The Vamp – A 1920s Salon
Jun
11
3:30 pm15:30

The Vamp – A 1920s Salon

  • The Bellevue Club

Known interchangeably as vamps or vampires, glamorous and mysterious women haunted the films and fashions of the 1920s. What if they were both vamps and vampires?

Spotlighting her novel, Vamps of '29, Alice Jurow will present a late afternoon literary cocktail salon. The program will include a mini-lecture on the history of the vamp; 1920s vamp fashions; and a reading of selected delicious passages.

Books will be available for purchase and signing – or order your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.com and bring it along for an inscription. Your vampiest (or most vamp-appreciative) cocktail attire will be much admired.

No-host cocktail hour (featuring the 'Vampire's Kiss') begins at 3:30 pm; program begins at 4:30 pm.

Tickets at the door: $10 for ADSC members; $15 for non-members. Books (trade paperback) are $15.

For those with a taste for mortal food, dinner will be available in the Bellevue Club's beautiful Dining Room. Please make a reservation by June 9 if you plan to dine (510-451-1000), and be sure to let the club know if you need to cancel.

Lecture: Art Deco Metropolis - The Whiz-Bang Buildings of Modern New York
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Lecture: Art Deco Metropolis - The Whiz-Bang Buildings of Modern New York

  • The Bellevue Club

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center--these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that during the 1920s and ‘30s helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis.

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest in them during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity. From the great skyscrapers to apartments, diners, hotels, department stores, banks, and theaters, Anthony Robins will show us the sights!

Mr. Robins' book, Art Deco New York, will be available for sale and signing.

No-host cocktail hour at 6:30 pm; lecture begins at 7:30 pm

Tickets at the door: $10 for ADSC members; $15 for non-members

Lecture: The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies
Apr
2
3:00 pm15:00

Lecture: The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies

  • The Bellevue Club

The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies
An illustrated lecture by Adam G. Kendall

The opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 set off a world-wide craze for all things Egyptian-inspired, but it was by no means the first wave of “Egyptomania.” Ancient Egypt has been a land of mystery and wonder for the West for three thousand years. It has influenced art, architecture, mathematics, literature and religion. This presentation is an examination of the real and imaged cultural legacy of Ancient Egypt, the history of the romanticism of this venerable civilization, and how its powerfully influential tradition of exotic and esoteric wisdom claimed by secret societies and mystical fraternities is only loosely based upon historical reality. Since the exotic and mysterious decor of Oakland's Scottish Rite building has helped to inspire this year’s theme, we are pleased to welcome this special speaker.

Adam G. Kendall is an ADSC member and for over 14 years has been a recognized scholar of Masonic history, presenting at several international symposia, as well as producing exhibits, historical video scripts and publications.

No-host cocktails at 3pm, lecture at 4pm.

$10 for ADSC and Bellevue Club members, $15 for non-members.

The Dining Room at the Bellevue Club will be open that evening at 5:30. Dinner reservations are required by March 31 if you so choose; please call 510-451-1000.

Film Screening: Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile
Mar
19
3:00 pm15:00

Film Screening: Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile

  • The Bellevue Club

Our mysterious voyage begins! You are invited to an exclusive screening of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. It’s an elegant whodunit with a legendary cast: Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Lois Chiles, Jane Birkin, David Niven, George Kennedy and Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Filmed on location and the winner of an Academy Award for costume design, this 1978 movie is a perfect prelude to this year’s Art Deco Preservation Ball.

No-host cocktails at 3pm, movie starts at 4pm. The film is 2 hours and 20 minutes long.

Admission by donation, or free with your Ball ticket purchase!

Deco daywear is not required but is admired; prize for the best-dressed Cairo tourist of 1930! 

Fabulous door prizes! Ball tickets will be on sale!

The Dining Room at the Bellevue Club will be open that evening. Dinner reservations are required by March 17, if you so choose; please call 510-451-1000.

