MICHAEL MEEHAN is a self-taught comic, painter and sculptor. His art is forged from salvaged materials and a sense of the absurd.

Purple Onion comedy club closing

by Sam Whiting

Twenty-four steps below Columbus Avenue, a guitar duo plays in a concrete cellar stuffed with listeners. The singer tells a joke between songs, and for an instant it is 1961. North Beach is alive at night, and the Smothers Brothers have settled in for a month at the Purple Onion.

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