Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad’s birthday. True to form he’s working a full shift at SOMArts and then going to an event for a exhibit he’s curated at the Mission Cultural Center…and then finally going to his joint birthday party with Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Carolina Ponce De Leon. Never a dull moment, and that’s what’s kept him so young.

I recently did a search on Flickr for “Rene Yañez” and came across a lot of images of my Dad that I didn’t know even existed. My favorite was by Ricardo Vinos; a photo of my Dad shaking hands with the legendary Robert Crumb as I look on in the foreground. The photo was from Project X: The Artists Talk Show, a theater based talk show that my Dad produced and starred in where he would interview artists and have live performances. His most memorable interview subject was R. Crumb and I’ll never forget seeing the two of them together on stage. We’ve both come a long way since that night in 1990, and I can’t wait to see where this adventure together will take us next.

Happy Birthday Dad,



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