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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
Don’t get us wrong, we love us some drag queens, but it’s drag kings we’ve always been obsessed with — the swagger, the bravado, the impeccably glued-on muttonchops. We wrote whole term papers on Boys R’ Us, Mister Fister, and Elvis Herselvis. When we moved to the City by the Gay, we were pretty surprised that the kings had left the proverbial building. Thankfully, the San Francisco Drag King Contest is back to satisfy all our dickspectations. Now in its 17th year, tonight’s show promises to be bigger and ballsier than ever. “Expect to see everything from lip-synching to mud wrestling and beyond,” says emcee Fudgie Frottage, aka The Man with the Biggest Balls in Show Business. (We’d like to know who’s judging that contest). But lest you think the show is all pompadours and no circumstance, proceeds from the show benefit PAWS, an organization that provides companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. Other highlights include the legendary Mo B. Dick, who starred in John Waters’ film Pecker, a showcase from San Jose’s GenderQueer Society, divine inspiration from Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Whoa Nellies Band, and circus ballerina Lea McGowan. It’s sure to be a real drag.
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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.'"