Lit Launch October: Facebuddha by Ravi Chandra '89
Oct
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Lit Launch October: Facebuddha by Ravi Chandra '89

Join Ravi Chandra M.D.’89 and noted fellow psychiatrist F.B. Steele, former San Francisco Director of the C.G. Jung Institute, for the launch of Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks on Monday, October 23rd. The animated book trailer is up on Facebook and YouTube.

In addition, on Saturday, October 28th, Ravi will host an open house at his home in Japantown, and on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:30 pm, Ravi will be in conversation with journalist Bernice Yeung at Booksmith’s Bindery

More about the book:

“The only instruction is kindness.” The book combines modern memoir, state-of-the-art psychological research on social media, and a Buddhist primer. Five years in the making, Facebuddha is a rich Asian American memoir, a state-of-the-art exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism. Tamlyn Tomita says Facebuddha is “a very personal, often funny, warmly intelligent, thoughtful and heartfelt journey to transcendence!” Other reviewers including Buddhist teachers Sylvia Boorstein and Jack Kornfield call it “inspiring," “magnificent," “breathtakingly personal,” and “an invitation to depth and personal growth.” Ravi is depending on word-of-mouth, so please share, and read this great book!

Facebuddha is available on Kindle, iBooks and Kobo with hardcover soon to come. BCSF Young Alums are invited to use discount code YOUNGALUM for $10 off a hardcover copy of the book at Ravi’s Facebuddha launch events on October 23rd and 28th

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Class, Chaos, and Crooning
Nov
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Class, Chaos, and Crooning

San Francisco singers Melissa Culross, '92, and Michael Byer pair sparkling conversation with songs from the 1960s to the early 2000s for an engaging "he said, she said" evening of music.

Melissa draws her musical inspiration from the new wave and alternative rock bands she listened to as a teenager, 60s pop and Motown, and San Francisco's local music scene. She honed her singing skills, in part, by singing along to the records she played on WBRU while on the air as a Brown undergraduate.

Audience participation by singing along to some of the more recognizable numbers is encouraged but by no means required.

Doors open at 5:30pm (show starts at 6:00pm). There is a $10 cover at the door. For more details, please visit www.barfluxus.com (note: the show will be added to the site on 11/1.)

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 China Girl Book Launch with Author Ho Lin '92
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

China Girl Book Launch with Author Ho Lin '92

Ho Lin, co-editor of the long-running literary journal Caveat Lector, joins us in the Marina for a Book Launch celebrating his dazzling fiction debut, China Girl: And Other Stories

A modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker's whim... These are the characters that populate Ho Lin's short story collection China Girl.

In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today's Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.

More details can be found here.

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GCB West: Final Farewell to The Hall
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

GCB West: Final Farewell to The Hall

Please join us for a GCB West to say goodbye to The Hall: a space for non-profits, businesses, and residents in the Mid-Market/Tenderloin neighborhood to convene, host events, and enjoy small, local food purveyors.The Hall developers (including Craig Young '05 and Matt Klimerman '13) brought new energy to a blighted site that stood vacant  for nearly seven years. The site's next and final phase will morph into a 193 unit mixed-use apartment building with approximately 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The Hall closes for regular business at the end of this month so join us for a great night of local food and drinks next Wednesday! 

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September GCB West: SPiN
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

September GCB West: SPiN

September is usually a month of change. At Brown, the campus explodes with fall color. In San Francisco, summer is finally here! Join us at a special GCB West to welcome all recent arrivals to the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you've been here for a while, or have recently moved here, we welcome you!

We'll have ping pong tables reserved starting at 7pm. Look for your host, Stephanie Vasquez '13, with the Brown banner and join your fellow alums for food, drink, and table tennis fun! 

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August GCB West
Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

August GCB West

Yep... it's time to head out to the fog belt for what San Francisco Magazine has named the 2017 Best Brewery in the City. Enjoy five housemade brews on tap, including the Foggy Lager, Little Red, and Brown Ale. 

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9th Annual Pan Asian American Alumni BBQ
Aug
5
11:30am11:30am

9th Annual Pan Asian American Alumni BBQ

Please join us for the 9th Annual BBQ and Picnic with your fellow Ivy and Stanford Asian American alums. Enjoy an afternoon of great food and make new friends from the participating alumni associations! This year we are returning again to San Francisco for the event at Crissy Field, West Bluffs Picnic Area (near the Warming Hut). 

