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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Buried deep in everyones heart is the passion to perform. Dont you secretly want to dress in 1960s getup, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers? No? Maybe thats just us. Regardless, the hard part (besides mustering up the courage to show the world our undeniable talent) is finding an acceptable and supportive audience. Thats where Smack Dab enters. Co-producers Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts are the cool cats who bring us this monthly queer-friendly open mic thats what we just described and more. Regardless of orientation, age, or gender, everyone gets to perform. Many sign up the night of the show, and theres also a featured artist. This months feature shows that Smack Dab has a serious side too its cultural reporter Wayne Hoffman, who has written for the Village Voice, Washington Post, The Nation, and The Advocate. His novels include Hard and Sweet Like Sugar. Smack Dab also has a goofy side: A recent featured act is Fleigh, a ukulele duo composed of Flynn DeMarco whos made quite a splash in recent Thrillpeddlers productions including Pearls Over Shanghai and Leigh Crowe. No word on whether they covered Tiny Tim.
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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.'"