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
Jeff and Beth Easterling's empty boat, the Barcarolle. This was, apparently, the couple's maiden voyage 'out the Gate.''
Jeff and Beth Easterling were experienced sailors. Their ship, the Barcarolle, was a good boat. But they had apparently never before experienced the conditions "out the Gate" near the Cliff House. They died there on Sunday.
"Yeah, they'd been on the water. They owned two different boats.But I don't think they'd ever been at sea," said Mike Tryon the commodore of Richmond's Marina Bay Yacht Club, which the Easterlings joined in 2009. "They had expressed to me how they wanted to go out the Gate" -- out of the bay and into the open ocean -- "But were a little concerned with doing that."
During windy, choppy conditions on Sunday, the Easterlings somehow became separated from their battered boat. Their bodies washed up near Ocean Beach, while the vessel beached itself near Eagle Point. The National Park Service is investigating the Barcarolle for clues, but it is not yet known why the experienced sailors jumped or fell overboard. "They seemed good at what they were doing," said Tryon. "But , you know, the ocean is like that. You can't take anything for granted, ever."
Beth Easterling's daughter, Gina Ortolan, told the Contra Costa Times this was the couple's "test run in the ocean," prior to a planned jaunt to Cabo San Lucas following Beth's retirmement next year. Beth, 50, was a software engineer at Oracle; Jeff, 59, was a retired BART mechanic.
The Coast Guard would neither confirm nor deny if the Easterlings were wearing life jackets. But Tryon said it was inconceivable they weren't. "I can't imagine them ever doing something like that," he said.
"Anybody going out the Gate who doesn't have a lifejacket on -- that's silly," added another member of the Marina Bay Yacht Club, who declined to be quoted by name.
Reached at the Easterlings' home in El Sobrante, a friend -- who declined to be identified -- told SF Weekly that the couple was married five years ago and leaves behind four grown children (those children and others could be heard grieving in the background). Jeff, she said, had been sailing for 30 years.
"They were well-loved and very happy," said the friend.
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.'"