Backstage 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.