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Jane’s Vanity Is Coming for You, San Francisco

The world’s finest intimate apparel boutique, Jane’s Vanity, is coming to San Francisco on November 3 to introduce its collection to the Bay Area for the first time!

With passing of Hugh Hefner who knew when exactly and how to live inside his home comfortably and sexually comes Jane’s Vanity trunk show offering the variety of choices in lingerie to enjoy in the privacy of our homes. Luxurious beautiful combinations of look like pajamas the true loungewear with sophisticated lace, embroidery and finishes on silks and velvets layered with sexy underwear for every woman to feel beautiful no matter the activity. Jane shows us the power of allure and sensuality in a most elegant way to live with every day.

Join us at The Battery to explore the collection and meet the founder, Jane Adams. She will be presenting a selection of the brand’s robes, slips, gowns, and loungewear, showcasing the range of beauty in the FW2017 collection at this private club. Attendance is by advance RSVP only, but you can book your space by emailing rsvp@crossmarketingpr.com.

The San Francisco Dungeon Hosts Holiday Blood Drive With American Red Cross On Friday, Dec. 8

THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON HOSTS HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE WITH AMERICAN RED CROSS ON FRIDAY, DEC. 8

SAN FRANCISCO (November 2017) – This holiday season, The San Francisco Dungeon and American Red Cross are teaming up once again for a “Bloodletting” donation drive. Participants are invited to give blood onsite at The San Francisco Dungeon Friday, Dec. 8, from 12 to 6 p.m. Donors will receive free admission to the underground attraction and a dose of terribly fun entertainment from The San Francisco Dungeon’s motley cast of notorious characters.

Blood donation is an ongoing and necessary effort that helps save thousands of lives each year. Bay Area residents looking to make a difference through blood donation can do so this December in a truly unique way. The American Red Cross is setting up a remote blood donation center in The San Francisco Dungeon’s special event space overlooking the scenic and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. This special “Bloodletting” event offers participants an opportunity to sit back and give the gift of blood while enjoying a lovely view and the spooky antics from The San Francisco Dungeon’s mischievous residents. Each donor will also receive one complimentary pass to the interactive attraction.

To sign up for the “Bloodletting” donation event, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor name DUNGEON or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Participants are encouraged to streamline the donation process by going to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete pre-donation materials and health history prior to the Dec. 8 event. The donation process generally takes one hour and fifteen minutes. Questions regarding donation eligibility can be directed to 1-866-236-3276.

For more information on the value of giving blood, visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
The San Francisco Dungeon – Second Floor
Friday, Dec. 8 from 12 to 6 p.m.
145 Jefferson St. San Francisco CA 94133
Metered street parking is available.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON
The San Francisco Dungeon is the first attraction of its kind in North America, bringing to life the stories of the old Bay Area with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets, an underground boat ride and the new drop ride, Escape Alcatraz. The San Francisco Dungeon is the ultimate live action journey through the Bay Area’s murky past where the audience is part of the show. Owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, the attraction opens daily at 10 a.m., 365 days a year. The San Francisco Dungeon is fully-ADA accessible is and located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street next to Madame Tussauds San Francisco. Click here to download high-res photos and broll. Like on Facebook, watch on YouTube and follow on Twitter and Instagram (@TheSFDungeon).

Johnson Hartig of Libertine Appearance for Neiman Marcus San Francisco

Neiman Marcus San Francisco hosted a party for Johnson Hartig of Libertine at the Curran Theatre on Nov. 13th, 2017.

Notable Attendees: Johnson Hartig, Mayor Willie Brown, Alan Morrell (Neiman Marcus SF General Manager), Carole Shorenstein Hays, Stephanie Marver, Suzy Kellems Dominik

Photos courtesy of Alexandra Malek for Drew Altizer Photography.

Maison Margiela and Christy Turlington Burns Hosts Party for Every Mother Counts

Maison Margiela and Christy Turlington Burns Hosts Party for Every Mother Counts.

November 2, 2017

Notable Attendees: Christy Turlington Burns, Anne V. and Pam Baer.

Photos courtesy of Alexandra Malek for Drew Altizer Photography.

Valentino celebrates its Men’s Fall/Winter 2017-18 collection in San Francisco

A private cocktail hosted by Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy to celebrate the Valentino Men’s Fall/Winter 2017-28 collection at the brand’s San Francisco store.

