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
Yet the post office's loss is the IRS' gain. Oakland-based IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Henrie-Brown confirmed that the tax people spend $2.87 to process every return filed on paper via the post office but only 35 cents to process e-files. Naturally, the IRS is ecstatic about the ascendancy of e-filing. According to IRS figures released yesterday, 77,395,000 of the 98,802,000 forms filed by April 9 had been sent electronically (77 percent). Doing some quick math, that's $195 million in savings for the Internal Revenue Service.
This isn't a zero-sum game, but there are winners and losers. And while the IRS eagerly looks forward to the day paper tax returns join rotary phones, corsets, and smoking sections, these are dark days for the aforementioned postal workers. The writing is also on the wall for the seasonal workers who process IRS returns at massive, warehouse-like facilities. That being said, it doesn't appear the IRS has shed too many workers despite the dwindling number of paper returns.
Take the IRS service center most readers likely sent their returns to (or didn't; you probably e-filed). That'd be Fresno -- zip code 93888; we know that one by heart.
While it only processed returns from California and Hawaii in 1978, it now handles individual returns from 24 different states. In fact, while there were 10 such centers in 2000, now there are only four: Fresno, Austin, Kansas City, and Atlanta. But while there are fewer centers, the higher workload means each one employs more people -- so it ostensibly evens out.
Still, if the IRS gets its way, its seasonal jobs may join lamplighters, telegraph operators, and print journalists on the scrap heap of history: "Electric is the way to go," says Henrie-Brown.
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.'"