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 frothing professional pundit class doesn’t get it: The Occupy movement and related protests of the past year aren’t isolated cases, some fever dream of a disenfranchised fringe and a cabal of leftist academics and Canadian magazine publishers. Instead, these actions are the latest in a long-running battle between political/economic elites and the rest of the country. This is columnist John Nichols’ argument in his book Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. In it Nichols traces the line connecting the labor rallies of the 1930s to last year’s protests in Wisconsin. When Governor Scott Walker announced a plan to eliminate public employees’ right to unionize, more than 100,000 Wisconsin public employees, including teachers and firefighters, took to the streets and the state capitol to rebuke Walker’s union-busting efforts. The action helped spark the Occupy movement, which descended on Zuccotti Park only a few months later. In Nichols’ opinion, Walker’s plan was but one incident in a larger conservative effort to eliminate unions, and the outpouring of dissent in Wisconsin and nationwide demonstrates that the nation’s perpetually put-upon workers are fed up and not willing to take it any more. Nichols is an admittedly sympathetic observer, but he brings a reporter’s rigor to his history linking these labor movements, and he makes a convincing case that an organized agenda is driving the country’s increasing class divisions.
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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.'"