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A-listers Face up to Post-holiday Partying

article by Carolyne Zinko
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

You can try to escape at your Big Island getaway/cabin in Sun Valley/home in St. Barts/condo in Palm Desert until the end of January, but it's only a matter of time before the social season resumes its frenetic pace. How soon?

The San Francisco Ballet Gala on Jan. 29 leaves only a few weeks for dieting, collagen, Botox and more intensive forms of facial resculpturing. Not that anyone in San Francisco society needs any of that done -- again.

But even before that, the Pacific Chamber Symphony will hold its Creme de la Bay gala dinner and concert Jan. 17 at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets are $250 each; call (510) 352-3945. It's a showcase for Bay Area composers Daniel Brewbaker, Wayne Peterson, Andrew Imbrie and Hyo-shin Na. Knowing that support can be helpful, composer and society A-listers Gordon Getty and his wife, Ann, are honorary co-chairs.

In the Wine Country, Al and Boots Brounstein, founders of Diamond Creek Vineyards, will chair the Napa Valley Symphony's Second Annual Benefit Auction, a black-tie dinner at St. Supery Winery on Feb. 8. The symphony hopes to raise more than $200,000 for operating expenses and music education for students.

Robin Williams is scheduled to attend as celebrity guest, and one of the auction lots is a dinner at Diamond Creek Vineyards by Julian Serrano of Picasso (and formerly of Masa's) with the Brounsteins and Robin, and his wife, Marsha Williams.

In the unlikely event of a lull in the conversation (Robin can't be on all the time, can he?), auction winners might like to bone up on their chitchat with the following fun facts, courtesy of www.napavalleysymphony.org: Al was a pharmaceutical wholesaler in Southern California before he started the winery in 1967; he loves to sail and fly airplanes; his wife likes to travel and hang with the grandkids; he is an Aquarius and she is a Pisces (no wonder the winery's gardens have waterfalls).

E-mail Carolyne Zinko at czinko@sfchronicle.com. The Scene runs Wednesdays in Datebook and Sundays in Living.

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