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 most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
The garden-variety rappers-going-to-prison saga has taken a triumphant turn, albeit a long-delayed one, now that Lorenzo Hall, better known as Zoe Tha Roasta, has been awarded $175K in the wrongful arrest suit he brought against the city of Oakland after being arrested in 2006 and spending almost two years in jail.
As the Chronicle reports, Officer Ramon Alcantar allegedly planted a gun in Hall's car at a wake in Oakland, having received an anonymous tip that "a man named 'Zo' was carrying a gun." Four years, two separate jail bids, and numerous courtroom hours later, the Police Department has admitted that the evidence suggesting the gun belonged to someone was overwhelming.
It's not like Hall, who was a convicted felon with two strikes on his record at the time of the 2006 arrest, went out of his way to cultivate a law-abiding persona -- see, for exhibits A and B, his armed-robbery anthem "Squeeze On 'Em" and the "Roasta" in his nom de plume, which doesn't exactly bespeak the desire to be a Blue Bottle-trained barista. But the odds are stacked a little heavy against anyone in Hall's line of work, and our city officials need to know the difference between truth and fiction. Let's be thankful this miscarriage of justice has been set right.