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LIVE BottleRock with Headliners Muse, Imagine Dragons and more

BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars and traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend as “The First Taste of Summer”, will kick off (re)LIVE BottleRock, a weekly virtual series of past BottleRock performances and new musical and culinary programming on Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm PDT on YouTube Live. (re)LIVE BottleRock will feature a combination of favourite BottleRock headliners and artists, along with new one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups from home like one would experience on the infamous BottleRock Culinary Stage. (re)LIVE BottleRock is powered by Cisco System’s Webex.


Imagine Dragons, Muse, The Head and the Heart and Tash Sultana will kick off the series on Saturday, May 23, beginning at 3 pm PDT at YouTube Live. Fans can view each episode by subscribing to BottleRock’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ BottleRockNapa, and will need to tune-in live as episodes will not be available to view after airing. The inaugural (re)LIVE BottleRock is hosted by Allison Hagendorf, the Global Head of Rock at Spotify and Liam Mayclem, KPIX’s Foodie Chap. 
There will be opportunities to donate and support two worthy charities during each show. Proceeds from the series will benefit Crew Nation and Napa Valley Food Bank. The Crew Nation fund was created to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. The Napa Valley Food Bank provides a variety of nutritious food to low-income individuals, families, seniors and non-profit organizations throughout Napa County, for which demand has greatly increased during the pandemic.
Future (re)LIVE BottleRock episodes will continue to highlight past standout festival performances, plus a variety of new content featuring many of the musical and culinary stars that help make up the unique BottleRock Napa Valley experience. Each episode will air weekly on Fridays at 5 pm PT. 
The main BottleRock festival is postponed until October, so for now, fans can enjoy the virtual edition from their homes. 
For more information please visit www.bottlerocknapavalley.com

Fashion Show from 5 Continents at San Francisco Community Fashion Week

CELEBRATING 10TH EDITION OF THE AWARD-WINNING FASHION WEEK IN CALIFORNIA
This month of March is marked with a ‘historical moment’ in San Francisco, as the city welcomed Fashion
Designers to present their creations from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South and North America.
Although San Francisco is known for tech and not Fashion, last week the city came ‘head to head’ with
other fashion capitals with the representation of local and international fashion designs!
Fashion Community Week is known to be the largest fashion week platform in Northern California,

providing access to the otherwise exclusive fashion industry. The platform is the ‘global intersection of fashion’ in San Francisco, offering an opportunity for Emerging fashion talents and those talents who are underrepresented in the fashion industry.
The Award-winning Fashion Community Week celebrated its 10th edition this March 5th through 8th.

The 4-day event was filled with a conference, brand presentation, installation, showroom, runway shows, and an opportunity to ‘Shop the Runway’ through the newly introduced tech platform. This feature created a buzz allowing attendees to access pieces ‘hot off the runway’ that is not yet available in the market place.


The opening evening (March 5th) kicked off at the ‘Spaces’ with a Fashion-tech conference with a brand presentation by Shop look, Bodyblock AI and Ohzone sharing the latest in the industry. An informational
a panel discussion took place with Couture, Renaissance entrepreneurship centre and two venture capitalists: Adam Gordon and Nick Zaldastani, sharing their expertise on the future of the fashion industry.
The second evening (March 6th) commenced at the ultra-chic Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel with a social an hour and a fashion show, presenting One of a kind designs and Ready to wear collection followed by a celebration after-party. The presenting countries and the designers of the runway show were: Tom Foolery (Haiti-Los Angeles), The Woven Threads(India), Genaro Rivas(Peru), Saga Do Rose(Suriname), Leather Exotica(Ethiopia), Essie Apparel(South Africa).


The third evening (March 7th) inaugurated at the majestic Fairmont hotel with a red carpet reception and a runway show featuring Couture and evening wear collections followed by a cocktail party at the members club: Modernist. The presenting countries and the designers of the runway show were: Wanda Jara (Nicaragua), Duffie Boateng(Ghana), Mina BineBine (France-Morocco), RABD(Japan), Nancy Vuu

(San Francisco) and Eshtary(Egypt).
The Final afternoon (March 8th) was hosted at the striking Hotel Zelos presenting a ‘Designer- model installation’, pop-up and an opportunity to meet the designers who presented at fashion community week.
The afternoon continued with an industry networking and fashion week closing celebration gathering.


