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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
If global warming is a distant, abstract concept to you, Mohamed Nasheed has a pressing message: There is no Planet B. Deposed just a few weeks ago as president of the Republic of Maldives, a tiny country of 300,000 in the Indian Ocean, Nasheed did anything and everything to galvanize the world’s attention to the rising waters that will inevitably submerge his island nation. (And, down the road, Battery Park and the Outer Richmond, if you have a rooting interest in either U.S. coast.) Local filmmaker Jon Shenk’s savvy, scenic The Island President delivers tonight’s opening salvo of the second annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, ahead of the documentary’s national theatrical release. This is one unapologetically issue- and action-oriented festival, thanks to founder and Executive Director Rachel Caplan, and it crackles with a unique energy. Yes, you may feel compelled to reconsider your lifestyle after docs like Sushi: The Global Catch (March 3 at 1 p.m.) and Blood in the Mobile (which assesses the Congolese cost of mining a key mineral used in cell phones, March 4 at 3 p.m.), but the prevailing vibe at the Green Film Festival is inspiration. The number of relentless activists, and the quality of environmental films made in the past year alone, suggest there’s still hope for our species.
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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.'"