Marybeth La Motte’s latest Red Carpet column for FSHN is in the magazine’s winter issue and available online and in print at newsstands now. Check it out for scenes from the Atherton home of Jennifer Carrico and Chris Kelly at the 49ers Academy Gala, Rodin by Moonlight, a biennial event at Cantor Center for the Arts at Stanford University, Museum of the African Diaspora’s eighth anniversary in San Francisco, and SFMOMA’s Bay Area Treasure award dinner for George Lucas.
Tomorrow evening, Thursday, November 14th, the San Francisco Film Society will present a fall celebration in honor of the films Fruitvale Station, Her, Nebraska and The Square. The event will be held at The Battery, San Francisco’s newest private club, and filmmakers Ryan Coogler, Spike Jonze, Michael B. Jordan, Jehane Noujaim, Alexander Payne and actress June Squibb will be on hand to receive the accolades. Co-chairs are Victoria Raiser and Todd Traina; Sid Ganis and Chris Columbus are hosts. Tickets start at $350.
… and this year Marc Benioff is bringing Green Day, Blondie and hosting an after-party with MC Hammer at AT&T Park on November 19th! All proceeds benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland. The concert is presented by Salesforce.com Foundation in conjunction with the Dreamforce Gala. A limited number of tickets are still available.
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I love parties. I love caviar. Not shocking admissions. When caviar is served at a party, it is a unique event, and I am both thrilled and honored. As a purist, I prefer my caviar with sips of chilled vodka and service in a plain dollop on the back of the hand. The best server of caviar in this tradition was Dieter Jenkins, the former maitre d’ at The Francisca Club and a part-time waiter for McCall’s. Impeccably dressed in black-tie, with a winning smile and crisp white gloves, Dieter served caviar in the most elegant way, a dollop on the hand with just the right amount. Anticipating Dieter’s caviar service made waiting in a short queue for it worthwhile. Now this: I was waiting for caviar at a recent party when the woman in front of me requested the service on her hand. The waiter obliged, but rather than dollop, he spread the caviar on her hand with a spoon. Not only smashing the little delicacy, but also touching her skin. I was aghast when he put the spoon back into the large bowl of caviar. I had to speak up, I could not help myself. I asked the waiter to try dolloping without touching the skin. He tried again on the woman, dolloped, and then wiped the spoon clean on her hand. There was more skin contact then the first time. I tried explaining again, “No, you cannot touch the skin.” He responded, irritated, “I have to do it my way.” No more caviar for me.
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Wobbly World is a collection of singers and musicians from Bulgaria, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Cuba, Vietnam, West Africa and the United States who embody the American spirit of connection and collaboration. Red Carpet Bay Area introduces Freddy Clarke:
San Francisco Opera opens its 91st season tonight with a gala performance of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, wherein Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for perpetual youth. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera and Chorus in Robert Carson’s impressive San Francisco Opera Production, now co-owned by the Metropolitan Opera, designs by Michael Levine and directed by Laurie Feldman. The title role of Mefistofele is sung by Russian bass Ildar Abrdazakov in his stage debut, soprano Patricia Racette appears as both Margherita and Elena, and Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas makes his stage debut as Faust. Mefistofele runs through October 2nd.
The opening night festivities are highlighted by Opera Ball 2013: The Garden of Good and Evil, created by celebrity event designer Colin Cowie, and Bravo! Club’s Opening Night Gala. If you go, be sure to post comments and photos on social networks using hashtags: #sfoperaball or #DevilinSF.
The opening weekend concludes with San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park, a free concert in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 8th.
Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
September social events are just one week away. Here is my red-carpet ready plan:
One month before: get on with the workouts and back into a three-days-a-week routine with Kristi Dowler. Kristi’s workouts not only give me energy and get me outside, but also deliver quick results. One of the best accessories with any gown is sculpted arms.
Two or three weeks before: Fraxel or a chemical peel from Cheryl Pierce to ease the latest damage on my summer sun-kissed skin.
Two days before: Hydrating facial from Theresa Ferrar for a clean, healthy glow.
One day before:
1. Professional manicure and pedicure in shades that compliment my dress. Note, I read a tip from Sally Hansen that said for long nails the squoval is out, and that polish on the fingers and toes should not match. I keep my nails short so I will go with an oval; I like a matching mani-pedi, but it’s good to know the latest trends.
2. A light shade of spray tan from MilVali Salon. My skin looks better tan, and the spray-on type doesn’t leave me looking parched or aged.
1. Professional hair and makeup at MilVali Salon equals confidence.
2. Leave the house early to avoid a stressful ride in the car; arrive on-time to enjoy all the sights and sounds.
I attended opera ball for the first time in 1994; I’ll never forget my seat mate’s comment, “One never wears black to the opera!” Oops and I thought I looked great in my black silk gown by Calvin Klein. I still have the dress, and I still like it, though I will not wear it to opera ball again. I have not missed an opera ball since then — watching the gowns, the jewels, the hairstyles, the air kisses, the pomp, and the performances — has become a much-loved pastime.
Of all the opera balls since, my favorite was on September 5, 1997, San Francisco Opera’s 75th anniversary celebration and return to the War Memorial Opera House after two years and an $88.5 million restoration. The ball was chaired by Jane Hartley, 75th anniversary celebration chairs were Sally Jordan and Gretchen Leach, and Linle Froeb and Brian Hackfeld chaired the Bravo! Club’s celebration.
Not only was the audience in awe over the restored great gold curtain, starburst chandelier and rich, red velvet seats, but also the gala concert hosted by soprano Beverly Sills and actor Derek Jacobi as master of ceremonies. Then general director Lotfi Mansouri served up performances from legendary divas Leonie Rysanek and Joan Sutherland, and from some of the world’s greatest opera stars including Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Ruth Ann Swenson, Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey, just to name a few. We dined and danced in a luxurious tent following the memorable performance and got home at 2:00 am, in time to watch a sad and beautiful farewell to Princess Diana, her funeral, on television.
I look forward to returning to the War Memorial Opera House for opera ball on September 6, 2013, where nothing has changed since 1932. Throughout the restoration, Lotfi Mansouri insisted on keeping everything the same, from the carpeting to the coverings and configurations for the seats, everything was replicated. This year I’ll wear red, from Vera Wang.