San Francisco Chronicle: Quirky S.F. street performers went dark during the pandemic. Now they’re lighting up the city again

San Francisco Chronicle: Quirky S.F. street performers went dark during the pandemic. Now they’re lighting up the city again. “Street performers have been part of the landscape of San Francisco for decades. Robert Shields was a classically trained mime who loved entertaining tourists and locals alike in Union Square in the early 1970s. A. Whitney Brown starred on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but only after getting his start as a street juggler when Pier 39 opened in the late 1970s. Edward Jackson has tap-danced on a wooden platform at the Powell Street cable car turnaround since 1998. I met several of the city’s best street performers recently thanks to impromptu tour guide Don Propstra, who lives in North Beach and is writing a book about the Golden Gate Bridge. He walks the city every day and has gotten to know many of its best street performers. He reached out, thinking they deserved a spotlight after a tough 18 months.”

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