On March 7th, I had the incredible privilege of attending CAL SHAKES 2020 GALA at Yoshi Oakland. Having been personally invited by John Collins of Neiman Marcus, I could CalShakesGala2020-2227have not been more honored to attend.

The dress code was formal attire and I couldn’t resist visiting the lovely ladies at All Things Vintage where they styled me in an exquisite 1930’s style evening gown with bustle and train. Paired with a three-piece vintage rhinestone set, patent clutch and designer heels – I felt like a Shakespearean aristocrat to say the least.

During the event I had the chance to catch up with David Nicolls of Coravin where we shared a few laughs during cocktail hour and may I say he always gets best dressed, such a classic man. From the moment I arrived on the red carpet (image seen on my IG story, now archived  under events) it was a feeling I now yearn for. As many of you already know it was approximately two-weeks after the gala the world was hit with COVD–19, a respiratory illness which in return has created a global pandemic on a level we haven’t seen since 1919.

 “Cal Shakes seeks to both teach and learn through our art—not simply about the theater but about our world.” 

During the event I had the chance to speak briefly with Eric Ting, Artistic Director & Sarah Williams, Managing Director for Cal Shakes and their excitement and passion for recreating classical theater for the 21st century is truly inspiring. Their dedication for the arts and mission of MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE nurtures the cultural arts in a way that is very much needed in today’s society and communities.

Recently Eric and Sarah shared an update since the shelter-in-place order, you can find this by visiting their blog, here. My heart goes out to them both and those who have found hardship from the recent occurrences. Today we can support the arts and the future of Cal Shakes by making a donation of any amount.
Please visit donate.calshakes.org today to make a difference.

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 Photography c/o of Jay Yamada & Rozie Kennedy

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