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
Visitors should understand that civic disdain for the epithet Frisco stretches back as far as 1872, when Joshua Abraham Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, issued a severe edict against the mindless utterance. This, newspapers dutifully printed. Which should lead to a second realization: San Franciscans take their self-appointed, slightly mad, utterly charming sovereigns very seriously, especially if they sport resplendent headwear. During his reign, Emperor Norton I a once bereft and bankrupt businessman adopted a beaverskin hat and a peacock feather as a crown, printed his own currency, abolished Congress, and decreed a suspension bridge be built from Oakland to San Francisco. When Norton died in 1880, tens of thousands of devoted San Franciscans lined the streets to watch his coffin pass. 125 years later, the Board of Supervisors tried to name the new Bay Bridge expanse after him and his life was finally set to music. In Emperor Norton the Musical, the Barbary Coast is brought to life by singing hoodlums and dancing girls; Nortons canine retinue, Bummer and Lazarus, bemoan their life as royal rat-catchers; and the defender of the defenseless stands alone against an anti-Chinese mob, between proposals to the Queen of England and dedications by Mark Twain.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 26. Continues through July 5, 2009
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.'"