Come celebrate our 20th anniversary! Porchlight continues our beloved neighborhood series with an evening of stories about the notorious Sunset (from the Richmond!) You know some wild stuff has happened out here in these avenues. Storytellers ready to lay it on you at the fabulous Balboa include:
Friday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 pm
Storyteller biosCammy Blackstone
moved to San Francisco in 1981 to "go to college", but spent most of the time enjoying the City's live music, dive bars, eclectic culture and food. She ended up sticking around, and is now one of those old people that talks about "how great San Francisco used to be". For work, she is the Director of External Affairs for AT&T in San Francisco where she focuses on government relations, legislative affairs, community engagement and expediting AT&T’s efforts in solving the digital divide. Prior to AT&T, Cammy worked for the City & County of San Francisco, first as a legislative aide and then as Deputy Director of the Entertainment Commission. All of this follows a 25 year career in San Francisco radio, television and print media. Cammy loves San Francisco, raised two (now adult) sons here, and refuses to leave.
In addition to her duties at AT&T, Cammy serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and The Union Square Alliance.Ana Teresa Fernández's
work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil and gouache paintings, installations and videos. Dismantling borders both physical and psychological is an ever-present element of Ana Teresa Fernández’s art. Fernández explores the interconnected dynamics of personal and political identity through time-based actions and social gestures, which she then translates into paintings, site-specific installations, and films. Operating formally at the intersection of land art, performance, and history painting, Fernández mines twenty-first-century feminism, postcolonial landscapes, and psychological barriers to empathy to open new vistas in the imagination. She does not think in terms of artist and audience. Fernández’s passion is to create moments of activation and change in community and for community. "I create with the hope of palpably transforming people’s outlook toward themselves and all that surrounds them. The reward is feeling boundaries slip away and new respect rise in its place."Rodney A. Fong
is a native San Franciscan and a third generation operator/owner of the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf and President of Fong Real Estate Company, overseeing commercial activity in the heart of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Rodney has held office in a wide variety of civic, tourist and travel related organizations including: President of the SF Planning Commission and Port Commission, founded the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, and Board Member of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and SF Travel Association. Rodney is currently the President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
If the best parts of your classic British Invasion, 50s country, 60s pop, and pure rock ’n’ roll records could be transformed into a person, they might look and sound a lot like Chuck Prophet
. For almost 30 years, this Bay Area songwriter has reliably delivered albums so pleasingly familiar that, had he started a few decades earlier, it’d be easy to imagine him outshining the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Prophet has the charisma of an arena star, and thanks to his catchy guitar riffs, powerful choruses, and seductively casual vocal style, which could trick you into thinking he’s talking straight into your ear, his live shows always sound larger than the clubs where he plays. Other artists often cover Prophet’s songs, and many of them, including Alejandro Escovedo and Kim Richey, have turned to him as a writing partner on their albums. Prophet’s own work has only improved over the years, as evidenced by his recent run of records, from 2012’s Temple Beautiful, a tribute to the vanishing underbelly of San Francisco, till last year’s The Land That Time Forgot, which contains sharp wordplay and lovely sad songs about dead presidents and sensitive metal heads. (Mark Guarino, Chicago Reader)