Fashion Community Week is an example of an organization using ‘fashion for good’ and changing the face of fashion to create a more sustainable, inclusive and unifying fashion industry for fashion designers and beauty talents of all backgrounds, origins, and aesthetics. The organization firmly stands with the belief that fashion has ‘no borders’ and had represented talents from 40 countries from around the globe. This season,
12 emerging fashion designers and 90 new fashion models launched at the 10th edition of the organization.


Fashion Community Week continues to expand to offer more lucrative business opportunities for emerging fashion creative’s. An IndieGoGo campaign is currently in place at igg.me/at/fcwsf to help more creative’s.
We invite you to follow Fashion Community Week on social media channels to stay tuned on upcoming events and exciting highlights. With the celebration of 10th edition and representing a global community
of talents, the organization had successfully positioned San Francisco on the global Fashion Map!

ULTRA MIAMI 2020 CANCELS THEIR FLAGSHIP FESTIVAL OVER CORONA VIRUS CONCERNS…

Written By Duncan Walgreen

It is with great sadness we are reporting that Ultra Music Festival in Miami is officially postponed until 2021, only a week after the cancellation of the debut Ultra Abu Dhabi event. The outbreak of the Corona Virus, COVID-19, has proved detrimental to the launch of the 2020 festival season. Countries like South Korea, Italy, and the virus’s origin country of China have seen full-blown quarantines including the closing down of schools, train stations and other means of travel. While the situation is still developing it seems very apparent that the outbreak of COVID-19 is soon to shape the festival landscape.

While other US-based festivals such as BUKU in New Orleans and movement festival in Detroit have released official announcements that they will not be postponing or cancelling their events, Ultra Music Festival, which sees attendees from over 130 countries, has had a very difficult decision to make by cancelling their flagship event set to start only one week from today. While rumours began circulating only three days ago from a tweet by the festive owl on Twitter, Friday marked the official statement by Ultra Music Festival noting that their event had in fact been cancelled by the City of Miami. 

Last year’s venture out to Virginia Key came with its own set of problematic logistical issues; the city of Miami was very reluctant at first to allow Ultra Music Festival to carry-on as it were at Bayfront Park in the center of the City of Miami.

We began to question whether or not the city of Miami might have been looking for any excuse to cancel the event, however, we have also just received news that Calle Ocho festival in Miami, with a very international crowd fueled by the South American and Latin population of the city of Miami has also in fact been cancelled. That leads us to believe that both festival organizers and the city of Miami are in fact taking extreme caution in order to prevent the spread of this virus.

While most may think this was an unnecessary move, some may also have security and the fact that it is better to be “safe than sorry.” Miami Music Week, which is a conference of events, is still set to take place in the city of Miami for the week of March. While it is “extremely frustrating” to see this beloved festival that has taken place for the past 22 years see its first official cancellation, we know that next year I’ll try music festival will come back stronger than ever. 

We can only assume the tremendous loss that festival organizers and it’s attendees travelling from all over the globe have faced in light of the situation, we extend our gratitude and our condolences to all of our fellow ravers that were preparing for an excellent weekend of fun and sun in the city of Miami with Ultra Music Festival.

The festival announced its plants for a refund for all ticket holders and those ticket holders should expect to see an email coming this Monday to explain the necessary steps.

In the meantime, we expect Miami music week to carry-on as planned and perhaps even be more, well attended than years past. We also hope and pray for the containment of this virus, and hope that our world governments take the necessary steps to do what is needed to control the situation, so that we may continue to party on and celebrate life.

As Ultra Music Festival is currently underway in Australia, we hope and expect the many other international Ultra Music Festival events to carry on as planned.

For more info on Ultra Music Festival go to: www.ultramusicfestival.com

THE 20 TH ANNUAL EDWARDIAN BALL SET TO TAKE OVER THE REGENCY BALLROOM ONCE AGAIN…


This weekend January 24 and 25, PARADOX Media & Vau de Vire present The 20th
Annual Edwardian Ball & Edwardian World’s Faire… 
Nigh impossible to describe, but delightful to experience, The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey.
Set in a romantically reimagined Edwardian-era, the Ball celebrates its 20th
Anniversary in a thriving, two-night blend of subculture and participant-created revelry, hailed as “the quintessential must-never-miss event of the year!”


