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
On Sunday, North Beach and Chinatown restaurants come together to honor Marco Polo's putative gift from China to Italy: the noodle. Two full blocks on the border between the two neighborhoods will be blocked off to traffic, and 30 participating restaurants will set up stands to demonstrate their noodle-cooking prowess. There will be chef demonstrations (Chef Shen from Bund Shanghai and Chef Carventz from), and, if you pardon our inability to let a bad pun wither on the vine, musicians noodling about on the stage. A ticket gets you entrance to the event, as well as three samples from each noodle-making strip. (Participating restaurants after the jump.)
Noodle Fest 2010 Location: Grant (between Pacific & Vallejo) and Vallejo (between Columbus and Grant) Time: Sun., May 2, 3-7 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate For parking suggestions, visit the Chinatown Community Development Center Web site
Representing Chinatown: Anna Bakery
Bund Shanghai Restaurant
Four Seas Restaurant
Good Mang Kok Bakery
New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant
Noodle Bar and Grill
The Pot Sticker Hunan Cuisine
San Sun Restaurant
Imperial Palace Restaurant
Washington Bakery & Restaurant
Representing North Beach: Amante
Enrico's Ideale King of Thai
Mona Lisa Rose Pistola
North Beach Restaurant
Now, if only they could bring this hand-pulled noodle master over from China to do a demonstration:
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.'"