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With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

Film archivist Stephen Parr once remarked that the best database of film was in his head — “because there’s a lot more room for serendipity.” That serendipitous database is now lost. The 63-year-old Parr died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of complications from Parkinson’s though details are unclear, late on the morning of Oct. 24. He was the founder and...

Family of SF woman allegedly slain by ex-partner: Be there for victims

In the wake of Susana Robles Desgarennes’ death, allegedly at the hands of an abusive ex, her family is preparing to organize against domestic violence. Paola Desgarennes, Susana’s 23-year-old sister, said that she, her mother and her brother are planning to form an advocacy organization to keep what they say happened to Susana from happening to anyone else. Meanwhile they...

Domestic violence allegedly ended life of young mother

Friends and family of Susana Robles Desgarennes allege her death, in a car in Dolores Heights on Saturday morning, came at the hands of the father of her four-year-old child. Now, they are mourning the loss of the young mother, a makeup guru who was involved in local youth and women’s programs like Loco Bloco and Young Women Free. Meanwhile...

Beloved grocer, namesake of Gus’s Market, killed in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old grocer who brought a strong sense of community to his markets was killed by a driver in the Bayview Friday morning, leaving his family, staff, and customers to mourn the loss of the man they knew as “Gus.” Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis was struck by the driver of a silver sedan near Jerrold and Toland streets at 2:17 a.m. and...

Life of Mission mentor in the making cut short by murder

The death of Abel Enrique Esquivel, Jr., more than a month ago left the 23-year-old’s mentors reeling from the loss of a young man on a trajectory to become a neighborhood leader. Freshly graduated from a youth leadership program at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Esquivel was, by all accounts, a generous and humble Mission native with plans to...

Ebony McKinney, Tireless Advocate for the Arts, Dies Unexpectedly (KQED)

This story originally appeared on KQED.org by Kevin L. Jones. Ebony McKinney, a tireless advocate for the arts who pushed for diversity in the community and for unity among local organizations, died unexpectedly on Saturday from complications related to pneumonia and lupus. She was 41. The San Francisco Art Commission (SFAC), where McKinney has worked off-and-on since 2005, announced McKinney’s...

Community Will Remember Artist Michael Roman at Coltrane Church Friday

Michael Roman, a prolific Chicano artist who died December 26, 2016, will be remembered and celebrated at the St. John Coltrane Church at 2097 Turk Street on Friday, February 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Roman created art incorporating stencils, paint, silkscreen and textiles. He worked with big names like Madonna, Santana, Betsey Johnson and Kate Spade. His colorful, vibrant and imaginative art...

Family of Mission Stabbing Victim Remember a Devoted Protector

Though he had lived on the streets for years, Mathew Fiame still found ways to stay connected with his family. But on December 29th, a stabbing on Valencia Street claimed the 39-year-old’s life. The circumstances of the stabbing remain unclear. “He was always the strong person, the protector of everybody, and for him to have passed the way he did,...

Generous, Prolific, “Loco” – Stencil Artist Michael Roman Dies at 60

In art and in life, Michael Roman was a man of many layers, colorful visions and haunting complexities. The stencil artist and silkscreen printmaker, best known for layered prints depicting cultural and political icons, died on Monday, succumbing to severe health complications. He was 60 years old. Three months ago, Roman was out to see a movie with his partner...

Neighbors Remember Homicide Victim as Gruff but Kind Handyman

A “buck wild” exterior didn’t stop neighbors on the streets from seeing Eddie “Tennessee” Tate as a helpful, industrious neighbor. Tate was one of two people killed in a shooting Sunday night on 16th and Shotwell streets. He was 51 years old. Tate had lived on the streets of the city for decades and was well known for his compassion...

Owner of San Francisco’s First Guatemalan Bakery Dies

Traduccion en español aquí. Manuel Barrientos, the proprietor of San Francisco’s first Guatemalan bakery, was 79 when he died on November 25, but for many, his vigor and dedication to his craft made his age difficult to gauge. When Barrientos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just three months to live, it was not his own death that...

Shotwell St. Violence Claims Life of Man Gunned Down in June

For three months, Fidel Amezcua, known to most by the name Happy, fought for his life. But on Saturday the 29-year-old, who worked as a custodian for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, succumbed to the injuries from a gunshot wound to his abdomen that had left him in critical condition on June 26. “I want people to know...

Mexican Museum Founder Peter Rodriguez Dies at 90

San Francisco artistic visionary and founder of the Mexican Museum Peter Rodriguez died July 1, 2016 at 90 years of age. Friends remembered the Stockton, Calif. native as a gifted artist, a perfectionist, and a collector who helped Chicano art to be seen and appreciated in San Francisco. Rodriguez was the oldest of eleven children and started receiving recognition for...

Memory of Musician, Poet and Healer Mamacoatl to be Honored at Brava Theater

Silvia “Mamacoatl” Parra tried to heal the world with her music, art, spiritual work and activism. Over the span of several years in the Mission, Parra touched countless lives and pushed back against global injustices with art and community collaboration. On December 13, 2015, Parra died in Mexico of stomach cancer. She will be honored tomorrow at a memorial and...

SF Chess Master and Adobe Books Patron Dead at 73

Steve Brandwein had a daily routine: He would leave his spare Mission District apartment and walk downtown to the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Room near Market and Montgomery, where he had been a member for 47 years, play chess with other members or read up on the latest chess goings-on, and return to the Mission after work to visit Adobe Books....