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
Goodbye, department blues. Hello, fedora hat. Cohen nabbed his private investigator license and started a Berkeley-based practice, Theia Investigations, last month focusing on child predators and educating kids and parents about the potential perils of the Internet.
"It's one of my pet peeves as a cop," says Cohen, who has two teenage
daughters. "That kids were so easily groomed online as easy prey and
parents were so easily ignoring the signs."
Cohen never worked in the SFPD Juvenile Division, the
department that handles child sex crimes, yet things would often come up
while he was working as an officer at Francisco Middle School. He says
so far, the bulk of his work has been on adultery cases -- one case involves a woman worried that her husband may be a pedophile - and live-scan
Cohen will be going out to schools this fall to do safety presentations to kids
and parents. Meanwhile, he continues to blog about the disciplinary hearings, and he's also
secured the URL to bayareasmostwanted.com, the seed of what he hopes to turn into an
America's Most Wanted-type website in the future.
Cohen says he hopes to also prepare surveillance video for trials, work
he says he was trying to get into as a San Francisco cop while sidelined to the records room while his ever-increasing list of disciplinary charges was pending. (As we reported, while he was on desk duty, Cohen forever screwed up his shoulder by trying to save a recycling bin from toppling. He underwent surgery to reattach a tendon, which then snapped off again when he slipped on water in the lunchroom. Things were just not going well.)
Any desire to do video trial work for the department? "Absolutely frickin' not. Ask me
again when a new chief comes in." In fact, he told us he was so pissed
off while his disciplinary charges were pending for five years that he
refused to spend one dime in San Francisco.
"Ever since December of '05, I
made a formal vow I will not give one cent of taxes to this city until
Gavin Newsom is gone. And other than a bridge toll here and there, I've
kept my vow." Cohen says he'd bring in his lunch, coffee, everything to work in the last years,
and would barter with the folks at the Soma Inn Cafe owner for the occasional breakfast.
But the protest doesn't extend to earning San Francisco dollars -- he
says he will happily accept investigative cases in the city. Of course, six years from
now, the 44-year-old will start collecting city funds of a different sort: his police pension.
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.'"