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
Unless you're within the devoted cadre of Slovakian hockey aficionados, you probably don't know much about Peter Sivak. You've probably heard of the San Jose Sharks, however. They're the guys with the teal uniforms who fly onto the rink via an oversize shark head and through a mist of dry ice.
At a press conference this morning, Bulls President and coach Pat Curcio announced the signing of Sivak, the team's first player. The 30-year-old Slovakian comes with a solid resume; playing winger for MsHK Zilina, he was one of the most prolific scorers in the top Slovak league. His 51 points in 55 games trailed only Ziggy Palffy and Miroslav Satan. These aging Slovaks used to be top-flight National Hockey League scorers; Satan also moved a lot of jerseys for obvious reasons.
As the video above reveals, Sivak also has the "certified Slovak record" for the fastest goal in league history -- just 4.08 seconds after faceoff.
Curcio admitted, however, he still hasn't inked the deal he really wants -- to be a minor-league affiliate of the Sharks much as Fresno is a minor-league farm club for baseball's San Francisco Giants and Sacramento for the Athletics. "If we wanted an affiliation with an NHL team, we could have it today," says Curcio, whose team will play home games in the Cow Palace starting in October. "But our goal is to one day be affiliated with the San Jose Sharks. We're going to be loyal to them and if it takes a whole year, that's what we're going to do."
The Bulls are the newest franchise in the ECHL, which used to stand for East Coast Hockey League but now simply stands for ECHL. The ECHL is roughly equivalent to Double-A baseball; it is two steps beneath the NHL. The Bulls remain independent; if they latch on with the Sharks or another NHL franchise, they will be part of a chain featuring an American Hockey League affiliate one rung up the ladder. In the meantime, Curcio notes that Bulls tickets are for sale regardless and you can get yours here.
Sealing a pact with an NHL team is additionally challenging for Curcio because the pro league's collective bargaining agreement expires in mid-September and a lockout is looming. Still, the coach anticipates signing several more players in the next couple of weeks. Sivak -- whose wife is a doctor in the East Bay -- is on a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum.
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.'"