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
Despite the sinking sensation that our beloved Gomorrah by the Bay seems to be slowly but surely replacing sexual openness with culinary whimsy as its dominant subcultural draw (though the two have been known to make occasional bedfellows), the squirrelly spirit of independent erotica remains as bushy-tailed as ever. Eschewing mainstream productions of quotidian eroticism in favor of a more populist prurience, the Good Vibrations Independent Erotic Film Festival puts the spotlight on sexy films made by the people in your neighborhood. The popularity of last years screening left local peeping toms scrambling for standing-room, justifying a more expansive celebration this time around: Behind the Spanish Colonial Baroque façade of a certain San Francisco Historical Landmark #100, an early Sixties-themed Pleasure Lounge hosts pre-premiere cocktail partying, complete with suggested dress code (swanky), suggestive live music (jazz), and signature pasty-twirling (Twilight Vixen Revue). Deeply indie film queen and drag celeb Peaches Christ hosts the screening, joined by the snappy sexology of author, educator, and activist Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D. Finally, it falls to the audience to pick the blue movie of their choice, the auteur of which walks away with a very erotically charged $1,500 cash prize.
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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.'"