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
San Franciscans probably have their ideas about the sort of folks who will descend on the Hyatt Regency airport hotel this weekend for the Second Amendment Foundation's gun rights conference: white, Tea Partyish, Red State-y, straight.
Then here comes panelist Nicki Stallard to blow your stereotypes to pieces. (Not literally, but almost.) Stallard is transgender, she's a registered Republican, and she's the proud owner of an arsenal (she prefers the term "collection") of rifles, shotguns, and handguns. She's a coordinator with the San Jose chapter of Pink Pistols, a national pro-gun LGBT organization, and she says she likes to have guns but hopes to never have to use them: "I have a nasty thing called a conscience so I would feel awful if I smoked somebody."
But she has no qualms whatsoever with blowing away a crowd, working the hooting and hollering fans at a national gun rights rallies with a Sarah Palin-like bravado: "The gay community should be the most heavily armed group in the country!"
This weekend, Stallard (who says, rather elusively, that she works "in the medical field" and splits her time between San
Jose and Fresno), will be on a panel at the conference talking about
guns advocacy groups. We'll say.
"I'm going to break the ice with some
humor ... when the Pink Pistols first came out we were as well received by
the gay community as Magellan when he told the Catholic Church that the
world was round."
A libertarian activist in Massachusetts started the Pink Pistols back in 2000. While the group's motto rings of your typical gun-advocate brashness ("Pick on someone your own caliber" and "Armed gays don't get bashed"), Stallard says many members are surprisingly in the closet about their Second Amendment sympathies.
"In the central part of the country, people
don't want people to know they're gay. Here they don't want them to know
they're gun owners. It's like gays who are registered Republicans might
want to stay quiet about that."
Stallard doesn't wish to stay
quiet about any of the above. She says she was first convinced of
the need to have a gun during the 1977 New York City blackout, when she recalls seeing gun-toting business owners protect their stores from looters. Stallard says she got her first handgun at age 19 while serving in the
Navy back in the late '70's. Her collection has grown considerably since then, but she insists
she only shoots targets at the Pink Pistols' monthly meetings that draw
about five to 10 people in San Jose. (She says the San Francisco chapters' monthly shoots in South San Francisco draw even fewer not-straight shooters.)
Still, Stallard advocates that
more LGBT community members get a gun. She says that in many parts of
the country, the cops don't take LGBT hate crimes seriously so you got
to fend for yourself.
"Most people don't have the desire to
learn mixed martial arts. That's a whole lifestyle and for most people,
that's not practical. [Devices like mace or stun guns] have severe
limitations from a tactical point. They provide a false sense of
security." Whereas, "If you pull out a firearm, [the attackers] turn pale."
In any event, Stallard says she's never yet had to use a firearm against anyone, which she says is because she doesn't look like an easy target. "I'm 6 feet and
I'm big. Criminals zero in on easy targets ... Generally speaking, I"m
dressed just casual, so basically I look like a long-haired guy."
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.'"