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
Nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner would have been mortified to hear himself compared to the enterprising queer party planners responsible for present-day San Francisco nightlife. Good thing hes dead. Suffice it to say that the former, in an unwitting portent of avant-garde gay clubs to come, strove to create performance events that made use of as many art forms as possible and that revolved around a bunch of screeching divas onstage. They called it Gesamtkunstwerk, and Bulb, a new nightclub of the performing arts, is putting that 50-dollar Teutonic word back into action. The brainchild of Michael Soldier (also known as infamous drag creature Precious Moments, who took the Miss Trannyshack crown one year in a virtuoso display of onstage sodomy), the two-month-old club has already made a splash with its all-encompassing roster of surprise entertainment. One evening featured five old-school performances from $65,000 Silicon Wonder Gina LaDivina and a Wig Revival Tent by Jordan LMoore, all punctuated by raucous live music and go-go dancers. (Regarding go-go dancers, another night saw faux queen Kegel Kater getting down with her new preferred prop, a life-sized animatronic toy pony.) The mixed crowd packing the dancefloor only goes to show that the audience for a weekly synthesis of the performing arts remains ready, as ever, to party. Tonights Bulb features a zombie dance party and assorted Michael Jackson creepy thrills.
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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.'"