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
Let's say you wanted to see how your elected representative voted on each bill in the state legislature last year. Unless you had his or her cell phone number handy, most likely you'd be forced to look up data for each bill -- you couldn't look by legislator, you had to look by bill -- on the state's legislative information Web site.
If you wished to search for any kind of correlation between voting patterns and donations to said legislator -- well, that's more drudgery. You'd have to scour the Secretary of State's Web page for monetary records, then painfully attempt to attach Donation A to votes on Bill B. In short, it was a shelp. But, thanks to a legal victory this week by a pair of Bay Area nonprofits, all of this information will soon be available on just one Web site.
The California First Amendment Coalition and MAPlight (that stands for "Money and Politics") had complained that the trickle of information provided on state Web pages stifled the public's right to access. The Office of Legislative Counsel replied that the public right to access was fully satisfied by the status quo. The Bay Area nonprofits filed suit earlier this year in Sacramento Superior Court.
Asked why the state opted to settle on Tuesday, Scheer didn't chalk this one up to benevolence. "There was quite a bit of publicity when this suit was filed and it was not favorable," he said. "It was embarrasing. That was a large factor." In addition to getting the database they demanded, the nonprofits also received $65,000 in legal costs from the state.
As noted earlier, MAPlight.org already keeps an extensive database on how Congressional representatives vote juxtaposed with who is giving them money -- and no one would say that Congress is a den of altruism and honesty. But Scheer thinks the inherently more small-time nature of a state legislature may result in more attention being paid to those who dig up iniquities.
"I think it will [make a difference] if it's used at the local level," he said. "People like reporters for some small community-based papers or bloggers or just ordinary voters are going to see votes which seem to be explainable only on the basis of the largesse of certain special interest groups. And they're going to say, 'Why?'"
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.'"