Big Bang Gala

Big Bang: Theory of Philanthropy

The menagerie out front of the Academy of Sciences’ Big Bang Gala, like the aquarium world within, was a veritable seascape— jazz music bubbled up over the entryway and glittering fashionistas glided over a sea blue carpet as brightly festooned sea urchin dancers welcomed guests into the Academy to experience an evening of tasty cocktails…

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SFMOMA Modern Ball Bounces Over to Yerba Buena

Always up for something new, San Francisco’s Moderns decamped across Fourth Street for the mod- and modified Modern Ball, the beloved biennial fun- and fund-raiser.  The tripartite party was held for the first time in the Yerba Buena Gardens, which was festively adorned by Stanlee Gatti with a polka-dot path and big ballooning lanterns, to…

Soledad O'Brien, Cheryl Hines, Robert Kennedy Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash

Goldman’s Heroes

The Goldman Environmental Prize, created 25 years ago by philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman, is the world’s leading award honoring indispensable environmentalists. The winners are selected by an international jury who receive confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals. Prize winners participate in a 10-day tour of San Francisco and…

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SF International Film Festival Award Night Gets Glamorous

San Francisco’s main thoroughfare was transformed into the corner of Hollywood and ‘Vine Ness’ when the San Francisco International Film Festival celebrated its own awards season at the Regency Center. Swoonable actor Jeremy Irons popped over from across the pond, adorable animator John Lasseter zipped over from across the Bay, multidimensional screenwriter Stephen Gaghan hopped…

Jamie Greene

Some Enchanted Evening, On a Hill

“Howdy, partners,” was the greeting every guest received upon entering the San Francisco Zoo, for Zoofest 2014. The roundup of waiters beamed from ear to ear, as they offered the “green enchantment “cocktail. The essence of the evening was to celebrate the beautiful diversity of the animal kingdom; while honoring Stephen and Barbara Hearst and…