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Beth Spotswood

Hot 20 Look Back: Where Are They Now?

In preparation for this year's annual Hot 20 list — you might remember me as "The Funny Girl" in the 2011 issue — I decided to check in with a handful of my fellow Hot 20 classmates and see what they're up to now.

A Closer Look At The San Francisco Souvenir Fleece

Mark Twain once famously (read: never) said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." A most cliché quote, sure, but more than fitting for a story about the freezing out-of-towners who flock to SF every summer.

Where to Rub Elbows with the City's Republicans (They Do Exist!)

Red Territory

Republicans. 
In this hippie-loving, capitalism-loathing, Left Coast haven we call home, what could be more counter to our culture? Here’s where to rub elbows with the city’s more conservative residents, since the Bohemian Club is members (and men) only.

Mingling with San Francisco's Party Crasher Culture

An ordinary Tuesday night party at an upscale department store downtown, I spotted a woman of a certain age wearing a pink teddy bear backpack. Noting her bag (and how could I not?), I asked the event photographer, my friend and well-known society shooter Drew Altizer, if she was some sort of artsy heiress.

“No.” He exhaled, annoyed. “She’s a crasher. I see her everywhere.”
“You mean a party crasher?” I was shocked. “That’s really a thing?”

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