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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
But because donning hipster hoodies and spiked collars isn't statement enough, we have taken to the curious act of outfitting our pets in trendy attire. The worst part in all this: Often times you'll witness a pooch who pulled off a jacket much better than you ever could.
Breaking News, Jan, 23: We just learned that Neeners has been adopted by a loving family in Sacramento. They reportedly love him just as he is, without the toupee.
Original Story Jan.20: Poor Neeners has been stuck at the Animal Care and Control Shelter since September, with no potential takers in sight. It's been really hard for volunteers to watch this "staff favorite" repeatedly get passed over, considering he's young, sweet, and energetic.
San Francisco police are looking for a pair of crooks who slammed a U-Haul into a North Beach Patagonia store and fleeced a bunch of fleeces early this morning.
NBC News says sometime around 3:45 a.m., two men backed a U-Haul truck into the front of the store at North Point and Hyde streets and targeted a few racks of very expensive jackets. After about a minute of collecting the goods, the burglars sped off.
If you're a happy SkyMall shopper, here's something you'll probably like.
A San Francisco-based tech company unveiled a pair of pants for the paranoid commuter recently that boast technologically advanced pockets.
"You could defeat this type of cyber crime by carrying around wads of cash or bartering livestock," said Betabrand founder Chris Lindland. Or you could rock these special pockets "that prevent thieves from stealing your info."
San Francisco has a narrow range of weather possibilities. But you get all of it, every day.
That's why everyone's mother here shouted "dress in layers!" as you ran out the door. That's why jeans and a hoodie is applicable 90 percent of the time. Not this last week, however. Going back to July 21, it was 73 degrees or more every day — with a Los Angeles-like weekend.
Temperatures are a bit saner today, and figure to stay in the low 70s for the rest of the week. But, thanks to wonders of photography, the Internet, and optic nerves we can relive the glorious insanity afflicted on city residents unaccustomed to what those from elsewhere would refer to as "weather." The gent to the right is, to a point, dressing in layers. Just not nearly enough of them.
Women, too, found time to dress — or undress — in odd fashions befitting our odd weather. To wit:
Only in San Francisco could fashionistas market sweaters in the summertime — and actually make money. Needless to say, it doesn't really matter that it's neither football season nor winter right now, ugly sweaters are hot, hot, hot all year round.
At first glance, you might have thought this mustachioed bike was a new addition to the Lyft family -- a taxi transport for our two-wheeled friends. But alas, this bike parked in the Financial District yesterday afternoon is neither a member of the Lyft family, nor does it belong to Mayor Ed Lee.
In fact, as were admiring the creative cycle, its owner appeared and informed us the mustache on this bike was a product of Molletta Design, a San Francisco-based company/coffee shop that "really gives a crap about what goes on you and your bicycle."
One of the benefits SF Weekly has enjoyed being housed in a deeee-luxe apartment in the sky is noticing that every last guy working for the kiddie TV network a few floors down wears Coke bottle glasses and Chuck Taylor low-tops. Perhaps it's in their contract.
The other is interoffice memos like the following. The good folks at Benefit Cosmetics do their thing on the 20th floor of our FiDi building. And, in a problem they wouldn't have if they were Benefit Gastroenterology or Benefit Synthetic Cheeses, it seems building tenants have been helping themselves to the demonstration products featured in the company's anteroom.
There are two reasons you shouldn't be doing this. First, you're stealing their display items -- and that's fairly obvious because some of this stuff is glued down. Second, this merchandise has been exposed to the aforementioned glue and a good deal of dust and is no longer prime material for slathering onto one's face and deep within one's pores.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and District Attorney George Gascónaren't exactly seeing eye to eye these days. But if a common bond could be forged, perhaps the first step to take would be uniting the warring city officials over their shared sartorial senses.
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.'"