Friday night’s Edwardian World’s Faire presents a Grand Expo of art, history, science, technology, a tribute to Gorey’s world of “The Lost Lions,” and a retrospective look at two decades of The Edwardian Ball. Saturday night we sweep the Expo clear
for Ballroom Dancing and a night of Story and Gorey-filled revelry for our 20th


Anniversary Soiree! 
Here’s a video by Nick Kasimatis: https://vimeo.com/382280554


This year’s event will feature performances and installations by Rosin Coven ~ Vau de Vire Society ~ Aetheric Telegraph Office ~ Bourbon & Bad Decisions ~ Dangerous Puppets ~ Dark Garden Corsetry ~ Delachaux ~ Dr. Solar ~ Earles of Newtown ~ Fact.50 ~ Fou Fou Ha! ~ Grand Artique ~ High Step Society ~ Jet Black Pearl ~ John Brothers PianoCompany ~ JunkParlor ~ Kat Robichaud & the Darling Misfits ~ Kinetic Steam Works ~ Le Cancan Bijou ~ Mighty Dave Pellicciaro ~ Miz Margo ~ Owl Tree Tarot ~ DJ Skyler Villain ~ Shadow Circus Creature Theatre ~ Shovelman ~ Speakeasy Syndicate ~ Swingatto ~ The Klown ~ Traveling Spectacular ~ Tyger’ Elemental Readings ~ Vourteque…and many more! 
Hosted by Emcees $teven Ra$pa ~ Kingfish ~ Miz K ~ Miss Emma ~ Tapper Dan ~ Jet Black Pearl


The 20th Annual Edwardian Ball & Edwardian World’s Faire is this Friday, January 24th & Saturday, 25th 2020 from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. All Ages Welcome at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.


Go to www.edwardianball.com for complete info and to buy tickets.

Nancy Pelosi Celebrates at SF Ballet opening night

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, Paula West and Michael Nguyen-Hormel attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer Photography)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Tiit Helimets, Nancy Pelosi and Sasha De Sola attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

San Francisco Home Town to Speaker of the house was looking festive with Nancy Pelosi sharing her enthusiasm with close friends and feeling celebrated. The opening night at the SF Ballet was whimsical and enchanted with costumes and decorum stimulating the imagination of Garden of Eden or Spellbound Mid Summer night in the middle of Winter.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Katarzyna Mlyniuk and Anna Tuzhlova attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

Many San Franciscan beauties and brain women took time to join the celebration of ballet dancers expressions of emotions and tell the story without a word.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Claudia Ross and Lisa Zabelle attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Madison Keesler and Benjamin Freemantle attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Andrew Chung and Coral Chung attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SPELLBOUND celebrates Helgi Tomasson’s record-breaking 35th year as Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer of San Francisco Ballet

The program features three world premieres by Val Caniparoli, Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher and SF Ballet premiere of Dawson’s Swan Lake pas de deux

The performance marks Vitor Luiz’s final appearance as a principal dancer with SF Ballet

SPELLBOUND raises funds to benefit a wide range of SF Ballet artistic initiatives, from new works to scholarships for SF Ballet School students

San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will launch the 2020 Repertory Season with SPELLBOUND: SF Ballet’s Opening Night Gala, on Thursday, January 16, 2020. One of the Bay Area’s most anticipated annual events, the Gala, this year chaired by Patricia Dale Roberts, begins with a cocktail reception and black-tie fundraising dinner at San Francisco City Hall at 5 pm. The evening’s performance begins at 8 pm and will feature twelve pieces, including three world premieres by current and former members of SF Ballet’s Company: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher. “For the first time in 30 years, I decided to ask three choreographers to create new pas de deux or pas de trois for opening night,” says Tomasson, who celebrates his record-breaking 35th season with the Company in 2020. “What connects these choreographers is that they are all close members of the San Francisco Ballet family, and they each represent a different generation of dancemaking.” Caniparoli, the choreographer of the internationally-sensational Lambarena, joined the Company in 1972 before being appointed Principal Character Dancer in 1985. Yuri Possokhov, SF Ballet’s current Choreographer in Residence, danced with SF Ballet for 12 years before transitioning to choreographing full time, and now creates works for companies around the globe from the Joffrey to Bolshoi Ballet. In 2015, Myles Thatcher, a current member of the corps de ballet, became one of the first corps members in at least three decades to choreograph a new work for SF Ballet’s subscription season. He’s since created a handful of works for the Company, including Ghost in the Machine and Otherness for 2018 Unbound: A Festival of New Works. 
Notable Attendees: Patricia Dale Roberts (Gala Chair)
Helgi Tomasson (SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer) and wife, MarleneKelly Tweeddale (SF Ballet Executive Director)Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband, PaulTony Hale (Actor, Veep)Yurie and Carl PascarellaDiane WilseyCharlotte and George ShultzSF Ballet Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Debra Bernard, Kelly Tweeddale, Sunnie Evers and Tom Horn attend SF Ballet Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at War Memorial in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer Photography)

