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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
Eric "Doc" Smith -- a musician and environmental activist who those keeping track of such things have noticed showing up at an increasing number of politically important events and standing on the podium side of a growing tally of City Hall demonstrations -- told SF Weekly this morning he's officially filing his papers today to run for District 10 supervisor.
Smith joins what is already the most packed electoral field -- he's the eighth would-be successor to Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to officially toss his cap in the ring -- and he expects throngs more locals to follow suit: "I imagine it will become ridiculously crowded," he says.
Here are the candidates thus far: Drug counselor Cedric Akbar, educator James Calloway, Marie Franklin, activist Espanola Jackson (described as "the ubiquitous Espanola Jackson" by the Potrero View -- make of that what you will), La Vaughan Moore, community worker Rodney Hampton, Jr., and realtor Diane Wesley Smith. Former Supervisor and State Senator (and current Integrated Waste Management Board member) Carole Migden is looming around this race, headed for either an improbable political comeback or the crushing political defeat that may end her career as an elected official once and for all -- should she choose to run.
Smith, using the judicious language of an officially declared politician, noted that "A certain Ms. Migden is deciding" whether to run, "and I am undaunted in that regard."
We're putting our money on the crushing defeat as well.
For those following the eclectic D-10 political scene, Smith is a boardmember of the Biofuel Recycling Cooperative, and was appinted to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee this year by Mayor Gavin Newsom and to the Eastern Neighborhood Citizens Advisory Committee by Maxwell; he is the former Web maven for Randy Shaw's BeyondChron.com and decribes himself as a progressive.
Also, he invented a digital percussion instrument called the "drummstick" and has drummed or worked as a sound engineer for Madonna, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, Brian Eno, Gladys Knight, and others -- meaning he'd have the best musician stories of any supervisor since Tom Ammiano (Tom wasn't a musician -- but he always has the best stories).
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.'"