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 day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
Pacifica Tribune columnist Lynn Ruth Miller started warming up for her comedy gig at the age of 67, with the release of an autobiographical novel about her eating disorders. Because there’s nothing funnier than bulimia, tyrannical mothers, and failed marriages. Somehow Miller makes it all work 10 years later; having established herself at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on Britain’s Got Talent, she’s still charming audiences with her Phyllis Diller-cum-Rodney Dangerfield one-liners about aging in the computer age (“I love going through airport security now because they explore your sensitive areas … and my two husbands couldn’t ever find them.”) Miller is the perfect old-school variety show guest, made better still by the company she keeps. Tonight, she shares a bill with the irrepressible, nostalgia-inducing hoof-stompers of the Devil-Ettes go-go troupe, as well as host Danny Dechi, a self-appointed pencil musician who has been described as “Woody Allen doing vaudeville.” The Barbary Coast Belles & Whistles Variety Show! promises a full night of giggles, gags, and girls, including the visual polyphony of belly dancer Rasa Vitalia and nearsighted juggler Fred Anderson, as well as Michael Meehan’s positive spin on Steven Wright-esque surrealism, and DJ Real’s guileless songs about evil paper bags.
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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.'"