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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Is it a sign of the decline and fall of western civilization or, rather, a wonderful thing that one of the Bay Area's highest-rated Christmas TV programs is simply footage of a log burning -- for hours? By now you know: The answer is "yes."
The "holiday log" once again returns to KICU-TV this year -- in HD. Because if you're going to watch a log burning for five-and-a-half commercial-free hours, it better be HD.
Bay Area natives may recall the "Yule Log" in-between reruns of Barnaby Jones and The Streets of San Francisco on KOFY -- though the burning log was not a Quinn Martin production like so much of KOFY's fare.
I still can't decide to be thrilled or terrified that the burning log outperforms actual TV shows -- by a lot and routinely. But there is something to be said for the use of TV as a background item during family gatherings, and not the attention-dominating, eye-grabbing medium it becomes when sports or other fare are on the tube.
We asked Jeff Holub, the marketing director for KTVU and KICU, to answer a burning question we had about the Yule Log. How does it end?
Does the log burn out? Does Santa toss receipts on the flame? Was it all a dream? No, Holub says, it simply ends with a "thank you to the people helping us." Huh. Still, there is Johnny Mathis music involved. And, if Christmas ends up being a Spare the Air day, you can watch the Yule Log and not worry about being fined $400 for burning wood.
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.'"