Denise Sullivan

Loren Michelle, mother of skateboarder Pablo “P-Spliff” Ramirez, skates alongside 50 skaters and friends of Pablo at Twin Peaks on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He died April 23 in collision with a dump truck. Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

The legacy of skateboarder Pablo Ramirez

“Twin Peaks was a place for him to get grounded,” said Loren Michelle, mother of Pablo Ramirez.

Loren Michelle, mother of skateboarder Pablo “P-Spliff” Ramirez, skates alongside 50 skaters and friends of Pablo at Twin Peaks on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He died April 23 in collision with a dump truck. Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
Artist Calixto Robles in his studio at the Redstone building in the Mission District on Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Peaceful warrior: Artist creates his own reality

“To any artist, the light is important,” said printmaker and painter, Calixto Robles.

Artist Calixto Robles in his studio at the Redstone building in the Mission District on Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Documentary filmmaker Barbara Klutinis at her Noe Valley home on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

An adventurer in the stream of life

Barbara Klutinis has lived her life seeking adventure.

Documentary filmmaker Barbara Klutinis at her Noe Valley home on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Artist and cultural worker Vero Majano stands by a fence emblazoned with tags from the late graffiti artist ORFN along Osage Street near the 24th Street Mission BART station on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Remembering Los Siete and The Mission district’s identity

From the time she was eight years old, Mission-born and raised artist Vero Majano remembers hearing about Los Siete.

Artist and cultural worker Vero Majano stands by a fence emblazoned with tags from the late graffiti artist ORFN along Osage Street near the 24th Street Mission BART station on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A San Francisco school where black studies start young

A San Francisco school where black studies start young

“I want my students to stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves,” said Gail Meadows, principal of the Meadows Livingstone School.

A San Francisco school where black studies start young
Performer Josiah Luis Alderete stands in front of the stage at the Victoria Theater, where Alderete is staging a Latinx variety show on March 28, on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Spanglish Spoken Here: Josiah Luis Alderete and “the great American language”

“I love listening to the kids on Muni after school and hearing Spanglish being spoken,” said poet Josiah Luis Alderete.

Performer Josiah Luis Alderete stands in front of the stage at the Victoria Theater, where Alderete is staging a Latinx variety show on March 28, on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
John Lumea, founder of The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, which aims to honor the life of Emperor Norton. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Altered history: A new suit for an old Emperor

“There’s this image of him as a harrumphing loveable kook in a…

John Lumea, founder of The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, which aims to honor the life of Emperor Norton. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco artist Kristine Mays, whose sculptures expressing the human form through hundreds of individual pieces of wire are featured at the African American Arts and Culture Complex in the display "Brutally Soft" through March 24, at the complex's Sargent Johnson Gallery in the Fillmore District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

An artist wired for humanity

“I love San Francisco,” wire sculptor Kristine Mays laughed, realizing she had…

San Francisco artist Kristine Mays, whose sculptures expressing the human form through hundreds of individual pieces of wire are featured at the African American Arts and Culture Complex in the display "Brutally Soft" through March 24, at the complex's Sargent Johnson Gallery in the Fillmore District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jack Dairiki, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at age 14, at his apartment on the edge of Japantown on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

After surviving the bombing of Hiroshima, Jack Dairiki appreciates everyday life in The City

High above The City, Jack Dairiki enjoys a panoramic view from the…

Jack Dairiki, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at age 14, at his apartment on the edge of Japantown on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Curator Kathy Zarur at the California College of the Arts San Francisco main campus on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

For a roving and well-traveled local, there’s no place like home

“I spent my entire adult life trying to run away from here…

Curator Kathy Zarur at the California College of the Arts San Francisco main campus on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Musician and bandleader Marc Capelle plays a Steinway baby grand piano in his shared Mission District rehearsal space/recording studio . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Playing the San Francisco music scene from BART plazas to Sketchfest

Marc Capelle has beaten the odds on a few scores: Not only…

Musician and bandleader Marc Capelle plays a Steinway baby grand piano in his shared Mission District rehearsal space/recording studio . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Baker-owner Howard Ryan has worked at

For baker reinventing his life in San Francisco, worker-ownership is a sweet deal

“Not all bakers are early risers,” said Howard Ryan. “I go to…

Baker-owner Howard Ryan has worked at
Diane Serafini, an avid cyclist and bicycle educator, rides her bike along Laidley Street near Billy Goat Hill in Noe Valley. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Learning the hard way about the dangers cyclists face on the road

“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life,” said…

Diane Serafini, an avid cyclist and bicycle educator, rides her bike along Laidley Street near Billy Goat Hill in Noe Valley. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Peter Linenthal holds an old panoramic photo from his archive collection of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and fire taken from Potrero Hill. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

History buff Peter Linenthal is a Potrero Hill treasure

“When I moved to the neighborhood in 1975, it was very quiet,”…

Peter Linenthal holds an old panoramic photo from his archive collection of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and fire taken from Potrero Hill. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dale Duncan and Marta Munoz outside Gus's Community Market  in the Mission District, the neighborhood they were forced out of.   (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Former Mission District family finds peace amid housing crisis and their new neighborhood

It’s been three years since Dale Duncan, Marta Muñoz and their 10-year…

Dale Duncan and Marta Munoz outside Gus's Community Market  in the Mission District, the neighborhood they were forced out of.   (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Anna Lisa Escobedo, an executive assistant at the California Historical Society and an artist who chairs the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District's Cultural Assets and Arts Committee in the Mission District, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bernal Heights artist Anna Lisa Escobedo thrives in a painter’s paradise

“I didn’t grow up with art on the walls or art around…

Anna Lisa Escobedo, an executive assistant at the California Historical Society and an artist who chairs the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District's Cultural Assets and Arts Committee in the Mission District, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jeff Cotter, founder and president of the Rainbow World Fund, holds some origami wishes that go on the nonprofit's World Tree of Hope each year on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Jeff Cotter builds a tree of hope with a thousand cranes

Built by careful placement of thousands of origami cranes with children’s wishes…

Jeff Cotter, founder and president of the Rainbow World Fund, holds some origami wishes that go on the nonprofit's World Tree of Hope each year on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Erika Lam, whose interior decorating and home staging business Awaken Designs just celebrated its 10th anniversary, at a client's home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Erika Lam, whose interior decorating and home staging business Awaken Designs just celebrated its 10th anniversary, at a client's home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Kim Shuck, San Francisco's seventh and current poet laureate outside City Hall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Word Weaver: Kim Shuck fights back, one poem, one statue at a time

“Commemorative statuary is not about history, it’s about honoring historical people, that’s…

Kim Shuck, San Francisco's seventh and current poet laureate outside City Hall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Irwin Smirnoff peers through the entrance to Alley Cat Books, where he runs a monthly film series, in the Mission District on Thursday, August 23, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Sound and Vision: Professor Irwin Swirnoff makes radical cultural change

“I don’t think you can be an adjunct professor, a teacher, and…

Irwin Smirnoff peers through the entrance to Alley Cat Books, where he runs a monthly film series, in the Mission District on Thursday, August 23, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)