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
On March 7, 1965, hundreds of men and women attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to protest white resistance to black voter registration. A line of police awaited them on the other side of Edmund Pettus Bridge. What happened next came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” with pictures of the brutal attacks against the marchers published on the front page of papers around the world. After two more attempts, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. successfully led a massive throng right to the steps of the Montgomery State Capitol Building, walking arm-in-arm with other faith leaders. The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration commemorates those moments in civil rights history during the opening parade. Tracing a route from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, the parade stops briefly at Willie Mays Plaza after crossing Lefty O’Doul Bridge to remember the struggle at Edmund Pettus Bridge, and wraps up with a program by the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Festivities continue throughout the day with a special screening of The Waiting Room, the acclaimed documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, and an awards ceremony for an art contest inspired by the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Use your day off to get inspired about how far we’ve come in 50 years.
Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m., 2013
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.'"