A percentage of proceeds from the evening and through Tuesday, November 14 will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6-8PM

Hosts Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy with guests including Aubrey Brewster, Christopher Daunt, Jessica and Mike Dodson, Stefanie Felser, Joel Goodrich, Claudia Mata Gladish and Zander Gladish, Rada Katz, Gene Martinez, Merriman Mathewson, Sonya Molodetskaya, Bahya Murad and Mark Calvano, Paul Parkinson, Ali and Matt Reeder, Amy Rogers, Mary Beth Shimmon, Jen Szeto, Harrison Watkins, Emily Wheeler and Myles Danielson, Brenda Zarate and more.

Photos courtesy of Claudine Gossett for Drew Altizer Photography

About Valentino
The house of Valentino is nested in the heart of Rome, the Eternal City, and expresses a point of view on the
contemporary world using history as a playground and the Atelier as a place that produces both beauty and thought.
The story began in 1959.
2016 marks a new beginning, under the Creative Direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli. A new set of values, that are both of
the moment and faithful to its heritage, are created: grace and delicacy, both as an attitude and as a silhouette; a
celebration of individuality; emotional beauty; the blending and merging of different languages.
Style is essential and impalpable.
The idea of contemporary humanism leads a creative quest that revolves around the personality of the wearer.
Vision, products, retail spaces share the same traits: from the one-of-a-kind Haute Couture creations to women’s and
men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, from eyewear to fragrances to the boutiques, Valentino is synonymous of
elegance, pureness, craftsmanship, uniqueness.

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J. Marco Announces New Studio Album Days of Surrender

Nashville’s Alt-rock musician, J. Marco released his new studio album, Days of Surrender, on September 29th.

Long before moving to Nashville and kicking off his songwriting career, J. Marco listened to records in his Massachusetts bedroom, moving between the fast-moving fuzz of punk-rock and the hard-hitting hooks of pop music. Years later, he combines both of those genres and more on Days Of Surrender, his second album as a solo artist. Days Of Surrender finds J. Marco pulling triple-duty as singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist. Gluing the entire album together is an emphasis on guitar riffs and undeniable melodies, the same two ingredients that connected most of Marco’s childhood influences.

“Days Of Surrender was a record with a mission statement. I wanted to make an album that captured the bands live energy, let me experiment with new sounds, and continue to grow as a songwriter. I wrote it in pieces over the span of about a year, following the completion of my previous album, Myth. Days Of Surrender is an honest attempt at processing my own worries, and the common worries that we all share, through songs. I think that everyone has days of surrender, but we just don’t talk about them. They’re the days when you’d rather just give up, close the blinds, and lock yourself in your bedroom. Those days are where this album came from.” – J. Marco

In support of the new album, J. Marco will be hitting the road and doing some US tour dates that will be announced soon.

Jordan Klassen On His New Album Big Intruder

Jordan Klassen is a decorated songwriter in his own right who has spent more than a decade quietly crafting music that has been deemed ‘unsentimentally sincere’ and ‘whimsically hopeful’. He recently released his EP, Curses, which was an assembly of brooding pop songs that continue in it’s predecessor’s exploration of mental illness and hushed vulnerability since his 2016 LP, Javelin. Writing about his life experiences is one of the essential elements in Jordan’s creative process – particularly events that he had deemed as his failures.

Klassen released his new studio album, Big Intruder, worldwide on September 22nd via Nevado Music. Big Intruder is an album about growing up and making adult decisions. The eleven tracks, which Klassen wrote, recorded and produced himself, venture away from the whimsical soundscapes of his past work and exude themes of growth and maturity, both in lyrics and sound. Klassen previously strived for a cinematic sound, avoiding drum kits but tried to embrace the idea of ‘band’ on this record. Big Intruder speaks to the dilemma of the overwhelming array of choices available in life, and the doubt and caution that become excuses to avoid commitment. The resulting songs are intimate and personal, guided by a sense of honesty and vulnerability.

Elisabeth Thieriot: What is your music intended to communicate to your audience?
Jordan Klassen:
Hope, beautiful feelings that are hard to find, to give the ability to feel safe in your own skin.

ET: How do you start composing your music?
JK:
It shows up as an image then I compose music with sounds that would take someone to that place.

