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
A wise, ancient Roman shut-in once said: Beauty is skin deep, but a cheap tranny is forever. Benjamin Franklin said: Cheap trannies and folly are old companions, and Kahlil Gibran put forth: Beauty is a cheap tranny gazing at itself in a mirror. Clearly, the splendor of a man dressed up as a woman making a mess of itself onstage took root in our lizard brains at some point, making the Miss $1.98 Pageant only the latest chapter in a long, cheap history. This particular pageant came to be through an unholy alliance between Anna Conda (lizard brain behind Charlie Horse at the Cinch) and Monistat (lizard brain behind Chaser at the Endup), two of the cheapest, most unhinged trannies in all the land. While the contestants of this torn and frayed antipageant have been identified by initials only (G, A.W., and J.D. among them), the proceedings promise pandemonium: a bathing suit tricycle race, a taco-eating competition sponsored by Juanita Fajita, and a talent show. A special tribute will also honor Marcy Playground, Charlie Horses resident boozebag catastrophe. The whole shebang draws inspiration from stories about its storied venue: Divine flinging projectiles, Grace Jones getting thrown out for jumping into the fountain, and a certain Miss Uranus Pageant, in which lovable local Timmy Spence pelted the audience with waste. In other words, expect to get slimed by some grimy queen as the whole building collapses around you.
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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.'"