Street stars - Page 2

Streets of San Francisco: Writers, dancers, and other performers do make a living on the sidewalks

Street writer Lynn Gentry reads a poem he just typed for members of the band Supercute at Haight and Ashbury

Shaba wasn't always gold. He used to be silver, but too many others followed suit, so he switched colors. There's another Gold Man, too, who rolls his tip can up and down his arms, and a few silver performers. One, who calls himself Silver Man, paints his entire head silver — except for an off-center star, which traces across his eyes and down his cheeks — and dances to Michael Jackson tunes wearing star-print pants, a red shirt with wings painted down the back, and one white glove.

"I'm kinda like Father Time out here," Shaba says. He notes that things have changed over time, and that some performers are now paying the city for permits to be guaranteed a slot, though it isn't mandated. He springs up suddenly, mumbling something about being unable to sit still.

Back at Haight and Ashbury, Gentry plucks a poem from the typewriter, proofreads it carefully, and hands it over. Here's an excerpt: "San Francisco keeps trying as I hear the accents of the old neighborhoods that left them behind years ago to start a new life as writers still praise them from afar and the locals hold dying history confused to where they are...."


I hope the city of San Francisco is smart enough to leave the street performers alone. They are just one more thing that separates San Francisco from the other cities in the U.S. and make it a great city. They are as boldly unique as San Francisco itself and have become another reason for tourist to visit San Fran.

Posted by GuestTensiongentry on May. 12, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

The struggle to secure the public’s right to sidewalk civility and safety is an idea whose time has come. These non-taxpaying thugs are taking away money from real businesses and should be arrested for sitting. Come November we will provide the much needed tools to the SFPD to incarcerate these individuals for 30 days and levy large fines on them. We should also ban standing.

Posted by The silent majority on May. 13, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

With all the hot-air David Villa-Lobos and CLA are generating, perhaps we can provide street performers and artists with personal hot-air balloons so they are neither sitting, lying nor standing on our streets but floating above them.

That way another power hungry group of wealthy men can use government to pass laws to further their own business interests!

The system works!

Posted by TheLaw on May. 18, 2010 @ 3:42 pm