What Blake Shelton is enjoying most about being named People's Sexiest Man Alive is beating out Adam Levine, his fellow judge on "The Voice." (Courtesy photo)

Blake Shelton named People’s 2017 Sexiest Man Alive

Country singer Blake Shelton, named by People magazine as 2017’s Sexiest Man Alive, told the publication on hearing the news: “Y’all must be running out of people, Like, wow, we’re down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical.”

Crediting girlfriend Gwen Stefani for helping him embrace the honor, he said what pleases him most is being able to shove it in the face of Adam Levine, fellow coach on TV’s “The Voice” (and the 2013 Sexiest Man Alive).

Some folks have taken exception to the announcement, calling it reflective of Donald Trump’s white America, but apparently not taking into account that white men have won 27 times in 32 years. Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Richard Gere won more than once; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, of black and Samoan descent, won 2016, and Denzel Washington won in 1996.

Others have called Shelton out for being sexist, not sexy, having sent rude (now deleted) tweets about Katy Perry and Dakota Fanning, as well as making homophobic comments on social media.

Some naysayers listed their preferred choices: Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Dornan, Matt Bomer, Michael B. Jordan and Paul Rudd, among them.

MTT IN CAL HALL OF FAME

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will be joining the California Hall of Fame. The maestro is among nine Californians being inducted in a Dec. 5 ceremony (and featured in an exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento), Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced on Wednesday.

Other 2017 inductees are comedienne Lucille Ball; bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann; artist and activist Mabel McKay; atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina; quarterback Jim Plunkett; poet Gary Snyder; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; and vintner Warren Winiarski.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, MTT leads the symphony and chorus in a benefit concert for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and the Sonoma County Resilience Fund. All of the performers and staff are donating their time for the what promises to be an uplifting show, with music by Copland and Tchaikovsky and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”


CRAB TIME

In honor of Wednesday’s opening of San Francisco’s beloved Dungeness crab season, chef Nathaniel “Nate” Mitzner of Blue Mermaid Restaurant & Bar on Fisherman’s Wharf shares a secret about his award-winning California Dungeness Crab and Corn Chowder: “We perfected the initial recipe by replacing some of the heavy cream with cream cheese!” He also says the soup’s kick comes from not commonly used pasilla peppers, which provide “just enough heat” to add complexity to the flavor profile.

EXPENSIVE ART

“Salvator Mundi,” the final privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci, sold for $450 million at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday — surpassing the $300 million sale of Willem de Kooning’s “Interchange” to hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin in 2015.

The person who bought the so-called “male ‘Mona Lisa’” — which visited the Minnesota Street Project gallery in The City last month — was not named; “Salvator Mundi” is Latin for “Savior of the World.” The seller was Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million.

Buzzfeed made an astute comparison: Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million in 2013.

Billed by Christie’s as “The Last da Vinci” and painted around 1500, it was rediscovered in 2005 in Louisiana after spending centuries in obscurity and becoming the subject of legal battles.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 40. … Actress Martha Plimpton is 47. … Actress Lisa Bonet is 50. … Singer Diana Krall is 53. … Actress Marg Helgenberger is 59.

— Staff, wire reports
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