Headlands Heroes

  Henri Matisse one said, “Creativity takes courage.” It’s a truth every artist knows, especially during their art opening. Every show marks a breakthrough in their career, for a new beginning. Why? Because a world of possibilities can begin. Enter, Headlands Center for the Arts annual benefit art auction, featuring work by over 100 artists…

Red Cross Rocks!

  We are all reminded of the connection we have to our neighbors when disaster strikes; a major emergency like the 2014 Napa Earthquake was a wake-up call and a profound example of humanitarianism that is possible in the face of distress. The 2015 American Red Cross Gala echoed this very message of unwavering support…

Upping the Ante with Downing at the Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show

  When Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing was a boy, he insisted his mother find babysitters, “who looked like Stevie Nicks.”  The models he sent down the runway at the 34th Annual Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show would have passed his prepubescent casting call, after all.  Had they been alive in his hometown of Seattle…

SF Conservatory of Music is Classy and Brassy

  When was the last time you heard The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” played on piccolo trumpet? If you had attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gala, you could answer that question with enthusiasm. The annual black-tie event was filled with unexpected melodies, joyous collaborations, sumptuous surroundings, and a shared love of music that bound…

Mid-Winter Gala Invites a Legion to Honor

  “It doesn’t feel like mid-winter or any winter here in San Francisco, but it’s definitely a super-chic party…” affirmed Neiman Marcus Creative Director Ken Downing, who spent some early winters at I. Magnins once upon a time. Downing donned his tux and signature neck scarf for the Fine Arts Museum’s Mid-Winter Gala at the…