Now playing: the “twenty years ago this week” project — a re-up and archive of our San Francisco Bay Guardian A&E and nightlife column entries from the dot-boom, 1997-2001.

This proto-liveblog started in 2004, with fireside stories about San Francisco’s Cyclecide Bike Rodeo and other mutant bicycle clubs, at the beginning of a gonzo Cyclecide tour.

We used to have a career as rock critic & nightlife columnist for the Bay Guardian, then bartending at the notoriously odd Cacophony Society laboratory known as the Odeon Bar.

Then we roamed the country with Cyclecide FTW, occasionally updating pre-Facebook diary-posts about Coachella or that Burning Man place we work at sometimes.

Now everyone’s on social media and blogs seem quaint, but we write for Burning Man officially here and there, and published a few pieces in the Tales of the SF Cacophony Society book.

Please enjoy these snapshots of San Francisco from our “Dilettante” nightlife column, back when the ’90s were roaring. The beginning is near here …


start at welcome (back) to Dilettante

or the first “Dilettante” re-intro post, Hootenanny

or the corresponding first “twenty years ago this week” portfolio entry, Honky Tonk Heaven


cyclecide action photo by Fred Askew

lady of the apocalypse design by Arwen King


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