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
Gina Yashere was working as an elevator engineer in London when she decided to take a summer off to do things she had always wanted to do. That included trying comedy. Yashere said she was naturally funny growing up, and many people, including teachers, told her she should be an actor or comedian. So Yashere performed at an open mic night. She got a great response, including people who asked her to come perform at their shows. She thought she’d ride the wave for as long as she could before going back to fixing and building elevators. That was 15 years ago. Yashere came to America in 2007 to appear on Last Comic Standing, where she was one of the 10 finalists. She has also been on The Jay Leno Show as the Surly Psychic, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and she was the first British person on Def Comedy Jam. She made a DVD in England, Skinny Bitch. Now she’s taping another in San Francisco, Laughing to America, a take on Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America. She’s funding it through a Kickstarter campaign, which allows her to have it look the way she wants, with the jokes she wants in it. Those jokes include ones about her being an outsider in America, growing up in England with Nigerian parents, and the difference between politics in England and America. And maybe a few about elevators.
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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.'"