Price: $15 in advance ($20 at event venue) to cover food, including hamburgers (veggie too), hot dogs, chicken, salads, fruit, snacks and drinks. 

The event is sponsored by: 
Brown Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4), as well as the Asian American Alumni organizations of Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

Register here, and contact John Lin for any questions.

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Volunteering at the SF Food Bank with Stanford and Harvard Alumni
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Volunteering at the SF Food Bank with Stanford and Harvard Alumni

Join us for our next volunteer event at the SF Food Bank with the Stanford and Harvard young alumni clubs of San Francisco. As per tradition, we'll head on over to Magnolia Brewing down the street to grab some pub grub and craft beers after our session wraps up. We have 80 spots reserved, but be sure to sign up soon so you don't miss out!

You can RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/s9ZnOlprKpvg6VkY2

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Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio with BCSF and BrownConnect Interns
Jul
16
11:00am11:00am

Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio with BCSF and BrownConnect Interns

Picnic with us at Off the Grid in the Presidio and enjoy amazing food, lawn games, and conversation with fellow and soon-to-be alumni. The Presidio Main Parade Ground boasts incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and OTG brings over 30 local food and produce vendors.

BYOBlanket and we'll supply non-alcoholic beverages and games. Families and friends are welcome as well!

We'll also be welcoming over 150 summer interns from BrownConnect, so join us in greeting Brown and the Bay Area's future!

Register here!

Sponsored by the Brown Club of San Francisco, the Brown Alumni Association, and BrownConnect.

 

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Pride Month GCB West: The Mix
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pride Month GCB West: The Mix

Pride is in the air! Come join us at The Mix, a Castro cornerstone, for this month’s GCB West in honor of Pride month. The Mix boasts an indoor and outdoor section (with space heaters) to stand up to any kind of weather San Francisco can throw at us. And with $5 Tito’s drinks & $2.50 Tecates on Thursdays, there’s never been a better day of the week to be proud.

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Stone Fruit U-Pick for Fathers Day at Andy's Orchard
Jun
18
9:45am 9:45am

Stone Fruit U-Pick for Fathers Day at Andy's Orchard

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Join your fellow Brown alums for this family friendly event celebrating California's fruit bounty!

Andy's Orchard was founded in 1957 and has been growing quality cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines ever since.

Ticket price includes a sample tasting of nearly 20 varieties of cherries and a dozen apricots. The owners will offer a tour of the grounds and point out the best trees for harvest. Guests are welcome to pick as much fruit as they would like and the harvest will be weighed per pound for payment upon exit. Also enjoy the confections, jams, jellies, and artwork available at Andy's Country Store.

The orchard is about an hour's drive south of San Francisco. Please remember to bring hat, sunscreen, and extra water for the hot summer days in the orchard.

We'll meet in front of the Country Store at 9:45 AM.

Children under 12 are free; Registration deadline June 11.

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Picnic and A Cappella Performance with the Jabberwocks
Jun
11
11:30am11:30am

Picnic and A Cappella Performance with the Jabberwocks

Join us for a small picnic and special performance by the Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a cappella group. Snacks and refreshments will be provided; we also encourage you to bring lunch, blankets, and Spikeball.

Tickets will be $10 (kids are free!) and all proceeds will go towards funding the Jabberwock's trip to San Francisco. Due to restrictions set by the National Park Service, the event will be limited to the first 50 people who sign up.

Performance will be held at the Burton Statue at Fort Mason: https://goo.gl/maps/M1ZtWvoNmK82.

Note that the Jabberwocks will be performing at around noon, for those who would like to attend the performance but can't stay for the rest of the picnic.

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Volunteering at the SF Marin Food Bank
Jun
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Volunteering at the SF Marin Food Bank

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BCSF will be volunteering once again at the SF-Marin Food Bank in Potrero Hill. In January, Brunonian volunteers sorted, boxed, and palletized around 20,000 lbs of food and we are excited to try and break our record this June!


The San Francisco Food Bank collects donated food from growers, manufacturers and grocers, then distributes it to people in need through food pantries, soup kitchens, child care centers, homeless shelters, senior centers and other human service agencies with meal programs. All in all, they will distribute more than 15 million pounds of food this year to hungry people in San Francisco. 