SF Ballet opening night to remember

Two world premieres by Myles Thatcher and Val Caniparoli are scheduled to debut as initially announced. Rowe’s For Pixie and the titles of the two world premieres have been added to the complete programming list, highlighted below in red.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Jamie Lee Taylor, Maggie Winterfeldt Clark and Angela Zhang attend SF Ballet ENCORE! Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Natalie Schrik for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PRESENTS THE 87TH REPERTORY SEASON OPENING NIGHT GALA: SPELLBOUND ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

From L to R: San Francisco Ballet Gala After Party // © Nikki Ritcher Photography; San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s Diamonds.
(Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Weiferd Watts)

SPELLBOUND celebrates Helgi Tomasson’s record-breaking 35th year as Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer of San Francisco Ballet

The program features three world premieres by Val Caniparoli, Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher and SF Ballet premiere of Dawson’s Swan Lake pas de deux

The performance marks Vitor Luiz’s final appearance as a principal dancer with SF Ballet

SPELLBOUND raises funds to benefit a wide range of SF Ballet artistic initiatives, from new works to scholarships for SF Ballet School students

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Atmosphere at SF Ballet ENCORE! Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Ian Chin for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, December 19, 2019—San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson will launch the 2020 Repertory Season with SPELLBOUND: SF Ballet’s Opening Night Gala, on Thursday, January 16, 2020. One of the Bay Area’s most anticipated annual events, the Gala, this year chaired by Patricia Dale Roberts, begins with a cocktail reception and black-tie fundraising dinner at San Francisco City Hall at 5 pm. The evening’s performance begins at 8 pm and will feature twelve pieces, including three world premieres by current and former members of SF Ballet’s Company: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov, and Myles Thatcher. “For the first time in 30 years, I decided to ask three choreographers to create new pas de deux or pas de trois for opening night,” says Tomasson, who celebrates his record-breaking 35th season with the Company in 2020. “What connects these choreographers is that they are all close members of the San Francisco Ballet family, and they each represent a different generation of dancemaking.” Caniparoli, a choreographer of the internationally-sensational Lambarena, joined the Company in 1972 before being appointed Principal Character Dancer in 1985. Yuri Possokhov, SF Ballet’s current Choreographer in Residence, danced with SF Ballet for 12 years before transitioning to choreographing full time, and now creates works for companies around the globe from the Joffrey to Bolshoi Ballet. In 2015, Myles Thatcher, a current member of the corps de ballet, became one of the first corps members in at least three decades to choreograph a new work for SF Ballet’s subscription season. He’s since created a handful of works for the Company, including Ghost in the Machine and Otherness for 2018 Unbound: A Festival of New Works.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Chelsea Voudouras and Chad Richa attend SF Ballet ENCORE! Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Natalie Schrik for Drew Altizer Photography)

SF Ballet’s Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale, whose first Opening Night Gala with the Company is SPELLBOUND, calls commissioning new work “essential”: “We don’t know who the next Balanchine will be,” she says. “But we have an obligation to give the choreographers, the composers, and the dancers the chance to put their mark on the art form. As a Company, it is our job to create. Audiences will determine what stands the test of time.” The three world premieres by Caniparoli, Possokhov, and Thatcher are highlights of the twelve-piece program, which also includes the SF Ballet premiere of a pas de deux from David Dawson’s Swan Lake, created in 2016 for Scottish Ballet. Yuan Yuan Tan, who celebrates her 25th season with SF Ballet in 2020, will also dance the pas de deux from Yuri Possokhov’s Bells with Vitor Luiz, marking Luiz’s farewell performance with the Company. A native of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Luiz joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2009 and was recently named an Assistant Professor of Dance at UC Irvine. SPELLBOUND’s program will conclude with the finale from Diamonds, the third of three ballets in Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece, Jewels. Full programming details are included below.

