craig Dietrich

Guardsmen Tree Lot Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Guardsmen Tree Lot, which benefits educational camping programs for disadvantaged youth, celebrated its opening at the Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason.

Brad De Jean_Bart Damner Chris Roeder_Stephanie Roeder Jaime Jensen_Kelly Grimes

Opera Guild's Holiday Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The SF Opera Guild held its 'Tis the Season holiday party, which benefits the Guild's holiday outreach program, at The Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus.

Sobia Shaikh_Linley Froeb_Claire Fluhr Marybeth La Motte_Rich La Motte
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