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Outtakes: Quick on their feet

Elizabeth Varnell | February 15, 2012 | Lifestyle Style & Beauty Story Style City Life Culture Fashion

This winter San Franciscans had to show a little hustle— whether they were navigating rain showers over the Civic Center during the San Francisco Ballet gala, plying author Simon Doonan with witty banter during a Barneys New York book signing, or frantically trying to repair relationships with exes who work at that silly startup, Facebook. After ballet gala guests mastered the wet trek across Van Ness following dinner at City Hall, board chair John Osterweis took the War Memorial Opera House stage to dedicate the performance to the memory of ballet benefactor Warren Hellman. Then six of artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s über-talented male dancers executed Yuri Possohkov’s showboating choreography from his Classical Symphony. Two days later, Doonan was doing the fancy footwork at Barneys New York, where he signed copies of his latest book, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. According to Doonan, Barneys’ creative ambassador-at-large, his gift is to encourage people to be unconventional and less self-critical. “If I see a guy with a mullet, I’m more likely to tell him how to grow it longer and more lustrous.” Locals may learn a trick or two from Doonan that might lure back that unfriended ex just in time for the big IPO bash.


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