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
Liz Grant makes fun of alcoholics. “I love it when people in [A.A.] meetings say, 'Thanks for letting me share.'” … short pause, smart-ass look … “Oh, as if we had a choice?” She also makes fun of other people in recovery. “Who designed the barstool? I mean, there's no seatback, there's no seatbelt – and no built-in toilet … it was probably some frustrated co-dependent. 'Here! Drink all you want! Good luck staying on!'” Grant took a break from comedy to run a massage therapy business, and when she got back on stage (you guessed it), she made fun of former clients. (See: “Please wash before you get waxed.”) Grant also makes fun of herself. Her solo show Deja Wince: Lessons From a Failed Relationship Expert ran 23 weeks in San Francisco. “Being with an angry guy is like getting a VIP pass through life,” she says. “People just get the hell out of your way! It's like walking through a crowded restaurant with sizzling fajitas – or a wet plunger.” We saw her do an excerpt from Deja Wince at a weeknight variety show in the Mission – where she experienced major equipment failure but killed nonetheless. So what we're saying is that Grant is perfect to host Not Your Normal New Year's Eve. Other abnormalities on the bill include local favorites Alex Koll, Jill Bourque, and Natasha Muse. Muse guarantees to be “at least the second-funniest transsexual you know.” There's also Kevin Camia and Brent Weinbach. Weinbach won the Andy Kaufman Award at the HBO Comedy Festival, which is all the street cred we need. Steve Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong but moved to Kansas City for high school, subjects his physical disability and bi-cultural background to the same derisive material that Grant unleashes on her 12-stepped-ness. And then there's the Foxtails Brigade, whose classical guitar and violin chamber pop is undergirded by dark foreboding and shadowy characters. Sounds like no one will be safe.
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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.'"