Mary Jo Bowling
When Ivan met Irene on Match.com and took her out for coffee and dinner, he didn’t immediately know it would be forever, but he was hopeful. “I’d had a lackluster dating life fraught with disaster,” says the doctor. “But this turned out to be the best date I’d had in a long, long time.”
Walking the streets of San Francisco after work, I sometimes get glimpses of the city's great private art collections—a corner of a painting, the top of a sculpture or a bit of a photograph—visible through distant lit windows. But, once a year, I get to walk into some of these amazing homes instead of walking by them, thanks to one of SF's best fundraising events: Private Collections.
If your heart beats faster at the sight of a hand-lettered banner reading "flea market today" and aisles of booths get your pulse pounding, you have probably been to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Northern California's not-to-be-missed monthly treasure hunt (the next one happens on April 1, but you knew that).
The night Elizabeth Lorini and Nara Youn met, he fell asleep while watching movies in her dorm room with a group of friends and she filled his long hair with rows and rows of tiny braids. She was sure he’d be angry, but he wasn’t. He was back the next day (presumably after combing his hair).
Rare Device moves to the up-and-coming Divisadero Corridor; a famed vintage store throws a glam party to celebrate an expansion; and a San Francisco furniture powerhouse puts its outdoor goods on sale just in time for summer—get ready for the top design events in the City by the Bay this month.
When Zach Crawford and Matt Heron met at a Los Angeles birthday party it was love at first sight on both sides. “It’s hard to believe, but we both fell in love the instant we met—we just knew,” says Zach.
Soomin Han says that her wedding proposal was a ridiculously romantic cliché—which is exactly what she wanted. Her then-boyfriend, Chung Ho Park, took her out to an elegant hotel restaurant where he had arranged to have a private room decorated with candles and flowers. In the glow of candlelight, as their song "Love You" by Korean pop singer Jungyup played, he offered her a glittering diamond ring. Was it the most original idea? Perhaps not. But, as Soomin says, "It was the perfect proposal."
To be honest, Laura Kogan (an elementary school teacher) wasn't sure about dating Tyler Knight (owner of a drug and alcohol treatment center). He had no such reservations. "Don't worry," he told her. "Once I'm your boyfriend, I'll be your boyfriend forever."
Starting today, more than 500 artworks by Northern California artists will be sold in a massive estate sale. The works are from the collection of Charles H. Curley, a prolific collector of paintings, drawings, pottery and sculpture.
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