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
If youve attended any Earl Daxproduced events, then your fear of performance art has disappeared. You love it! His fine curatorial skills have led him to present work from such luminaries as former Miss Lower East Side, Dynasty Handbag (she looks like she went mano a mano with a snowblower and won), the personal-risk-taking Taylor Mac, and many more. Simply put, Dax gives those of profound talent and poor self-promotion a forum in which to Express Themselves. The Tingel Tangel Club originated at Glasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the neighborhood currently beating out the Mission as a target for hipster jokes; leave them and their slim-legged pants alone!), and came to San Francisco in March 2008. Since then, the show has brought hot acts from both coasts, and tonights S.F. two-year anniversary will pleasure you just the same, with joker darling Marga Gomez, S.F. drag institution Trauma Flintstone, dancer and prankster Keith Hennessy, and on and on (Holcombe Waller! Fauxnique!). Performances are punctuated by DJ sets, giving you the chance to hydrate (so important), shake your rear, and punch the air. The event is hosted by Veronica Klaus and Joey Arias.
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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.'"