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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Artists Bob Dob, Nathan Ota, and Daniel Peacock are friends. They also share an interest in odd little characters drawn in a cartoony illustrative style that borrows something from the darker humors. So it makes sense that they've formed "The Gentlemens Gang" -- a triumvirate of talent that storms the gallery to throw down outrageously adept artwork in an exhibit of the same name. Bob Dob's paintings are preoccupied by bad boys (and, sometimes, girls), those devils who exude rebelliousness whether they're in a divey hotel room or outfitted in a robotic space suit. Ota, too, has drawn his share of robots, but he also delights in the visual pun, such as walking houses "on the move" or a tree stump turned into a turntable playing "a broken record." Ota's drawings have graced the covers of several of Henry Rollins's spoken word CDs, and they share with Rollins a kind of muscular whimsy. Peacock pushes the rubbery lines of mid-century-style cartooning, with bug-eyed men on their last nerve, bears in porkpie hats, monobrowed dogs, and bemused bunnies. The pop-culture references fly past like funny pages in a gale. There are thousands of stories in these paintings and drawings, enough to seed the imaginations of daffy plotlines for the next century. Quick, someone get "The Gentlemens Gang" a cartoon channel of their own.
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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.'"