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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
The mother of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding, who was killed while fleeing from police last year, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that her son's civil rights were violated and that he didn't get proper medical care.
Harding was shot as he ran from San Francisco police last July after he was busted dodging his Muni fare. During the foot-chase through the Bayview, police say Harding shot himself in the neck as he tried to fire at the cops. He later died at San Francisco General Hospital from the gunshot wound.
Now Harding's mother, Denika Chatman, has filed charges in the U.S District Court against the city of San Francisco, Police Chef Greg Suhr, and two other police officers involved in the shooting. According to the lawsuit, Chatman claims that the police "left him writhing in pain with blood gushing out of his neck."
Chatman's attorney, John Burris, spoke to the Chronicleon her behalf, saying "[Harding] was literally allowed to drown in his own blood." "He was killed needlessly," Burris said.
There is graphic-video footage of the incident on the Internet which shows Harding bleeding on the street, surrounded by police officers and witnesses. Although it's unclear when the camera started rolling, it takes paramedics minutes to arrive at the scene.
Harding, who had a violent criminal history, including a rape conviction, was also the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in Seattle that occurred just days before he died. At the time of his death, Harding was on parole for pimping a 14-year-old girl in Seattle.
Despite his criminal history, supporters still rallied behind Harding, claiming his death was a clear case of police brutality. Earlier this month, protesters marked the first anniversary of his death by disrupting Muni lines.
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.'"