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World Premiere of GRANDEUR @ Magic Theatre
May 31 – Jun 25 all-day

World Premiere GrandeurThe world premiere of GRANDEUR at the Magic Theatre, performances May 31 – June 25, 2017
Written by Han Ong
Directed by Loretta Greco
Featuring Carl Lumbly


GRANDEUR, World Premiere, Red Carpet Bay Area

Carl Lumbly, Safiya Fredericks, Rafael Jordan
Photo by Adam Levonian

Grandeur imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend, Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange. It’s a homecoming for MacArthur Genius award winner Han Ong, who returns to Magic after a 25-year hiatus. The cast of GRANDEUR is led by Carl Lumbly* (ABC’s Alias, CBS’ Cagney & Lacey) as “Gil Scott-Heron,” and features Safiya Fredericks* as “Julie Toussaint” and Rafael Jordan* as “Steve Barron.”

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In addition to Mr. Ong and Ms. Greco, the creative team includes Hana S. Kim (Scenic / Video Design), Alex Jaeger (Costume Design), Raymond Oppenheimer (Lighting Design), Sara Huddleston (Sound Design) and Jackie Scott (Props Design).

To purchase tickets call the Magic Theatre Box Office at 415-441-8822 or visit us online at

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An Invitation to Dance @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An Invitation to Dance, San Francisco Ballet, Red Carpet Bay AreaAn Invitation to Dance

Join San Francisco Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary to celebrate and support the next generation of ballet professionals. An Invitation to Dance includes a student showcase performance at 6:00 pm followed by dinner nearby at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco. Proceeds benefit student scholarships at San Francisco Ballet School.

2017 Student Showcase Honorary Chair: Patrick Armand
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Student Showcase Chair: Heather Cassady Martin
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Student Showcase Dinner Co-chairs: Maria Ralph and Aimee West

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Ploughshares Fund Chain Reaction with John Kerry @ Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ploughshares Fund Chain Reaction, John Kerry, Red Carpet Bay AreaPloughshares Fund Chain Reaction with headliner John Kerry — Former Secretary of State John Kerry will be the keynote speaker of Ploughshares Fund’s annual gala, Chain Reaction 2017.

In addition to Secretary Kerry, other speakers include global campaign director for the anti-nuclear weapons advocacy group Global Zero, Meredith Horowski, and Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione. The program will be followed by an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception.

For the past 35 years, Ploughshares Fund has worked to make the world safe from the dangers posed by nuclear weapons wherever they come from – whether North Korea, Iran, Washington, DC or elsewhere.

During his years in the US Senate and throughout his tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, Kerry provided skillful leadership on matters of global security. As Secretary, Kerry’s leading role in negotiating the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris Climate Accord demonstrated his commitment to solving the two biggest threats to our planet today: nuclear weapons and climate change.

Both of these groundbreaking agreements are now at risk. Secretary Kerry will sit down with Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione to discuss how we can save these landmark victories – and stop other nuclear threats – in the current political climate.

Speaker Bios

John Kerry, Former Secretary of State (2013-2017)
A decorated combat veteran, activist, best-selling author, five-term United States Senator, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States on February 1, 2013, becoming the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to serve as Secretary in over a century. Kerry drew from this experience to provide the State Department with global stewardship on issues ranging from nuclear nonproliferation to radical extremists, to humanitarian challenges and the rising threat of climate change. In 2013, Kerry became the first Secretary of State to meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister since the Iranian revolution of 1979. This meeting was the highest-level U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran in more than six years and a key moment on the journey towards the eventual signing of the landmark 2015 agreement to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. Faced with the rising threat of global climate change, Kerry was also a key architect of the Paris Climate Accord, signing the historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions in 2016. Earlier this year, Secretary Kerry announced plans for a memoir, expected in 2018.

Meredith Horowski, Global Campaign Director, Global Zero
Ploughshares Fund grantee, Global Zero, is building an international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons, making a point to focus on young people. Horowski leads their public mobilization efforts and global field strategy, engaging activists and reigniting Global Zero’s grassroots work on campuses across the country and around the world.

Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Joe Cirincione is a highly regarded nuclear policy expert. Cirincione served on Secretary Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, among other books, and frequent commentator in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, CNN and MSNBC.

About Ploughshares Fund

Ploughshares Fund is a global peace and security foundation that believes everybody has the right to a safe and secure future. It is the nation’s largest publicly-supported foundation dedicated exclusively to fighting the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. With offices in both Washington, DC and San Francisco – where it was founded in 1981 at the height of the Cold War – Ploughshares Fund invests in initiatives that strive to reduce nuclear weapons threats. They include efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and to promote stability in regions of conflict where these weapons exist. The successful civil society campaign to support diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb through peaceful means is one such initiative.

