Mostly British Film Fest at Vogue in February
The 10th annual Mostly British Film Festival will be held at the Vogue Theater from
There will be a guest appearance by Joanne Froggatt, of “Downton Abbey,” and a new
film will be shown, titled “Una,” a psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara as a
woman who was sexually assaulted in her youth and later searches out her assailant.
The Vogue Theater is located at 3290 Sacramento St. For more information,
call (415) 346-2228 or go to the website at www.voguesf.com.
Friction Quartet to perform in Richmond
The Zion Lutheran Church presents Concerts at Zion: Century-Spanning Music for
Classical Instruments, a concert series to raise money to support various local
Zion’s partner, Interfaith Welcome: Bay Area Refugee Support, will devote 100 percent
of the concert proceeds to Sea of Solidarity, a nonprofit that addresses refugees’ needs
through trusted organizations on the ground in Greece and Turkey, where many
refugees are stuck.
For more information, go to the website at www.seaofsolidarity.org.
Friction Quartet will perform at Zion Lutheran Church, located at Ninth Avenue and
Anza Street, on Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $15 per person, or $25
The Quartet has garnered international attention as interpreters of new music, but it is
also devoted to performing master works of the string quartet repertoire and building
new audiences for contemporary music.
The Quartet enlarges the audience’s understanding of what a string quartet can be
through new arrangements, the use of digital sound processing, percussion,
amplification, movement and by combining music with other media, such as
dance and film.
For more information about the Friction Quartet, go to the website at
New Garden Society Director Named
Stephanie Linder has been appointed executive director of the San Francisco Botanical
Garden Society (SFBGS).
Linder is a resident of the Inner Sunset, where she developed a backyard garden focused
on California native plants and plants that support the Green Hairstreak Butterfly. She
has been both a national and local San Francisco Bay Area park advocate for much of
her career, with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including
leadership and advancement roles at many conservation and park organizations,
including SF Parks Alliance, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and The Trust for
Linder will start the new position on Feb 26. The SF Botanical Garden Society is
the nonprofit support organization for San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in
Golden Gate Park.
The Society manages and operates the garden in partnership with the SF Recreation and
Linder has been both a national and local San Francisco Bay Area park advocate for
much of her career, with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector
including leadership and advancement roles at many prestigious conservation
and park organizations.
“The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Stephanie as our new executive director
at SFBGS,” says Delle Maxwell, board chair. “She brings the perfect mix of experience
with gardens, parks and conservation and environmental organizations, as well as
public-private partnerships similar to ours. Her skills, enthusiasm, and vision will
guide the Garden forward during this new chapter of growth and development.”
“Great parks make great cities, and for me the Garden makes Golden Gate Park
extraordinary,” says Linder. “I am excited to return home and work with my neighbors,
the community, the Garden’s supporters present and future, and our partners
at Rec. and Park to make the Garden an even more incredible place. I believe botanic
gardens play a critical role in helping the public understand the importance of
biodiversity and habitat protection. Not only that, their immersive beauty is an antidote
to nature deficit disorder and many of the other challenges of our modern, urban era.
San Francisco Botanical Garden, situated right in the heart of one of the nation’s most
vibrant cities, is a uniquely accessible place, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity
to build on its growing programs, collections and circles of support.”
San Francisco Botanical Garden is a “sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquility”
dedicated to educating children and adults, cultivating community and displaying
and preserving the planet’s biodiversity. There are more than 8,500 different kinds of
plants from around the world, including many that are rare and endangered in the
Garden’s 55 acres.
Welcoming nearly 450,000 annual visitors, the Garden aims to celebrate the
Earth’s beauty and the interconnectedness of all living things.
Long-time principal, educator passes away
Terrence Hanley, the long-time principal at the Star of the Sea Grammar
School, passed away last September. He was 62 years of age.
Hanley was a life-long educator who also worked at Riordan High School and
St. Philip’s, Emydius, St. Charles and St. Veronica grammar schools.
He was educated in San Francisco, attending Holy Name Grammar School, Sacred Heart
High School, University of San Francisco and SF State University.
Presidio Trust Wins Environmental Award
The Presidio Trust was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
national WasteWise award in the category Federal Government Partner of the Year for
its accomplishments in waste prevention and diversion.
The Presidio Trust won the award due to its overall achievements in waste diversion,
composting, materials reuse and educational outreach.