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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
A 911 call was received at 11:53 this morning that the plane hit a wide section of the lagoon in the Redwood Shores neighborhood, a stone's throw from Oracle headquarters. The plane took off from San Carlos airport and was heading northwest. It crashed very shortly after takeoff.
Firefighters sent swimmers to inspect the wreckage, said Malcolm Smith, a spokesman for Redwood City. They spotted a dead woman in her 40s outside the fuselage, but have been unable to locate any other passengers, living or dead.
"The water is very murky and they could not see into the cockpit," said Smith, who couldn't recall a plane hitting the lagoon in the last decade. He added that the water is only six or seven feet deep in the vicinity of the plane.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's dive team is currently on the scene. More as we know more.
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A rescue boat approaches the barely perceptible wingtip of the small plane that crashed in Redwood City this morning
Update, 2 p.m.: San Mateo County coroner's office officials are on the scene -- as are officials from San Carlos airport. No word on the identity of the victim or if additional victims or survivors have turned up. The case stands to be transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration and/or National Transportation Safety Board.
Update, 2:10 p.m.: Smith says the dive team has made an initial pass and is now on shore to get more equipment and commence a more thorough inspection. When asked if there was a chance survivors had gotten out of the plane and left the lagoon before citizens in boats initially floated out to the plane, Smith said there is "no chance. Our firefighters were there by then." So, unless the deceased woman was flying solo, it stands to reason that additional passengers are in that lagoon -- and not alive. Update, 2:40 p.m.: Wired.com's Jess McNally points out that, apart from being the site of a large sewage spill and, now, a fatal plane crash, the Redwood Shores lagoon is also the home of the Stanford rowing and sailing programs. Update, 2:59 p.m.: The Chronicle is reporting that 91-year-old Robert Borrmann, the founder of East Palo Alto's R.E. Borrmann's Steel Co., was aboard the plane, along with a pilot and the pilot's girlfriend. Borrmann's colleagues say he was a B-17 pilot during World War II and hired a pilot after he grew too old to fly.
Update, 3:05 p.m.: FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was a 1961 model Beechcraft BE 65. It crashed only 30 seconds after takeoff -- and there didn't appear to be any radio communication prior to the accident. No flight plan was filed -- nor was one necessary. "When it's clear outside and you're just goofing around, you don't need a flight plan," says Lunsford.
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.'"