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
Novelist Thomas Pynchon is more than a writer. Hes a weird institution and full-time obsession for some. But what did he expect? He has made sport of hiding from the world since the mid-1960s. Of course people want to know more. Then theres Douglas Adams of Hitchhikers Guide fame. He wasnt a recluse but rather a moving target, so much so that one of his book jackets even states, He is currently not certain where he lives, or with whom. David Foster Wallace, on the other hand, was accessible he taught undergraduate classes, granted interviews, gave commencement speeches but he (like Adams) died way too young. What if you had a chance to see all three of these writers together when they were still the next big thing? Tonight you might see an equivalent in the New Literary Vanguard. Litquake says these novelists Jesse Ball, Charles Yu, and Adam Levin are the heirs to Pynchon, Adams, and Wallace. And if wed trust anyone to know that, its Litquake. We also trust The New York Times, which says that, like Pynchon, Ball is known for creating worlds that are very close to reality, with one exception: Your most paranoid fears are likely to be true. The Times says Yu has a gift for humor and also for concocting outlandish inventions, much as Adams did. Another trusted book source, Salon.com, asks simply, Is Adam Levin the new David Foster Wallace? Tonight, Kevin Hunsanger of Green Apple Books engages the three authors in conversation, after which each one will read and answer audience questions. So when these three are more popular than Jesus or more reclusive than J.D. Salinger, you can say, Yeah, one night in San Francisco I spoke with all of them.
Sun., July 10, 7 p.m., 2011
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.'"