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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The inevitable backlash against the proposed American Apparel store at 988 Valencia Street is coming to a slow boil. The store's inception is unsurprising, as a quick survey of foot traffic on Valencia will reveal more than a few people sporting the company's wares. The storefront sits next to experimental video and film venue, Artists' Television Access, and was home to Mark Sanchez's campaign office during his recent bid for District 9 supervisor. Today, a formalized campaign against the controversial peddler of monochromatic hipster gear and advertising smut materialized in the shape of a Word Press blog with local author Stephen Elliott's name attached.
A statement by Elliott reads in part: "This is not about being for or against American Apparel. It's about keeping big box chain stores out of a unique neighborhood."
The site offers the fledgling movements' first poster, which
predicts that the opening of the store will "create a benchhead for the
entry of The Gap, Banana Republic, and Starbucks and all other chains
waiting to open on Valencia Street." A Stop
American Apparel event will take place at Valencia Street watering hole, Amnesia, on Feb 2. Dare we wish for a piñata
in American Apparel boss Dov Charney's likeness?
While the opening of any store of a smiliar ilk would undoubtedly spark debate in the Mission (former supe Tom Ammiano proposed a controversial chain store ban back in May) the AA store seems to have hit a sensitive nerve. Decorated with prone, larger-than-life,
gamine models clothed in little more than panties and gym socks and
catering to a youthful demographic with disposable income, AA seems
like a monument to the twentysomething crowd that many would point to
as directly contributing to the slow but steady gentrification of the
This leaves some Mission residents in a unique quandry: Is it acceptable to protest the opening of an American Apparel store while wearing a sheer jersey short-sleeve deep V-neck? Have we met the enemy, and is she us (wearing gold lamé)?
you're for or against, you can make your opinion known at the planning
commission meeting February 5 at 1:30 pm in Room 400 at City Hall.
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.'"