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 defense attorney for 22-year-old Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel released some never-seen-before footage of the raging fight that took place in the Richmond District Jack in the Box last Thanksgiving, leaving a state firefighter in critical condition.
SFCitizen reports that Esquivel's attorney, Tito Torres, came up with this video that shows the victim, 29-year-old Albert Bartal, aggressively punching and pushing Esquivel, out of sight of the security camera prior to the hit-and-run accident that occurred at a nearby gas station.
Check it out:
"The young man, Mr. Bartal, rushes around the manager and sort of, almost leaping, just out of nowhere, strikes Mr. Shaparo in the face and then tackles him like he's a pit bull," Torres tells Channel 7 News.
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The two men were separated, and Bartal left the fast-food restaurant and walked to a Shell station.
Afterward, Esquivel allegedly got into his car and followed Bartal to the gas station on Geary Boulevard, where police say he ran him over and sped off. Two days later, Esquivel was arrested and charged with attempted murder and mayhem.
Bartal, a Cal firefighter, suffered brain damage and is still in a coma today.
The Albert Bartal
relief fund was established in the care of the San Francisco Police
Credit Union. People can make a donation at SFPCU, 2550 Irving St., San
Francisco, CA, 94122 (Account # 1379608).
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.'"