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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
It’s impossible to name a filmmaker more unassuming than our own Terry Zwigoff. That particular quality wouldn’t impress us so much if he wasn’t also an artist of bold talent and matchless integrity. His rare onstage appearance with cast members Tony Cox and Lauren Tom after Bad Santa (the take-no-prisoners director’s cut, needless to say) is an unmitigated highlight of ‘Twas The Night Before Sketchfest: An SF Sketchfest Christmas. To say it’s the highlight of the all-day Clausfest would be an affront to Bobcat Goldthwait’s rowdy and passionate fans, already lining up for his Q&A before Scrooged (5:30 p.m.). The Sketchfesters have taken care to stuff the kids’ stockings, first with the Will Ferrell vehicle Elf (12:30) and then the Jim Henson classics Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock (3 p.m.). But we’re not here to tout the children’s entertainment; after all, the ankle-biters are the prime beneficiaries of the lion’s share of Christmas gifts and goodies. No, it’s the dark, curse-filled underbelly of the swilling holiday spectacle that lifts our spirits. The pre-show to Bad Santa (8:30 p.m.) features Zwigoff’s rare clips along with true, terrible holiday stories presented by Porchlight. And so we say, with apologies to Charles Dickens, God bless, Terry Zwigoff, every one.
Sat., Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m., 2012
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.'"