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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
One of the things we love about San Francisco is its delightful randomness. On any given night you might stumble across acrobats wall-dancing off the Women’s Building, puppet fellatio at a Circus Finelli show, or a womb-shaped art installation that invites you to be “reborn.” In homage to our city’s uniqueness, here are a few events to whet your adventitious appetites. Feeling knotty? Try your hand at Bonds of Love (bondage-erotique.com, $75) an introductory workshop that aims to school you on the finer points of Japanese rope bondage. When was the last time you put those merit badge skills to work, anyway? If drinking for charity is more your bag, and you prefer to do it in the most comfortable way possible, look no further than the Snuggie Pub Crawl (eventbrite.com, $5-$10). Attendees are dressing down and hitting Polk Street in Snuggies, Slankets, and other “wearable blanket” knock-offs, with prizes going to the most creative alterations and, of course, the “sexiest.” Proceeds go to the nonprofit Ski Duck. For family-friendly fun, look to Louis Pearl’s World’s Funniest Bubble Show. Pearl has been performing bubble feats for over 30 years, and can turn a little water and air into flying saucers, squares, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes, and even trampolines. Pop by and be wowed.
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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.'"