San Francisco Social Diary: A Season of Parties & Concerts

Among the activities I enjoy in San Francisco are concerts in the city’s many music venues, such as the spectacular, over-the-top Beyoncé and Jay-Z show at AT&T Park.

by Jeanne Lawrence

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! There are meet-ups with friends, lots of parties, and so much live entertainment it’s hard to make a choice. Here’s a report on some of the events I enjoyed this year.


I attended a glamorous book party honoring style icon Nicky Hilton, the author of 365 Style. Dr. Alan Malouf co-hosted with Isha and Asim Abdullah, owners of French fashion house Ungaro, in the couple’s magnificent penthouse apartment. Continue reading

San Francisco Social Diary: Autumn Events

Among the many events I enjoy in and around the San Francisco area is the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley.

By Jeanne Lawrence

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! Especially wonderful is the proximity of so much natural beauty, like the ocean and wine country—the background for a couple of very special events I recently attended.


I wouldn’t miss Monterey Car Week, a ten-day celebration of classic cars and motorcycles each August! I love the camaraderie among the car connoisseurs and enthusiasts gathered on the Monterey Peninsula to ogle the ultimate in automotive design and engineering.

Making the two-hour drive south was part of the fun, taking me past Silicon Valley, the beach town of Santa Cruz, and through lovely farmland to Monterey Peninsula.

In Monterey, I headed for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Quail Motorsports Gathering, which luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report calls “the highlight event of Monterey Car Week.”

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San Francisco Social Diary: San Francisco Art Scene’s Latest Venues

The inaugural Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Fair is cultivating new collectors by offering works that are accessible and choosing dealers who are willing to educate.

By Jeanne Lawrence

Once the young venture capitalist and tech sector tycoons of Silicon Valley have acquired jaw-dropping real estate and the latest-and-greatest jets and yachts, what should be their next must-have?

Art dealers have an answer: They are wooing this young audience to become the next generation’s international art collectors, caretakers, ambassadors, and philanthropists in innovative ways.


Hoping to cultivate young moguls as collectors, Art Miami LLC, now in its 25th year, is launching its first West Coast venture: the Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco fair in San Mateo over Columbus Day weekend from October 9 to 12.

The fair will comprise 70 international and Bay Area galleries, offering investment-quality 20th and 21st-century works by 750 artists from 42 countries. It will showcase emergent talent and new media artists along with works by such important names as Picasso, Lichtenstein, Frankenthaler, and Wesselmann.

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San Francisco Social Diary: San Francisco Opera Opens with Bellini’s Norma

The 2014 San Francisco Opera Gala kicked off the season with Bellini’s dramatic bel canto masterpiece, Norma.

By Jeanne Lawrence

SAN FRANCISCO – The fall philanthropic, social, and cultural season begins here right after Labor Day. It’s the busiest week in the city, with the opening night of the Symphony and the Opera.

The Opera’s highly anticipated opening night event is possibly one of the grandest in the world, a not-to-be-missed mix of music and drama, glamour and excitement.

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Shanghai Social Diary: Chongming, the Eco Island of Shanghai

On a visit to the ecological island of Chongming, near Shanghai, my group visited Dao Zhong Dao, a stunning concept hotel and restaurant.

By Jeanne Lawrence


After a late arrival on a flight from the U.S. to Shanghai, I awoke the next morning to an enticing email invitation to Chongming Island. My friend, French architect Jean-Pierre Heim, wanted me to join a group visiting his hotel project there.

The alluvial island, also called Eco-Island, formed from silt and rock, is in the Yangtze River Delta and had long been on my must-see list.

But Heim’s group was leaving in only two hours! I abandoned my plan to spend a few days recovering from jet lag and was soon out the door.

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