Volunteers will assist with gleaning and boxing produce, sorting food donations, repacking bulk food items such as rice and beans, assembling grocery boxes, stocking pantry shelves and many other active projects in the SF Food Bank’s warehouse. 

Location:  900 Pennsylvania Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107 at 23rd Street
Map/Directionshttps://goo.gl/maps/nR7KyF1WbBm
Attire: Please wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or opened-toe shoes) and grubby work clothes. Because you'll be helping to repack food, please wear casual and clean clothing, long pants, securely fastened jewelry, and comfortable shoes.  A sweatshirt or extra layer is recommended as the temperature in the warehouse is often quite cool.  Extra Bonus Points if you wear a Brown sweatshirt.

Kids: Above the age of 12 are fine to join in, but please register them.

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Pride Month: City Guide Tour of the Castro
Jun
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

Pride Month: City Guide Tour of the Castro

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Why is the Castro called the Castro? Actually it wasn't always called that. Depending on your time machine visit you could be stepping into the area called Eureka Valley, Horner's Addition, Rancho San Miguel, or Little Downtown. Come nerd out on this historical and architectural tour of one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco with SF City Guide Lisa Ryers '90.

We'll be meeting at the Giant Rainbow flag at the southwest corner of Market and Castro promptly at 3 PM.

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May GCB West: Pier 23
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

May GCB West: Pier 23

Come join us at Pier 23 Cafe for this month's GCB West. Located directly on the waterfront, Pier 23 Cafe's outdoor seating offers a chance to connect with classmates old and new, while getting back in touch with our maritime surroundings. Fingers crossed for clear skies and warm weather, at least until the fog rolls in!

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King of Doubt Performance Readings by Author Peter Gibb '64
May
4
to May 30

King of Doubt Performance Readings by Author Peter Gibb '64

For your reading pleasure and/or a different kind of event, please consider the following:

King of Doubt, a multiple award-winning memoir, by Peter Gibb, Brown ’64, is coming to the SF Bay Area in May. Peter will be doing a "performance reading" (that's part theatre, part dramatic reading, and all fun) in bookstores, senior centers, libraries and churches around the greater Bay Area.

Since it’s public release in February, readers and reviewers have been wildly enthusiastic about King of Doubt (which includes chapters that take place at Brown in the early 60’s.) “Beautifully written, suspenseful and brave …”    “An unforgettable journey of self-discovery. With the soul of a poet and the rich language of an artist …”  “A poignant journey around the world that ends in a satisfying cascade of redemption.”  “Best memoir I ever read.” Read more on Gibb's web site http://petergibb.org or on the King of Doubt page at Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/King-Doubt-Peter-Gibb/dp/1627874453. The book is available on all the usual e-platforms, as well as in paperback.

Peter’s schedule of Bay Area performance readings open to the public:

  • Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.  Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. (510) 525-7777, Performance reading and Talk.
  • Sunday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. Unity Spiritual Center, 2690 Ocean (at 19th Ave.) San Francisco. (415) 566-4122. Reading and Talk, plus afternoon workshop on "Memoir & Mindfulness" at 12:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 7:00 p.m  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, (415) 927-0960. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Thursday, May 11, 4:00 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Santa Rosa, 700 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, (707) 576-7494. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble,  Hillsdale Shopping Center, 11 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, (650) 341-5560. Performance reading and Talk
  • Thursday, May 18. 3:30 p.m. Lake Merritt Senior Living, 1800 Madison St., Oakland,  (510) 903-3600. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Friday, May 19. 2:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Chico.  2031 Martin Luther Drive, Chico.  (530) 894-1494. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Saturday, May 20. 5:30 p.m. The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento. (916) 441-4400. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Tuesday, May 30. 2:00 p.m. Atria Valley View Senior Living, 1228 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek  (925) 478-7413. Performance reading and Talk.

"If you join me for one of these events,” says Gibb, "I promise you something different from the typical author reading. Come for a good laugh, maybe even the hint of a tear, and stay for the always lively, stimulating discussion. If you feel so inclined, please pass this invitation on to family and friends, or - better yet - bring them along –but not until you warn them to be prepared for a good time with a twist of surprise!"

Hoping to see you soon.  Any questions, email: peter@petergibb.org.

In the meantime: Read widely. Live Fully. Let's be friends.

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Paul Taylor Dance Co. Family Matinee at YBCA
Apr
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Paul Taylor Dance Co. Family Matinee at YBCA

Tickets are now available!

