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’re gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the most popular song in the clubs this weekend will be REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Between the end of the Mayan Calendar and the constant “fiscal cliff” blathering, the whole country is feeling positively apocalypsish. And while the world probably won’t end tomorrow, it’s always good to cover your bases, and San Francisco has a great variety of places to go out in style. For a little culture, hit up Heist Gallery for the art show "End of This World Summer Tour: A Show About A Road Trip” (galleryheist.com, free), introducing the art duo Sparkles Positron and D23 Electron. For everyone who wants to flex their intellect one more time there’s a trivia night (escapefromnypizza.com, free) at the King Kong Bar (inside Escape From New York) in the Financial District. The trivia starts at 7 p.m. but if you make it before 6 you can catch Escape From New York’s happy hour for cheap beer and pizza -- no tomorrow, no guilt! If the world doesn't end tonight, you can celebrate Friday with rocking music, drinks, and some sexy circus performers. Inner Mission is bringing the legendary punk/funk/rock/ska band Fishbone to S.F. for its End of the World Party (fishbonelive.org, $20-$25). New supergroup Ten, DJ Toph One, and Vau de Vire Society are also on the bill. Readers wishing to pay tribute to the passing of a prophecy can attend Dance Brigade’s ritual theater show Voluspa: A Ghost Dance (dancemission.com, $12-$20)for 2012 at Dance Mission (also Wednesday), with tonight's performance being extended until 12:30 a.m. to mark the occasion. If all this talk about end times makes you want to laugh, head to Any Last Words? tonight, where over 40 Bay Area comics riff on the end of the world theme.
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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.'"