Join ArtPoint at Cavalier by Jay Jeffers for the kick-off to their first gala of 2013, Wooden Shoe be Mine, in celebration of the much-anticipated Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Century exhibitions coming to the de Young Museum. Guests can experience the joy that is Lillet-a French apertif, plus a variety of unique wines, hand-selected by Stash Wines, and delicious bites from Union Street Catering. Cavalier, 1035 Post Street, SF. Tickets: $40.00
Giorgio Armani Trunk Show
View the Giorgio Armani Resort 2013 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call (415) 362-3900 ext 2270. Neiman Marcus, Designer Sportswear, Second Floor, SF. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Also, January 11.
Y Combinator: The Secret in this Incubator’s Sauce
Companies like Heyzap, Airbnb, Hipmunk, Reddit and Dropbox are all very different but have one mighty factor in common — they got their initial green and kibitz from Y Combinator. Hear from Y Combinator Partner Harj Taggar and four of its most booming YC graduates to get a look behind the curtain of this Silicon Valley incubator icon. Includes Joe Gebbia, (Co-founder of Airbnb), Steve Huffman (Co-founder of Hipmunk and Reddit) and Jude Gomila (Co-founder, Heyzap). Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, SF. 6:00 PM. Tickets: $20 and up.
Carl Bass, Yves Behar, Brian Chesky, Tony Fadell, Jeanne Gang, Thom Mayne and many other world-renowned designers across a variety of disciplines — such as architecture, graphic design, robotics, city planning, 3D printing, data visualization, genomics, corporate branding — will break out of their silos on-stage to discuss the state of the industry, their creative process, and ways in which design can make the world smarter, cooler, and more innovative. From 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF. Visit http://conference.businessweek.com/design to request an invitation.
As mentioned in this month’s Elle Magazine: Dave Eggers & Kevin Powers In Conversation with Steven Winn. Benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth started in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2002 now with branches in over seven cities nationwide. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF. 7:30 PM. Tickets: $27.00
Don’t miss your chance to see Lady Gaga for one night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Watch live as she performs old hits in addition to new songs from her upcoming album, Artpop! 525 West Santa Clara Street , San Jose
Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show
View the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection. To schedule an appointment, call (415) 362-3900 ext 2385. Neiman Marcus, Couture Salon, Third Floor, SF. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Also, January 18.
The 13th annual Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration fo art, music, theater, fashion, technology, circus, and the creations of the late author Edward Gorey. The Regency Ballroom. 1300 Van Ness Avenue, SF. 8:00 PM. Tickets: $45 and up.
Join the cast of the Broadway show, “Anything Goes,” for one night only. With special guest stars La Toya London, Tim Hockenberry and Erich Bergen. Benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. Bay Theatre, Pier 39, 7:30 PM. Tickets: $40 and up. Order tickets at (415) 273-1620 or www.helpisontheway.org
Spruce will host a very special dinner supporting Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that connects children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Emceed by Emmy Award-winning host and a producer for CBS5’s Eye on The Bay Liam Mayclem, the luxurious dinner will take place on Tuesday, January 22, beginning with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM, followed by a multi-course dinner at 7:00 PM, prepared by a team of San Francisco’s finest chefs. Spruce, 3640 Sacramento Street, SF. Tickets: $250 per person. Make reservations by calling 415 326 3767 or visit ce.strength.org
The SFJAZZ Center is the first stand-alone venue for jazz in the United States. Join Master of Ceremonies Bill Cosby for a concert and party to celebrate the opening. Franklin and Fell Streets. 6:00 PM. Tickets: $500 and up. Call (415) 283-0354
Friends, family and patients of the Maas Clinic, as well as other residents of the community, join together to reach the goal of raising 6,000 children’s books for the schools that could really use our help! Guests are asked to bring 5 new or “nearly new” books appropriate for K-8th grade readers to The Maas Clinic for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the Face and Body, at 2400 Clay Street during business hours, or purchase a raffle ticket, and you and you will have a chance of winning a variety of luxurious top notch prizes! The gala takes place at Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, SF. 6:30 PM. For more information, please visit www.maasclinic.com, or call (415) 567-7200. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show
View the Spring 2013 Monique Lhuillier Collection. To schedule an appointment, call (415) 362-3900 ext 2351. Neiman Marcus, Couture Salon, Third Floor, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Also, January 25.
Join SF Ballet Auxiliary at the launch of SF Ballet‘s 80th season with its Opening Night Gala Celebration. Chair: Deborah Taylor. City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, SF. Auxiliary Gala tickets: $1,000 and up. Encore Gala tickets: $300 and up.
The California Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Gladstone Insitute, presents “Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health”-a five-day biosciences festival. Engage with some of the most brilliant minds in science today during intimate conversations, keynote lectures, cocktail mixers, family-fun activities, and more at venues in San Francisco. Generously supported by Eva and Bill Price. Through January 28.
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis. The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. The exhibition features 35 paintings representing the range of subject matter and technique characteristic of 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the United States is the Mauritshius’ celebrated masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and the enchanting The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting Vase of Flowers by the gifted Rachel Ruysch, one of the few female painters of the Dutch Golden Age, is being restored especially for the American tour. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF. Through June 2, 2013.
SNOW A White Fashion Event 2013. The fourth annual event from the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network will take place at Cowden, 180 Shipley Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.Dress code is “Strictly White Attire” Doors opens at 6PM. Fashion show at 7PM. Tickets: $20 and up.
A rare opportunity to hear from a U.S. Supreme Court Justice up close. The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with candor and intimacy, she recounts the arc of her life from a Bronx housing project to an appointment on the nation’s highest court. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, Noon. Tickets: $30 and up.
The Crunchies Awards celebrate the best tech accomplishments of 2012. Co-hosted by GigaOM, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. They will announce winners from 20 different award categories live on stage at the event, with special guest appearances and entertainment too. Louise M Davies Symphony Hall, SF. 6:45. Tickets: $80 and up.