Lecture: The Evolution of Art Deco in San Francisco
Mar
5
2:00 pm14:00

Lecture: The Evolution of Art Deco in San Francisco

  • The Old Mint

Therese Poletti, ADSC Preservation Director, will be giving a talk at SF History Days on "The Evolution of Art Deco in San Francisco: From boomtown skyscrapers, apartment towers and movie palaces of the 1920s to the public decade of the 1930s."

The talk is a whirlwind history of how the Art Deco style evolved in San Francisco during the 1920s and 1930s, including some building archetypes, motifs, and a brief discussion of the most important Bay Area architects of the era. It will be in the main floor theater.

San Francisco History Days is a FREE event open to the public! Learn more at www.sfhistorydays.org.

Annual Membership Party
Jan
29
3:00 pm15:00

Annual Membership Party

  • Flora

Please join us for a splendid party to celebrate the amazing dedication, fabulous style, and exuberant spirit of our wonderful members and volunteers! Music by Sara Klotz de Aguilar.

Delicious appetizers and desserts provided. No host cocktails.

Members free!
$25 non-members

Please RSVP to zelda1927@artdecosociety.org or 510-271-6760 by January 23.

Vintage afternoon cocktail attire admired but not required.

Creating a Deco Landmark: The Murals of Coit Tower
Nov
17
6:30 pm18:30

Creating a Deco Landmark: The Murals of Coit Tower

  • Hotel Rex

When it was built in 1933, Coit Tower was one of the most prominent Art Deco structures on the San Francisco skyline — and empty inside. Within a year, the stunning murals executed by 26 local artists transformed Coit Tower into a cultural treasure and a monument to the daily life and turmoil of San Francisco during the Great Depression.

Join the Art Deco Society of California for an informative and revealing discussion of the Tower, its art and its times, presented by ADSC member Rory J. O’Connor, who leads regular tours of the Tower and has spent six years researching its history.

No host cocktails at 6:30pm, lecture at 7:30pm.

$10 for ADSC members, $15 for non-members. Pay at the door.

2017 Art Deco World Congress: A Preview
Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

2017 Art Deco World Congress: A Preview

  • The Bellevue Club - Mural Lounge, 4th Floor

Welcome to Cleveland! Please join us for an evening with Mick Beyer, President of the 20th Century Society, for a preview of the 14th Art Deco World Congress, which will be held May 14-21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Beyer will be showing us all where to go, what to see, and even where to stay!

Cocktails 6:30pm, lecture 7:30pm

$10 for ADSC or Bellevue Club members, $15 for non-members

How To Gatsby Lecture
Jul
31
2:00 pm14:00

How To Gatsby Lecture

  • Bellevue Club

New location! This year How to Gatsby will be at the Bellevue Club in the Mural Lounge, NOT at Hotel Rex.

Join us for a lecture on picnics and fashion of the 1920s and 30s, followed by shopping for Gatsby clothing and accessories from select local vendors, including Decades of Fashion, Relic Vintage, City Vintage, Anastasia Ellis Vintage, and OverAttired Vintage!

Cocktails at 2pm, lecture at 3pm, shopping to follow. 

Admission is $10 for ADSC or Bellevue Club members, $15 for non-members. Tickets available at the door.

For an optional dinner in the Bellevue Club Dining Room after the program, please phone 510-451-1000 or email reception@bellevueclub.org for reservations. Parking in the Bellevue garage is free.

Animals in a Gilded Age: Pets and Excess in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Jun
26
4:00 pm16:00

Animals in a Gilded Age: Pets and Excess in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

  • Bellevue Club

The Art Deco Society of California, in conjunction with the Bellevue Club, is thrilled to present a very special lecture by historian Dr. Paul Koudounaris. This lively talk will illustrate how pets of the wealthy basked in the excesses and eccentricities of their owners in the Belle Epoque and the Art Deco era.

No-host cocktail hour starts at 4pm; lecture at 5pm in the Mural Lounge on the 4th floor of the Bellevue Club.

Admission is $10 for ADSC or Bellevue Club members, $15 for non-members, and includes a donation to the Dancing Cat adoption center in San Jose. Bring a can of pet food or a pet toy for $5 off admission!

