San Francisco Symphony rings in Lunar New Year

San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year: On Saturday afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall, the orchestra, under the baton of Carolyn Kuan, celebrated the holiday with a special concert, followed by an elegant Imperial Dinner under the City Hall rotunda. Organizers were Gorretti Lui, Yurie Pascarella and Jennie Chiu; the presenting partner was Bank of America and supporting sponsors AT&T and Monster Cable.

Booze, brains at Exploratorium

‘Science of Cocktails’: On Wednesday, the Exploratorium was transformed into a laboratory of libations for its second annual fundraiser, attended by physicists, master distillers, chemists and patrons ready to enjoy good spirits. Mixologists from Rye, 15 Romolo and 83 Proof whipped up cocktails at 10 bars. Sponsors included St. George Spirits, Four Roses, Hangar One, Distillery No. 209, Campo de Encanto, VeeV and Partida Tequila.

Junior League readies runway

Junior League of San Francisco Fashion Show tryouts: On Jan. 19 at the Fairmont Hotel, women and teens modeled for a chance to appear in this year’s charity fashion show, slated for  April 8 and celebrating the Junior League’s 100th year of fundraising in San Francisco. Proceeds will benefit Compass Family Services, the International Rescue Committee, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities.

SF Camerawork’s FORECAST celebrates photography as witness to community and self

Annual juried exhibition features six American artists working in range of styles

By Max Blue Special to The Examiner
San Francisco’s City Hall works to restore tarnished reputation

Supervisors reform charitable fundraising practice abused in Nuru scandal

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