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
The strip clubs say this is the first time they've been snubbed by local firefighters -- who until now have gladly taken the $200,000 clubs have donated to them over the last 17 years -- leaving the clubs scrambling to to find a last-minute location to present the check at 5 p.m.
Still, they didn't reconsider making the donation.
"While they're disappointed, they understand and continue to believe in the program and feel it's the right thing to do," says Kevin Sanchez, a publicist for the 11 strip clubs of BSC Management, which includes Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, the Hungry-I, and Market Street Cinema.
The strip clubs donated proceeds from "benefit songs" to the firefighters' annual toy drive (no, not those kind of toys). The clubs also collected toys that people donated at the door in lieu of cover.
Last year, several "appropriately dressed" entertainers presented the check at the fire house, with no major problems, Sanchez said. But apparently, it had rubbed Hayes-White the wrong way.
We blogged last week about how much firefighters' rely on adult activities to stock up their toy drive. This year's roster of toy drive contributors included strip clubs, poker tournaments, and a PG-13 fireman calendar. Stray Bar in Bernal Heights has also been handing out free drinks to any patron who showed up to the bar with a Christmas toy in hand.
In their defense, the outcome is all that really matters; kids in need won't know that their Tickle Me Elmo was paid for with proceeds from a rousing topless rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty."
Danny Gracia, vice president of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, told Bay City News he couldn't figure out why the fire chief of a city that thrives on the sex industry was trying to turn off at PrudeVille. "What difference does it make? It's a legitimate business, and they're one of our biggest donors."
Moreover, it's worth noting that firefighters have more in common with strippers than they might think -- both are the subject matter of many fantasies, and use poles at work, right?
On a side note, doesn't watching this video make you want to donate a toy -- now?
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.'"