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
If you're feeling the holiday-induced urge to throw a little yuletide gathering but haven't gotten a single response to your Fred Claus movie party evite, allow us to recommend an alternative. Why not forego the elf hats and glazed Safeway cookies this year for a little wine, tapas, and café style Flamenco? One of the best flamenco companies in the city, Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos, offers an evening of live music and dancing in the tradition of Spain's intimate tablao tradition with "Jardin de Mis Sueños" ("Garden of my Dreams"). To lend maximum authenticity to the extravaganza, they've even imported performers from Spain. The fiery Andres Peña of Jerez will make his San Francisco debut, accompanied by singers from Cádiz and Sevilla and virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire 'El Rubio'. (OK, so McGuire is from Texas, but that only goes to show that America's own flamenco tradition ain't nothing to shake a classical guitar at, cowboy.) For not much more than you'd budgeted for the Cinemax, you can reserve a table for your favorite peeps, see some world-class performance and dine on Spanish tapas: Much more romantic than Vince Vaughn sharing a bunk bed with elves.
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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.'"