Join BCSF for a Saturday afternoon filled with "daringly physical performances, insightful musicality and simply gorgeous artistry." A national treasure, Paul Taylor’s enduringly popular works are a brilliant fusion of bravura dancing, profound emotional insight and glorious musicality that have brought audiences around the world equal measures of message and mastery.

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"Bottom-Up Research: The Most Critical Skill In Entrepreneurship" with Danny Warshay
Mar
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

"Bottom-Up Research: The Most Critical Skill In Entrepreneurship" with Danny Warshay

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Danny Warshay, Executive Director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University, will lead a discussion about the most critical skill in entrepreneurship - "bottom-up research." This breakthrough anthropological approach helps entrepreneurs listen and observe to determine what consumers really need, even when consumers themselves do not know.

For more information about the center, please visit our website at entrepreneurship.brown.edu. And to be added to our email distribution list, please email us at entrepreneurship@brown.edu

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Building Chase Center with Clarke Miller '95
Feb
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Chase Center with Clarke Miller '95

  • 101 2nd Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)
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SOLD OUT!

In late 2016, the California Court of Appeals upheld an earlier lower court approval of the new Golden State Warriors arena, Chase Center. After years of planning, this highly anticipated project broke ground on January 17th.

Please join the Brown University Alumni in Real Estate Group for a special presentation by Clarke Miller ’95, Senior Vice President at Strada Investment Group. Clarke has led the development management on behalf of the Golden State Warriors for their new event center and mixed-use project in the Mission Bay neighborhood. The development project will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities including a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park. Construction on this project is scheduled to be complete for the opening of the 2019-20 NBA season.

Learn more about this historic project transforming the Bay Area.

The cost is $10. 

SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE RSVP by 2/2/17 HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-the-new-golden-state-warriors-arena-with-clarke-miller-95-tickets-31189051292

This event marks the official launch of the San Francisco chapter of Brown University Alumni in Real Estate Group (BREG).

Organized by the Brown University Alumni in Real Estate Group, Brown Club of San Francisco, and the Brown Club of Silicon Valley.

Special thanks to John Churchward ’97, Director Producer, HFF for hosting.

For more information, contact John Chen ’07 at john.chen@hines.com.

Brown University Alumni in Real Estate Group (BREG) is a group for alumni of Brown University working in real estate and related fields, including commercial and residential development, lending, investment, construction, consulting, private equity, brokerage, law, architecture, design, leasing, acquisitions, property and asset management, and finance, among others. The group officially launched in New York in 2015 and has since hosted a number of successful events including panel discussions, private tours, networking breakfasts, case study presentations, and more.

Learn more at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5010831.

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January GCB West: Novela 📚
Jan
25
6:15pm 6:15pm

January GCB West: Novela 📚

Celebrate the birthdays of literary legends JD Salinger (1/1), J.R.R Tolkien (1/3), Sherlock Holmes (1/6), Jack London (1/12), Edgar Allen Poe (1/19), Robert Burns (1/25), Lewis Carroll (1/27) and more with 2017's first GCB West at Novela in SoMa! Quaff a "Cocktail with Character" while mingling with fellow Brunonian bookworms!

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Brown Brunch Runners
Jan
14
10:30am10:30am

Brown Brunch Runners

  • Various Locations to Foreign Cinema (map)
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Calling all runners and brunch enthusiasts - kick off the new year with a brunch run with fellow alums! On January 14th, we'll have 2 distances available through the city (1 mile and 2.5 miles), motivated by brunch at Foreign Cinema in the Mission after our runs. Please RSVP for an accurate headcount. This event is free! You only need to cover your brunch.

Sign up here!

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Volunteering at SF Food Bank & BBQ Dinner
Jan
10
5:45pm 5:45pm

Volunteering at SF Food Bank & BBQ Dinner

Start the new year with an act of service for our community!  You'll meet fellow kind-hearted Brown alums while making an impact on the fight against food insecurity.  

The SF Food Bank collects donated food from growers, manufacturers and grocers, then distributes it to people in need, from soup kitchens & homeless shelters to child care & senior centers. They will distribute more than 15 million pounds of food this year to hungry people throughout San Francisco.

January is an especially important time to volunteer as the Food Bank will be sorting holiday donations in addition to their regular workload. Volunteers will assist with gleaning and boxing produce, sorting food donations, repacking bulk food items such as rice and beans, assembling grocery boxes, stocking pantry shelves and more.

