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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Reached for comment this afternoon, Barnes told SF Weekly that, no, there hasn't been any grand plan to get him into Alioto-Pier's office slowly moving forward over the past year. He says he got a call a couple of weeks ago informing him that Alioto-Pier's lege aide Catherine Stefani is going out on maternity leave -- and requesting he take her place. In this economy, you don't turn down a job offer without a good reason.
"When you first asked me about this six or seven months ago, [a job in Alioto-Pier's office] wasn't in the realm of possibilities. Someone had to go on maternity leave," he said. Barnes only expects this job to last several months -- and he won't be getting benefits or other perks full-time employees receive.
Barnes' contract as a researcher for the firefighters' union lapses on the 30th (after the budget battle is done with, his position becomes unnecessary). He expects to start in Alioto-Pier's office on July 1 -- and downplayed the oddity of a man with his progressive credentials going to work for one of the city's more conservative representatives: "It's ultimately the supervisor who is elected by his constituency to represent them, not the staff member."
Regarding the opportunity to be one of those elected representatives, Barnes said it's too early to rule out a purported run for District 10 supervisor.
"I'm just coming back to City Hall to do work for a few months. I haven't ruled it out, but I'm not doing a lot of work to rule it in, either."
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
"Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.
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.'"