Summer boys (and girls): Delayed this year by MLB negotiations, the Giants Community Fund’s annual Play Ball luncheon kicked into action on June 10 at Oracle Park. This beloved perk featured SF Giants players and coaches signing balls and bats on the field. Then 400 fans headed to the suite level, where they dined with staples (burgers, licorice and Cracker Jack) as their program – hosted by the Giants announcer Renel BrooksMoon with the CEO of Giants larry baer and Co-Chairman of the Fund’s Board of Directors Brian Murphy — deployed on the green field.
Supporters have raised more than $400,000 for the fund’s programs – which are led by the executive director Sue Peterson and reach some 20,000 underserved youth in 90 leagues across California, Nevada and Oregon. Services focus on healthy lifestyles and anti-bullying techniques, as well as the popular Junior Giants free summer baseball program for kids, led by volunteer coaches. In 2021, the fund developed a new educational initiative: the Willie Mays Scholars enable five black high school students to pursue their dreams of higher education by providing each with hands-on mentorship and a $20,000 scholarship.
Blue skies: As COVID variants increase and logistical snafus lead to long lines and stranded summer travelers at airports around the world, it’s time to upgrade. So Alexis and Trevor Traina hosted a cocktail party with nosh on June 2 at their Gold Coast manse to introduce the CEO of Aero Uma Subramanian to their high-flying friends.
This luxury semi-private jet service, founded in San Francisco by the co-founder of Uber Garrett Camp, in concept, resembles an opulent carpool: the high-tech interiors of the sleek fleet of seven jets contain 16 solo seats. Guests enjoy concierge service as well as private lounges and terminals, of course. The main difference with pure private? It flies on a schedule.
Although its map isn’t large, Aero serves four-star playgrounds like London, England; Los Cabos, Mexico; Ibiza, Spain; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Nice, France; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Mykonos, Greece. One-way fares from SFO start at $1,600.
Trevor, who has flown over these friendly skies, loves the experience: flying privately at a fraction of the price. But he worries about the company’s bottom line. “Aero is so affordable, it’s roughly equivalent to our Cal-Mart grocery bill,” he laughs. “I want Aero to succeed. I think Aero should raise their prices and maybe Cal-Mart could lower their prices.
Range playback: Well, actually a new art book. Jacques Villeglé and the streets of Paris is too pretty and too heavy to put on a sandy beach towel. Gallery owner Martin Muller and his author friend Barnabas Conrad III, hosted a book signing on June 2 at Muller’s Modernism Gallery to celebrate Conrad’s biography of the legendary French take-off artist. Shortly after this tribute, Jacques Villeglelong represented by Muller, died in France at the age of 96.
“Jacques’ work is a form of ‘urban archaeology’, part of a school called Nouveau Réalisme,” explains Muller. “Many of Jacques’ works are created from Parisian street posters that he tore from a wall and superimposed on a canvas in a multimedia collage. The result is evocative of subjects ranging from mundane advertising, social issues and politics.
While Muller wrote many scholarly works on the artist, Conrad dug deep into the artist’s long and extraordinary life. “I had planned for about 100 pages, but ended up at 255,” he shares. “I was swept away by the delight of research: Jacques showed me around his old Parisian haunts, where he had hung out with Hemingway Where André Breton. I started this book when Jacques was 90 years old. His life was so long that he needed more research than I thought, with many trips to Paris, late nights and a lot of Calvados.
don’t stop believing: After a long and strange path of ownership and mission (too long to share here), The Believer has come home. Founded in 2003 by authors Heidi Julavits, Ed Park and Vendela Vidathe magazine was reunited in May with McSweeney’s – the independent publishing house founded by Vida’s award-winning author husband David Eggers — and will return to its literary roots with poetry, essays, comics, journalism and culture.
“We will continue our commitment to discovering and supporting established writers such as Zadie Smith and Jonathan Lethem as well as new writers. Early in their career, we released Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Rivka Galchenenthuses Vida. “I am personally delighted that Nick Hornby will continue to write his beloved column, ‘Stuff I’ve Been Reading’, for the magazine.
As McSweeney’s is now a non-profit organization, readers can support The believer. The next quarter printed in color will be published in November.
Goodbye: Elegant, witty and the epitome of grace under pressure, Gina Moscone – longtime administrator of the War Memorial Board and former first lady of San Francisco – died on June 7. Even amid personal tragedy that unfolded on a public stage, this San Francisco native remained an active participant in the civic and cultural life of the city. But her most cherished roles: a devoted wife to her late husband, former mayor George Mosconeand mother of their children, Jennifer, Rebecca, Christopher and Jonathan Moscone. A public service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 11 in North Beach at Saints Peter and Paul Church.