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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Cheers! To Friday, SF! We made it! Woo-hoo! We need some music!
Let's start with Justice's D.A.N.C.E. remix by Spank Rock and Mos Def, plus some background video from ViceTV. Yeah, Spank Rock and Asian tits MODELS always get us in the mood.
There. Yah feel that? Nice, eh?
Ok. We start off the Pre-Party not by drinking, but by pouring some out for our man, Barry. Bonds finally got his ass indicted this week, not for steroids, but for lying to a grand jury. Remember kiddies, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up they nail you for.
Also, we pour a little out for the birds affected by the Cosco Busan Oil Spill. The disaster investigation gathered momentum this week, and the blood-letting at the Coast Guard has begun.
Next, we toast to all the great bands that played here this week. Ben Harper held it down at the 'Mount. Ween rocked the Warfield. And Del and Devin the Dude murdered fools up in Slim's. Peep game.
Upcoming, SF Weekly will be attending, Kooza at AT&T park tonight, as well as Madlib at the Independent, and the Hip Hop DanceFest.
Saturday, we're at Trannyshack, Anthony Bourdain's talk, ColdWarKids, and a Mythbusters 'blow-shit-up' engagement.
Sunday we'll be at Ozzy Osbourne, before we get a little sleep and begin it all again with the Monday Morning Hangover.
Oh, yeah, lastly, we also toast to the commenters worldwide that liked our WordPress profile, as well as the ones that promised to launch an advertising boycott against us over our Armenian Genocide coverage. Seventy-three comments, goddamn!
Riddle me this, Armenians:
If there was a genocide, then why is there so many left of you around to bitch?
(Your Friday morning pre-party kicks off every Friday morning around 8 a.m. Because we are lushes. Send us your pics, videos, mp3s, events, and links if you want to be part of the party. If not, that's your bad.)
--David Downs | "Communist Party" Photo Courtesy of Threadless