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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
It started with this shit: "I didn't live to be 73 years old so I could eat kale. Don't fix me your breakfast and pretend you're fixing mine." This line of shit (we intend not as much disrespect as you think) was tweeted on Aug. 3, 2009, when people could still believe what they read on Twitter. The quote came from Justin Halpern's dad, and very soon Justin and his Shit My Dad Says feed was thrust into the quick-burning trash fire of new media deal-making, a screamy temp drive filled with e-mails from your mom, stuff white people like, and fucking hipsters. By October 2009, Halpern had a publishing deal (which resulted in a book topping the New York Times bestseller list last June). By November, he had a TV deal (which resulted in some bleeping shit now airing Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., reportedly; one day we'll watch that shit to make sure). Most impressive of all, the 29-year-old had begun signing contracts after just a pittance of tweets, no more than 50, the amount Roger Ebert knocks off before lunch. How'd he do it? Demand answers tonight, as he appears in conversation with Dan Wolf, with a post-talk show by Conspiracy of Beards. A bit of advice, though: Forget about Twitter. Twitter-to-book is dead, but we have it on terrible authority that the Foursquare-to-HBO genre is just being hatched in some idiot producer's head right now, like at a bar somewhere, so start checking in at some sexy places and build out your brand. Note: Halpern was a semisuccessful magazine and comedy writer before his big break, so do something like that, too.
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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.'"