Backstage HeroesBackstage Heroes

Backstage Heroes is a biweekly column spotlighting the many movers and shakers working behind the arts scenes to make magic happen in the Bay Area. Guiding us is Hiya Swanhuyser, a veteran fan and all-around culture vulture who for nearly a decade helmed calendar duties for the SF Weekly — where her Music Heroes series inspired this broader look at the arts — giving her rare personal insight into those toiling in the wings, but rarely in the spotlight.

Modern Times May Be Closed, But Ruth Mahaney Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Michelle Maxson Brings North Bay Talent to the Screen with 'Burn Country'

It Ain't a Party Without the Potties: For Mike Banda, Your Bottom Line Matters

Backstage Heroes: Local Foods Wheel Creators on Love and Locavores

Backstage Heroes: Thomas Harvey, Lighting Whiz and Working-Class Hero

Backstage Heroes: Eric Mueller on Regulars, Bachelorette Parties, and Why Gay Bars Exist in the First Place

Photojournalist Joel Angel Juárez on the Frisco Five and Capturing 'Truth Without Bias'

Backstage Heroes: Zyzzyva's Regan McMahon On the Devil In the Details

Curator Gravity Goldberg On Museum Life and the Art of Slowing Down