Denise Sullivan

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)
DJ Denise Dunne, who moved to San Francisco in the 1970s, was at the forefront of the era’s music scene. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

DJ found home in SF’s countercultural communities in the 1970s

After 45 years in The City, 38 spent in the same Noe…

DJ Denise Dunne, who moved to San Francisco in the 1970s, was at the forefront of the era’s music scene. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Ericka Scott, a curator and fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is getting assistance from her husband, who is incarcerated, to mount “Restoration,” an exhibition of work by people in prison. (Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Restorative art on the inside and out

Curator Ericka Scott organizes exhibition of works by prisoners

Ericka Scott, a curator and fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is getting assistance from her husband, who is incarcerated, to mount “Restoration,” an exhibition of work by people in prison. (Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Sofia Zanfagna, a recent graduate of San Francisco’s International High School, celebrated the milestone with a family gathering. (Courtesy Zanfagna family)

Class of 2020 confronts uncertain future

International High School graduate Sofia Zanfagna stays motivated to make a better future

Sofia Zanfagna, a recent graduate of San Francisco’s International High School, celebrated the milestone with a family gathering. (Courtesy Zanfagna family)
Author and activist Thea Matthews, pictured in the Mission, recently released a poetry collection “UnEarth [The Flowers].” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Author and activist Thea Matthews, pictured in the Mission, recently released a poetry collection “UnEarth [The Flowers].” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Activist Leroy Moore, who lives in Berkeley, says the disability rights movement began in the Bay Area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Krip-Hop Nation’s Leroy F. Moore Jr. is a born fighter

Pandemic won’t slow this artist, disability rights educator and activist

Activist Leroy Moore, who lives in Berkeley, says the disability rights movement began in the Bay Area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Artist Danielle Satinover shows a work-in-progress of a “keyboard” computer-inspired art in her Bayview home studio on Thursday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF Lives: The fine art of sheltering in place

Satinover is a sculptor who often works in metal and found materials

Artist Danielle Satinover shows a work-in-progress of a “keyboard” computer-inspired art in her Bayview home studio on Thursday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Victor Cruz and Ariana Martinez-Cruz of Sew Frisco at Dolores Park, where they first met in 2007. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Sew Frisco: Makers on a Mission

Ariana and Victor Cruz are making face masks as fast as they can

Victor Cruz and Ariana Martinez-Cruz of Sew Frisco at Dolores Park, where they first met in 2007. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)