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Tales of the City

June 14, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

The many, colorful tales of one beloved city starred as a heartfelt love letter to San Francisco Wednesday during the opening-night gala and world premiere of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” at the American Conservatory Theater.

“This is like an Armistead story come to life,” observed composer Jake Hagge, with all joking aside. “It’s the kind of parties he used to write about and make fun of!” Inside joke or not, the gala’s unbridled merriment was shared by all. Which also raised a hefty $950K in support of ACT’s education programs. And was deeply appreciated by those who labored on this work of love.

Cocktails and canapés were served beneath a clear Classic Party Rentals tent tricked-out by designer Stanlee Gatti with swags of theatrical purple curtains framing red and purple linen-draped tables atop which was served a masterful McCall Associates, ’70s-era inspired meal: Crab Louis salad with Green Goddess dressing, filet mignon with potatoes Diana, and a nostalgic slice of McCall’s to-die-for version of the old Blum’s Coffee Crunch cake.

“Now this is what we call a San Francisco treat,” enthused ACT Board President Rusty Rueff, prior to the post-dinner presentation. “Tonight is an historic celebration, adapted from Armistead’s ‘Tales,’ of this magical place we call home.”

Read more at SFGate.com
Photo: Marc Schauer (left) and his wife, actor Laura Linney, Armistead Maupin, Carey Perloff and Maupin’s husband, Christopher Turner

International Pow Wow — a Grand Adventure for Travel

June 13, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

International Pow Wow, a grand adventure for tour operators was held recently in San Francisco. According to the Inbound Report of Sausalito CA, “All the planets seemed to be aligned in the right way…” to encourage buyers of travel while bringing about “evening functions that defied adequate superlatives to describe their grandeur and inventiveness.” Further they said, “Each of the functions had a different tonality, but staged in a way combining elements of fun with great music and even greater food all while educating attendees… and leaving an indelible impression without any big name entertainment.”

The Report abounding with more raves, wrote “The Tuesday evening function at the California Academy of Sciences… which was co-sponsored by the San Francisco Airport” and Catered by McCalls, as “generally considered the swankiest function of all, making guests feel they were served a gourmet meal with 5,000 of their closest friends…. Wednesday’s closing party funded primarily by the California Travel and Tourism Commission was held at the Civic Center and showcased the elements for which San Francisco is known: elegance, quirkiness, and an anything goes ethos.” The Report concluded. “The event held once a generation in San Francisco would be talked about for years. Over 5,000 people surely left their hearts in San Francisco.”

 

The Legion of Honor Featuring Pulp Fashion

June 7, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

From coast to coast, San Francisco is widely known for cultural influences, with our many premier museums housing some of the finest exhibits in the nation. The Legion of Honor Museum is showcasing Pulp Fashion by Isabelle de Borchgrave held over a few short days, due to its popularity.

The New York Social Diary reported Tatiana Sorokko, Russian model and couture collector, with friends, including Jeanne Lawrence and curator Martin Chapman, toured the exhibit and afterward ate lunch at the café operated by McCalls. Here are some of their experiences as told by Jeanne.

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum was a gift from the Spreckels, the sugar family.

The Legion of Honor is situated atop the cliffs in Lincoln Park, with incredible ocean views.

There is a lovely café with an outdoor garden where visitors were basking in the sunshine.

Jeanne Lawrence, Tatiana Sorokko, Denise Hale, and curator Martin Champman enjoyed lunch in the bright and sunny museum café.

Isabella de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor

June 7, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

From Coast to Coast San Francisco is widely known for cultural influences, with our many premier museums housing some of the finest exhibits in the nation. The Legion of Honor Museum is showcasing Pulp Fashion by Isabelle de Borchgrave held over a few short days, due to its popularity.

We are pleased to find the New York Social Diary has found Tatiana Sorokko, Russian model and couture collector and friends, including curator Martin Chapman toured the exhibit and ate lunch at the café.
Here are some of their experiences as told by Jeanne Lawrence.

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum (1924), was a gift from the Spreckels, the sugar family.

Awarding Champions at the Exploratorium

June 3, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

Great Champions of science gathered together recently for the 34th annual awards dinner for the Exploratorium. We were again thrilled to provide the dinner and reception and enjoyed every part of the evening.

Attendees treated themselves to passed hors d’oeuvres and sipped their favorite cocktail while playing with the museum’s interactive edu-tainment. After coaxing folks to their seats, a panel of this year’s four honorees discussed the importance of people’s scientific assumptions while guests feasted
upon what SFWire called “a delectable McCalls dinner.”

The four awards went to Retired Congressman and nuclear physicist Dr. Vernon J Ehlers, Dr. Ramon Cortines, educational leader, Dr. Jane Luchenco, marine ecologist and Scott Cook, founder of Intuit. Congratulations to all of them! They help make our life richer.

Read more @ SFWIRE