San Francisco Social Calendar – April 2013

April 2013 San Francisco Social Calendar.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein Speech
Hotel Nikko
Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks about personal, national and energy security. Nikko Ballroom, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., SF, 11:00 AM. Tickets: $25 and up.


Georges Chakra Trunk Show
Saks Fifth Avenue
View the Georges Chakra Fall 2013 collection, Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., SF. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Continues on April 5


The Problem With The French
PARISOMA & faberNovel partnered with Osons La France to organize “The Problem with the French”, the American part of one of the most famous events dedicated to French creativity & entrepreneurship. Featuring French Consul General Romain Serman, Loic Le Meur, Stephane Le Viet, Valerie Orsoni, Thibaut Scholash, Arnaud Breton, Lara Pagnier, George Nahon, Renaud Laplanche, Pierre-Antoine Gourraud, Clement Moreau, Axelle Tessandier, Carlos Diaz and Raphaelle Loren. Parisoma, 169 11th St, SF, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets: $30.


Hope by Design Gala
Concourse Exhibition Center
The Red Cross hosts its Hope by Design Gala featuring designer tablescapes from the Bay Area’s most celebrated designers. Honoree: Lloyd Dean. Gala co-chairs: Susan Atherton and Gwyneth Borden. Honorary co-chairs: Willie Brown, Jr. and Michael Covarrubias. 6 p.m. The Concourse Exhibition Center, SF. Tickets: $450.


9 to April 10
Giambattista Valli Trunk Show
Saks Fifth Avenue
View the Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection, Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., SF. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Commonwealth Club Annual Dinner
Palace Hotel
The Commonwealth Club celebrates its 110th anniversary with a dinner honoring Susan, Janet and Anne Wojcicki and Jed York. Dinner chair is Evelyn S. Dilsaver. Palace Hotel, SF, 5:30 PM. For tickets and info, please call (415) 869-5909.


Soul of a Banquet Benefit
Rincon Center
The San Francisco Film Society will be the beneficiary of a special event celebrating world-class culinary delights and contemporary cinema. Features an elegant banquet based on Cecilia Chiang’s renowned recipes, prepared by chef Andy Tsai of Yank Sing Restaurant, and a sneak-preview screening of Wayne Wang’s new film Soul of a Banquet. Wayne Wang, Bay Area restaurant legends Cecilia Chiang and Alice Waters, and acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl will be in attendance. Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project is also a beneficiary of the fundraiser. Rincon Center, 101 Spear St., SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $288.


Dignity Exhibit
SF+Acumen in support of Acumen Fund presents Dignity, a photo exhibition curated by Nuru Project. Keynote Address by Dave McClure of 500 Startups. Music by pianist Clifford Lamb. At Runway, San Francisco’s newest start-up launching pad, 1355 Market Street, 4th Floor, 6:30 PM. Tickets: $40 and up.


Exploratorium Opening Gala
The Exploratorium unveils its new home on Pier 15 during its Opening Gala. Event chair: Fannie Allen. Co-chairs: Sandy & Paul Otellini. The event will consist of three parties; Opening Gala Dinner (sold out), Supper Club, and the After-Party. Tickets: $150 and up.


Girls of the Golden West
The Fairmont
Merola Opera Program’s Girls of the Golden West benefit and gala honoring Mrs. Lonny J. Darwin, Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson, Barbara K. Jackson and Vivienne E. Miller. The Fairmont, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $250 and up.


ArtSpan’s Benefit Art Auction
ArtSpan’s Benefit Art Auction 2013. Bid on 100+ artworks by Bay Area artists in juried live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit ArtSpan’s mission to build community through year-round educational programs for working artists, under-served youth, and the public. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., SF, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Tickets: $50 and up.


SF Chamber Orchestra Gala
The City Club
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will host a reception, exclusive musical performance, and live benefit auction. The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor, 4:00 PM. Tickets: $150 and up. Call (415) 692-3367.


16 to April 17
Pamella Roland Trunk Show
Saks Fifth Avenue
View the Pamella Roland Fall 2013 collection, Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., SF. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


Discarded to Divine
Discarded to Divine, the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s annual fundraiser, showcases the talents of established and aspiring designers who remake discarded clothing, fabric and furniture. Gensler San Francisco, 2 Harrison Street, SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $75.


