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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
As a people, we hate our bodes. And why wouldn’t we? Thanks to advertising, religion, and pop culture, we’re taught to see our physical selves as either substandard and laughable or as low-grade, filthy vehicles of sin. And as body parts go, the penis is among the most reviled. Think about how it’s reflected. When someone acts like a jerk, we call him a “dick.” Missiles and guns (things that kill people) are said to be phallic symbols. Guys who buy sports cars or big, loud motorcycles are ridiculed as compensating for not being well-endowed. Even some men refer to their own private parts as their “junk.” What’s all this about? “The Dick Show” aims to answer through performances and readings. It’s a benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture, organized by Jack Davis, and it’s part of an ongoing art exhibit by the same name. It not only celebrates the penis but ponders its very place in society. “Why is it essential that a man have a penis?” Davis asks. “Do you have to have a penis to be important, successful? Are penises ugly? Are penises beautiful? Are penises fun?” Dancer and performance artist Jess Curtis offers a pre-show work called Viagrabilia. Logan Knight performs A Brief History of a Dickless Man Trying to Find Underwear. A performer known as Captain asks Is It Big Enough? while Philip Huang assures us (in a video) that It Gets B***er. Cayenne, meanwhile, sings about and demonstrates drag technique in Old Queens Can Teach You How to Tuck. Kirk Read also performs, and Ed Wolf tells a story. TTBaum takes Head Shots — er, penis portraits — throughout the evening.
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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.'"