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 island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
In retrospect, however, we should have paid more attention to the lamps. Because they may be worth $2 million. That's the price six table lamps and one chandelier may fetch at auction per Christie's.
While the lamps may have been the most valuable items in Eddie Rickenbacker's, they may not have been the most interesting. We'll hand that title to the bar's mascot/maître d' Mr. Higgins -- and the skeletal remains of "Custer's squaw."
Mr. Higgins was an alarmingly obese and remarkably sociable orange Hurricane Katrina rescue cat who used to draw people into the bar with the efficacy of a two-for-one beer deal. Even though Africa was fined at least once by the health department for allowing his cat free run of the bar, it was easily a cost benefit to have Higgins around -- "Hey, I love him, too" added Africa.
Higgins died in 2010. Africa died last year at age 77.
"Custer's squaw" died long, long before. Back in 2005, Africa found himself the focus of undesired rancor when Indian groups protested his display of the teeth knocked out of the unnamed woman's mouth "in a jealous pique by the 'General' for slipping into the tent of the handsome Lt. James Sturgis on a frosty 'Kansas morn.'"
Africa was even visited by the city's Human Rights Commission -- and while the bar owner was far from the most sympathetic character, the notion of the municipal government imposing itself into what one may or may not display on a tavern wall is a curious concept.
That said, Africa used interesting language when describing the situation to SF Weekly alum Matt Smith. The activists who complained to him in his bar were "A bunch of dirty Indians ... that didn't have jobs. They're bums. They're worthless, shiftless people making a mountain out of a molehill." He eventually tossed the teeth into the garbage, so "Now they're buried in San Francisco city dump, and the Indians will be happier, and they can pray over the debris in the city dump out there right now."
Considering the selling price of the bar's lighting system, perhaps they'll be doing more than just praying at the dump. Perhaps they'll be digging.
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.'"