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
While some of you have the day off and are up at Tahoe knee-deep in fresh (white) powder or making your way through a Netflix binge (though for the record, the first few working people we saw this morning were all black) it was a busy day in San Francisco — and more Malcolm than Martin.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, Woods attorney John L. Burris announced that he's asked the federal Justice Department to investigate what he has identified as a "pattern and practice" of racially-biased policing.
Both Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown were expected to attend a Labor Council breakfast meant to honor Glide Memorial Church's Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani (they were on the program, at least).
Instead, neither showed — but Lee was on hand at the Interfaith Council's later event, when protesters — including many of the same crew that shouted down Lee during his inauguration a few weeks ago — took over.
Lee attempted to talk over the protesters for a bit before exiting the stage. Williams, according to the San Francisco Examiner, then invited the protesters up on stage to speak their peace. Later, the protesters assembled outside to call, as they have done consistently for over a month, for Lee to fire police Chief Greg Suhr.
A little later, at a Baptist church in Silver Terrace, a few miles closer to where Woods, 26, was fatally shot 20 times by 5 police officers, his legal team and mother held a press conference to announce that they've asked the federal Justice Department to do what it's done in Ferguson, Mo., and other cities: send in investigators to look at a "pattern and practice" of racially-biased policing, as attorney John L. Burris put it.
Burris and his attorneys also repeated demands for Suhr to allow an outside agency to conduct an investigation into Woods's shooting.
Suhr has taken much heat for saying, publicly, that his officers appeared to be following department protocol, according to their recap of the encounter (for his part, the chief insists that he did not cast judgment, and merely repeated what his officers told him to the media, which then ran with its very own version of events).
But whether it's the federal DOJ or a cadre of ex-cops-turned-experts, Burris does not much care who investigates Woods's death, "as long as it's not the chief," he said. "You cannot give this [investigation] to someone with a vested interest" in its outcome, while noting that of the 37 fatal police shootings since 2000, all were found to have been justified.
The lawsuit against the city and SFPD over Woods's shooting is just beginning. Woods's mother, Gwendolyn, briefly addressed the cameras before breaking down into sobs.
"I just hope he didn't suffer," she said, a woman still clearly in anguish.
Giving the whole affair some historical context was Rev. Amos Brown, the longtime head of the local chapter of the NAACP, who knew King personally. Looking back on the last 60 years, Brown said, the same spirit that saw Emmett Till be murdered and led to the murder of King "is alive, thriving, kicking, and doing well."
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.'"