Phil Lesh, bassist from the Grateful Dead, performed a free Phil and Friends show in The Grate Room at his beautiful Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael Tuesday May 4th. To the delight of the crowd the show featured a surprise appearance by Nicki Bluhm, of Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, as well as Grahame Lesh, of Midnight North, Scott Law, Ross James, Jason Crosby, & Alex Koford.
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
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
If you're like most San Francisco residents, you're already registered to vote in the California primary election, to be held in just over two weeks' time on June 7. Good for you, as today's the last day to register,More >>
It feels like it has been an eternity since someone last wrote something nice about Adam Sandler. Yes, the Saturday Night Live alum responsible for 90s goofball gems like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore has certainly taken his lumps inMore >>
Sanguine news today from the state Employment Development Department. Employment — as in the opposite of unemployment, which is a bad thing — in San Francisco is at a 16-year high, and the city is closer to full employment todayMore >>
San Francisco has regulated short-term rentals like those for offer via Airbnb for over a year, but the city's rules have done almost nothing to change the habits of the companies facilitating the rentals and those who host the properties. AsMore >>
Plus The Keystone switches up its format, and the last surviving co-founder of Mitchell's Ice Cream dies. [jump] The Keystone Has a New Chef and New MenuBanks White is in at The Keystone (68 Fourth Street), and according to Eater,More >>
Babii Cris is a 22-year-old rapper from San Francisco with a penchant for penning candid, introspective lyrics and a knack for spitting quickly and hard. She began producing around the age of 13 when one of her mom's friends showedMore >>
For the past six weeks, Margo Seibert (Rocky) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) have spent most of their waking moments independently pouring themselves into the same two-person show — The Last Five Years, directed by Michael Berresse and playing at A.C.T.’sMore >>
When Sunset announced it was moving from its Menlo Park home of over 60 years to Oakland, many Bay Area locals — such as myself — were in shock. While the magazine was never a staple in my home, it graced our coffeeMore >>
Take a break from the Bernie vs. Hillary battle and step back in time 100 years, to an era when the idea of a woman governor, much less a woman president, was the subject of futuristic fiction. Just in timeMore >>
The four golden stars pinned to acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin's collar sometime in the past 24 hours — when Mayor Ed Lee named him to succeed Greg Suhr, ousted after yesterday's fatal police shooting — shined inMore >>
This July, The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone's yearly music and food festival, Phone del Sol, will take place at the usual spot — Portrero del Sol Park — on Satruday, July 9. A number of San Francisco musicians, likeMore >>
If you watched the BET Awards last year, you might remember seeing hosts Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow Johnson of "black-ish") swinging barefoot from a rope and Anthony Anderson (Andre Johnson in "black-ish") sashaying across the stage. Or maybe youMore >>
Seven years ago, I joined a cult. The Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos is the enigmatic leader. I started to follow him after the release of his second film Dogtooth. I momentarily lost faith with his third, Alps, which feltMore >>
When he fired police Chief Greg Suhr on Thursday and appointed an interim replacement a few hours after police shot and killed an unarmed black woman suspected of stealing a car, Mayor Ed Lee was bending to the will ofMore >>
The Frisco 5 — the hunger strikers who starved themselves from April 21 to May 7 in an attempt to shame Mayor Ed Lee into firing police Chief Greg Suhr — drew international attention to San Francisco, but ultimately didMore >>
These days, everyone has a scalding-hot take on what's happening in San Francisco. But we have scant empirical evidence of what most city residents actually feel. And what little we do know may be tainted by a distinct agenda. BothMore >>
There's no surer way to perpetuate the cycle of poverty than by nickel-and-diming poor people who are already down on their luck. In our society, that includes most people in jail. But from pricey jailhouse phone calls to unpayable levelsMore >>
Just after noon on May 3, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stood in front of a well-dressed crowd at the Commonwealth Club — an "unusual coalition" of Republicans, doctors, environmentalists, and former cops, as one member put it — talking atMore >>
4-Star Theatre. Marguerite: In 1921 Paris, a wealthy woman with a sincere passion for music—but no vocal talent—trains for her first recital in front of a crowd of strangers. Daily. April and the Extraordinary World: Accompanied by her talking catMore >>
MO' HILLARY, MO' PROBLEMS I'm without her: I find your column regarding Hillary Rodham Clinton bizarrely clueless ("Running Up That Hill," The Whore Next Door, 5/12/16). Eight years ago, I was of a similar opinion, but not now. Since then,More >>
The nth power is a mathematical phrase you probably learned about in high school algebra. More importantly, it's also a super funky, steeped-in-soul, '70s-inspired band. Originally a side project of backup musicians — including a former drummer for Beyoncé —More >>
Neonderthal is a new-wave pop band that is keeping the '80s alive, one jam at a time. Lead singer and guitarist Steve Mathews' bone-shaking, David Bowie-inspired wail of a voice sounds like it emerged from a time capsule sealed inMore >>
The Who may have started as a teenage wasteland, but the band is still going strong well into its golden years. Case in point: The Who is currently on a worldwide tour — and have been since 2014 — toMore >>
It's been a helluva year for newcomer Gavin Turek. Not only did the Los Angeles native and so-called "disco-pop princess" join Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One as a vocalist for their boogie-funk band, Tuxedo, but she went on tour withMore >>
On Thursday, May 19th, SF Weekly held it's annual Best Of SF party! Winners and guests partied at The Factory, celebrating the city with food and drink tastings, comedians, a burlesque show, music, and more.