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 day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
Police have arrested the man who they believe ran over a Cal firefighter in a fit of rage on Thanksgiving Day. San Francisco officers arrested 22-year-old Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel just before midnight on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and assault.
Esquivel, a South San Francisco resident, allegedly got into a fight with Albert Bartal, 29, at a Jack in the Box in the Richmond District at about 2:45 a.m. on Thursday. Esquivel allegedly followed Bartal, who had left the restaurant and walked to a Shell gas station on Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard.
Police say Esquivel rammed his vehicle into Bartal and drove off.
Officers released surveillance video of Esquivel at the restaurant, and witnesses circulated photos of the suspect. A San Francisco police officer saw the video and recognized the suspect, which led to his arrest.
Esquivel is being held with felony charges for mayhem, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with great bodily injury. The vehicle that was used in the crime has not been found, and police are asking the public to help locate the SUV, which is a Ford Edge or Mazda-style CX with front end damage.
Police would not release Esquivel's mug shot, but the video above has been circulated to the press.
Anyone with information is asked to contact San Francisco Police at 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411
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.'"