Chaired by Patricia Dale Roberts, SPELLBOUND begins at 5 pm with a cocktail reception and 6 pm dinner at San Francisco City Hall, followed by the 7 pm Scharffenberger Cellars Sparkling Stroll and the 8 pm performance at the War Memorial Opera House. The evening concludes with the After Party back at City Hall from 10 pm to 1 am, featuring live music and dancing, an open bar, and specialty cocktails. The Gala raises funds to benefit a wide range of SF Ballet artistic initiatives, including new works, scholarships for San Francisco Ballet School students, and community education programs for thousands of youth, families, and seniors.

For Opening Night Gala press images visit the online press photos page. Please contact Kate McKinney at kmckinney@sfballet.org for all press inquiries.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 16 – Rachel Cheung, Heather, Irene Lin, Catherine Chow and Joseph Nusairat attend SF Ballet ENCORE! Opening Night Gala 2020 on January 16th 2020 at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Natalie Schrik for Drew Altizer Photography)

Performance-only tickets are available via the Ticket Services Office at 415-865-2000, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. To purchase dinner tickets, visit www.sfballet.org/gala.

PROGRAMMING INFORMATION
Men’s Regiment from Stars & Stripes
Composer: John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay
Choreographer: George Balanchine

Foreshadow (World Premiere)
Composer: Ludovico Einaudi
Choreographer: Val Caniparoli

Pas de Deux from Swan Lake (SF Ballet Premiere)
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: David Dawson

“Jockey Dance” from From Siberia To Moscow
Composer: Carl Christian Møller
Choreographer: August Bournonville

For Pixie
Composer: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe

Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
Choreography: after Marius Petipa

Intermission – 20 minutes

Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo & Juliet
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

05:49 (World Premiere)
Composer: Ivan Pavlov and Annie Bandez
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher

Grand Pas Classique
Composer: D. F. E. Auber
Choreography: Victor Gsovsky

Pas de Deux from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Choreographer: Justin Peck

Pas de Deux from Bells
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Finale from Diamonds
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine

OPENING NIGHT GALA DINNERS
The SF Ballet Auxiliary will host the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron dinners in City Hall. All three dinners will have the theme SPELLBOUND. Patricia Dale Roberts is the Gala Chair and Freddi Wilkinson is the Gala Dinner Chair.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5 pm in the Polk Street Lobby of City Hall for guests of the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron dinners. The Grand Benefactor dinner will be held in City Hall’s Rotunda, and the Benefactor dinner and the Patron dinner will both be held in the North Light Court and the Mezzanine of the Rotunda. All dinners begin at 6 pm, followed by the 7 pm Scharffenberger Cellars Sparkling Stroll.

For all dinners, catering will be provided by McCalls Catering & Events, wines provided by Rodney Strong Vineyards and Scharffenberger Cellars, vodka provided by Blue Angel Vodka, and beer provided by Fort Point Beer Company.

The Opening Night Gala décor is by J. Riccardo Benavides of Ideas Events & Rentals and lighting by Immersive Productions with Heather Cassady Martin serving as the Décor Chair. This year’s theme, SPELLBOUND, is inspired by the magical, ethereal elements of productions in the 2020 Season, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella, which opens the season on January 21. San Francisco City Hall will be transformed—with incandescent lighting, bold fabrics, and lush floral arrangements—creating a breathtaking atmosphere that evokes a night filled with magic and wonder.

The Presenting Sponsor for the evening is Osterweis Capital Management. The Benefactor Dinner Sponsor is KPMG and the Patron Dinner is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Cocktail Reception Sponsor is Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP. Haute Living is the Media Sponsor. The Benefactor Party Host is Troon Pacific, Inc. The Launch Party was hosted by Rodney Strong Vineyards.

In addition, ENCORE!, the social and networking group of young professionals supporting SF Ballet, will host a cocktail buffet in the South Light Court beginning at 6:15 pm. The reception will feature specialty cocktails and abundant hors d’oeuvres by McCalls Catering & Events. The ENCORE! Gala Launch Party Host is Burberry. Gary S. Williams Jr. is the ENCORE! Gala Chair.

For those attending the Gala performance only, the Sparkling Stroll (featuring complimentary sparkling wine for all performance ticket holders) will begin at 7 pm in the War Memorial Opera House Main Lobby.

AFTER PARTY
The After Party will be held in San Francisco City Hall from 10 pm to 1 am. The After Party celebration will feature lavish décor, live music by Pop Rocks and students from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, DJ Chris Clouse, a photo booth by mirmir photo™, as well as an open bar, and late-night fare by McCalls Catering & Events.

