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
No one seemed to give a damn. The times, they are a-changing, it would seem. Yet a method of getting the supes to stop Facebooking, texting, and otherwise during meetings has finally been devised. It's called "Appointing a New Mayor."
Per the "Proposed Process For Successor Mayor Nomination And Appointment" the board will take up today, following the nomination process "laptops will be closed, cell phones turned off, and written or verbal messages to Board Members will not be allowed."
And the imposition of a virtual cone of silence is just one of several odd elements.
Take the very real imposition of a cone of silence.
Once nominated as a mayoral contender, any board member must get up and get thee to a nunnery. Just kidding -- but you must get thee to another room where you can watch the proceedings on closed-circuit television and not interfere with them.
"Sequestered nominees" can return to board chambers to "testify before the Board during public comment," but then they have to leave forthwith and be sequestered once again.
What's more, any board member who is nominated to potentially be mayor is not only forbidden from voting for him or herself -- he or she can't vote at all, for anyone. The theory here is an extension of the same rationale for not allowing supes to vote for themselves.
Since the mayor earns three times what a supervisor does, for a supe to nominate himself or cast a vote for himself is akin to using his or her office for personal enrichment. (Since board president does not pay extra, that's why you are allowed to nominate/vote for yourself). Along those lines, a supe who has been nominated for mayor is not allowed to influence the contest in any way, if he or she could theoretically benefit in the end. So no voting -- for anyone.
So, if David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, and David Campos are all nominated as potential mayoral successors, none of them is going to end up voting in the final go-round -- meaning, somehow, eight or nine supervisors will have to come up with six votes for one candidate.
Since that's not going to happen, you can bet that no one is going to ascend from the board today into the vaunted slot of mayor-to-be. This ostensibly benefits Board President David Chiu -- if the supes can't name an interim mayor, he'll become acting mayor as soon as Gavin Newsom skips town. He'll hold on to that position until San Francisco's elected mayor takes office in January of 2011 unless: A. He's unseated as Board President; B. The next board settles upon an interim mayor; C. Voldemort assembles all of the Deathly Hallows and leads the attack on City Hall.
In any event, the process begins at today's Board of Supervisors meeting. Our sources say it'll be "entertaining."
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.'"