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
We get a lot of e-mails at SF Weekly. Some delightful, some boring, and some that are downright baffling. Jonathon Keats' Epigenetic Cloning Agency falls into the latter camp, whereby he promises to duplicate famous people, including Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and Jesus Christ. Which begs the question, What? This isn't the first time Keats, an experimental philosopher and artist, has turned art and science on its head. He opened a photosynthetic restaurant for plants, exhibited extraterrestrial abstract art, and presented the nation's first ouija voting booth in Berkeley, so it's not terribly surprising that he's attempting to genetically engineer God. Still. What? Keats explains, "Our genes are switched on or off based on environmental factors such as what we eat and the pollutants to which we're exposed, which is why twins with identical genes gradually diverge in appearance." Instead of letting that happen, Keats imposes "environmental pressures that force organisms with non-identical genes to converge. So if I'm cloning George Washington, whose dentures compelled him to eat mostly fish, that means administering a vast amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and also vast quantities of sodium since the fish he ate was often preserved with salt....In other words, if you want to become a clone of Washington, I'll alter your chemical intake to emulate his, switching on and off your genes to match the pattern of his epigenome." Got that? If not, Keats is on hand tonight to wax genetic and offer all the chemicals ("bought over-the-counter at Walgreens") needed to become an epigenetic clone of George Washington, Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth I, Madame de Pompadour, and yes, Jesus.
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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.'"