Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones is an interactive producer for KQED Arts. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Kevin reported on news in the Bay Area at KTVU.com for six years before pursuing his dream of covering the local creative arts scene. In his spare time, he is an unabashed record geek who plays/records music whenever possible i.e., when he's not spending time with his wonderful wife and two children.

Snoop Dogg’s Musical Gear Reportedly Stolen in San Francisco [UPDATED]

UPDATED: Feb. 4, 12:10am Rapper Snoop Dogg’s stage gear was reportedly stolen from an SUV parked in San Francisco Monday night, one day before he began a series of concerts and DJ sets around the Bay Area. Parked on a San Francisco street with laptops, luggage and other gear inside, law enforcement sources told TMZ … Continue reading Snoop Dogg’s Musical Gear Reportedly Stolen in San Francisco [UPDATED] →

Paul Kantner, Founding Member of Jefferson Airplane, Dead at 74

Paul Kantner, co-founder of the legendary psychedelic San Francisco band the Jefferson Airplane, died of multiple organ failure Thursday at the age of 74. Kantner had suffered a heart attack earlier this week before dying of multiple organ failure and septic shock, according to Cynthia Brown, the band’s longtime publicist. After meeting singer Marty Balin, … Continue reading Paul Kantner, Founding Member of Jefferson Airplane, Dead at 74 →

Brava Theater Expanding Thanks to $200,000 Super Bowl Grant

San Francisco’s Brava Theater announced this week that it’s expanding its Mission District space after its organizers learned it was receiving a $200,000-grant from the city’s Super Bowl 50 host committee. On Monday, the 50 Fund, a philanthropic initiative set up by the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, announced it was … Continue reading Brava Theater Expanding Thanks to $200,000 Super Bowl Grant →

Abe Vigoda, Actor in ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Barney Miller,’ Dead at 94

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series Barney Miller and the doomed Mafia soldier in The Godfather, died Tuesday at age 94. Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep … Continue reading Abe Vigoda, Actor in ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Barney Miller,’ Dead at 94 →

Michael Kennedy, Attorney for Huey Newton and Mitchell Brothers, Dead at 78

Michael Kennedy, the civil rights attorney who successfully defended Huey Newton and many other notable figures in his 50-year career, has died. He was 78. Born in Washington, Kennedy first moved to the Bay Area to attend college, first at UC Berkeley and later at Hastings College of Law. He began his legal career working … Continue reading Michael Kennedy, Attorney for Huey Newton and Mitchell Brothers, Dead at 78 →

Salerno-Sonnenberg to Step Down From Post at New Century Chamber Orchestra

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, described as being one of the leading violinists of her generation, announced Tuesday that she plans to step down from her position as musical director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra at the end of the 2016-2017 concert season. Well-known in the classical world for her wild, electric playing, Salerno-Sonnenberg became the … Continue reading Salerno-Sonnenberg to Step Down From Post at New Century Chamber Orchestra →

Daniel Clowes Boycotting Comic Award Contest [UPDATED]

UPDATED: Jan. 6, 2016, 5pm Daniel Clowes announced Tuesday that he is pulling himself from a list of 30 nominees for a prestigious comic award in support of a boycott of the contest over the fact that all the nominees were men. Clowes, the Oakland-based comic artist described by the New York Times as being … Continue reading Daniel Clowes Boycotting Comic Award Contest [UPDATED] →

Impact Theatre to Shut Down After 20 Years in Berkeley’s Underground

Impact Theatre, a small basement venue in Berkeley for up-and-comers in the Bay Area theater scene, will be shutting down after 20 years, according to its directors. Once their 20th season concludes in June of 2016, artistic director Melissa Hillman and managing director Cheshire Isaacs plan to vacate their theater space, which is located in … Continue reading Impact Theatre to Shut Down After 20 Years in Berkeley’s Underground →

San Francisco Studio Provides Light Show for the Vatican

Obscura Digital, a creative studio based in San Francisco, helped the Vatican kick off the year-long Jubilee of Mercy last week by projecting high-definition images onto St. Peter’s Basilica. The studio was chosen by the Vatican to provide a visual interpretation of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical (AKA a letter sent to all Roman Catholic Bishops) … Continue reading San Francisco Studio Provides Light Show for the Vatican →