Let them eat cake night. SF Ballet opening attracts glamorous crowd to City Hall

The homeless are camped out nearby. The streets are one big construction project. The cost of living in San Francisco is sky high. 

Nonetheless, there’s still time for the Swells to party on down.

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San Francisco Chronicle 1.16.2020

The San Francisco Ballet sought to leave the crowd “Spellbound” on Thursday, Jan. 16, during the dance company’s opening gala at San Francisco City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.

This year marks artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s record-breaking 35th season with S.F. Ballet and the first season for executive director Kelly Tweeddale.

More than 3,000 guests are attending the performance, including gala chair Patricia Dale Roberts, dinner chair Freddi Wilkinson and actor Tony Hale, who is appearing in ACT’s “Wakey, Wakey.”

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