Afterwards, walk a few blocks with fellow Brunonian volunteers for some scrumptious BBQ at Smokestack at the Magnolia Brewing Co (woohoo!).

Please arrive at the food bank by 5:45pm.  Children over 12 yrs are welcome (please register them).  Wear casual, clean clothing (preferably long pants) & comfortable, closed-toe shoes.  Dress in warm layers--the temperature in the warehouse can be cool (& because it's SF). Bonus points if you wear a Brown sweatshirt!

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Brown Club of San Francisco's 3rd Annual Holidazzle
Dec
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Brown Club of San Francisco's 3rd Annual Holidazzle

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'Tis the season to be a Brunonian! The Brown Club of San Francisco presents its 3rd Annual Holidazzle!

Last year over 200 Bay Area Brown Alumni toasted the holiday season with us, and Holidazzle 2016 will be even more dazzling than the last! We invite you to join us at the historic University Club of San Francisco in Nob Hill for an evening of fun and festivities.

Tickets include admission to the party, two free drinks, and desserts (Meeting Street Cookies included!). 

BCSF is excited to share the items available at our first Silent Auction! Over a dozen incredible gifts generously donated by Brunonian alumni will be showcased at Holidazzle ‘16. The items up for bid are:

  • 5 Days in Havana, Cuba, Donated by Anthony Cheng '95 of GoLatin
  • Brown Bookstore Package, Donated by the Brown Alumni Association
  • Dandelion Chocolate Tasting Set & Factory Tour, Donated by Greg D'Alesandre ‘95 of Dandelion Chocolate 
  • Black Pig Meat Co. Gift Basket, Donated by Duskie Estes ‘90 of Black Pig Meat Company
  • Oakland A’s Tickets & Autographed Stephen Vogt Ball, Donated by Jim Leahy ‘88, VP of Sales & Marketing of Oakland Athletics
  • VIP Wine Tasting & Tour at Holman Cellars in Napa, Donated by Jason Holman '04 of Holman Cellars
  • Holman Cellars “Uncharted” Wine Package, Donated by Jason Holman '04 of Holman Cellars
  • Brown Books & Illustrations Package, Donated by Tucker Nichols ‘93
  • San Francisco Ballet Tickets, Donated by the San Francisco Ballet
  • Fresh Poultry Delivery Gift Certificate, Donated by Karie Ng ‘98 of New Growth Farm
  • Dinner at Campo Fina in Healdsburg, Donated by Ari Rosen ‘00 of Campo Fina Restaurant
  • Brown University Wedgwood Memorial Plates, Donated by Catharine Sotzing Prodromou '05
  • Facial Peel & Microdermabrasion Package, Donated by Dr. Ani Tajirian '03, MD '07

Click here for more detailed item descriptions, starting bids, and information about the Silent Auction. Proceeds from both Holidazzle and the auction will directly benefit the Brown Club of San Francisco and will be used to improve future events and make them more affordable for all. 



Festive attire is encouraged; be ready to get your photo booth on! 

*Ticket Details*
Early Brunonian $30 until 11/30
Regular Price $35 until 12/14
Door Price $40

All tickets subject to capacity limitations.

 

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Last GCB West of 2016!
Nov
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Last GCB West of 2016!

It's fall, which in New England means apples, which in SF means cider! San Francisco's cider bar, Upcider, has close to 100 ciders from all over the world. Join us for a fall apple themed GCB west at the end of this month! Upcider also has food, wine, beer, and it's worth noting it's on the second floor.

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Seussical by the Bay Area Children's Theatre
Nov
27
1:30pm 1:30pm

Seussical by the Bay Area Children's Theatre

  • The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum (map)
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Oh the Thinks that you’ll think at the Seussical show!
With your dads, moms, & siblings, & friends of Bruno.

You’ll smile as the Boy meets the Cat in the Hat.
They go far from Whoville where Horton then sat--

In a nest because Mayzie La Bird flew away
To Circus McGurkus until the big day--

When the egg hatches! Come hear the stories & songs--
Quick! Buy your tickets before they’re all gone!

It’s a fun afternoon of laughter & more,
Through stories & songs from Seuss books galore!

Join fellow alums & their families for a fun-filled afternoon of music & Dr. Seuss! Recommended for ages three & up.

Tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seussical-by-the-bay-area-childrens-theater-tickets-28612253019

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