John Vicino is an enchanting and memorable gift to tourists winding down their San Francisco holiday. As 2011 comes to a close, all the streets are wet and the skies are gray, but that only enhances the atmosphere as one soaks up the soothing sounds of this compelling musician — especially against a backdrop of […]Read more "The Allure of John Vicino"
The O’Brien family is the trumpet playing equivalent of the Von Trapp family of singers. The children range in age from 12 to 17 — all accomplished musical artists with a dream. Their father instilled in each of them a love of melody from an early age, and they’ve taken his inspiration to new heights. […]Read more "A Musical Family’s Christmas Dream"
I believe we live in a world of understanding. But sometimes I wonder where a story gets its twist. “Holiday shoppers find beggars less than ducky,” graced the SF Chronicle recently — the tale of a homeless man who quacks like a duck and reportedly scares tourists. Somehow I doubt that’s why San Francisco slipped […]Read more "San Francisco Holiday — Street Reflections in the Shadow of a Rainbow"
The Occupy SF camp is like one big storefront window this holiday season. There’s mixed reaction as to whether it’s helping or hurting retailers. Demonstrators spent one of the busiest shopping days halting cable cars and busses down Market Street on two occasions for 20 minute stretches. That irritated some to the point of public […]Read more "The Drama and the Draw of Occupy SF"
Touched and moved by Andrew Clancy’s A Year in New York, I set out to assemble my own video tribute to San Francisco. ‘We Don’t Eat’ by Irishman James Vincent McMorrow is a beautiful and awe-inspiring song. Using video I shot throughout the year, these images reflect the San Francisco I live and breathe every […]Read more "A Year in San Francisco"
One of the best kept secrets in San Francisco is docked down at Pier 45. The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien‘s all-volunteer crew keeps this Landmark WWII Liberty Ship immaculate and seaworthy. Liberty Ships were a critical part of the war effort, transporting everything from trucks, food, medicine, weaponry and more to allied troops in Europe and […]Read more "San Francisco’s Maritime “Time Machine” eyes Voyage of the Future"
The Castro Street Fair is an October tradition founded by Harvey Milk back in 1974 — and this year the theme was “The Happiest Place in San Francisco.” Brilliant and true — it was the cusp of the Castro, Duboce Circle, that was my first home in this rousing metropolis back in 2005. This is a […]Read more "The Happiest Place in San Francisco"