View the Hunt Slonem exhibit at Serge Sorokko Gallery. Hunt Slonem is best known for his expressionist paintings of tropical birds, based on a personal aviary in which he keeps about 100 live birds of various species. Serge Sorokko Gallery, 55 Geary St., SF, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Designer Jay Jeffers of Jeffers Design Group and Cavalier by Jay Jeffers, is offering a selection of furniture, accessories, lighting and other goodies at OneKingsLane.com during this special Tastemaker Tag sale, starting at 8:00 AM.
See San Francisco Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt. Come meet the manager who strategized the Giants’ latest World Series triumph and hear what’s in store this season. Bochy will take you behind the scenes and down into the dugout to give the lowdown on who’s in, who’s out, and what strategies will keep the Giants at the peak of their game. Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF, 11:15 AM. Tickets: $30 and up.
Meritus College Fund hosts Making College Count honoring Jim Swartz at Adobe Systems, Inc. This elegant wine tasting reception honors Jim Swartz, of the Meritus Inspiration Award. Honorary Chair Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will host an interview with honoree Jim Swartz and two Meritus Scholars, which will highlight the evening. Adobe Systems Inc., 601 Townsend Street, SF, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets: $125 each.
California Home+Design Requests the Pleasure of Your Company to Celebrate the 2013 CH+D Award Winners and our First Design Icon, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium , 101 Henry Adams Street, SF, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets: $40 (sold out!)
Visit the opening of the new Max Mara Boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue, and view the Spring 2013 Max Mara Collection. Enjoy light refreshments and sweet bites. Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., SF, 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information, call (415) 438-5292
Pioneering light sculptor Leo Villareal discusses his latest project, The Bay Lights, an installation celebrating the completion of the bridge’s new eastern span. Comprising more than 25,000 white LED bulbs and covering an area 1.5 miles wide and 500 feet tall, The Bay Lights will illuminate the north face of the bridge with complex, rhythmic sequences orchestrated by the artist via laptop. The Bay Lights will premiere in March and will remain in place for two years. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., SF, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tickets: $10.00
The SF Tribal & Textile Arts Show opens with a Preview Gala to benefit the galleries for Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and the Textiles galleries of the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF. 6:00 PM Call (415)750-3518 for info. Tickets: $150.00
Acclaimed interior designer Barbara Barry’s work has long been praised for its quiet refinement, soothing palette, and gracefully composed furniture. In her first book, Around Beauty, Ms. Barry shares the exploration of her design philosophy, meditating on the transformative power of beauty and how it inspires and informs her designs. San Francisco Design Center Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St., SF, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Tickets: Free (must reserve ticket in advance.)
Wine Tasting and Book Signing for On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating, by Blane Bachelor, a San Francisco-based author, journalist and former columnist. Jurlique Spa, 2136 Fillmore St., SF, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
MoAD opens The Kinsey Collection, a national touring exhibition and one of the largest private collections of African American artifacts, documents and artwork. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., SF. 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Tickets: Free.
Spinsters of San Francisco Presents: Denim & Diamonds. Throw on your favorite jean ensemble, add some sparkling bling, and help raise money for the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks! Monroe, 473 Broadway, SF, 8:00 PM. Tickets: $40.00.
ArtPoint Valentine’s Gala, Wooden Shoe Be Mine? will Celebrate the arrival of Girl with a Pearl Earring and the Dutch Golden Age. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF. Tickets: $95 and up.
“The San Francisco Zoological Society Auxiliary presents Zootopia 2013, CHOC’D Rocks the Lions’ Den. This spectacular Zoo fundraiser will honor Ed Oates and his wife Jennifer Hammer. Ed and Jennifer are long time, generous supporters of the San Francisco Zoo. Ed is a member of the Zoo Board of Directors, co-founder of Oracle, and the lead singer and a guitar player in the band CHOC’D, who will provide entertainment for the evening. One Market Restaurant, 5:30 PM. Tickets: $350 and up. ”
American Heart Association’s Go Red Stuff. Over 100-well heeled San Franciscans will strut the catwalk in red shoes and apparel in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. The Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF. Tickets: Free
“SF Ballet is thrilled to welcome The Hamburg Ballet to the Opera House stage in Nijinsky, John Neumeier’s dance theater epic based on the tumultuous life of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Performed by the acclaimed The Hamburg Ballet, for whom Neumeier has served as Artistic Director since 1973, Nijinsky has captivated dance lovers worldwide since its debut in 2000. Hailed as “darkly triumphant” by the L.A. Times, Nijinsky features scenery, lighting, and costumes by Neumeier, whose work also includes the SF Ballet sensation, The Little Mermaid, which made its national broadcast debut on PBS Great Performances in 2011. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., SF, 7:30 PM. Tickets: $35.00 and up. ”
Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel launches at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Kehinde Wiley has turned the art of portraiture into an international cultural performance, reordering connections between art and politics, and between power and class, by creating grand portraits of black urban men from around the world. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., SF, 7:30 PM. Tickets: $100 and up.
