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 two chided R.J. Reynolds for using the Haight -- as well as Brooklyn, Vegas, and Austin -- as one of the iconic American locales in a Camels "Break Free Adventure" advertising campaign. The San Francisco officials claimed this was a loathsome -- and illegal -- pitch at the youth demographic; RJR should be ashamed for enchanting youth by "featuring cities, including San Francisco, that are
associated with independent music, trendiness, rebellion and freedom."
We're not entirely sure how you can represent "trendiness" and "rebellion." And are Herrera and Katz trying to say that San Francisco is too pretty to be in a tobacco ad? If so, we have have a solution: RJR must only feature bleak, boring, soul-destroying locales in its "Break Free Adventure" campaign. Here are our 10 suggestions:
Orange County -- the epitome of cookie-cutter sprawl;
Roubaix, France -- Don't be fooled by the gorgeous architecture of yore: Our international entry is a dead-end, burned-out industrial city in a troubled region. Unemployment is rife, poverty is rampant, and quality of life is merde.
Anyhow, if Camels was made to feature locales such as these in its ads, then the true glamor of smoking would be revealed for all to see.
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.'"