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
Hello, friends! There are some cool events this weekend! This Sunday, Harvest Home is having a barn bash! The barn bash is in celebration of their new barn, home to the newly rescued Turlock hens. As a city kid, I'm not sure what a barn bash entails, but if there are fiddles involved, consider me there.
Also from Harvest Home comes the story of Lavern, a hen that was attacked by a raccoon in her backyard coop in the Bay Area. She didn't receive veterinary care until she got to the sanctuary. Poor Lavern.
Back to events! Tomorrow, 7x7 and the SF SPCA are holding a chihuahua celebration--the Whole Enchihuahua! If you didn't know, the local shelters are FULL of chihuahuas. Everybody sees Beverly Hills Chihuahua and just has to get one, then bam! They realize they actually have to do stuff to keep it alive. Then it's off to the shelter! Well now is your chance to meet some of these funny little guys in Dolores Park.
Here's a kind of scary commercial from PETA. No animal bloodshed, it's just super intense. What do you think? The last part reminds me of the goldfish Claus in my office. I'm always like, "Claus! What are you trying to say to me?" I'll never know.
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.'"