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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
The Oakland Police Department is getting bad press -- again. Since January, the department has been operating under
threat of federal receivership, and the latest report from the their
federal monitor, Robert Warshaw, reveals that photos defaced in a
"racist, insulting, and inappropriate" manner were found hanging
outside a patrol line-up room.
Here's trouble with that. Those not-so-flattering images with of some of OPD's
least favorite folks: Mayor Jean Quan, who went head-to-head with the
police over last fall's Occupy encampment, and Federal Judge Thelton
Henderson, who is responsible for deciding whether or not to place
OPD under federal control.
The pictures were reported to OPD's
Internal Affairs Department and eventually removed, and all eight
lieutenants who used the room claimed never to have seen the images. However,
Warshaw says their excuse isn't good enough: "Either they were
incompetent and did not know what was going on in their commands; or
they knew, failed to act, and then lied."
Warshaw goes on to note that OPD has made only one minor improvement during his most recent reporting
period (reports are published quarterly) -- and he's still not that
impressed. "Data problems were resolved with the data management
equivalent of duct tape -- reverting to the recording of arrest data
by hand," he writes.
In addition to pissing off their
federal babysitter, OPD hasn't kept Mayor Quan very happy, either.
Although she hasn't commented on the reportedly racist photos, she sounded off in the New
York Times Magazine yesterday, claiming the cops sabotaged her
with their Oct. 25 raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment.
She also says they booted her car, just to be
"The theory among some of my left friends and among some members of my family was that I was set up," Quan told New York Times reporter Jonathan
Mahler about the raid, which took place while Quan was on her way back to Oakland from Washington, D.C. "You know, I was out of town, they closed down the camp a day early and then overreacted. Certain people in the police had tried to set me up before. I mean, my car got booted right after the election ... to send the message that they
can do what they want. That I better watch out."
Occupy Oakland hasn't resolved its ongoing beef with the OPD, either. An investigation into the department's handling of the protests is ongoing, and on Tuesday, an Occupy videographer
posted a video online, which shows
Oakland officers drawing guns to stop and frisk two young black men,
before releasing them without charges.
Although San Francisco Mayor
Ed Lee has been a proponent of stop-and-frisk, Mayor Quan has been mum
on the subject. Given her flip-flopping stance on Occupy, we're not sure how she'll feel about stop-and-frisk on her turf -- or how Warshaw will feel about it, either.
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.'"