The NBA Finals Begin Tonight in Oakland at 6 PM

This goes well beyond deja vu. For the fourth time in four years the Golden State Warriors are meeting the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. This is the first time in professional sports history that two teams have faced each other in a league championship so many consecutive times.

Whatever the outcome, history will be made. After two epic Game 7s over the Memorial Day weekend — during which LeBron James delivered 48 minutes of resilient brilliance in Boston and the Warriors rallied back from an 11-point halftime deficit against the Houston Rockets with some gorgeous shot-making and championship poise — these two teams meet again.

The Warriors enjoy home court advantage, have won two of the three previous championships, and are heavily favored to win this one. Still, because Golden State has on occasion gone off the rails during these playoffs, and because you can never count out LeBron James, you just never know.

Let’s hope there is yet another parade in our future! Go Warriors!

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42nd Annual Union Street Music Festival

Now in its 42nd year, organizers say the Union Street Music Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest annual FREE events!  For the 2nd year in a row it will feature over 24 live bands sprinkled throughout the 5 blocks of the festival.  The entertainment areas will showcase five different genres: Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, and Local Bands!

The Festival will also include the traditional elements that have made this event stand out over the years, including arts and craft exhibitors, fabulous food vendors, and community groups.  The Festival also will  feature full pours of tasty beers and fine wines in each of its beverage gardens.

For more information, please click here.

42nd Annual Union Street Music Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ~ FREE
Union Street ~ Gough to Fillmore

19 Especially Child-Friendly San Francisco Restaurants

SF.Eater.com just published a guide to “19 especially child-friendly SF Restaurants,” and we love it! In fact, many of these restaurants are great places to eat even when you don’t bring kids along.

Here are five of our favorites included on the list:

To see the entire guide, along with photos, descriptions, links, and an interactive map showing you exactly where these spots are located, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 40th 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. For a guide to other things going on during this three-day weekend throughout the Bay Area from SF.Funcheap.com, click here.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/20/18 – 5/26/18

Midyear Update: Flat Forecast for Home Sales This Year

While all real estate is local, it’s still important to know what’s going on across the nation, not just in San Francisco. A piece published by RISMedia.com provides a good midyear report on what’s taking place right now, and what is likely to happen in the near future across the country.

For the foreseeable future, the housing market will be plagued by scarce supply, according to presenters at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, held recently in Washington, D.C.

With the economy and employment encouraging growth, home sales will be subdued, though still on an uphill track, according to National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, who discussed the market during the Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum. A forecast by Yun projects 5.6 million sales in 2018 — a 1.8 percent increase — and another 5.7 million in 2019. Home sales were up 1.1 percent in 2017 and 3.8 percent in 2016, according to NAR.

“Overall fundamentals remain solid, driven by a growing economy and steady job creation, which will sustain home sales in 2018 slightly above last year’s pace,” Yun said. “The worsening housing shortage means home prices are primed to rise further this year, too, hindering affordability conditions for homebuyers in markets across the country.”

René Magritte Exhibition Now Open at SFMOMA

You may not recognized the name, but you’re certainly familiar with his work.

René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.

We think this is one of those must-see exhibitions.

René Magritte
The Fifth Season
Now through October 28, 2018
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street, San Francisco, Floor 4

This Memorial Weekend It’s Time For Carnaval in San Francisco!

It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 40th 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 2018 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 global cuisine, international music, dance, and arts & crafts. Traditions from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, and West Africa will all be featured.