SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

Have a craving for karaoke? Thrillist.com published a guide to some of the best spots in town. Here’s a sample of their recommendations:

  • Festa Wine & Cocktail Lounge  1825A Post Street Japantown
  • Sakesan Bistro 626 Clement Street Inner Richmond
  • Dance Karaoke at Tupelo SF  1337 Grant Avenue North Beach
  • Pandora Karaoke & Bar 177 Eddy Street  Tenderloin
  • Heartbreak Karaoke at El Rio 3158 Mission Street Bernal Heights
  • The Mint Karaoke Lounge 1942 Market Street Duboce Triangle

For details, and to see the entire list, click here.

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SF Sketchfest is the annual San Francisco comedy festival, and it’s on now through Sunday, January 28. The eclectic festival will have hosted more than 200 shows across 16 venues before it’s over.

A combination of A-list stars and up-and-coming comedians and performers will take part in sketch performances, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops, and panel discussions.

For schedule information and tickets, click here.

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We admit it. We love focaccia. And as far as we’re concerned, the best place to get focaccia is at Liguria Bakery in North Beach.

The shop has been making this most perfect bread in the same location since 1911. When Ambrogio Soracco opened the place with two brothers he helped immigrate from Liguria, it was just another corner bakery in a crowded Italian neighborhood.

Now, his decedents run the bakery, and bake the bread. The focaccia they make is simple, yet somehow absolutely perfect. The San Francisco Chronicle just published a story that describes the bakery’s origins, and talks about the challenges it has faced — past and present.

Decendent Mary Gebhardt is quoted in the piece, saying, “Focaccia, everybody makes it now. But they make

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It’s a 3-day weekend, and it turns out there’s lots going on. There are MLK 2018 events, festivals, and opportunities for every age and walk of life taking place in San Francisco throughout the weekend — for details, click here. Fog Design+Art takes place at Fort Mason through Sunday. Organizers say it’s a curated fair that brings together 45 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world to celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines San Francisco.  SFSketchfest, the San Francisco comedy festival now in its 17th year, takes place at a wide range of venues throughout the City now through January 28. For a complete list of performers and venues, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco”

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According to organizers, FOG Design+Art is a prestigious, curated fair that brings together 45 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world to celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines San Francisco. The fair features a robust calendar of programs, including conversations between art and design luminaries and leaders in the field of arts and culture, including artists Jim Campbell, Theaster Gates, Isaac Julien, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Ryan McGinley.

FOG has become a focal point for the design and arts communities on the West Coast, and celebrates the pioneering spirit and community-minded nature of the Bay Area. FOG’s mission is to create a platform for the public, curators, collectors, and art

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We have a three-day weekend ahead. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and it’s the holiday that follows closely on the heels of the holidays. MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around Dr. King’s birthday, January 15.

There are MLK 2018 events, festivals, and opportunities for every age and walk of life taking place in San Francisco throughout the weekend.

Most of these events are free and open to the public. The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation website has details. To visit the site, click here.

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Owner Mandy Harper founded Wholesome Bakery in 2009 after developing recipes specified to meet her own dietary needs. Until now, according to SF.Eater.com, she operated a counter inside Mission District retail store Alite, and provided sweet treats to stores throughout the City.

She’s now closed the counter and opened a cafe at 299 Divisadero Street. The inviting interior is anchored by a large pastry case, and offers counter and table seating for dine-in customers, with brunch to come.

Mandy’s aim has always been to create freshly-baked cookies, cakes, and tarts for customers with or without dietary restrictions. Delicious gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, transfat free, and low-glycemic goodies for all! Her baked goods can still be found at

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San Francisco Travel just shared a post that highlights 14 little known facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. If you think you know everything you need to know about the bridge, this list is sure to convince you otherwise. Here are just four of the items they include:

  • A bridge across the Golden Gate Strait was first proposed in 1872 and championed by railroad mogul Charles Crocker but the idea didn’t catch on.

  • The great California nature photographer Ansel Adams worried that building a bridge across the Golden Gate would ruin the beauty of the place. When Adams saw the finished Golden Gate Bridge, he changed his mind.

  • Eleven men died in accidents during construction, 10 of them on the same day. Another 19

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The Vintage Paper Fair takes place this weekend at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Whether you’re buying or just browsing, organizers say this Northern California’s finest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, and Victorian, transportation, and sports memorabilia, along with all manner of curious, beautiful, and interesting old paper! Admission is free, Saturday 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday, 11AM to 5PM.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

Predictions for 2018

The new tax code may have some impact on our local San Francisco housing market, but just how much impact is still uncertain. According to the Bay Area News Group,

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