- Evan Karp, KQED
Arline Klatte 415.571.0998
Beth Lisick 510.593.1077
more storytellers to be announced soon!
and songs by Tom Heyman and Stephen Smith
Cammy Blackstone was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA, and moved to San Francisco as soon as possible (1981). She went to San Francisco State University, and a lot of bars, and somehow squeezed in a 25 year career in radio and television. Now she is the haggard mother of two fine teenaged boys and works as the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.
Tim Redmond is editor of 48hills.org, SF's online daily newspaper. He's been a political reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years, and until 2013 was editor of the SF Bay Guardian.
Ed Wolf has lived in San Francisco since 1976 and has been working in the HIV field since 1983. He’s featured in the award-winning documentary “We Were Here,” which chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the San Francisco response. He’s published a lot of writing about his San Francisco experience and has told many stories about it too, from China to Russia and many places in-between. More about him at EdWolf.net
From the moment he was conceived in an artist’s studio, Rio Yañez’ fate as an artist was sealed. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Yañez is a non-profit worker and artist. With his father, Rene Yañez, the pair have been curating art exhibits together since 2005. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. His re-imaginings of Frida Kahlo have included the Ghetto Frida Project, a series of prints, writings, and performance pieces featuring a thugged-out Kahlo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective.
René Yañez is an artist, curator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco. A founder and former Artistic Director of Galería de la Raza, Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States. Active as both a visual and performing arts curator, he has curated numerous exhibitions including “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge.” He remains a strong role model and vital cultural force in the San Francisco arts community.