ET: How long is the process of choosing the sounds to transport the listener?
JK:
First, I stew for about a month or two, not always ending up in the place I started. I mix a bunch of ingredients into the pot for something to come out that is tasty.

ET: Does your latest song become your favorite?
JK:
Certainly, for a short time it becomes my favorite song I am immersed into it. Overall, I have one that stands out with (music portraying images) I remember most. The ones that I can see the colors, feel the texture and can smell the air of that moment. The ones that transport me on to rolling hills, or an overcast day. All that is what I think of when I am writing a song. I want to share that experience evoked by music with others. Music to me is a creator of human experience involving all other senses. I want to bring my listener to the places where they feel safe. Make the world safe for them, as it makes it for me.

ET: How is your recent album different from the others?
JK:
My most recent collection of songs is happier as I am in a happier place in life. I got married. I have found more stability and freedom in my marriage than I had alone. There is the stigma that marriage is a prison, but I found more happened and that made me more creative and adventurous with my music and in life. I conquered the fear, and now I am free to live beyond them. Life is uplifting, inspiring, freeing and stable all at the same time. Now I know how the longevity of commitment can truly build an inspiring life. My wife birthday was September 22nd, and my album release date was the same day. Somehow, I see how it all came together.

Jordan Klassen European Tour Dates
October 12 – Munich, DE – Strom*
October 15 – Zurich, CH – Papiersaal*
October 18 – Barcelona, ES – Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm*
October 21 – Paris, FR – Batofar*
October 22 – Cologne, DE – YUCA*
October 23 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlacthof*
October 24 – Munster, DE – Gleis 22*
October 25 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVredenburg*
October 26 – Zwolle, NL – Hedon KZ*
October 28 – Rotterdam, NL – V11*
October 31 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin*
November 1 – London, UK – Camden Assembly*
November 2 – Bristol, UK – Louisiana*
November 3 – Manchester, UK – Gullivers*
*with Husky

Portland Americana & Folk Songwriter John Craigie Interview

As Portland-based Americana songwriter John Craigie says, “It is the job of the folksinger to present someone to the audience that is relatable. To dissolve the wall between performer and listener as much as possible. People want to hear your story, that in turn, is their story too. Music is not about making you feel better. It’s about making you feel that you’re not alone.” With the songs on his January 27, 2017 release, No Rain, No Rose, Craigie does just that—brings together talented friends, many staples of Portland’s music scene, beneath the umbrella of his cozy, well-crafted songs.

John Craigie’s life in Portland is the impetus for much of the material on No Rain, No Rose, which has the same easy and down-to-earth feel of the old Victorian home where Craigie gathered to record with his community: Gregory Alan Isakov, The Shook Twins, and Tyler Thompson and Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition. Even the title of the album, No Rain, No Rose is an ode to Portland. “I took it from an old Buddhist saying ‘No Mud, No Lotus’, which basically means, you need the bad things to make the good things. I changed it to reflect my rainy city of roses,” says Craigie.

Elisabeth Thieriot: What is your magic?
John Craigie: Relating to people and playing for them.

ET: How do you choose the story to tell?
JC: Either before or after going on the stage I connect with the audience to feel their mood, and decide if it is dark and gloomy or sarcastic and funny. On political connection, I draw more when audience relates to me, and I can get them more enthusiastic about things they wish to say but cannot say.

John Craigie

ET: Do you share your personal life as part of the performance content?
JC: I have found that people pull back when I would speak about personal life experience and could not relate to it. I then decided to mostly use interesting topics based on my intuition of the audience’s mood and skip my personal disclosures of events that mattered to me. I have found that this way I keep them more engaged when they draw connections from their experience.

ET: Which experiences do the audience connects with the most?
JC: I have seen that life pass of Failures and shifts with practical assessment skill are the topics of my ballads that most audiences gravitate thoughts. Basic life ups and downs.

ET: Do you find yourself critical of your delivery in each performance?
JC: Absolutely, I give much attention to the words that get most reaction to be best used in connecting with my audience. Telling stories and all about words we choose and how we say them. Having music to help is a great way to evoke emotion, which is why I do what I do and love it so much.

ET: Where do you hope to be in five years from now?
JC: I want to be exactly where I am now. I want to tour and reach as many as I can.

Photos by Jay Blakesberg