For an optional dinner in the Bellevue Club Dining Room after the program, please phone 510-451-1000 or email reception@bellevueclub.org for reservations. Parking in the Bellevue garage is free.

Deco Drinks at The Devil's Acre
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Deco Drinks at The Devil's Acre

  • The Devil's Acre

Our June Deco Drinks event is at the beautiful & pharmaceutical Devil’s Acre in San Francisco’s North Beach! The devil’s in the details at this posh, apothecary-themed bar, styled in the tradition of Barbary Coast bars just before the turn of the century. 

We’ll have a few tables reserved at 7:30, and we’d love you to join us for a cocktail or two! We are especially fond of “Three Sworn Enemies”, a bourbon cocktail with actual gold flecks floating in it!

Art Deco fashions of the 1920s-40s are admired, but not required; though if you’re interested in dressing the part, or sprucing up your vintage wardrobe, your co-hosts would love to help at OverAttired Vintage Fashion in downtown Oakland!

As always, Deco Drinks events are free to attend, no membership required! They're a great introduction to ADSC!

Deco Drinks at Twin Peaks Tavern
Jun
2
5:00 pm17:00

Deco Drinks at Twin Peaks Tavern

  • Twin Peaks Tavern

Join us for cocktails before the showing of the Louise Brooks film "Beggars of Life," put on by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. 

The film starts at 7:00pm, so we will meet early at Twin Peaks Tavern (just steps away from the Castro Theater where the film will be shown), and those who are inclined can go see it afterwards! Buy tickets to the film here.

The ADSC is NOT a sponsor of this film screening, however, the ADSC IS a co-sponsor of the screening the very next afternoon: Friday, June 3rd at 1pm: "A Woman of the World" with Pola Negri.

As always, period attire admired but not required.

Forbidden City, USA: A Documentary Screening with Director Arthur Dong
Mar
13
2:00 pm14:00

Forbidden City, USA: A Documentary Screening with Director Arthur Dong

  • Hotel Rex

Arthur Dong will introduce and screen his documentary on the namesake of our Preservation Ball, Forbidden City, USA. He will have both his DVD and his book on the same topic for sale after the screening.

Doors open at 2pm, screening begins at 2:30pm, optional no host cocktails and conversation afterwards!

$10 for ADSC members, $15 for non-members. Pay at the door.

Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: A Lecture and Book Signing by Karie Bible
Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: A Lecture and Book Signing by Karie Bible

  • Hotel Rex

Author Karie Bible will be synopsizing and signing her brand new book, Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: 1920-1970, co-authored with Mary Mallory.

Karie Bible has been the official tour guide at Hollywood Forever Cemetery since 2002. She has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, CNN and is a member of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. She will regale us with stories of how film legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn spread holiday cheer throughout the calendar year in iconic, ironic, and illustrious style.

No host cocktails at 6:30pm, lecture at 7:30pm.

$10 for ADSC members, $15 for non-members. Pay at the door.

A Chinatown Preservation Frolic!
Feb
6
Feb 7

A Chinatown Preservation Frolic!

  • Chinese Historical Society

UPDATE: We are now sold out for both tours. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please email zelda1927@artdecosociety.org.

Join us for a walking tour led by Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan, authors of San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons, along with Therese Poletti, ADSC Preservation Director.

Highlights include Chinatown's neon signs from the 1930s to the 50s, working and non-working, Julia Morgan's Chinatown YWCA and former sites of Chinese American nightclubs, with stops along the way at historic LiPo Bar and Far East Cafe.

Meet at the Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco. Tour ends at Stookey's Club Moderne for an optional no-host toast to neon, to Art Deco, and to Chinatown! Al and Randall Ann's book will be available for purchase and signing at the end of both tours.

Moving Sale! (Farewell Shell, Hello Bellevue!)
Jan
18
Jan 30

Moving Sale! (Farewell Shell, Hello Bellevue!)

We are moving our office across the bay from the Shell Building in SF to the Bellevue Club in Oakland.

Between now and January 30th, we are offering a 50% discount on the lovely Treasure Island and Golden Gate Bridge commemorative posters by John Mattos. Just $40 for one, or $75 for both!

