Panda Project: The Purple Onion, the Movie

Two months ago, the city's legendary comedy club, The Purple Onion, closed its doors in North Beach. Now a local film crew is raising money to launch a micro-budget film by the same name.

The club (we had to do some research) was a landmark: it launched Phyllis Diller and hosted the likes of Woody Allen. It was at 140 Columbus, in the funny little pocket between Chinatown and the Financial District.

The film project, inspired by the club and by San Francisco, tells the story of an Asian-American comedian ne'er-do-well in San Francisco and his immigrant mother, who moves in with him after her house is foreclosed on.

There's an Indiegogo campaign afoot to fund the project, and in a short time there will be a fundraiser party night somewhere nearby--we'll keep you posted when we know where it is.