Pazzaluna: Good Vibrations

Pazzaluna: Good Vibrations

As many times as I have eaten at Pazzaluna, I hadn’t made this connection until I finalized dinner plans with a friend last week. She wasn’t sure where the restaurant is. “On the corner of St. Peter and Fifth,” I said, “where Frank Murphy used to be.” When the words...
Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like My Mama

Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like My Mama

Every holiday, every barbecue, every church social, and Lord knows for every somebody or another’s funeral, the unspoken expectation has always been that my mama makes the sweet potato pies. Calling her pies delicious is an understatement—they are heavenly. Today,...
Irv Williams: A Life in Music

Irv Williams: A Life in Music

In the spring of 2009, Irv Williams is playing a shiny new tenor saxophone. He has a young miniature schnauzer named Ditto who, in Irv’s words, is “very exuberant about everything.” He’s writing new songs for his next CD, his fifth since 2004. He has two regular...