You can buy them on the Store page of our website. If you are a member, or thinking about becoming one, you can get one FREE when you apply or renew!

Member Appreciation Party
Jan
17
3:00 pm15:00

Member Appreciation Party

  • Flora

Join us for our annual Member Appreciation Party! There will be appetizers, no-host cocktails, and music by Sara Klotz de Aguilar.

FREE for ADSC members, $20 for non-members. Join on the spot to receive complimentary admission.

You may want to come earlier for a delicious brunch at Flora, served til 2:30pm. The restaurant will then close between 2:30pm and 3pm, so brunchers should plan on a short walk to explore Uptown's Art Deco treasures before our party starts!

Vintage afternoon cocktail attire admired but not required!

The Girl Guides Gallivant
Nov
14
2:00 pm14:00

The Girl Guides Gallivant

  • Tadich Grill

Join your intrepid Girl Guides, Kimberly Aker and Alice Jurow, for a downtown San Francisco afternoon of Art Deco architecture, amusing historical asides and occasional pauses for refreshment!

We'll meet for a cocktail at Tadich Grill at 2pm, and we'll finish up at Stookey's Club Moderne around 5pm, with sights, stories and surprises in between. Fellas welcome too, of course!

Deco daywear is appreciated, but wear comfortable walking shoes. There will be a hill. Sprinkles - bring a brolly; heavy rain - we'll reschedule!

Tickets are now SOLD OUT! But, you can join Kimberly and Alice at Stookey's Club Moderne for a lecture on shoes a few days later!

Fred Astaire in Ragtime
Oct
10
Oct 11

Fred Astaire in Ragtime

  • Brune-Reutlinger Mansion

The ADSC is pleased to co-sponsor a very special event: Frederick Hodges in his spectacular show, "Fred Astaire in Ragtime."

Featuring entertaining and smart songs performed by Fred Astaire during his stellar vaudeville career - 1905 to 1917, this concert will take place in a spectacular San Francisco Victorian mansion.

There will be two shows, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, both starting at 2pm.

Tickets are $25 per person per concert, by reservation only!  
ADSC members will receive an invitation; to make reservations, please contact
Richard Reutlinger: (415) 346-8669

For questions and more information, call Bob Gonzalez: 415-924-6834, bobsrags@comcast.net

Champagne reception to follow. Free street parking.

Deco Drinks at Tupper & Reed
Aug
21
7:30 pm19:30

Deco Drinks at Tupper & Reed

  • Tupper & Reed

Our August Deco Drinks event is at the beautiful Tupper & Reed in downtown Berkeley!

Located at 2271 Shattuck Ave, Tupper & Reed is in a historic Gothic Storybook brick building designed by William Yelland and dating back nearly 100 years. Taking their name from Tupper & Reed music, a Berkeley institution that occupied that space for 99 years, the spacious bar is filled with musical antiques, including a variety of early Victrolas that I fawn over every time I stop in.

Tupper & Reed shares owners with Local Edition, a great newspaper-themed bar downstairs in San Francisco’s Hearst Building that we visited a couple months back.

Join us this Friday evening for a handmade cocktail and all manner of conversation about the Bay Area’s rich musical heritage, and I’m sure more than a mention of our upcoming Gatsby Summer Afternoon, California’s biggest and best vintage event!

As always, Deco Drinks events are free, no membership required! They're a great introduction to ADSC!

Jewel City: Lecture and Book Signing
Jul
9
6:30 pm18:30

Jewel City: Lecture and Book Signing

  • Hotel Rex

Historian and Author Laura Ackley will share remarkable stories of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (also known as the “San Francisco World’s Fair”) and present her new book: San Francisco's Jewel City.

"This lavishly illustrated volume is as much a triumph as the fair itself. San Francisco's Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in a homemade airplane, a world tour of twenty-one breathtaking international pavilions. Historian Laura Ackley's compelling text is unparalleled in its breadth of scope and richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and offering insight into its legacy today.”

Cocktails at 6:30pm, lecture at 7:30pm.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members.

