Or maybe you're looking for one of these (thanks, Google):

Vintage Cuban taxi, Santiago de Cuba, 2012

photo by Fletcher Oakes, 2000


TP & TJ, 2005

Dawg music at San Gregorio, early '90s

Westwind at Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria 1995

Jubilee in Czech Republic, 2002

Chachkas in the studio, San Geranimo, 2002

Pam TP & Larry, party gig at China Camp, 2005

Failure To Disperse, Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011

Failure To Disperse (TP, Kerry, Carol, Rodney, Mark) at Noe Valley Farmers Market, SF 2011

with Larry White, Joseph D'Amico, Bob Applebaum, Barry Schultz, John Schott, TP, Dan Paik, Don Burnham, Amy Kirsch, Mayne Smith, at Sweets Mill, 2006

Ngirchoureng with Jim at Koror Night Market, Palau, March 2018

Ngirchoureng at Koror Night Market, Palau, March 2020

I've played mandolin, fiddle, guitar, etc. with:

Wildcat on Toast (Doug, David, TP, Lawrence & unseen Joyce). My first bluegrass band in the 1980s, at Paul's Saloon.

In 2010 Doug and I climbed Mt Kilimajaro (Uhuru Peak), Tanzania. Tragically Doug died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.

Hayfever (Doug, TP, Holly, David, Lawrence)

Hayfever (clockwise: David, TP, Holly, Lawrence, Doug)

County Line (Sue, TP, Bob, Doug, Paul)

Gold Coast (Paul, TP, Jeanette, Glenn, Tony F)



Klezmer music

Proximity to some of the central people and influences made it virtually inevitable that I'd be drawn into the klezmer revival:

Red Hot Chachkas, 2011

Music groups, venues, organizations, media, stuff I like, etc.

Time-wasting odds and ends (old)

  • Thanks to Dee Brown and the South End Rowing Club I swam from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park, SF about five times, but not lately.

  • Some other "cool" swim spots: Bristol Bay (Alaska), North Sea (Netherlands), Black Sea (Bulgaria), Helsinki Harbor & Gulf of Ostrobothnia (Finland)

  • DHMO.org : notwithstanding the previous item, water can be dangerous!

  • Street Name origins and history of San Francisco

  • My favorite, ironically carnivorous, plant: Darlingtonia californica

  • Yiddish vocabulary

  • My publications:

      • "The Compleat Poofreading Hanbook"

      • "How Not To Procrastinate!" (forthcoming)

Family matters

  • Irving Levin memoirs transcript & recordings

  • Tom Phillips Woodworking (below right) in Ashland, Oregon

  • 2017 Obit of John Nova Phillips, globetrotting flâneur and literary executor of Violet Trefusis, my tenuous connection to the British Royal Family

  • Lt. Louis Friedberg (below center), my mother's first cousin (son of Dorothy, my grandfather Irving's older sister), served in W.W. II in the Fifteenth Air Force as a navigator on a B-24 bomber based in England, was shot down over Germany, and died in a POW camp at age 20 in 1944. According to family lore, he participated in the famous raid on oil facilities in Ploiesti, Romania, Operation Tidal Wave.

  • Another cousin Edwin Brown (son of Etta, my grandfather Irving's younger sister; below left), also served in the Air Force in England during the war. Carla (far right in the same photo, daughter of Clara, grand-daughter of Dorothy).

Louis Friedberg

TP, Ed, Paula, Carla (SF ~ 1999)

Ed Brown's painting and excellent likeness of my brother Tom

Ken (1929-2007), TP, Tom, Lupin (Ashland, Feb. 2007)

4 generations, Paula, Mae, Margot, Anita, Tom, Maureen (Ashland, Mother's Day 2020)

After an Alcatraz swim

Magda (Bodega ~1985)

Margot (SF 2018)

Levin family members at a wedding in New York around 1940.

Standing, L to R: Edwin Brown, Etta Levin Brown, Clara Friedberg, Dorothy Levine Friedberg, Louis Friedberg, Mike Friedberg, Gussie Pfefferblum, Joe Levine. Seated: Sam Brown, Rose Friedberg, Carol Levin, Irving Levin, Ida Levine. Apparently too young to attend: Arnold Brown (10), Paula Levin (10), Arthur Levin (5)

Below, about 4 years later, are Paula, Arthur, Edwin, Arnold:

Etta, Ida, Irving Levin (Grodno, Russia ~1904)

Abe Pfefferblum (NY~1910)

Florence Klotz (age 13, Brooklyn 1914)

Ken & John Phillips (NY ~ 1934)

A brief yet telling retrospective