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By Amie Chilson | Broker in San Francisco, CA
  • International LGBT Film Fest – San Francisco

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Entertainment & Nightlife  |  June 13, 2013 5:54 PM  |  442 views  |  No comments
    Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (Frameline) is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline37 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to each of our Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline37 also has two juried awards for Outstanding First Feature and Outstanding Documentary Feature.

    Framelines’s mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. Locals know that this is a fantastic event, so advance tickets are suggested but at-the-door tickets are available until seating runs out.

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  • Ethnic Dance Festival, June 7 – 30

    Posted Under: General Area in San Francisco, Quality of Life in San Francisco, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Francisco  |  May 27, 2013 11:51 AM  |  420 views  |  No comments
    The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, founded to present the ethnic dance companies in the Bay Area, includes performers from throughout Northern California with over 600 dance companies and 100 different genres.

    During its rich history, the Festival has celebrated and fostered appreciation for the diverse cultural communities in the Bay Area and Northern California.

    As the first multicultural, city-sponsored ethnic dance festival in America, the Festival has a responsibility and the honor to provide an outstanding opportunity for artists who seek to present the dance expressions of their cultural and ethnic heritages.

    Participants come from varied socio-economical backgrounds, representing a broad range of occupations and lifestyles and during the month long festival. Students, masters and groups from regions as varied as Senegal, Tobasco and Barangay all dance together on the same stage.

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  • New! [VIDEO] Take a Tour of Nob Hill with Amie Chilson, San Francisco Realtor

    Posted Under: General Area, Entertainment & Nightlife, Shopping & Local Amenities  |  May 26, 2013 11:54 AM  |  309 views  |  No comments

    The peak of Nob Hill at the intersection of Jones and Sacramento Streets. South of Nob Hill is Union Square, the Tenderloin neighborhood, and Market Street. To the east is San Francisco's Chinatown and a little farther, the city's financial district. Northeast of Nob Hill is North Beach and Telegraph Hill. North of Nob Hill is Russian Hill.

    The area's reputation of privilege dates back to Gold Rush times, when cable car lines made the hilltop accessible and the railroad barons and bonanza kings built their mansions there.

    Luxury hotels now stand in the place of those original palaces, and when you hike to the top of the hill, historic buildings such as the Fairmont Hotel and the Flood Mansion are undeniably impressive.

    When San Francisco, you cannot miss The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is a luxury hotel, sitting atop Nob Hill. It's also listed as a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

    Today it’s a popular spot for dinner, dancing, events. Whether you're local or visiting, The Top of the Mark Lounge is a favorite place with its 19th Floor Penthouse view.

    Grace Cathedral is renown for their stained glass windows, two labrinths, Men & Boys Choir, and even their yoga class on Tuesday nights.

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  • The 35th anniversary San Francisco Carnaval Parade on May 26th

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Entertainment & Nightlife  |  May 21, 2013 6:07 PM  |  260 views  |  No comments
    The 35th anniversary San Francisco Carnaval Parade on May 26th, 2013, is the city’s largest multi-cultural event and a breathtaking display of community and colors, drummers and dancers, traditions and fellowship.

    This Latin inspired moving party celebrates global heritage with this year’s theme of “Spanning Borders; Bridging Cultures.” From music and dancing of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Polynesia, Puerto Rico and Trinidad to African and Japanese drumming, the Memorial Day Weekend happening blossoms with intricate costumes, fantastic floats, stilt-walkers and thousands of people out to celebrate culture and international friendship. Making its way through the Mission District with a simple message of love and peace through diversity, the Carnaval Parade is sure to awe and delight with its flashy dancers, passionate music, artistry, diversity and amazing percussion performances.

    Free to attend and family friendly, the Parade is a sensual intoxication both in spectacle of sight and sound and in the dynamic array of food from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • Map Reveals Corporate Bus Routes Tech Workers Take

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Traffic & Public Transportation  |  May 17, 2013 6:18 PM  |  290 views  |  No comments
    A San Francisco design firm has literally drawn a map showing how the city and Silicon Valley are growing closer together through a network of private corporate buses.

    Earlier this year, Stamen Design took a commission from San Jose-based arts nonprofit Zero1 to create a piece for the group’s 2012 biennial exhibit on the theme “Seeking Silicon Valley.”

    Stamen founder Eric Rodenbeck wanted to tackle a phenomenon he witnessed right outside his Mission District office: rising numbers of private buses taking tech workers who live in San Francisco down to offices in Silicon Valley. Mr. Rodenbeck and his team decided to map out the bus lines and the flow of people they carried.

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  • San Francisco Neighborhood Map

    Posted Under: General Area, In My Neighborhood, Moving  |  May 16, 2013 6:17 PM  |  834 views  |  No comments
    This map of San Francisco neighborhoods is according to the San Francisco Association of Realtors district and sub-district, Multiple Listing Service (MLS) specifications. Real estate values and prices, property types, age of construction, architectural styles, views, amenities, commercial districts and home sizes can vary widely between different neighborhoods. Indeed, San Francisco is more a collection of delightfully different neighborhoods than a homogenous entity.

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  • First Look: Copper-Wire Jellyfish and Hardwood Vehicles at the Museum of Craft and Design

    Posted Under: General Area in San Francisco, Quality of Life in San Francisco, Parks & Recreation in San Francisco  |  April 4, 2013 5:02 PM  |  292 views  |  No comments
    The Dogpatch newcomer opens Saturday. Arline Fisch’s Creatures of the Deep, knitted and crocheted from coated copper wire.

    After forfeiting its original Union Square location in 2010 to rising rents and then pop-up hopping throughout the city, the Museum of Craft and Design has found a permanent home in this 8,500-square-foot Dogpatch industrial building, open to the public on Saturday. The revived MCD showcases up to three exhibits at a time within its open gallery space (nimbly outfitted with moveable walls), displaying art that’s part visceral and in-your-face—as in Michael Cooper’s futuristic metal-and-hardwood vehicles, showing until June 30—and part delicately beautiful, like jewelry designer Arline Fisch’s floating sea creatures crocheted with neon-coated copper wire, featured through June 23.

    The Gary Hutton-designed museum also includes a store, where offerings span porcupine-quill earrings to handmade ceramics, and a workshop for interactive events with featured artists and makers. The next exhibit, slated for late this summer, will be a Herman retrospective of Modernist design. 2569 3rd St. (near 22nd St.)

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