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Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>.</ins><ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>

Streamlined SF film festival focuses on family features

In the early days of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the…

Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>.</ins><ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>
LisaRuth Elliott, co-director of the history project Shaping San Francisco, has been pleased to welcome visitors to Alemany Farm in The City during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Farmer, artist and historian LisaRuth Elliott is shaping San Francisco

‘As soon as you start researching, the world opens up beneath you’

LisaRuth Elliott, co-director of the history project Shaping San Francisco, has been pleased to welcome visitors to Alemany Farm in The City during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Teacher and activist Benjamin Bac Sierra is the author of “Pura Neta,” a novel about life in San Francisco’s Mission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Benjamin Bac Sierra: From San Pancho with amor

Former street kid spreads love with teaching, writing, activism

Teacher and activist Benjamin Bac Sierra is the author of “Pura Neta,” a novel about life in San Francisco’s Mission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>

Rev. Roland Gordon preaches love in action

Pastor promotes peace, hope through art and prayer

Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>
Leticia Duarte, left, and Michelle Narrivato appeared in a Creative Corps production of “The Two Fridas” in Washington Square Park.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

For Leticia Duarte, all the world’s a Zoom stage

Actor is optimistic about the future of live theater

Leticia Duarte, left, and Michelle Narrivato appeared in a Creative Corps production of “The Two Fridas” in Washington Square Park.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Love Street owner Graciela Ronconi is doing very well in her shop’s new Richmond District location. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Leaving Haight: Love finds a home on Balboa Street

Vintage apparel pro Graciela Ronconi finds buying, selling therapeutic

Love Street owner Graciela Ronconi is doing very well in her shop’s new Richmond District location. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Toni Isabella, a counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, finds helpful assistance from service dog Barker Posey.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Toni Isabella helps people recover from addiction’s dark side

Counselor supports holistic, progressive approach to healing

Toni Isabella, a counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, finds helpful assistance from service dog Barker Posey.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Art curator and consultant Ericka Scott, who opened Honey Art Studio in the Fillmore, also is co-director of The City’s new African American Cultural District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

What choice do we have but to rebuild our pandemic lives?

Endings are also beginnings, and it’s likely we’ll see things blossom

Art curator and consultant Ericka Scott, who opened Honey Art Studio in the Fillmore, also is co-director of The City’s new African American Cultural District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Adrian Williams provides fresh food for the Fillmore for every season

Founder of nonprofit The Village Project left corporate career to devote herself to service

Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Alvin Orloff collaborated with colorful San Francisco counterculture figure Bambi Lake in the recently reissued “The Unsinkable Bambi Lake.” <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Remembering counterculture legend Bambi Lake

Bookseller-writer Alvin Orloff had ‘loads of fun’ working on the performer’s tell-all memoir

Alvin Orloff collaborated with colorful San Francisco counterculture figure Bambi Lake in the recently reissued “The Unsinkable Bambi Lake.” <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Those who stick around San Francisco on long holiday weekends can enjoy a slower pace, uncrowded streets and beloved institutions like cable cars. <ins>(Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

These empty San Francisco streets: A holiday dream

We’re here because we can be, and because we have nowhere else to be

Those who stick around San Francisco on long holiday weekends can enjoy a slower pace, uncrowded streets and beloved institutions like cable cars. <ins>(Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Arturo Mendez, co-curator of the Mission Arts Performance Project, invites artists of all types to participate in the free-wheeling community program. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mission Arts Performance Project could be poised for a comeback

Before the pandemic, the Mission Arts Performance Project, the roving multimedia art…

Arturo Mendez, co-curator of the Mission Arts Performance Project, invites artists of all types to participate in the free-wheeling community program. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The Coca-Cola Company decided not to renew the lease on its iconic sign at Fifth and Bryant streets, pictured on Oct. 27, shortly before it was torn down. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Every good sign has its time

Some of us are sentimental about the Enjoy Coca Cola billboard

The Coca-Cola Company decided not to renew the lease on its iconic sign at Fifth and Bryant streets, pictured on Oct. 27, shortly before it was torn down. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco DJ and producer Jah Yzer livestreams most mornings from his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Roots & Tings build community through music

Lateef the Truthspeaker, Jah Yzer and Winstrong call for voting as a form of healing

San Francisco DJ and producer Jah Yzer livestreams most mornings from his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Shelly Ruiz, who rents a chair at Bubble Pop Electric Salon, is back at work doing hair indoors, taking all of the necessary pandemic-era precautions.

Hair stylist, colorist is optimistic about the return of The City’s salon services

Shelly Ruiz is happily back to work cutting and coloring men’s and…

Shelly Ruiz, who rents a chair at Bubble Pop Electric Salon, is back at work doing hair indoors, taking all of the necessary pandemic-era precautions.
Mission resident David Kubrin says his book offers an alternative view of science and “a history not wedded to white supremacy or misogyny.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

David Kubrin on Marxism and magic in the Mission

Former academic, industrial designer pens book on alternative or people’s history of science

Mission resident David Kubrin says his book offers an alternative view of science and “a history not wedded to white supremacy or misogyny.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Patti Spaniak and Tyler Davidson posed with their friends and bridesmaids, the Engs, at their backyard wedding. (Courtesy Patti Spaniak-Davidson)

Patti Spaniak-Davidson’s beautiful days in the neighborhood

Community leader connects seniors to services and each other

Patti Spaniak and Tyler Davidson posed with their friends and bridesmaids, the Engs, at their backyard wedding. (Courtesy Patti Spaniak-Davidson)
With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Song for His Father: David and the Rev. Jesse James

Guitarist and bandleader makes new music in honor of his ‘complex’ dad

With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Filmmaker Anne Flatte poses with the poster for “River City Drumbeat,” her new documentary screening in the Roxie’s virtual cinema. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Documentarian Anne Flatté introduces inspirational musicians in ‘River City Drumbeat’

San Francisco filmmaker Anne Flatté remembers when physical location was everything to…

Filmmaker Anne Flatte poses with the poster for “River City Drumbeat,” her new documentary screening in the Roxie’s virtual cinema. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
In her studies, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai maps the residences of people with toxins in their bodies who live near the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Doing No Harm: Ahimsa Sumchai

Doctor tracks health of Bayview residents affected by toxins from former shipyard

In her studies, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai maps the residences of people with toxins in their bodies who live near the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)