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Old Comics Never Die!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 17, 2010

...other scandals, but finding something funny about these distressing times helps people release all their pent-up energy.”

I had an opportunity recently to talk with Dr. Gonzo, a legendary name among comedians from during the 1980’s, a period that people now call The Golden Era of San Francisco Comedy. Dr. Gonzo (John Means) retired from performing more than a decade ago, and returned to his hometown, Mason City, Illinois, to teach community college English for a while and open two restaurants. In his heyday, Dr. Gonzo was most known for his song parodies and opened at concerts... (more)

Tags: san francisco, golden gate park, dr. gonzo, comedy day

Interview with Richard Little -- The Man of a Thousand Voices

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jul 16, 2010

... Stewart. I’m touring the country with that and I want to take it to big theaters and then eventually on Broadway. It’s not just Jimmy Stewart, but 23 different characters as well. We think it appeals to anyone, even if they’re not familiar with Stewart. We’d love to bring the show to San Francisco at some point.

Comedy Talks: Conversations with the Legends of Comedy is a panel discussion that brings the classic late night talk show format to the live stage, presenting a panel of three comedy legends, with host Robert Strong. “These comedy icons will talk about their careers, ... (more)

Tags: san francisco, comedy talks, rich little

Don't worry about Timmy

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Jun 28, 2010

We've called him "The Freak," and we've called him the best, however one way that San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has never been described is as human.

After starting the 2010 season with a 4-0 record in five starts, posting a 1.27 ERA, the Giants ace seemed to fall off a bit in the month of May.

Lincecum went just 1-2 in six starts in May, allowing a combined 20 runs in 36.1 innings pitched, giving him an inflated 4.95 ERA. This comes not too long after the righty allowed a mere five runs in 35.1 inning pitched a month prior.

"You have your ups and downs during... (more)

Tags: baseball, san francisco, mlb, cy young, san francisco giants, 2010, tim lincecum

Ed's Sports Corner

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 20, 2010

I always enjoy hearing great success stories about local people who’ve made it. Jesse Ortiz is a good example—a Galileo High School and University of San Francisco graduate who’s made it big in the sport of golf as one of the world’s premier golf club designers in the world.

Ortiz began his club designing career as a teenager in 1968 with guidance from his father Lou, founder of Orlimar Golf. Together, Jesse and Lou hand-crafted golf clubs for many of golf’s greatest, from Ken Venturi to Johnnie Miller. The Ortiz’ became personal craftsmen for Northern California’s finest golf professionals.... (more)

Tags: san francisco, galileo high school, jesse ortiz, golf clubs, gus triandos

The Artist's View of This Great Game

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 31, 2010

For the 13th year of the annual exhibition, the George Krevsky Gallery has assembled an All-Star lineup of Baseball Art Rookies and Seasoned Baseball Art Pros.

Every year, I make sure that I get to see the baseball art display at George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. This year, they’re highlighting new exciting artists while showing respect to the seasoned veterans who’ve contributed in the past. The show is running until June 19, so there’s still plenty of time to see it.

"Rookies" on this year's team, despite their prominence as exhibiting artists, include: pop icon, Mel... (more)

Tags: san francisco, baseball art, george krevsky gallery

Edith Piaf Comes to the City By the Bay

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 29, 2010

Get ready—Edith Piaf will be coming to San Francisco in the person of Naomi Emmerson, an amazing actress/director/visionary and singer extraordinaire. Tone Poet Productions delivers the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway sensation Piaf: Love Conquers All to San Francisco.

Multi-talented Naomi Emmerson brings to life Piaf’s unmatched passion for song, her inspirational story of survival and her unwavering faith in love in this intimate Off-Broadway hit that has travelled from Montreal to Manila.

Emmerson interprets fourteen of Piaf’s most notable songs in their original French language... (more)

Tags: san francisco, edith piaf, naomi emmerson, eureka theater

Ed's Sports Corner

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 23, 2010

Let’s Get Lefty in the Hall of Fame!

I went to Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant the other day, ordered an O’Doul’s and sat down to interview Tom O’Doul, Lefty’s cousin. Is that triple déjà vu or what? Right now, there is a movement to get Lefty elected to the Hall of Fame. The Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to people who were ambassadors to the game and have promoted the game of baseball during their lifetime. Frank "Lefty" O'Doul did this and was certainly an ambassador, mentor and promoter of the game during his lifetime. If you would like to help in our letter writing... (more)

Tags: soccer, san francisco, world cup, lefty o'doul, harding park

Ed's Sports Corner

By Ed Attanasio, published on Apr 26, 2010

They called him “Coach”

A San Francisco football coaching legend, Vince Tringali, died on March 31. He was 81. Tringali grew up in North Beach and played nose guard on the fabled "glory team" of USF (1951-52), on a defensive line that included the likes of Gino Marchetti, Dick Stanfel, and Bob St. Clair, all of whom went on to become stars in the NFL. The ’51 USF team went undefeated, but wasn’t invited to play in any bowls, because the team refused to leave two black teammates (including Ollie Matson) at home. They’re known forever as the “unbeaten, untied and uninvited” team and could... (more)

Tags: san francisco, giants, academy of arts, saint ignatius, vince trinagli, jamie williams

Take That Ticket and Stick It!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 11, 2010

I’m not saying you’re targeting my car. I imagine you’re ticketing every car in your prevue whenever you can, but it just seems like my vehicle gets ticketed while other offending cars right next to mine seem to consistently avoid the similar penalty. I know, it sounds like I’m whining and maybe I am, but it’s becoming more and more evident that you people must lie in wait to slap tickets on my windshield with great dexterity and incredible timing. You’re either super human or it’s a conspiracy.

I’m mad at the world, I guess, and meter maids in particular. But, that’s a knee jerk reaction,... (more)

Tags: san francisco, parking tickets, meter maids

What's In-Store for Your Mutt?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 25, 2010

I wanted to bring my dog into a grocery store in Pacific Heights in San Fran for just a minute. I didn’t see any sign that said “don’t bring in your dog”. As soon as I walked in, they jumped on me like a pack of rabid wolves. “No dogs allowed.” “Take your dog out of here.” And they weren’t nice. I felt like a second-class citizen and all I wanted was a quart of milk and a free-range chicken.

Dog owners wrestle with this issue all the time. Last month we addressed the “tethering situation” and most everyone agreed that it’s a bad idea. So, now the logical progression is to discuss the... (more)

Tags: san francisco, dogs, canine laws

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