Entrust IfOnly.com to plan and execute your perfect Valentine’s Day. Start the day above the iconic San Francisco skyline in your own helicopter* before arriving in Napa on a private helipad. You will be greeted with Champagne and caviar as you are whisked away in a chauffeured Bentley. Settle into the Estate Suite at Meadowood and indulge with an in-suite couples massage. Begin your evening with an exclusive Harlan Estate wine tasting and finish with a private meal prepared especially for you by Michelin-starred Chef Gary Danko. Price: $16,000
San Francisco’s 2nd Annual Eternity Ball, a black-tie gala that gives everyone, not just couples, a wonderful reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether married, divorced, engaged, or single – the Eternity Ball has something for all to enjoy. Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., SF, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Tickets: $100.00.
Join more than 1,000 big-hearted young professionals for the 4th annual Hearts After Dark fundraiser and party in support of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza , SF, 7:30 PM. Tickets: $100 and up.
Chanel Spring 2013
Preview the Chanel Spring 2013 Collection. Neiman Marcus, Couture Salon, Third Floor, San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, call 415.362.3900 ext 2360.
Architect Lebbeus Woods dedicated his career to probing architecture’s potential to transform the individual and the collective. His visionary drawings depict places of free thought, sometimes in identifiable locations destroyed by war or natural disaster, but often in future cities. Woods, who sadly passed away last year as planning for this exhibition was under way, had an enormous influence on the field of architecture over the past three decades. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., SF, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tickets: $18.00
Banana Republic presents “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel,” a special screening of the fabulous film about the former Vogue editor, hosted by Mark Rhoades, and featuring a Q&A with director Lisa Immordino Vreeland by beloved fashion icon Joy Venturini Bianchi. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., SF, 8:00 PM. Tickets: $12.00
Come hear Albright share her remarkable personal story of growing up in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. From the historical accounts of World War II to the onset of the Cold War, she reflects on the complex events, experiences, and moral choices faced by that generation. Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., SF, 11:15 AM. Tickets: $25 and up.
The Asian Art Museum is unveiling China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy with an ultra-high-energy event that’s sure to shake the generals, cavalrymen, and archers in the Terracotta Army out of their 2,000 year slumber. How? With CHERYL, a zany artist collective that throws “the Big Apple’s most outrageous party.” They’ve earned a worldwide cult following for their video art, museum installations, and “…massive, sweaty, costumed affairs…” Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., SF, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Tickets: $15.00
An amazing tribute to the style and glamour of the Roaring 20′s and the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age. View the broadcast of the 85th Annual Academy Awards on multiple large screens while enjoying food and wine provided by the finest Bay Area restaurants, caterers and wineries. Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., SF, 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Tickets: $250 and up.
San Francisco Ballet is thrilled to present the world premiere of Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps). War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., SF, 8:00 PM. Tickets: $20 and up.
“Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs speak about their book, “”An Uncommon Journey. “” Strobin and her brother Wacs fled from Nazi Austria to the Shanghai Jewish ghetto. Hear their story of escape from Vienna to Shanghai to the U.S. during World War II and the ultimately uplifting tale of survival as seen through the eyes of two children with their different memories of the period that shaped their lives. Today, Strobin is a well-known San Francisco philanthropist, and Wacs is a highly successful fashion designer and prominent artist. Join these two as they tell their remarkable story and put a spotlight on a piece of Holocaust history that’s not widely known. Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $15. ”
Gavin Newsom speaks about his new book, “Angry Birds for Democracy.” Come hear his visions for digital governance and how you can reinvent your relationship with the powers that be. The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets: $12 and up.
Sparked by a remarkable generation of young singers, fado has emerged over the past decade or so as a force on the world music scene, and the brightest light bringing the soul-baring music to new audiences is Ana Moura. Draped in a lacy black gown, her raven tresses cascading down her bare shoulders, she captures the spirit of the iconic fadista, a singer devoted to the tradition-bound Portuguese musical style that marries poetry about love, loss and the vicissitudes of fate to sumptuously plaintive melodies. SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin St., SF. Tickets: $25 and up.
Epiphany Center’s Benefit Party and Show, Dinner and Duets. The show is written by Adelaide Hornberger, produced by Brenda MacLean, directed by Frances Devlin and Vivian Sam, and musically directed by Dwight Okamura. Comedian and inspirational speaker, Michael Pritchard, is a special guest. James Leary Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway Street, SF, 6:00 PM. Tickets $250 and up.