had something going on - some show, some performance, some
production, something. For nearly two decades you never knew whether you'd
recognize him the next time you saw Dan. What was he rehearsing? What color
would he dye his hair? What kind of costume would he wear? When he announced
plans to quit his day job at Stacey's Bookstore and move to Hawaii, Dan
personified for many what they had read about: an exodus of artists, actors,
and musicians from the City. It has been well publicized that, faced with
steep overnight rent increases, non-profit and arts groups are struggling
to continue. The City created a multi-million dollar fund to help these
organizations make the rent, but for many individual artists it was already
curtains. And so we say aloha to Dan Cantrell (seen here with a mystery
woman) and to all the grass roots artists who have moved on to other stages.
During the influx of dot
com companies in the mid- to late-90s, the City lost dozens of arts organizations
and non profit groups to rental rates too high for these low flying tenants.