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 can think of no better remedy for Valentine’s season than some serious knife-gargling, a couple of jiggly boobies, and a whole lot of belly laughs. Understanding the gravity of our need, Trainwreck Cabaret has gathered together some of the Bay Area’s finest. Sword-swallower Hernan Cortez has been presenting street performance since the early days of punk rock, when he put on illegal shows in the DMV parking lot; today, he gulps down steel as if it were better than a 40-ouncer, leaving crowds at Fisherman’s Wharf speechless. L.A. transplant Ruby White is co-founder of San Francisco’s Sugar Shack, a favorite of Red Hots Burlesque, and one of the sassiest gals to dance with a man-sized lollie. Eloisa Bravo is an irrepressible Venezuelan comedienne whose burning desire for a baby has led her to pose as a crack whore and carry a jarred fetus into Macy’s for Christmas photos with Santa. Tonight’s bill also includes a faux queen, an opera singer, a trombone player, a puppeteer, and a regular from NPR’s Snap Judgment. Unless you’ve suddenly developed hedonophobia -- the excessive and persistent fear of pleasure of any kind -- every one of them will make you laugh until fluid comes out of your nose.
Thu., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2012
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.'"