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’re awash in data. More news and information exist on your smartphone than even the best-connected journalist could access as recently as 20 years ago. Yet high-quality, in-depth, expert reporting on universal issues seems harder to find. And with so much incoming data — and so much of it commercially driven — it’s tempting to get buried by the avalanche and stop caring. Public broadcasting aims to mitigate this by providing information that’s not beholden to a single commercial interest. It’s also under fire: Broadcasters anticipate a decline in funding of more than one third — from $1.7 billion annually to $1.2 billion — between 2008 and 2013, according to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. What will become of this sector of the fourth estate? Two of the biggest names in the business discuss it tonight in PBS — The Past, Present, and Future. Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, and John Boland, president of KQED, speak with Robert Rosenthal, head of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting. Kerger was a high-level executive in the nation’s two biggest public TV stations (both in New York) before taking over at PBS, while Boland oversees television and radio that’s among the most seen and heard in American public media. Given the current challenges, maintaining a well-funded system might seem absurd. “But,” Bill Moyers recently reminded a group of broadcast executives, “Albert Einstein did say: ‘If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.’”
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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.'"