jazzBay seniors with enough memory left to recall seeing Jonathan Winters or Phyllis Diller clowning at the Purple Onion in North Beach, will be stirred to hear that it has been revived and named after Doc Ricketts , John Steinbeck’s garrulous character from Cannery Row. Downstairs this Sunday in Doc’s Lab, 17 major players from Bay Area big bands will be playing modern (i.e.midcentury) jazz and it’s free. Upstairs there’s a new, highly touted restaurant. Maybe it’s time for North Beach, like every other inch of the city, to enjoy a revival.

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