Don’t hu­mans de­serve benefits dogs en­joy?

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - DATEBOOK - LEAH GARCHIK Leah Garchik is open for busi­ness in San Fran­cisco, (415) 777-8426. Email: lgar­chik@ sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @leah­garchik

Why should the dogs have it bet­ter than we do? Con­sider this party sur­vival strat­egy, em­ployed at the An­nual Bark & Whine Ball. (This year’s 20th Ball is Thurs­day, Nov. 16, at the De­sign Cen­ter Gal­le­ria in San Fran­cisco.) At­ten­dees are in­vited to “dine and dance with your dog,” with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing Rocket Dog Res­cue, the United States War Dogs As­so­ci­a­tion — both res­cuers of pets dis­placed by the re­cent fires — and SaveABunny.

Rocket Dog vol­un­teers at this event will be avail­able to take ca­nine guests for a walk. Typ­i­cally, the walk­ers ap­proach guests, of­fer­ing to take a stroll with their four-legged com­pan­ions. There’s a park very near this year’s venue, says event co-chair Anne Minkin.

But this time-out op­tion would be great for hu­mans at swanky par­ties. Most of the time, there’s one part­ner more in the mer­ry­mak­ing mood than the other (who among us hasn’t im­plored a beloved: Can we go home now?). Why not offer 10- to 20minute strolls for hu­man com­pan­ions who need a break?

The wal­kee could take a break from drink­ing and/or lis­ten­ing to speeches, breathe a lit­tle fresh air, and — pic­ture the friendly dogs sniff­ing each other in the park — use the mini-solo re­cess as an op­por­tu­nity to flirt with some­one.

Ab­sence makes the heart grow fonder, and af­ter­ward, Minkin says, “it’s never hap­pened that the dog and owner couldn’t be re­united.”

Tick­ets for the ball are avail­able at

Joel Goodrich, who is to lux­ury real es­tate as Stephen Curry is to hoops, has a slice of the bro­ker’s pie in the $17.8 mil­lion sale of Kanye West and Kim Kar­dashian’s house in Bel Air (Los Angeles County). Goodrich co-rep­re­sented — with Josh and Matt Alt­man of “Mil­lion Dol­lar List­ing” — buyer Ma­rina Ac­ton, who lives in Sil­i­con Val­ley. Ac­ton, born in Ukraine, pre­sides over the San Fran­cisco-based Ma­rina Ac­ton Char­ity Fund, cre­ated, says its site, “to fa­cil­i­tate se­cu­rity of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tions through en­cryp­tion and dig­i­tal in­tegrity.”

At Oc­to­ber’s Fine Art Print Fair in New York, artist Mil­dred Howard — one of the artists at the Mu­seum of the African Di­as­pora’s Afropoli­tan Ball last week — showed 12 works in “Asseg­nazione con de Sein­galt,” a se­ries of prints made at Shark’s Ink in Lyons, Colo., from col­lages of an­tique en­grav­ings, dig­i­tal im­ages, maps, papers and more.

The works were in­spired by a two-vol­ume set of books writ­ten about Casanova, who also called him­self de Sein­galt, in 1734. She’d spot­ted the books in an an­ti­quar­ian book­store in Venice, but didn’t buy them im­me­di­ately. A year later, when they were still “on my mind ... I called the owner to see if they were still avail­able,” she says. The works based on the books were “def­i­nitely a big hit” in New York.

Dr. J re­mem­bered that Kevin Spacey, whose Net­flix se­ries “House of Cards” was shut down af­ter he was ac­cused of un­wanted ad­vances on a teenager, is on the ad­vi­sory board of SFFilm. Spacey was hon­ored with a Peter J. Owens Award in 2002, said the film so­ci­ety, and thus his name was added to the list of mem­bers of this “very in­for­mal ad­vi­sory board ... not an ac­tive group in any sig­nif­i­cant way,” said SFFilm’s Laura Moli­nari. She for­warded a copy of the group’s for­mal re­sponse to “sex­ual vi­o­lence rev­e­la­tions in the film in­dus­try,” which be­gins with an ex­pres­sion of sad­ness and anger, and goes on to re­con­firm “a com­mit­ment to mak­ing the spaces we oc­cupy as safe as pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity.” Sports depart­ment: Don Bleu em­ceed the Law Foun­da­tion of Sil­i­con Val­ley awards lun­cheon on Fri­day, Nov. 3, and ob­served, “We have more peo­ple here to­day than the 49ers had at their last game. Of course, the Law Foun­da­tion has a bet­ter record. They win a case once in a while.”

And hav­ing read the re­cent item about prices for leisure/cul­tural at­trac­tions soar­ing sky-high, J.G. noted that there’s one week­end ac­tiv­ity that’s be­come a bar­gain: 49ers tick­ets can be pur­chased for as lit­tle as $12.

P.S. Fol­low­ing up on fa­mous No. 35s. The most fa­mous No. 35 of all, says Robert Wieder: JFK.

Ev­ery year at this sea­son, a huge pump­kin that was a con­tender in the Half Moon Bay pump­kin con­test rests out­side the Mar­ketBar in the Ferry Build­ing. This year’s 1,610pound spec­i­men is a res­cue pump­kin. Grown in the Carneros district re­cently vic­tim to the North Bay fires, it sur­vived the flames only be­cause it had been har­vested and brought to Half Moon Bay for the com­pe­ti­tion. The fires be­gan Oct. 8; the com­pe­ti­tion was Oct. 9. On be­half of the pump­kin: Whew.

PUB­LIC EAVES­DROP­PING “Be­cause of the de­lay, I’m go­ing to cut you some ex­tra cheese.” Waiter to pa­tron, over­heard at a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant by Paul Boll­winkel

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