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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
Muni drivers have been giving customers the shirts off their backs of late -- really
The aggressive brown coloring of Muni operators' uniforms always conjured up scenarios of dueling designers battling to see whether UPS or the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority could more authoritatively make the sartorial statement: "Feces!"
In other words, unlike NASCAR crews or even farmers, this is not a work jacket you'd want to wear around your neighborhood. Or would you? A pair of nearly identical incidents on buses in the Outer Mission a week apart resulted in fuming Muni drivers reporting that miscreants had made off with their jackets.
On July 16 a Muni driver noted that a gaggle of young people had boarded the bus without paying; when she walked to the back of the vehicle to harangue them she noticed they were vandalizing the bus. They ran off -- but not before someone swiped the drivers' jacket during the whole escapade. Police tracked down the thief. And yet, the graffiti diversion tactic was again pulled on a Mission and Silver bus on July 22 -- and this time it worked to perfection.
A driver noticed a man unhook the bus' electric cables and then spray-paint the vehicle -- and really, what kind of an ingrate unhooks the wires from a functioning bus full of people and then vandalizes it in broad daylight? Perhaps the same kind of jackass who steals jackets; when the driver got back into the bus from re-attaching the power lines, his clothing had been pilfered.
Our calls to several members of the Transportation Workers Union about whether this is a new thing -- or as old and out-of-style as Muni's brown, brown duds -- have not yet been returned. Muni spokesman Judson True replied "Huh, that's a new one" -- but doesn't know where a tally of filched Muni paraphernalia might be located. More when we know more.
In the meantime, this problem may soon be solved by San Francisco's chilly weather -- which will induce drivers to keep their jackets on. Let's be careful out there.
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.'"