Kelly's Recent Stories
Arts Nov 15This cartoonist drew what it was like to lose almost everything in the California wildfires
"Well-meaning people say it's just stuff. But it was our stuff. Stuff we created. Stuff we treasured ... Stuff is a marker of time and memory. It's home."…
Arts Sep 06Meet the Ace of Cups, the Haight’s (almost) forgotten all-girl band
Despite their impact in San Francisco, the Ace of Cups were all but written out of history books. Now, decades later, four of the five original band members are recording their first album together.
Arts Feb 15At LA art show, immigrant portraits draw record attendance
Immigrants represented in the 158 portraits on view at Walter Maciel Gallery include well-known figures more regularly defined by their contributions to American society than their foreign birthplaces: former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Albert Einstein, Stokely Carmichael, Bela Lugosi,…
Arts Sep 06Mumbai meets Muddy Waters in a bluesy tribute to Bollywood
San Jose bluesman Aki Kumar has just released an album that combines old songs from Indian blockbuster films of his childhood with Chicago-style blues.
Arts Jun 14Column: After artist’s murder, mural work takes on new meaning in Oakland
When 27-year-old artist Antonio Ramos was shot and killed last fall while painting a mural under a highway overpass in West Oakland, the story of his death captured national headlines and inspired other young people to honor his legacy through…
Arts Mar 15How Oakland’s turfers and ballet dancers found their groove
The challenge: bring together some of the Bay Area’s top turf dancers alongside the region’s rising ballet talent in a single dance project.
Arts Dec 29How living as an undocumented immigrant inspired musician Diana Gameros
Her music is rooted in her own coming-of-age story as an undocumented immigrant in America.
Arts Sep 22Meet the next generation of Latin jazz artists
The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco was founded with a simple but ambitious mission: to preserve the traditions of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music by teaching it to young musicians.
Arts Jul 23Teen singers find their voice in ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement
How the "Black Lives Matter" movement is inspiring conversations among young singers about identity and the role of art in social change.