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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
The only official fire business on this day, apparently, was watching the Giants get burned
Last week, complaints about fire fighters improperly using their San Francisco Fire Department parking permits while leaving their cars strewn about town led the department to issue an official memo. Its message: Cut it out.
That didn't get through to the above fire fighter, however, who left his or her Porsche SUV parked in a red zone during Memorial Day's San Francisco Giants day game. And while the department's memo explicitly instructed fire fighters to "destroy all unauthorized parking permits including those that may have been issued under previous Administrations," the permit adorning this Porsche was written during the tenure of former Chief Mario Trevino -- who left San Francisco in January of 2004.
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This parking permit doesn't cut it, according to the SFFD
While fire department parking permits are essentially meaningless unless the car is being used for official fire business adjacent to fire department headquarters and during business hours, the placards do certainly let Parking Control Officers know that the illegally parked car is owned by a fire fighter. And that was apparently all that was needed to avoid tickets and tow-aways.
A number of whistleblower complaints led to last week's memo -- as did the following YouTube video of illegally parked private vehicles about town, unticketed due to their fire department permits:
In just over a week, this video has already garnered more than 1,400 views. How many of those viewers are fire department employees is anyone's guess.
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
"Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.