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
On Black Friday, Rusty Mills and Lloyd Fishback stripped off all their clothes and headed down to Union Square with their genitalia flapping in the stiff winter wind. Mills wore only an Indian headdress and Fishback donned a pilgrim hat (Fishback says the hats tip off people that you're intentionally nude, not insane). They'd come to amuse or shock the shoppers -- depending on their
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The only code he's breaking is an aesthetic one.
sensibilities -- and it wasn't long until three cops rolled up responding to a woman's complaint.
But what happened next is what you could call an Only in San Francisco moment. Mills said two of the cops harangued them and threatened to arrest them if they saw them again. A third cop, who Mills recognized from patrolling the Castro, just told them to move on up the street. But none of the cops attempted to arrest the two.
In San Francisco, you can walk around nude on any day of the week on any
street. Even if you're arrested, you'll probably be released after a
couple of hours. Unless you're in a city park or a place that serves alcohol, it simply is not illegal to be naked.
As we wrote in this week's cover story "Overexposed," city law
enforcement's interpretation of state law is that a naked person
must be "lewd" in order to constitute indecent exposure -- meaning sexual gratification is involved. A nude person can also be arrested on
grounds of being a public nuisance.
But as was clarified in a police bulletin from Chief George Gascon in August, the aforementioned require a private citizen
to sign a citizen's arrest card. And not a whole lot of folks want to
go on the record as a prude in this city.
Now the nudists are growing emboldened. A dozen
have taken to hanging out in the plaza at the corner of Market and 17th
Street in broad daylight. (Why, you ask? Check out their blogs here, here and here.) The nudists have started calling it The Buff
Stop. Some walk down the street nude, too, like Woody Miller strolling home from work:
Mostly the cops have just taken to warning them when someone has
called in a complaint about them -- and then leave them alone.
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Naked in a Castro bar, too.
Captain Greg Corrales of Mission Station, which oversees the Castro,
says he tells officers to keep their distance to save face. "The
policeman is right there with a ridiculous naked person in the middle of
18th and Castro and the only one that looks like a fool is the
policeman, because there's absolutely nothing they can do about it
unless they have a citizen's arrest."
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.'"