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 hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
This is not a good introduction to the world at large. Outside the Bay Area, the term "Oikos" is most prevalently associated with the Dannon-produced Greek-style yogurt of the same name (which was advertised, obnoxiously, during the Super Bowl). It remains to be seen how marketing types will deal with the word now conjuring up nightmarish images of a deranged and, likely, misogynistic gunman. (Our calls to Dannon have not been returned).
In ancient times, "oikos" could be used to refer to one's house, one's household goods, or one's family -- or all three simultaneously. Essentially, it meant "household," and it's a term that came up plenty in the New Testament. In the Bible, "oikos" is used to simply mean "house," or "household" -- but also has a connotation of the house of God and the household of God. This begins to explain why a Christian school -- or church -- would apply this name.
Our calls to the Oakland university were answered by people whose minds were
on other things -- and who did not speak enough English to answer
questions. Since Dannon didn't get back to us, we're going to assume the makers of the yogurt chose this name because it sounded Greek and was more pleasant to the ear than other Greek terms -- like "austerity," "default," and "currency crisis."
(Branding expert Rob Frankel, by the way, says Dannon needs to "go silent for a little while" and consumers won't make the association with mass-murder three months down the road. He does not believe Oikos yogurt will face the same fate as 1970s dietary candies Ayds -- which is pronounced "aids." The notion of "losing weight on the Ayds diet plan!" was not so desirable during the 1980s AIDS epidemic).
Incidentally, per Oikos University's doctrinal statement, the school's operating philosophy includes a belief in biblical infallibility; "the full historicity and perspicuity of the biblical record of the primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel"; the biblical account of creation in "six literal days," and; "the existence of a personal, malevolent being called Satan who acts as tempter and accuser, for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity. He can be resisted by the believer through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit."
Sadly, it seems a personal, malevolent being of a more corporeal sort has introduced us to Oikos University.
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.'"