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
Per the column, the writer argues in favor of sex in the library. A commenter claiming to be a U.C. Berkeley librarian argues against it (we'll reprint that comment, which may be the most entertaining thing you read all day, below).
On a personal note, however, I found this deeply entertaining for reasons that have little to do with reading a young woman's account of public sex.
Your humble narrator is an alum of both U.C. Berkeley and the Daily Cal.
I am deeply familiar with the lascivious interest in library sex that editors of "grown-up" publications make clear to undergraduate
freelancers, having written several (non-autobiographical) pieces about
it myself. And I was a staffer at the university paper when we brought
in our first "Sex on Tuesday" columnist. Had I been more perceptive, I
could have gleaned from this experience how this Internet thing was
gonna change everything.
For those who haven't spelunked through the bowels of Berkeley's interconnected library system, it is completely plausible that one could find a secluded place to have sex. The library is a vast, subterranean complex lacking only a minotaur (at Berkeley they might insist on calling it a Minotaur American).
Not only could one pull off loud sex, you could conceivably rehearse a student production of Measure for Measure or open up a small-scale factory in a remote corner of the library without anyone noticing.
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.'"