Dress For Success Sparkles at Gallery of Jewels

  If accessorizing is, “what separates us from the other mammals,” then the hominid enthusiasm at Gallery of Jewels was entirely warranted. Shopping for jewelry at a benefit for Dress for Success demonstrates the best of human nature: altruism plus bling plus conviviality plus wine equals a truly heightened anthropological experience. The Dress for Success…

SF JAZZ Sends Roses Blue to Joni Mitchell

  SFJAZZ sent singer/songwriter/sentient being Joni Mitchell a get well message in the form of a festive concert and celebration, and it made everybody involved feel much better. The intention to honor the versatile 71-year-old  musician with a Lifetime Achievement Award was in the works long before she fell ill last month, but it made…

Music For The People

Musician Stevie Wonder has said, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” It’s an essential form of communication, with or without words, serving as a medium for people from all walks of life to express their deepest thoughts and emotions. That has been the life-long purpose of the Community Music…

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…