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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
Michael Jackson R.I.Party Thursday, June 25, 2009 Alamo Square Better than: Hiding from the cops in the woods on nights when Michael Jackson didn't die.
There are times when you really appreciate living in a city--because it means there's an instant crowd willing to gather for any momentous occasion. Like the night when Obama got elected (Drinking to Hope!). Or the night when a pop music legend is found dead (Drinking to Lost Youth). Those are the times when you need to be together with your random San Francisco brothers and sisters and raise a can (of something cheap) to the occasion...and in the case of the dead music icon, getting down to a selection of greatest hits.
Last night some very special San Francisco DJs pulled their act together real quick to throw a wake for Michael Jackson in Alamo Square that went all....well, it went until the cops parked it at the top of the park, where we were all hidden in plain sight in a grove of trees and layers of misty fog. But those party promoters and their mobile generator got a good three hours of King of Pop tributes on the turntables, from "Wanna Be Startin Something" to "Rock With You" and lots of other goodies in between.
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I got to the party around the time the DJ was on his second round of
"Thriller" (he hit that crowd pleaser three or four times last night)
and the asphalt was crowded with girls and guys in fedoras, a couple confused dogs, and
lots of eager dancers calling out their favorite King of Pop hits--requests like "Man in the Mirror" and "She's Out of My Life" that the smiley DJ was either ignoring or just didn't have on him. Mass body movement kinda went in waves, as did the tempo of the set (the DJs'
friends kidded that they called him ADDJ because he has trouble sticking with
one song all the way through). But hey, with very little prep time I'd
say he did all right. We were lucky to be dancing there at all.
After all, word of Michael Jackson's
death only spread mid-afternoon, so the Alamo Square party announcement went out hastily via text and
Twitter--although one enthusiast told me he'd yelled out the invite on the Muni. ("They all looked at me like I was gonna ask them
for money like a crazy person," he added). But a couple of those Muni riders actually made it
off public transport and into the public memorial, pouring some out
for our fallen King of Pop when they arrived.
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At one point, the DJ stopped the music
and proposed a moonwalking contest, which sounded kinda fun--except to one dude who'd arrived in flip-flops. But just
like those Michael Jackson shows in London, the battle never
materialized, and the party went along without it.
Conversations about how we'd all heard the bad news (Perez Hilton vs. CNN) were common in the park, as were shout outs to Farrah Fawcett, and disbelief that the Jeff Goldblum death rumor was ever true. In some circles, the discussions focused on whether it was appropriate to besmirch a dead Michael Jackson with talk about the ways he'd besmirched himself.
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In the end, it was decided by one wise mourner that "We should have parties like this for people who are still alive." Looking out at our brightly lit city, surrounded by strangers on their third "Thriller" singalong, it was impossible to disagree. Although these types of dance parties always seem to go off--and in a very morbid twist to human nature, become a lot quicker to organize-- when someone famous kicks the bucket. And perhaps more importantly, when the city is in the midst of reacting to such big news, the cops seem to give a little more leeway to those pulling off an impromptu invite to 'get on the floor' outdoors.
By the way: If you were at last night's FlashDance--or if you know of more Michael Jackson R.I.Parties going on this weekend--we wanna hear about it below...
Bonus: Footage from the folks who hosted the party
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.'"