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Alison Faith Levy's Wonderful World

October 31, 2012

Alison Faith LevyAlison Faith Levy, whose signature song “Like a Spinning Top” has become a huge hit, is the founder of a genre: 1960s garage-rock for tots. Hence the name of her new band: The Big Time Tot Rock. She was formerly with The Sissy Cups, which broke up in 2010 after six years. Levy took a break and found some new gigs in and around the city, including a sing-a-long class at Phoenix Books in Noe Valley, at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on California Street, and in a preschool set up in City Hall.

“All my songs have participation elements for the kids,” Levy told us. “Lots of dancing, pretending to be animals. I’m all about getting kids to have fun, to learn how to dance and move. And actually that starts with getting parents to participate.”

Levy will be at the Bay Area Discovery Museum this weekend with her very interactive show for the entire family. “If you’ve never been there, this is a great, great place for little kids. Very hands-on, lots to do. Very Bay Area-centric. And of course with a beautiful view of the city.” The museum is located under the north foundation of the Golden Gate Bridge.

World of Winder With Alison Faith Levy: Nov. 3, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Bay Area Discovery Museum, Members $5; General $14 (includes Museum admission). For ages 6 months and up, (415) 339-3900.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is