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 a roomful of grimly unsmiling, gun-toting, uniformed police officers say they want everyone to "have fun," it goes without saying a definition of what is "fun" is forthcoming.
Or, perhaps more accurately, here's what the San Francisco Police Department this morning announced to the gathered media is not fun:
Drunkenness in public;
Bars or other establishments selling to minors or drunks;
Firing your gun in the air like you just don't care.
Regarding this last transgression, the police provided no fewer than seven written reasons why it's a poor idea to discharge a firearm skyward as a means of expressing celebratory urges.
Included was the fact that "a bullet fired in the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to earth, it can reach a speed of 300 to 700 feet per second." Cool! Or, rather, not cool. In any event, firing guns in the air is discouraged -- and anyone who needs seven rationales why to not do so, including scientific evidence, is probably not much of a reader.
Police Chief George Gascon, the master of ceremonies for this morning's press conference, promised a "significant number of police officers in uniform" during New Year's Eve. Expect thick concentrations of cops in "venues commonly used for celebrations" -- that'd be the Embarcadero, the Broadway corridor, Union Square, and all the familiar places. And expect the cops to get there early.
"We want to start earlier before people have had much to drink so they can see the higher deployment," explained Gascon. He anticipated at least 250,000 people to gather at the Embarcadero to watch the only legal fireworks show in town and more than half a million people to hit the streets citywide.
Police will also be undertaking "aggressive code enforcement of liquor establishments" targeting the selling of booze to sloshed or young customers.
Would-be drunk drivers should know that BART will be running until 4 a.m. and Muni's Owl service will be running every 15 minutes instead of every 30. And while BART won't be free, Muni and Caltrain will be. By the way, yes, the 31st is indeed the last Friday of the month -- meaning it'll be Critical Mass on top of every other traffic conundrum facing the city.
Gascon claims he has worked around overtime reductions equivalent to 150 fulltime officers by shunting more police to later hours for the holiday and pushing administrative workers outside.
And, once again, he urges everyone to come to San Francisco and "have fun. "
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.'"