The night time is the right time

I knew when I watched the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain award to Bill Cosby that the classic scene in which the family lip-synched Ray Charles’ “The Night Time is the Right Time” would be indelibly stuck in my brain.

It’s a lot better than some song off the radio or  fast food jingle.

In any event, San Francisco Black Heritage Tours, following a fabulous first two weeks, is now offering its first Evening Excursions–customized theme tours exploring the culinary and literary spice of San Francisco.

We’ve scheduled five Evening Excursions for the holiday season:

S.F. Soul: Taste the Excitement on Fridays, Nov. 13, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.  It’s an exploration of great black restaurants throughout the city which you may have bypassed or not known about

— Alex Haley’s North Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.  Before Haley became famous for the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Roots, he wrote one of his first pieces for the Saturday Evening Post  on his North Beach neighborhood.  Recall the scenes he experienced on a daily basis.

Ernest Gaines’ Divisadero on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. shows the neighborhood where he wrote such works as Ceremonies in Old Dark Men and the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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