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
Dolores Park isn't named for Mission Dolores. It's named for El Grito de Dolores, more or less the Mexican equivalent of the Boston Tea Party and the 1810 event that precipitated the Mexican War of Independence. (That's why there's a statue of Miguel Hidalgo, the priest who initiated El Grito, or "The Cry.")
Well, there's another Cry of Dolores these days and it's a little closer to the tear shed by the Native American in those Keep America Beautiful ads from the 1970s. Weekend after weekend, people just can't stop trashing Dolores Park.
This was Dolores Park at 7:20 a.m., with Rec and Park already on the cleanup job.
Dolores Park is back! The place where stroller moms, off-leash pit bulls, blond dreadlocks, twinks in boy shorts, illuminated white jellyfish on poles, ecstatic twirlers, and Tecate tall boy connoisseurs can all coexist is fully open and operational, as of yesterday evening.
The bad news? It was full of trash this morning. A three-man crew was already well into bagging it up when I walked my dog there at 7:15. Yep, that brand-new turf, fresh from the free-range sod farm where it was raised in open pastures (because it was open pastures), and as pristine as something Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood could romp around on was quite covered in refuse. I found paper plates with half-eaten pizza, a trail of Fig Newtons, and infinite bits of paper and plastic. And a huge swath of it smelled like beer.
Tonight is the first debate between candidates for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for president. Whether you're #FeelingtheBern or #ReadyForHillary, I think we can all agree that there are going to be three random dudes on stage that no one cares about.
After pulling out all the stops to host a circus-themed Republican debate watch party in August, the SF Democratic Party is taking the night off. (There's a metaphor in here about Democrats caring more about feeling smarter than Republicans than they do about the issues, but DCCC chair Mary Jung says the party is focused on the upcoming local elections.)
But there are still lots of debate watch parties around town, whatever your political persuasion:
It's almost Friday night, and you know what that means: You can finally get wasted.
But you can't drive.
San Francisco police are planning a DUI checkpoint later this evening at an undisclosed location in the city. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., cops will be stopping drivers, checking IDs, and sniffing around to make sure nobody behind the wheel has had too much to drink.
Good thing your new years resolution is to stop drinking (and driving) because the cops will be out in droves tonight, looking for drunks on the roads.
Starting at 8 p.m., San Francisco police will be stationed at an undisclosed location in the city, stopping motorists for a DUI checkpoint. There, they will check for proper identification and sniff around to make sure you don't reek of booze.
This wasn't their typical traffic call: Police say they came across a grown man passed out in the middle of the street next to his child-sized pink bicycle.
Apparently, the man told officers he had gotten drunk on the beach last Friday before riding down the street on a kid's bike when “something happened” to him. He hit the ground at 48th Avenue and Cabrillo Street, just north of Golden Gate Park, where he passed out.
By now you or your kids — or someone you know who has kids — are getting settled back into the swing of school life. With that comes the yearly tradition of back-to-school parties. And with those comes lots of alcohol and lots of obnoxious people drinking alcohol.
In order help spare the rest of San Francisco from crossing paths with drivers who have had one too many drinks, the cops are alerting everyone now that they will be roving the city looking for drunk drivers, starting tomorrow night at 8.
In addition, cops will host a DUI sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city, assessing drivers one-by-one as they roll through the parade of police. This policing will continue until 3 a.m., well after last call, and damn near passing out time.
Tonight, the cops will be swarming the city looking for those drivers who, once again, hit the bottle too hard.
San Francisco police will be kicking off the long Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint tonight at an unnamed part of the city. Cops will be stationed at this location sniffing out drunks between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
If you end up dodging the sobriety checkpoint Friday, don't press your luck. The cops will return Saturday night at 8 p.m. with another DUI sweep in an undisclosed location. So treat yourself to a designated driver this weekend. And then treat your designated driver to dinner.
Twitter user @AndyChen93 tweeted us the above image, indicating that, despite that one booze-laced loaf that didn't make it through the show, there was still plenty of Fireball (and bread) to go around.
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.'"