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 the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
To win a war, one must win the minds of the people (unless one chooses to vaporize said minds with a superweapon instead).
So the next time you step over a crack-addled soul sprawled out on a Tenderloin sidewalk, or dodge a gang of teenagers trying to sell you weed at the Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park, tell them this:
"It's not my fault -- it's the 'Federal Narcotics Price Support Program!'"
Opponents of the Drug War have long maintained that, just like with alcohol during Prohibition, making drugs illegal makes being a drug lord profitable. Who here would support the "Federal Mexican Drug Cartel Subsidy Program?"
Brush up on these and other euphemisms for the 40-year government struggle against getting high before your next family holiday. A few more, after the jump.
Via The Advocates (who love themselves some small government, which apparently does not include a federally funded fighting force):
Federal Drug Lord Subsidy Program
Federal Drug Gang Subsidy Program
Mexican Drug Cartel Subsidy Program
Prison-Industrial Complex Subsidy
Border War Welfare Program
Reason Why We Can't Visit Juarez, Brought To You By Taxpayers
As usual, this is nothing new. But recasting the debate may be one way to win hearts and minds.
Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.
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.'"