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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Fred Brousseau, a principal at the city's Budget Analyst's office, said it appeared the alternative deal yesterday approved by the Port Commission would save San Francisco some dinero. But don't cut anchor and sail off into the sunset yet. He noted that the Budget Analyst hasn't yet crunched the numbers in the proposal to see if they're legit. And, most importantly, for the deal to become a reality, both the city -- and yachting billionaire Larry Ellison's "Event Authority" -- would have to alter the proposal currently floating through the city's legislative process.
A Budget Analyst's report on the America's Cup bid authored by Brousseau is due out tomorrow and the city's Budget and Finance Commission will (ostensibly) read it prior to a Dec. 8 hearing.
Brousseau said, however, the numbers in his pending report won't look much like those in the Port proposals. That's because the Budget Analyst will crunch the numbers based on the "final offer" as it now stands -- rather than, say, doing the numbers for a hypothetical proposal that one or both of the two parties in negotiation may reject.
The Budget Analyst's task isn't easy -- Brousseau likened it to aiming at a "moving target," as the "final offer" may be amended by Dec. 8 or even earlier.
The cost-saving Port proposal called for building up different venues than those currently on the table and required Ellison's "Event Authority" to either lease or buy property currently slated to be given away. Once more, however, those tweaks -- which are not minor -- cannot be imposed upon Ellison's group.
"It's definitely not a surefire thing," says Brousseau. "It'll definitely be proposed to the Board of Supervisors. But whether or not the other side is open to it, I don't know."
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.'"