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
Lit Crawl is the ultimate proving ground for San Francisco writer, readers, and those who love them. Its the highlight and closing ceremony of Litquake's nine-day mega celebration of words that fly off the page. Think Mission pub crawl for bookworms en masse. Along with standard readings by hundreds of novelists, poets, and non-fiction writers of every genre imaginable, youll also find literary performances the likes of which are hard to come by in any other city on the planet. As the old adage goes: Slowpoke worms miss the juiciest fruits. To ensure success, you have to map out a party plan in advance and stick to it. Scope out the online program of your favorite authors, indie presses, reading series, and themes. Watch the clock and distance between venues. Arrive at and depart from each bookshop, art space, or bar early. Diversify your experience. Chat up fellow lit fiends on the street. Dont fear the hipster glasses. Pack a water bottle. Share your flask. If, however, you can only make one gig, it should be Ben Loory at the Corium Magazine showcase. Loory writes magical, sweet, dark, contemporary fables that are exactly the right length for attention-challenged listeners or lit crawlers already overwhelmed by the sheer volume of words. He shares the stage with Jenny Bitner, John W. Evans, Stefanie Freele, and Andrea Kneeland.
Sat., Oct. 13, 6 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.'"