Big Bang Gala
California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences hosts its 27th annual Big Bang Gala featuring environmental pioneers James Balog and William McDonough. Co-chairs: Matthew Barger, Randi Fisher, and Wendy Schmidt. Corporate chair: Jes Pedersen. California Academy of Sciences, SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $2,500 and up. Call (415) 379-5423 for info.


Standing Ovations Gala
Old Mint Plaza
SF Museum and Historical Society presents its annual Standing Ovations gala with a fashion show by Academy of Art University. The Old Mint Plaza, SF, 5:30 PM. Tickets: $300.


2013 StartOut Awards
Hotel Nikko
2013 StartOut Awards. Honoring entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitments to both the entrepreneurial and LGBT communities. Honorees include Tim Gill, Zoe Dunning, Jordan Goldman, Heather Hiles. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be moderator for the evening. Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason St., SF, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets: $275 and up.


SF Conservatory of Music Gala
SF Conservatory of Music
SF Conservatory of Music honors legendary baritone Thomas Hampson during the Conservatory’s annual gala. Co-chairs: Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski. SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St, SF, 5:30 PM. Tickets: $1,500 and up. Call (415) 503-6291 for tickets.


Francis Ford Coppola Dinner
Saints Peter and Paul Church
North Beach Citizen’s, An Italian Dinner Celebration. Hosted by Honorary Chair Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Co-Hosts Jeannette Etheredge and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, An Italian Dinner Celebration will feature a three-course family-style dinner catered by Tasha DeSerio and wines by Francis Ford Coppola Presents. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St., SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $175 and up.


Art Auction 2013
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents Art Auction 2013, the last major event before the museum’s planned expansion, at SFMOMA. 151 Third St., SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $400 and up.


Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour
Marriott Marquis
Wine Spectator’s magazine’s “Grand Tour San Francisco” will feature tastings from over two hundred and twenty of the world’s finest wineries. Attendees will meet and mingle with the winery owners and wine makers as they pour their best wines. Marriott Marquis San Francisco, 55 Fourth St., SF, 7:00 PM. Tickets: $200


International Film Festival
Castro Theatre
The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival opens with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, food and drinks. Attend the Castro Theatre for a screening of What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore, then head to a lavish party to enjoy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, sophisticated cocktails and dancing. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., SF, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Tickets: $40 and up.


Zac Posen Luncheon
The Fairmont
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and Saks Fifth Avenue presents designer Zac Posen at the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon. The Fairmont Hotel, SF, 11:00 AM. Tickets: $250 and up.


Zac Posen Trunk Show
Saks Fifth Avenue
View the Zac Posen Fall 2013 collection and meet Zac Posen, Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., SF. 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Blue Ribbon Luncheon
Four Seasons Hotel
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Blue Ribbon Luncheon, celebrating 40 years of child abuse prevention, keynote by Sugar Ray Leonard, at Four Seasons Hotel, SF, Noon. Tickets: $250 and up.


The City Club
Soirée: An Evening of Luxury Unveiled. Franc D’Ambrosio, renowned for his five year run of “The Phantom of the Opera,” will be singing a set of songs from the original Broadway musical. Indulge in wines from over 20 vintners across three floors of San Francisco’s City Club. The City Club, 155 Sansome St., SF, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Tickets: $85 and up.


Decorator Showcase Opening
2800 Pacific Avenue
Opening Night of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, 2013. See 24 of San Francisco’s best design firms transform Herbst Manor, 2800 Pacific Avenue, SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $175.


27 to May 27
SF Decorator Showcase
2800 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco Decorator Showcase, 2013. See 24 of the San Francisco’s best design firms transform Herbst Manor, 2800 Pacific Avenue, SF. Tickets: $25 and up.


Steven Soderberg Appearance
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Director Steven Soderberg delivers the annual “State of Cinema Address” for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post St., SF, 1:00 PM. Tickets: $20 and up.


Dances From the Heart
Palace of Fine Arts
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation second annual “Dances from the Heart” benefit performance featuring dancers from many top Bay Area dance companies. Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St., SF., 7:30 PM. Tickets: $40 and up


PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic
Lake Merced Golf Club
Join Hilary Newsom Callan and Geoff Callan for the 14th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic at Lake Merced Golf and County Club. All proceeds benefit the CPIC (Cancer Prevention Institute of California). 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City. Tickets: $150 and up.