May 2017

There are 23 blog entries for May 2017.

Union Street is usually a pretty quiet place, a very cool neighborhood business district lined with popular boutiques, art galleries, cafes and bars. People tend to chat comfortably while dining at outside tables set up by restaurants — whether long-time favorites, or brand new to the neighborhood.

That all changes this weekend, when the 41st Annual Union Street Music Festival takes place. This year’s event will have live bands performing in small entertainment areas throughout the site. Five different genres will be featured: Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Local Bands.

The Festival will also include the traditional things that have made this event a stand out over the years, including Arts and Craft Exhibitors, unique Sponsors, Festive

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Burger alert! Eater San Francisco just published a heat map to 15 places in the City serving up some of the best burgers in town. As a public service, we are sharing this information with you!

“These 15 restaurants are all places that are doing it really right when it comes to making the best burger possible, from renditions that employ umami-heavy porcini powder to others that replace the water in a housemade bun with pickle juice for that extra touch of flavor.”

Eater SF

The feature includes descriptions, photos, websites and a map that shows exactly where you can find these spots. To see the whole report, click here.

Spoiler alert! Here are three of the places they mention:

  • ABV  3174 16th Street Mission District
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This Memorial Day we want to thank all the servicemen and women, and their families, who have made sacrifices on our behalf.
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It’s a three-day weekend so lots going on! Here are just some of the things you can do: The 39th Annual Carnaval San Francisco takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Mission. A free concert by jazz “Jedi master” tenor saxophonist Richard Howell & Sudden Changes happens on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 PM at Yerba Buena Gardens. It’s Memorial Day of course, and there is a Memorial Day Commemoration  on Monday from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at the Presidio’s Officer’s Club. Activities around this event include a grand march with veterans, a formal ceremony, a ranger-led cemetery walk, and a community picnic on the Main Parade Ground.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/21/17 – 5/27/17

A recent realtor.com report

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The Salesforce Tower reaches 61 stories high making it the second tallest building in California, and by far the tallest building in San Francisco. The tower should be fully enclosed by the end of July, and Salesforce employees should begin reporting to work there in October. 1 million of the 1.4 million square feet of office space has already been leased.

Even so, the question remains: Is it a good thing for the skyline, or a bad thing? Chronicle  Architecture Critic John King recently wrote a column on the topic. He doesn’t seem to offer an opinion one way or the other – saying that San Franciscans once vehemently opposed the Transamerica Pyramid, now an SF icon. He does, however, explain why the Salesforce Tower is so provocative.

He offers

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It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival takes place in the Mission District. Organizers say this is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast, and over 400,000 are expected to attend the family-friendly event.

The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM. It’s your chance to watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes, along with performers who engage and entertain the crowds.

The 2–day festival will take place both Saturday and Sunday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. The festival runs from 10 AM to 6 PM both days. Enjoy

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Poke places are opening all over town. Poke is a raw fish salad, and it’s become extremely popular in San Francisco over the last year or two. Hoodline just noted the opening of a new place, called Poke Life, that just opened across from UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.

Poke Life features small ($10.95) or large ($12.95) “signature” poke bowl options, like the “Hawaii Five-O” (tuna, edamame, cucumber, roasted sesame seeds) and “The Cocktail” (sous vide prawn, wasabi sauce, cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, carrot, dried shallots). There’s also a make-your-own-bowl option, which lets you choose from a variety of rice or veggie bases, fish options, sauce, and custom toppings.

Poke Life is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. It’s one of

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On Sunday, ESPN’s headline said it all: “Cavaliers blow 21-point lead in Game 3 as LeBron James disappears.” Music to the ears of Warriors fans everywhere. The Cavaliers are playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and this was their first loss in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-108 in Game 3 of their series on Saturday night. Golden State has eleven wins and no losses during these playoffs, and will try to close out the Spurs tonight in San Antonio.

The Warriors became just the third team in NBA history to open the playoffs 11-0, matching the Lakers of 1989 and 2001. While the 2001 team won the title, it’s important to note the 1989 team lost in the NBA Finals.

Clearly, there are no sure

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So much going on this weekend! Let’s start with the biggie, the Bay to Breakers on Sunday. Or would it be watching the Warriors game on Saturday starting at 6PM in a local tavern or bar? Or maybe the 2017 Dogpatch Block Party and Walk About on Saturday?

A Hill & Co. colleague asked us to share this with you as well:

“Join the SF Shared Schoolyard Project at Sutro Elementary School on 235 12th Avenue, Saturday, May 20th from 11 am – 1 pm for a kick-off event, marking the schoolyard’s grand opening on weekends. This event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, free tacos, and activities for the whole neighborhood. Activities will include tennis, recreational activities for kids of all ages, and a raffle prize giveaway! RSVP today:

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Tiny Bubbles is a group exhibition curated by independent curator and former gallerist Steven Wolf. The show features nine artists known for producing dark and often funny narratives set in imaginary worlds filled with characters that mirror their own searches for meaning.

Presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the exhibition marks a welcome return for a curator known for producing playful and adventurous shows in his former Mission-district space Steven Wolf Fine Arts. And Tiny Bubbles is true to form. Inspired by painter Roy De Forest’s use of “snow globe narratives,” Wolf chose works from a surprising variety of artists that construct small worlds of their own.

San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ spring season
Where: War

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