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
Gay men made me the woman I am today, Selene Luna has said. This line gets uproarious laughter onstage, but she's serious. The performer, who stands less than four feet tall, says she has found solidarity with fellow outsiders in the LGBT community. She says gay men taught her about music, art, generosity, dignity, politics, and fashion. She delivers the line with solemnity. And then she brings down the house: But most importantly, they taught me how to give a great blow job ... and that's something that will always stay with me." As you might expect, she gets a lot of mileage from stories related to her role as an outsider, particularly her stature. ("The word 'midget' is a bad, bad word. I can say it, but you can't - and, bitch, I don't care if you're gay!") But she's also a performer of tremendous depth. She can play the sight gag -- a ventriloquist's dummy, or Madonna's grade-school child -- but she also takes television, movie, and stage roles in which her size is incidental. She's been compared to Lucille Ball, but we think that's too narrow -- Ball wasn't a burlesque star, whereas Luna is. Luna needs no help holding an audience, but tonight at Sweating the Small Stuff, she brings an "associate" -- a "gorgeous, giant robot" named Robopriest, who helps her confess to her largely queer audience that she's also a hopeless "hetero sci-fi geek."
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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.'"