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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Gary Shteyngart was born in Russia and wait, you know all about Shteyngart. (You've made a mistake somewhere if you don't, but you've harmed no one except yourself, and the mistake is easy to rectify at your local bookseller.) His new book, Super Sad True Love Story, is as funny and good as people thought it would be when they finished his last one, Absurdistan, and the one before that, The Russian Debutante's Handbook. What's really interesting, however, is his video trailer for the new book. Really. Instead of going with the hallmarks of the form and making it pathetic shaming himself, his fans, and really anyone who happens to be ambling past a computer when the sad little thing is feebly streaming along Shteyngart made his video trailer funny, bizarre, and good. It's like Spike Jonze got a hold of him when they were standing before urinals at a hotspot. The premise is, Shteyngart can't read. He's a halfwit. That's why he's so good. He's holds up Edmund White's copy of an Oscar Wilde book and says, "Famous homo! Famous homo!" to White. In Shteyngart's writing class at Columbia, James Franco turns to the camera and says, "I actually haven't read his book, Sad True Whatever. But I don't think he actually wants me to read it. I don't think reading is really his thing." Shteyngart says to Mary Gaitskill, "Women can be writers, too, haanh?" And then to Jeffrey Eugenides, "Guy from Star Trek writes stories?" (They're discussing Chekhov.) Finally, Jay McInerney wanders in holding a bottle of wine aloft (because he's a wine columnist hah) and makes off with some Mount Holyoke debutantes. Eugenides has one of the last, best lines: "Gary has managed to escape the anxiety of influence by the sheer fact that he has never read a word."
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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.'"