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 Write Stuff: Maggie Tokuda-Hall on Doing Pretty Well With the Left
By Evan Karp
on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen where authors give exclusive readings from their work.
Maggie Tokuda-Hallhas an MFA in writing from USF and a tendency to spill things. She splits her time writing for children and writing for adults, and her debut children's book, Also an Octopus, comes out in 2016. Find her on twitter @emteehall.
When people ask what do you do, you tell them…?
I tell them I’m a bookseller. Or that I spill things.
What's your biggest struggle — work or otherwise?
Fighting the downward slope of my own mind. Laziness, pessimism, anxiety.
If someone said I want to do what you do, what advice would you have for them?
Do you consider yourself successful? Why?
I have found a person to share my life with, friends to laugh with, and a hair product that works for my curly hair. I write things and sometimes people listen to me read it and say nice things. I have come out of depression. And I can roast a mean chicken. So, yes.
When you’re sad/grumpy/pissed off, what YouTube video makes you feel better?
every goddamn time.
You got women
You got women
On your mind
Do you have a favorite ancestor? What is his/her story?
I have a great-great grandfather, a Jew in what’s now the Ukraine. The story goes that he was in an inn one night, in the communal area, praying. A man accosted him, since he was a Jew, and my great-great grandfather punched him in the stomach, and accidentally killed him. When he went to trial, the judge found him innocent, saying that all men should be allowed to pray. But, the judge said, he must promise never to raise his right hand in anger ever again. Which he never did. But, as the family saying goes, “he did pretty well with the left.”
Who did you admire when you were 10 years old? What did you want to be?
I wanted to be Geena Davis in A League of Their Own, and I also wanted to be the first woman president. My goals have changed a bit, as have my role models, but I think I had the right idea.
Describe your week in the wilderness. It doesn’t have to be ideal.
The remains of bookseller and lazy person, Maggie Tokuda-Hall were found in the forest, picked apart by raccoons and crows. It is suspected that she got lost, confused, and then gave up all hope. It appears she tried to eat her own left arm, but was unable to go through with it. Unfortunately, she was only about 100 yards from the nearest path, which could have led her to civilization, safety and survival.
Would you ever perform a striptease? Describe some of your moves. Feel free to set the mood.
First I turn on some sweet slow jams, the kind that start with someone speaking, saying things like “I’m sorry girl,” and “Girl, you have to forgive me,” because women go wild thinking that the generic female is just a stand in for their name. I’m wearing layers and layers of clothes, mostly street finds, and by that I mean things I pulled out of dumpsters. My lover tries to ignore the smell of stale urine but I grind up on her, so it’s unavoidable. I’ve been wearing these clothes for weeks. As I take off each article, I whip it around over my head like a cowboy and then chuck it, hard, at my lover. Once I’m down to only soiled long johns, I break out the mayonnaise.
How much money do you have in your checking account?
Enough to grab a drink, and to treat a friend. Not enough to take over the world.
What’s wrong with society today?
People who feel like they know, absolutely, the single answer to that question.
Are you using any medications? If so, which ones?
Hot coffee every morning is required to render me fit for polite society.
What is your fondest memory?
My recent wedding seems like the obvious answer. But I think, actually my favorite memory is of sneaking into Muir Woods when Congress closed, and so technically, National Parks were closed, too. My now husband and I hiked in and watched leaves fall to the forest floor and kissed and listened to each other and to silence, and I thought, “this is how love is supposed to feel,” and I felt so warm and full in that sureness.
How many times do you fall in love each day?
Oh who knows, innumerable? I’m in love with the plum I’m eating right now, but I’m pretty sure it won’t last.
What would you like to see happen in your lifetime?
I was told there would be flying cars?
What is art? Is it necessary? Why?
I think art is what happens when humans, fed up or enthralled by the problem of first-person experience, decide to try and make something that either highlights that problem or circumnavigates it. Without it, we’d be unable to train our minds to even try and empathize with others, so yes, I do think it’s necessary, or we’d all just be stealing food off each other’s plates and punching each other.
When you have sex, what are some of the things you like to do?
Yell other people’s names. Start political debate. Check my cell phone. Fart.
What are you working on right now?
A collection of short stories. Another children’s book.
What kind of work would you like to do? Or: what kind of writing do you most admire?
If I could write anything, I’d want to write the names for the colors in Anthropologie catalogs. Or, I’d like to just take credit for everything Kazuo Ishiguro writes, like, “Yeah, you’re right, The Remains of the Day really IS some of my best work.”
If there were one thing about the Bay Area that you would change, what would it be?
It would be affordable for all of my most interesting and talented friends, and they would move here, and we would build a compound in Golden Gate Park, and outsiders would only be granted access upon my approval. And also Brian K. Vaughn would live here, and he would be my friend, and maybe king of the compound.
A night on the town: what does that mean to you?
Sending a more polite version of this text:
I’m sorry I missed your party / get together / reading / thing at that bar last night, I was at home watching TV in my sweatpants and that seemed like the most reasonable thing to do.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen?
An old jam jar completely full of diarrhea, and sealed. Splatter and a half eaten Slim Jim next to it. All of this on my porch in the Haight.
What can you do with 50 words? 50 dollars?
In 50 words, I can give just about anyone an earnest compliment. With $50, I could treat them to dinner.
What are some of your favorite smells?
Grass. The ocean. Freshly brewed coffee. The corner of Haight and Ashbury right outside the Ben n Jerry’s when they make new cones. Concrete streets after rain. My husband’s head.
If you got an all expenses paid life experience of your choice, what would it be?
Could it just be “life experience”? As in, the rest of my life? Because I would totally sign up for that. Otherwise, I’d choose something extravagant, like a trip to the Maldives, for too long a time, in hotels far too luxurious for the likes of me, and meals that would make me fat.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"