RSVP here and invite your friends!

Deco Drinks at Boot and Shoe
May
8
7:00 pm19:00

Deco Drinks at Boot and Shoe

  • Boot & Shoe Service

May Deco Drinks at Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland!

This month we travel across the bay to a beautiful brick building just down the street from our famous Art Deco movie house, the Grand Lake Theater, built in 1926.

Did you know: The glorious rooftop sign greeting you as you enter the neighborhood on the Grand Lake is original, still using 2800 light bulbs. The firing sequences are also original to 1926, powered by the same 1/2 horsepower motor using a purpose-built device akin to a (very large) music box.

In a building built just three years later, Boot & Shoe Service kept the name of the former tenant when opening an Italian restaurant and bar in a former boot & shoe repair shop. It’s quirky, and it works.

We’ll meet you at the bar in the back - just follow the left wall after you enter.
If you’d like dinner while you’re out having drinks, you can order at the bar. Their pizzas are fantastic.

The full bar has a rotating menu, and can serve up any traditional cocktail you’d like. We suggest the Monk’s Garden, a wonderful gin cocktail created in-house.

Let us know if you find the hidden payphone!

RSVP here and invite friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596419367303811/

Life and Style in the Age of Art Deco
Apr
19
2:00 pm14:00

Life and Style in the Age of Art Deco

  • San Francisco International Airport

Together with Art Deco Collection, the SFO Museum has launched an exhibit full of wonderful Art Deco treasures such as ceramics, sculpture, men’s & women’s fashion, a bar, and a 1930 Pierce Arrow auto, and ADSC members are invited to a special reception and tour!

The exhibit is located in an area that is post-security, generally accessible only to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3, so don't miss this opportunity to see it!

Tickets are $20 per member, and members may bring one guest for $25 per person.

Attendance is very limited, so advance reservations by April 12th are required. Purchase your tickets by calling 415-982-3326 or emailing zelda1927@artdecosociety.org.

Tickets include one complimentary cocktail by Stookey's Club Moderne bartenders. There is complimentary airport parking, or take BART directly there.

As always, vintage attire is admired but not required. We suggest that you dress as you might to board a plane in the 1920s-1940s.

Deco Drinks at Local Edition
Apr
9
7:00 pm19:00

Deco Drinks at Local Edition

  • Local Edition

April Deco Drinks at Local Edition!

Join us as we enjoy vintage cocktails and tabloid conversation in the basement of The Hearst Building at 3rd & Market in San Francisco.

Conveniently located just above Montgomery BART Station, the entrance is next door to T-Mobile - look for the clock!

After the Calamity of 1906 leveled the city (and Hearst’s first building at 3rd & Market), he rebuilt, opening our current 13-story (Market St height restriction of the time) in 1911, housing the San Francisco Examiner for over 60 years!

Squeezing in our relation to Art Deco, Hearst had Julia Morgan revise the building facade, entryway, and lobby in 1938. Still unchanged today, it’s worth a peek into the lobby at the corner before ducking downstairs to the bar.

Local Edition pays homage to their location in the SF Examiner’s old printing room with a heavily newspaper-themed bar. Old typewriters at every corner, and old San Francisco newspapers full of historic events are on display all over. It’s really fun to browse the old headlines and newspaper writing style!

We’ll have reserved tables and chairs toward the back!

Deco Drinks at Longitude
Mar
13
7:30 pm19:30

Deco Drinks at Longitude

  • Longitude

Our 2nd installment of Deco Drinks!
 
Inspired by our friends in the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (who hold monthly Cocktails in Historic Places), we plan to gather on the Second Friday of each month in our favorite Deco-themed watering holes.
 
Next Up: Longitude in Oakland
 
Longitude is located in a fabulous Deco building in Downtown Oakland. Longitude offers exotic vintage drinks nestled in a turn of the century explorer themed atmosphere. Put on your Deco finest and pith hat and join us for a Deco Drink safari adventure!
 
Deco cocktail attire admired but optional -- come after work for no-host cocktails and Deco camaraderie.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook