Forget the Hills, Head for the City – Strictly Bluegrass is Back

Every fall, San Francisco billionaire and banjo player Warren Hellman throws himself one heck of a shindig. His guests: the most distinguished bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and world music performers, plus the immediate world. Price of admission: good will, a peaceful… Continue Reading


Menuplease: Out of Town for New King Tin

Last June while wandering through San Francisco’s Chinatown, Femme de Joie and Amico del Signore stopped in at Vital Tea Shop (see here for details). We bought some tea and on our way out, asked Jason, the proprietor, for a recommendation on… Continue Reading


A Few Music Notes: Strictly Free Bluegrass & Young Jazz Cats

You need a plan for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. If you have one, you’re as golden as the tuning pegs on Ralph Stanley’s banjo. The festival takes place Oct. 1-3 at Golden Gate Park. It’s an… Continue Reading


Menuplease: San Francisco’s Vital Tea Shop

A few weeks ago Femme de Joie and Amico del Signore were wandering the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown on an early summer evening. We browsed the identical shops with identical brocade jackets and other gewgaws destined to be garage… Continue Reading


Out of Town For Memphis Minnie’s BBQ

Femme de Joie and Amico del Signore have been enthusiastic fans of KPIG radio for several years after reading about it from a column by Jim Dyar in The Newspaper Of Which We Dare Not Speak Its Name. It was through the PIG that we first got wind of a BBQ joint in San Francisco called Memphis Minnie’s Barbecue Joint and Smokehouse. Being in The City on unrelated business, we made it our business to pay Memphis Minnie’s a visit.

Before we go any further, let’s… Continue Reading


Granzella’s, Garrison’s and the Nut Tree ain’t what they used to be, but the Freeway Tree saved the day

Late Tuesday afternoon, my car took the Williams exit out of habit, like a horse seeking the comfort of a familiar pasture. I was heading home from a few days in San Francisco. I knew about the recent fire that… Continue Reading