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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
Four Barrel's Justin Teisl bears the injuries of a foiled boar burglary. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Tooker
When reports that four masked robberies had charged into Four Barrel last week and pilfered one of the four stuffed boar heads that have adorned the southern wall since the popular coffee shop's opening, people were skeptical. Only days before April Fool's, customers and news media alike assumed that the Four barreltheft could be a hoax perpetrated with the full knowledge of the Four Barrel staff. To a certain degree, the Great Four Barrel Boar Burglary (as we like to call it) was a hoax -- just one unbeknownst to the Four Barrel staff.
Weeks ago Amnesia owner Sean McGee approached Four Barrel head honcho Jeremy Tooker with the idea of auctioning off the stuffed boar head at a local school auction. Longtime friends with McGee, Tooker agreed, planning to remove the boar's head surreptitiously after closing one night, leaving only a chalk outline in it's place. "I just wanted to be able to walk in and say that line from The Royal Tenenbaums 'Where's my Javelina?'" Tooker said. McGee had other plans.
Tooker recounts the story: "So, Sean has the brilliant idea to stage a robbery. He gets his roommate and Josie Baker [the bread baker for the new Four Barrel Divisadero project] and a friend, and they put on motorcycle helmets and dress in all white and just walk in with a ladder and start taking the boar's head off the wall."
Four Barrel's staff had no knowledge of the caper, though, and as McGee and crew headed for the door, barista Justin Teisl took matters in to his own hands, tackling the would-be thieves and dragging them outside. In the process Teisl acquired impressive wounds on his arms. "Everyone in the cafe was screaming. Somebody kept yelling call 911. Justin Teisl is my hero," Tooker told SF Weekly.
McGee, who chipped a tooth in the fracas, was unmasked, the ploy was revealed, and the boar head was legitimately handed over for auction. Auctioned off by a disguise wearing McGee, the boar's head sold for 550 dollars to a girl named Violet.
A Four Barrel voyeur caught the whole crime on tape. We particularly love the frantic screams of "Call 911" followed by "Keep him, keep him, keep that fucker":