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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
Back in 2006, Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon's kidney did what few bodily organs can do: It made national headlines. The East Baybased musician was actually born with just one kidney, and it nearly killed him in 1993. He received a transplant, but that transplant began collapsing, as they usually do. Spurgeon undertook dialysis and put his name on the California donor list a list with an average wait of six years. Around the same time, local filmmaker Jim Granato began documenting the Indiana-bred musician's search for a new organ. The resulting film, D Tour, which won the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary Feature at the S.F. International Film Festival earlier this year, is an unflinching look at the horrors of kidney failure. Spurgeon underwent onerous, twice-daily dialysis treatments and the endless disappointments of incompatible donors while enduring the long van rides, sleepless nights, and dingy rock clubs that define the indie-rock lifestyle. Eventually, his plight was written up in newspapers, magazines, and Web sites, and the film captures one of the resulting benefit shows, featuring performances by Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, and John Vanderslice. While Spurgeon's predicament drives the film, the linchpin of the narrative is Rogue Wave's then-bassist, Evan Farrell, who comes off as a scruffy pixie with a heart as big as a monster truck. Director Granato and drummer Pat Spurgeon appear in person.
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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.'"