***Pg. 1 photo of Helgi Tomasson by Erik Tomasson
***Pg. 2 photo of Kelly Tweeddale by Brandon Patoc


FUTURE, SAWEETIE AND MORE LIGHT UP 15TH ANNUAL IRIE WEEKEND

Last week, FSHN Magazine was invited to DJ IRIE 15th Annual Irie Weekend. As a staple in Miami, and across the world through his party starting tunes, infectious personality, and powerhouse connections, IRIE Weekend is hugely anticipated by movers, shakers, influencers, industry power players, and philanthropists alike.

Irie’s IRIE Foundation created Irie Weekend to bring awareness to their initiatives to empower South Florida’s at-risk youth and lead them to productive lives through mentorship programs, cultural experiences, and scholarship opportunities.

Selflie Time: DJ Irie and Actor/Comedian/Singer Jamie Foxx

The action-packed four-day charity weekend ran from Oct. 10-13 raised more than $300,000  for DJ IRIE’s IRIE Foundation charity, which works to support and empower South Florida’s youth.

The 2019 IRIE Weekend kicked off on Thursday, Oct. 10th, with the Give from the Heart #InspIRIE Gala. More than 250 movers and shakers of the greater Miami area came out to support Irie Foundation and enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a four-course meal. The night hit a fever pitch when T-Pain and Wyclef Jean jumped on stage for surprise performances.


Pictured: Recording Artist, Wyclef Jean and DR Irie
Pictured: DJ Irie with Singer, T-Pain

Friday’s activities (October 11) started in the morning with the marquee event, IWXV Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented by Adidas. Stars including Alonso Mourning, Omar Miller, Jevon Kearse, Shane Battier and more took to the links for a shotgun tournament in good fun to benefit Irie Foundation. Players sipped Jim Beam whiskey and tasted local cuisine, as each hole had its own experience with food, DJs, games and more.

Pictured: DJ Irie with Miami Staple, Alonzo Mourning
Pictured: DJ Irie Joining in on the Fun

Following the event, guests headed to LIV Nightclub to see Jaden Smith run through a melody of his hits in front of the thousands in attendance.

Pictured: Rapper, Jaden Smith with DJ Irie

The main event that I had to be at was on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12) when E11EVEN and Pepsi Zero Sugar presented the IRIE Weekend Beach Bash. At this event, Future and Saweetie performed their catalog of hits that had everyone singing, rapping and dancing until sunset. Attendees ended the night at E11EVEN nightclub for an IWXV mega-bash where Future performed a barrage of his greatest hits for the partygoers.

Pictured: Rapper, Saweetie
Pictured: DJ Irie and rapper, Future
Pictured: Host, DJ Irie and rapper Saweetie

Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 13th, IWXV wrapped up with a kid’s golf clinic at Top Golf Miami Gardens. Dozens of South Florida’s at-risk youth received an afternoon of golf lessons, keynote speakers, and community that culminated with a surprise appearance by Jamie Foxx, who spent the morning with the kids of Irie Foundation taking selfies, cracking jokes and offering words of inspiration.

Pictured: Jamie Foxx with kids

Of course, the event wouldn’t have been what it was without the tons of sponsors including Pepsi Zero Sugar, Adidas, E11EVEN Miami,Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jim Beam, Corona, Morgan Stanley, Crook & Marker, Bacardi, Triller, Wynn Nightlife, Macy’s, Ally, Prive Revaux Eyewear, Kobi Karp, Mohegan Sun, Tidal New York, Unity Jets, 8×8, Warren Henry Auto Group, Sea Best, STK, Naiyara, Live It, Pucci’s Pizza, S.K.A.M. Artist, STR-Miami, Topgolf Miami Gardens, 3-Fold, Mobil Bodysculpting, DeepSleep Studio, iHeart Radio, amd Y100 Miami.

Voting Has Opened for E! People’s Choice Awards

Ariana Grande, ABC News

Voting has opened today for E! People’s Choice Awards covering a WHOPPING 43 categories across film, television, music and pop culture.

With music, Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, and the Jonas Brothers have multiple nominations.

Contenders for Album of the Year: include Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” Khalid’s “Free Spirit,” Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You,” Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins,” Ed Sheeran’s “No. 6 Collaborations Project,” Juice Wrld’s “Death Race for Love,” and Taylor Swift’s “Lover.”

