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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Who says Halloween is no fun since they cancelled the Castro? This is still San Francisco, and this year Halloween (and the week leading up to it) has a veritable cornucopia of events to feed your fright fix. If you take your celebrating with a side of science, try Zombie Nightlife at Cal Academy on Oct. 25. San Franciscans with little ones can head to Spooktacular Hal-loween in Japantown (see Sunday). For a little boogie with your bogeyman (and probably the sexiest costumes all week) check out SF Indiefest’s Roller Disco Costume Party at CELLspace on Oct. 26 (sfindie.virb.com) or Mega Halloween Haunted Mansion on Oct. 27 (megahalloweensf.com). Even with Halloween itself falling on hump day, the dedicated trick-or-treater — and the chronically underemployed — won’t be hurting for activities today and tonight. Art showcasing the sinister, the creepy, and all things that go bump in the night is on display at ARC Gallery’s “Masquerade” exhibition (arc-sf.com) and Velvet Da Vinci’s “Mirror-Mirror” (velvetdavinci.com). The Roxie screens movies of grindhouse gore and blood-sucking vampires with a double feature of Near Dark and From Dusk Till Dawn (roxie.com); or if you prefer to be frightened in the flesh, a musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is playing the Victoria Theater (victoriatheatre.org). To hit the clubs in a fancy costume you can go upmarket at 1015 Folsom at the Mad Hatter’s Ball with Flosstradamus and An-te-nae, or opt for the dark circus vibe at the All Hallow’s Eve Extravaganza in the newly renovated DNA Lounge, with Pop-scene DJs and performances from Vau de Vire Society. And for all those people who prefer to pee their pants from laugh-ing rather than fright, we recommend the Romane Event Comedy Show, with local faves Caitlin Gill, Will Durst, Samson Koletkar, and more.
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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.'"