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Weekend Watcher: First Friday Returns...Connecting Not Networking

"First Fridays with Foremski" at the de Young Museum returns this Friday April 4. It was fun last year, small groups, good conversation and a great environment: the De Young Museum in Golden Gate park, which is open until 8.45pm Friday evenings.

(BTW, the De Young was founded by M.H. de Young of the SF Chronicle newspaper family.)

This time I'd like to start off at Peet's coffee on Broderick and Oak around 5pm for a walk through the Panhandle and into the park. Or you can join me at the museum from about 6pm onwards. And drinks at my place 9pm afterwards...

This is not a networking event as such. It is more about connecting than networking.

Come and say "Hi" and come and enjoy the spectacular de Young. There is a no host cocktail bar, and music, and a fashion show, plus lots more this Friday, all free!

Take a look:

Friday Nights at the de Young featuring Discarded to Divine, the de Young Poetry Series, Noise Pop, and Gilbert & George

Discarded to Divine

Discarded to Divine debuts one-of-a-kind creations designed from recycled materials by Bay Area fashion designers and students of recycled couture to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs for the poor and homeless.

Bay Area fashion designers such as Jessica McClintock, Colleen Quen, Nice Collective, Cari Borja, Verrieres & Sako, Michael Boris, and Sara Shepherd join fashion students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, City College of San Francisco, and Academy of Art University.

Music by Von Iva and DJ Omar presented by Noise Pop

Von Iva, the Bay Area synth rock trio—fronted by vixen soulstress Jillian Iva and featuring Becky Kupersmith on keyboard and Kelly Harris on drums—takes gritty soul-drenched dance punk to the masses.

The de Young Poetry Series: Three Vietnamese Poets: Nguyen Do, Hoa Nguyen, and Truong Tran

In celebration of the recently published anthology Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions), three Vietnamese-American contributors will read their poetry.

Art Activity for Everyone

Inspired by Discarded to Divine, create jewelry from found and reusable objects.

And don't forget the Gilbert & George exhibit! Maybe I'll see you there?