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
This place has been freshened up by a new family of young owners,
who've continued the tradition of affordable Italian specialties
(pastas, pizzas, salads served family-style) and added a few new
variations of their own.
Will John Dennis be our next Congressman, or next YouTube laugh riot -- or both?
Harking to the analogies you probably last dealt with on the SAT, John Dennis is to Nancy Pelosi as squirrel is to highway-driving big rig.
The Republican Congressional candidate will not beat the Speaker of the House -- guaranteed. But he will have more entertaining YouTube commercials -- also guaranteed. Dennis -- described as wearing a "too-tight tux" -- was the subject of a recent story in the Wall Street Journalabout longshot (read: no hope) candidates starring in utterly ridiculous web ads. The beefy San Francisco real estate investor is squeezed into formalwear in a James Bond parody. The Journal quotes him muttering how "this could go horribly wrong." But that depends upon your definition of "wrong."
If, by "wrong," you mean debasing races for higher office by producing videos that make old Crazy Eddie commercials look like fine cinema, then, yes, this is wrong.
But if you mean garnering metric shitloads of Internet hits and, perhaps, making a name for oneself down the road -- no, nothing wrong there. In fact, the director of Dennis' forthcoming ad -- which is not yet featured on YouTube or Dennis' site -- is Ladd Ehlinger, Jr.
You may not know Ehlinger by name, unless you're a fan of his work directing, producing, editing, writing, and starring in Hive Mind(synopsis: "The Last Man on Earth is a Conservative Talk Show Host, Fighting the Hive Mind with Half His Brain Tied Behind His Back").
On the other hand, Ehlinger created a bizarre Web ad for Dale Peterson -- in which the Republican candidate for Alabama agricultural commissioner channels R. Lee Ermey, brandishes a shotgun, and uses countrified expressions of extreme vitriol such as "give a rip." That ad has, to date, garnered nearly 1.8 million views on YouTube. But, it warrants mentioning, Peterson came third in the Republican primary and received 15 times as many YouTube hits as actual votes.
Whether his turn as a star in a Grade-Z political ad will improve his standing next time round remains to be seen -- as does the future for Dennis, who would hope to represent the GOP in the bluest section of a largely blue state.
But the San Francisco Republican's run for office hasn't been totally in vain. He did get his very own Wall Street Journal "hedcut" portrait (in which he is not wearing a too-tight tux)-- and that's something.
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.'"