When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
At 5:12 a.m., 106 years ago today, our city was leveled. The 1906 earthquake ran along 296 miles of the San Andreas Fault. (By comparison, 1989’s Loma Prieta quake ran along 25 miles.) It was felt in Oregon, Nevada, and points south of Los Angeles. It lasted 45 to 60 seconds, which in “earthquake time” feels like half an hour. (Loma Prieta lasted 10 to 15 seconds.) The destruction from the quake and resulting fire was inconceivable by any standard. More than 3,000 dead, and 225,000 — more than half the city’s population — homeless. More than 28,000 buildings were lost, including a relatively new City Hall. Anyone who’s lived here any length of time knows the dark fascination we have with this catastrophe, especially when contemplating photographs taken in its aftermath. I know that intersection, we say to ourselves. I’ve stood in that very spot 100 times. Rodger C. Birt and Marvin Nathan know this. They also know as much or more than anyone we’ve met regarding San Francisco history. (Full disclosure: We took an urban history class from Birt at SF State, where he and Nathan taught for decades.) They’ve assembled a remarkable number of rare and previously unseen photographs from the era in History’s Anteroom: Photography in San Francisco, 1906-1909, and they’ve given each shot a close inspection and provided historical context. The volume covers the wreckage and rubble, but also has shots of the city coming back to life, and a “regional rebirth” called the Portola Festival three years later. That gives us hope today when we think about the disaster. We’ve come back before, we can do it again.
Wed., April 18, 6 p.m., 2012
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"