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.
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
So the big music news doing the rounds yesterday was that -- gasp! -- jury selection has commenced in the upcoming Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter case! Wow! Yes, truthfully we're as curious as the next guy to see how this whole thing plays out -- but, sweet baby Jesus, who really gives a toss about the jury selection?
It's not like we're going to get to know these people on any level
whatsoever during the course of this trial; it's not like we can tell
what the outcome of the case will be, based on jurors' age, race, or gender; and it's not like any of them are going to become
celebrities for doing this (some may try, but, trust us, they'll fail -- they always do) -- so
who the hell cares? (Other than Dr. Conrad Murray obviously, whose life
the media circus that is coming our way when something interesting
actually happens in this case. It makes us want to throw our TVs out the
window just thinking about it.
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Clearly, Michael was not someone who shied away from causing chaos outside of courtrooms -- who could forget him dancing on the roof of a car outside the court where his second child molestation case was taking place? But as absurd as that sight was, there was also something inherently sad and disturbing about it.
Michael Jackson at least had something approaching an excuse for that kind of bizarre, defiant behavior: He was a man cut off from reality who led an extraordinary and vastly isolating life. Maybe he simply wasn't in a place mentally to know that jumping on top of a vehicle and stoking the media madness even further wasn't the smartest thing to do (he was a baby dangler, after all). But what's everyone else's excuse for cheering on that type of lunacy?
Even though Michael's not here, you can bet there will be scenes of insanity around the courtroom this time as well. The scary part is, all of those fans that showed up to the courthouse in his molestation cases and vehemently insisted on his innocence -- before they'd even heard any facts in the case -- will be the people baying for the blood of Dr. Murray (who has pleaded not guilty, by the way), before they've heard any evidence in this one.
No one wants to believe that Michael Jackson had an addiction to a variety of hardcore medications any more than they wanted to believe that Michael Jackson had inappropriate relationships with children.
Papers, TV channels and websites covering every second and every inch of this case will only stoke the fiery passions of the MJ-defenders. We're not saying that Michael doesn't deserve to be defended -- we won't know that until the facts of this case are heard. We're merely pointing out that Dr. Murray deserves a fair trial, too, and he's far less likely to get one when his patient was the King of Pop -- especially if the approaching media frenzy gets too out of hand. And when the jury selection process is being treated like big news, that seems pretty much inevitable.
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.'"