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The Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research @ The Fairmont
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm ResearchThe Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research is a three-way cooperative between the Joe Niekro Foundation™, Mission:BRAIN, and The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation. The event will showcase our organization’s joint focus on research and awareness for brain aneurysms, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as neurosurgical care of indigent people.

Actor/director Zach Braff, who is best known for playing his role of Dr. John ‘J.D.’ Dorian on the hit television series, Scrubs (2001), will be our emcee, while athletes and celebrities from across the country will join patrons for an evening of fun, laughs, and memories to last a lifetime. Braff is also known for his writing, directing and acting roles in the films Garden State (2004) and Wish I Was Here (2014).

We are honored to announce our first ever William L. Young Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Michael Lawton. Dr. Lawton is the Tong-Po Kan Endowed Chair, professor of neurological surgery and vice chairman of the department at the University of California, San Francisco. As chief of one of the busiest cerebrovascular centers on the West Coast for nearly 20 years, Dr. Lawton is being recognized for his outstanding advancements and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert @ San Francisco City Hall
Jun 11 @ 5:15 pm – 11:15 pm

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and ConcertMerola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert: Sparking the Future of Opera — The Merola Opera Program will launch its 60th anniversary season with a nod to its history while forging a new path for young opera artists.

The Merola 2017 season opens June 11 with a Benefit Gala, including cocktails and dinner. The evening begins at San Francisco City Hall with a cocktail reception and dinner, starting at 5:30. Guests will then make their way across the street to Herbst Theatre for the concert, featuring some of the most illustrious participants from past Merola programs including Deborah Voigt (’85), Julie Adams (’14), Kristin Clayton (’93), Tracy Dahl (’85), Catherine Cook (’90), Zanda Svēde (’13), Dolora Zajick (’83), Pene Pati (’13), Issachah Savage (’13), Quinn Kelsey (’02), Bojan Knezevic (’92), John Churchwell (’96), Mark Morash (’89), and more special Merola alumni. The festivities conclude with a Dessert After-Party in the Green Room at the Veterans Building following the concert.

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San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala 2017 @ San Francisco Symphony
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

YoYo Ma, San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala 2017San Francisco Symphony’s 2017-2018 season will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest composers, conductors, and educators of the 20th century. The season kicks off with an Opening Night Gala featuring superstar YoYo Ma with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Symphony Orchestra performing two beloved works. All opening night concertgoers are invited to continue the celebration at the After-Party, which includes cocktails, live music, and dancing.

Make a whole night of it! Four unique Dinner Packages that include premium seating for the concert are available.

San Francisco Opening Night Gala Performers:

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
San Francisco Symphony


Bernstein, Overture to Candide
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme

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American Cancer Society Discovery Gala @ The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

American Cancer Society San Francisco Discovery GalaThe 2017 American Cancer Society San Francisco Discovery Gala is expected to raise more than $2 million in the effort to finish the fight against cancer.

Some 600 guests including American Cancer Society’s Board of Ambassadors will gather for a reception, elegant dinner, special guest entertainment, and a live and silent auction.

Event Chairs: Denise and John Orwin, Chief Executive Officer of Relypsa

15th Annual Fashion Fights Arthritis @ The Fairmont Hotel
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Yuka Uehara, Tokyo Gamine, Red Carpet Bay AreaJudy Jorgensen, Fashion Fights Arthritis Chair, Sharon and David Seto, Honorary Chairs, and Chelsey Seippel, Bay Area Arthritis Auxiliary President, invite you to a thrilling runway show featuring designs by Yuka Uehara. Join us for this fun-filled day of fashion to support our efforts in the fight against arthritis.

10:30 a.m. – Champagne Reception & Silent Auction
12:00 p.m. – Luncheon, Live Auction & Runway Show

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San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show: Flower Power @ Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day

San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show, Red Carpet Bay AreaFollowing San Francisco’s Summer of Love 50th anniversary celebrations, save the dates for San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. This year’s theme springs from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms. Floral imagery has long been part of a rich visual symbolism in art, be it mythological, religious or romantic. Flower Power is fertile ground for cultivating a uniquely curated assortment of art and antiques. San Francisco Art and Antiques Show also serves as a benefit event for Enterprise for Youth.

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Gala: October 25
Show Dates: October 26 – 29

Show Chair: Suzanne Tucker

Preview Gala Committee: Ken Fulk, Laura King Pfaff, Allison Speer and Frederic Hutchins Moll, OJ and Gary Shansby, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Diane B. Wilsey

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