Living in a city the size of Shanghai, with over 20 million inhabitants, requires an occasional escape. One weekend, my hiking group took a trip to Tai Hu Lake for some peace, quiet, and fresh air in the countryside.
HIKING IN THE CHINESE COUNTRYSIDE
Early one autumn Saturday, venture capitalist Jennifer Yan, publisher Andrea Mingfai Chu, and I went on a day trip to the countryside with our hiking group. Our destination was Tai Hu Lake, west of Shanghai, to visit an authentic farming and fishing village.
Tai Hu Lake is third largest freshwater lake in China, has 90 islands, and empties into the Yangtze River.
China is the world’s leading source of wild-caught fish and aquaculture, and Tai Hu Lake is a source for several fish species, including the seasonal delicacy, hairy crab.
San Francisco Opera opened its 93rd season with a gala performance of Verdi’s romantic drama Luisa Miller in the magnificent 1932 Beaux-Arts War Memorial Opera House.
By Jeanne Lawrence
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA’S 93RD SEASON
GALA EVENING INCLUDED VERDI’S LUISA MILLER AND A BALL
San Francisco kicked off its fall social and philanthropic season with the annual Opera opening night gala in September. One of the city’s grandest events, it’s a must-attend for lovers of opera, theater, fashion, and glamour.
The Opera’s General Director David Gockley and Musical Director Nicola Luisotti pulled out all the stops for the season’s opener, Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
The cast of Luisa Miller: Vitaliy Bilyy, Ekaterina Semenchuk, David Gockley, Francesca Zambello, Michael Fabiano, Nicola Luisotti, and Leah Crocetto.
The future Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis will provide a cutting-edge arts and education facility for the university and the entire region.
By Jeanne Lawrence
MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM OF ART AT UC DAVIS TO OPEN IN 2016-17
Recently, I celebrated another construction milestone for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the new museum at the University of California, Davis set to open next year. The museum’s “topping out” ceremony commemorated the final beam being put in place.
The university’s new facility is a state-of-the-art museum with a profound commitment to education. Students and other visitors will experience art in an intimate setting that provides exciting new resources to explore and celebrate UC Davis’s rich artistic legacy. With its art studio and art history programs and exhibitions, the museum will play an important role expanding art access to all students.
Located 15 miles west of Sacramento, UC Davis is one of the nation’s top 10 public research universities, and is currently ranked first in its veterinarian and agricultural programs, the latter of which includes top programs in viticulture (study of grape cultivation) and enology (study of wines).
At the annual Burning Man festival, a week-long communal artistic and musical event, tens of thousands of creative types and free spirits create a temporary, magical “city” in the remote Nevada Desert.
By Jeanne Lawrence
Black Rock, Nev. – During the week leading up to Labor Day, almost 70,000 revelers will gather in the Black Rock desert in Nevada, 110 miles north of Reno, to experience the annual Burning Man Festival, an elaborate and colorful art spectacle like no other in the world. The festival takes its name from the ritual burning of a wooden effigy known as the “Man,” an ancient and primal ritual.
During San Francisco’s spring social season, I enjoyed an Erdem fashion show held at the new San Francisco Cruise Terminal, and attended a glamorous dinner party with friends that showed off the city’s Old World charm.
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 on my last trip.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD FASHION NIGHT WITH ERDEM
This spring, droves of San Francisco fashionistas gussied up to view the latest collection from celebrated British designer Erdem Moralioglu at his first-ever runway presentation here.
Saks Fifth Avenue sponsored the event, co-chaired by Claire Fluhr and Anne Marie Massocca under the leadership of new Guild President Charlot Malin. It benefited the San Francisco Opera Guild’s music education programs, which reach more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools throughout Northern California.