June 2018

There are 21 blog entries for June 2018.

The 34rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday. It’s free, outdoors, and the largest of its kind on the West Coast — from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days. Also, on Saturday and Sunday, you can watch the World Cup on big screens while enjoying the brunch of your choice at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Finally, this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, so admission to the Asian Art Museum is free. This is one of the largest Asian museums in the Western world, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Free First Sunday Admission is for the main galleries — it usually costs $15 for this general admission.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week,

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Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and do some hiking. Thrilllist.com published a guide to the most beautiful hikes in the Bay Area, including some valuable information on each trail. All are within easy reach of San Francisco, and one is in the City itself.

Here are their picks:

  • Land’s End Sea Cliff, San Francisco Hike distance: 4 miles
  • Angel Island San Francisco Bay Hike distance: 4.6 miles
  • Mt. Diablo Contra Costa County Hike distance: 6.1 miles
  • Mt. Tamalpais Marin County Hike distance: 1.2 miles
  • Dipsea Trail Mill Valley to Stinson Beach Hike distance: 9.5 miles
  • Alamere Falls Point Reyes National Seashore Hike distance: 7.5 miles
  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve San Mateo County Hike distance: 1.3 miles
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Earlier this month we told you about the SF Jazz Festival. If you weren’t able to attend that event, not to worry. There’s another jazz festival taking place this weekend, and this one is the big one! It’s free, outdoors, and the largest of its kind on the West Coast. It’s the 34rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, and each year the event draws over 100,000 visitors.

According to organizers, from sunup to sundown, visitors can “groove to the sounds” of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts, and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is truly one of a kind!

To see who is performing, and when, click

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Birdsong opened in early May and it’s already caused quite a stir! And why not. The folks behind this new place spent time in some of the finest restaurants in the City, including Saison, Atelier Crenn, Benu, and Monsieur Benjamin.

According to Sarah Chorey with 7×7.com,  Birdsong is all about heritage cooking. Chef Chris Bleidorn plays with many elements of nature throughout his multi-course affair. The menu blends together the flavors of the Pacific Northwest and his East Coast upbringing. The cooking techniques are intricate and exquisite, finessing fundamental techniques like open fire, fermentation, smoke, and dry-aging.

Each day a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from the restaurant’s network of small farms, ranches, and

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We love this City, and we can’t get enough of these photos. SF.Curbed.com just published twenty pictures that show you what San Francisco looked like in 1856. The feature includes an interactive map so you can pinpoint the location for each image.

Among other photos, you’ll see pictures of Alcatraz, North Beach, downtown, Russian Hill, Rincon Point, and city hall when it was located off Portsmouth Square.

1856 was the year San Francisco County was formed, first distinguishing itself from San Mateo County. The population had swelled to 30,000 people. Just eight years earlier, before the discovery of gold, only about 1,000 people lived in San Francisco.

To see the photos and map, click here.

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This weekend, once again it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents, 200 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

Celebration and Rally
Saturday, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza

Parade
Sunday, 10:30 AM

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/17/18 – 6/23/18

Pipeline of Residential Development in San Francisco Grows

With the number of newly proposed units of housing to be built in San Francisco having outpaced the number of units where construction has recently been completed, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under

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A new Stephen Frykholm exhibition, Summer Picnic Posters, opens this Saturday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and runs through September 3. This is how the museum describes it:

In 1970, furniture company Herman Miller — producer of iconic pieces by designers such as George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames — hired Stephen Frykholm to lead its recently established graphic design department. One of Frykholm’s first assignments was to create screenprinted posters for the Sweet Corn Festival, an annual company-wide summer picnic. He designed a new poster each year from 1970 to 1989 before passing the baton to his team, which he led until his retirement, in 2015.

His bold, Pop art–influenced posters have become iconic in their own right,

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This weekend, once again it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents, 200 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

Celebrations begin on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza. The Parade, which takes place Sunday morning, heads down Market Street, from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center.

SF Pride includes two days of inspirational speakers and performers. Kehlani is the headliner this year, appearing on the Main Stage on Sunday.

For complete details on the celebration and parade, visit SFPride.org.

Celebration and Rally
Saturday, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza

Parade
Sunday, 10:30 AM

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Although the Mission District may be losing its Latino residents — according to the San Francisco Chronicle quoting a 2017 City report, since 2000 the Latino population of the neighborhood has decreased from 33 percent to 15 percent — the neighborhood is still the culinary heart of San Francisco’s diverse Latin American community.

As the paper says, “Anyone can get burritos in the Richmond and the Bayview. But the Mission’s Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian restaurants are owned by — and, more importantly, operated for — Mexican, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan and Peruvian American diners.”

They list seventeen places that they say are the best Mexican and Latin American restaurants. Here are five of our favorites:

  • Tacos at El
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“Should You Move to SF?” When we saw this headline for a column on SF. Curbed.com, we held our breath and read the piece with trepidation.  It’s easy to be negative, and to take shots online. We see that all the time. And these days, San Francisco can be a big target — we certainly have our share of challenges. But we found the post by Brock Keeling and Julia Kitlinski-Hong refreshingly balanced — presenting some of the good along with the bad.

They begin by looking at the City as a whole, and then get into specifics.

The first thing you should know: SF is expensive. Second thing you should know: It’s small. These two factors will play major roles in your decision and life here, should you choose to accept it.

If you’re coming from a

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