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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
An unfortunate story emerged today about an South Bay man and woman, enjoying their second date, being brutally beaten and robbed at Coit Tower early Saturday. What's disturbing is not only that such an attack happened -- it's that you're just hearing about it now.
The male victim is still hospitalized and his broken jaw is wired shut, his sister tells the Examiner. She also lashed out at the state of media crime coverage that supposedly kept this story from becoming a water cooler discussion until today.
The victim's sister told the Ex she was upset this story was "buried in the police blotter" (the Ex's words, not hers) while the media ran with the Fort Funston dog-stabbing.
"That's been in the news repeatedly," the woman said. "I feel bad for the
dog that got stabbed, but I'm sorry ... one of my brother's concerns is
that if this is something that goes on, people need to be aware of it."
"Man Stabs Dog" is a crime that has everything required to get San
Franciscans abuzz -- and keep them that way: Violence, bizarre
behavior, suspense -- the suspect has been ID'd, but may or may not be arrested -- and, of course, dogs. ... It's at this point that we're obliged to mention how Police Chief
George Gascon chided us all about not being outraged enough about the
murder of German tourist Mechthild Schröer, which should not have been a "one-day story."
It warrants mentioning that, far from being "buried in the police blotter," the Coit Tower attack actually didn't make the weekend crime report the SFPD prepares every Monday (though, to be fair, two murders did).
The media personnel who decide what crimes to report on did not make a conscious decision to play up a dog-stabbing at the expense of a human being being brutally mugged. In fact, the attention-grabbing details of the South Bay couple being out on just its second date and being victimized at a tourist destination located within a wealthy neighborhood make this story just the sort of thing reporters clamor to cover -- and readers spread around the Internet. This story wasn't ignored -- it was unknown. It took the Ex to dig this story up -- and kudos to them.
Rest assured, people will be "aware of it," even if it takes an extra day or two.
And yet, leafing through the police roundups -- that this crime appears to have been initially omitted from -- one finds no shortage of danger and human misery. Any number of men and women who are not visitors to the city enjoying the pleasures of North Beach are victimized every day; they're robbed, beaten, scammed, and intimidated, often in neighborhoods where tourists, and even many San Franciscans, don't visit. The San Francisco Police Department estimates that in excess of 200 reports are filed every day.
What is the proper way to report on "everyday crime" or crime occurring in violence-infested neighborhoods readers don't visit? That's a problem journalists have been grappling with since the days of pamphleteering. That it will continue is one of the only certainties in the future of journalism.
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.'"