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
Did you know that when the Golden Gate Bridge gets hot, it sits low in the saddle? Course you didnt: You dont have a Bridge Thermometer, which looks like one of those scenic coin-op binoculars crossed with a first-person shooter. Peer into it (no coin needed!) and it shows the temperature of the bridge and, as a result, how low-slung or high-riding it is; if its 100 degrees out, youll find the bridge has dropped a full 12 feet. Only one BT exists, and the Outdoor Exploratorium has it. The Exploratorium folks made it themselves, of course, along with 19 other exhibits that take advantage of the immediate environment: the crazy winds, the roll of the waves, the organisms stuck to the pier pilings, the salinity of the water (which you can sample). All of them sit around Fort Mason. We particularly like the Wave Oscilloscope, which attaches a stylus to a loose piling, imprinting the sway of the waves into a container of sand, as well as the giant Wind Arrows, which confirm your assumptions that our bay winds are all schizophrenics bent on multidirectional anarchy in the low sky. Grab a map either at the Exploratorium or at Fort Mason Center, Building A, (Marina and Buchanan), S.F.More
Joseph Amster steps out of his Emperor Norton costume to serve up a different kind of history as he discusses locally born cuisine ranging from cioppino and fortune cookies to Chicken Tetrazzini, It's-It, Rice-A-Roni, and other San Francisco treats.More
You know it's going to be a good show when all the acts could be individual draws on their own. Mitski and Elvis Depressedly are coming off some excellent work lately — the former's third album Bury Me at Make Out Creek was recently re-released on Don Giovanni, matching overdriven feedback pop with a voice that cuts through the echo and screech, while Elvis Depressedly, featuring Coma Cinema's Mat Cothran collaborating with Delaney Mills, has already gotten past the pun of a name through a series of enjoyably low-key (or lo-fi, if you like) releases, including this year's New Alhambra. But show up early for Eskimeaux as well — led by Gabrielle Smith, who collaborates with Mitski and others in the collective The Epoch. The band recently released a good album, simply called O.K., and its rough, understated energy is a perfect complement to the other two acts.More
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San Francisco is the gateway to California wine country and for those who can’t seem to find a designated driver to schlep them up for a round of tastings, the luxurious Press Club converts a day trip to Napa or Sonoma into an evening of liquid bliss.
Crash Test Dummies' frontman Brad Roberts told a cheerful Cafe Du Nord crowd this week about the origins of "Superman's Song," which he said "kicked our career in the pants" back in '91. Yes, his voice is still as shockingly deep in real life as it was on MTV when MTV played videos, and in case you couldn't tell by the lyrics about Superman fighting Solomon Grundy, Roberts was a comic book kid. In this vid he claims to have ripped the nitpicking nerds a new one by whipping out a book he bought at age five to prove the lyrics' veracity. Then he asks the crowd to be his thesaurus. Cute.
The San Francisco Trans March celebrated its 12th year, along with the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, which was voted in favor of gay marriages across the nation, on Friday, June 26, 2015. Photographs by Michael Ares.