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
Soon, every object, from your headband to your mailbox, will have the capability to record video, and we will finally be in our much-promised dystopia. It will be terrible, just as they told us, but think of the opportunities for celebrity. Thats the scenario (one of them) in Lee Konstantinous Pop Apocalypse, a satire of the near future, circa 2029. The plot an end-of-the-world thriller with lots of shooting and driving is no match for the cultural impact of our future technology. It goes like this: A new search engine can identify people in videos, and they can be tracked on the Web (now called the Mediasphere) nearly in real time, because everyone films everything, constantly, and uploads it (and if people don't capture you, the systemwide surveillance cameras will). The reason people film so much is that selling footage of celebrities, even those of dubious fame, can make them very rich. In the near-future, famous people have IPOs, and their Reputations are traded. Also, whoever films an event, like a terrorist bombing, owns the rights to it. Consequently, cameras are everywhere, filming everything, all for the money. To this, Konstantinou adds an apocalyptic plot, set in a riotous Middle East, a walled-in New York, and a blasted Bay Area (the author calls the Mission District home), and populates it with Jewish red heifers, foul-mouthed Christian rock, anticapitalism activists, academic theory (the author is also cozy with Stanford), and all kinds of driving, flying, shooting, and screwing. Its a satire, serious in a ridiculous way, and just might be a blueprint of the future. Lee Konstantinou appears at InsideStoryTime with a host of local writers Joshua Mohr, Vauhini Vara, judy b., and Carrie Hall circling the theme of longing.
Thu., July 16, 6:30 p.m., 2009
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.'"