2019 E! People’s Choice Awards airs Monday 11th November at 1pm with E! Live from the Red Carpet kicking off at 11am.

Voting can be done here, with the #PCAs hashtag on Twitter, or using Xfinity X1, and each person can vote up to 25 times per method.

REBAG CELEBRATES MIAMI STORE OPENING HOSTED BY LARSA PIPPEN

Larsa Pippen

Last night, Rebag, the ultimate destination for buying and selling luxury handbags, celebrated the opening of one of its first-ever Miami location in the Miami Design District, drawing a packed house for a celebration hosted by Larsa Pippen.

Notable attendees included Rebag CEO and Founder Charles Gorra, Larsa Pippen, Isabela Grutman, Michelle Pooch, Alexia Echevarria and more. Sounds were provided by DJ Michelle Leshem.

This is the seventh brick and mortar location for Rebag, the ultimate destination for re-selling and buying authenticated luxury handbags. Best known for its sleek modern architecture, upscale stores and art galleries, Rebag will now contribute to the Design District’s unique shopping experience.

The Miami location serves as Rebag’s first flagship location in the Southern US, with more to come in the near future.

Charles Gorra, CEO of Rebag
REBAG’s Birkin Wall
REBAG

Rebag Miami is located at 140 NE 40th Street, Miami, Florida open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 8PM and Sunday from 10AM to 7PM.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH SF SYMPHONY

THE SF SYMPHONY AND SPIELBERG CLASSIC “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” BRING THE MAGIC AND JOY TO A PACKED HOUSE…

One can only expect an intergalactic night of music and film when you pair up San Francisco’s beloved orchestra with one of Hollywood’s biggest Sci-Fi classics. What better place to showcase a science fiction epic that on the big digital screen at the magnificent Davie’s Symphony Hall and accompanied by the electrifying sounds of our beloved SF Symphony. This was the scene on Saturday night March 2, as we flowed into the halls. It was hard not to notice that the packed crowd was mixed with young and old fans and everyone seemed to look around frantically as though they were trying to spot a few space friendly friends that might be amongst us or at least a glimpse of hardcore fans dressed in space-age gear. As the film title appeared on the big screen and the anticipation grew, the Symphony organizers teased us with a short film of the signature melody being played by a trumpeter. As the colors shined on the walls of the Hall miming every note fans erupted in joyful laugher.

For thousands of years people of all ages have wondered what’s behind the stars, are we alone in this vast Universe and what might happen if we have a Close Encounter. Well that was the premise for Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece where an ordinary electrical lineman from Indiana Roy Neary, played by the gifted Richard Dreyfus, has a close encounter with an unidentified flying object that disrupts his family life and ultimately changes his life forever. At the time of its release and since, Close Encounters has been widely touted as one of the most treasured and influential Science Fiction films of all time with a groundbreaking score written by the highly acclaimed John Williams.

The SF symphony always has a way of just pulling you into the music and in this case the film, unlike any other orchestra. The night was truly epic in every aspect! Conductor Joshua Gersen, who made his debut with the SF Symphony back in the Fall of 2013 and has been invited back many times, took the deck with confidence and prestige. His presence could be felt through every choreographed and robotic movement leading the orchestra and crowd on an exhilarating journey into the cosmos and beyond. With only one intermission break in between, the capacity audience was on the edge of their seats throughout and whether this was a new experience for fans or not, it was truly an unforgettable one.

Ah and how can one not hum along to the earworm signature melody of John William’s iconic five- tone motif, that scientists in the film used to communicate with the visiting spacecraft and has become one of the most recognized melodies in cinema history. Williams originally wrote over 300 examples of the motif for the film, before Spielberg finally chose one. As the final minutes of Close Encounters rolled on we finally meet the aliens driving the spacecraft and their crew and the audience oohed in satisfaction. Roy Neary’s life was about to change as Aliens picked him to join them on their ship. Neary is ushered onto the spacecraft by what looked

like minion aliens haha and as they boarded, we could all feel his heartbeat with excitement and joy.

We can only wonder what galaxies or planets he would visit and encounter and if he would ever come back to share his journeys. Gersen and the Symphony played the final epic moments like seasoned veterans and not a soul in the audience got up until they were completely done and the credits stopped rolling. We were on our feet as the place erupted with cheers and applause to commemorate and show gratitude to everyone that made this night possible.

All I can say is this was definitely one of the best combinations of films and music that I’ve seen and the SF Symphony just seems to get better and better.

For more info on SF Symphony visit: www.sfsymphony.org