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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Penny Whistle of the Twilight Vixen Revue for "Institutionalized"
As we learned from a certain episode of Maude, nobody comes to a fundraising party for a black militant if you inform them beforehand of your intention to shake them down for money. But surely such tangential rules don't apply to a benefit party for a film that exposes the particular challenges gay youth face to survive under state foster care. The distressing name of this informal gathering is "Institutionalized," and the event benefits a local film from Shanestar Productions called America's Most Unwanted: Stories of Hope and Survival from Former Foster and Group Home Youth. If that title isn't long enough for you, the vaudevillian entertainment lineup should be: Penny Whistle, Poonie Jones, Delicio Del Toro, and Jay Walker provide kingly drag diversions; Twilight Vixen Revue unleashes showgirl glamour and a glossed-up repertoire of Broadway standards; DJ Jenny Hoyston of Erase Errata fame spins throughout the night; and Origami performs live music. Far removed from the ancient Japanese art of paper folding that is their namesake, the members of Origami moved to San Francisco from Melbourne several years ago, unwittingly committing themselves to a lifetime of '60s surf- and No Wave-inspired benefit concerts for a never-ending string of good causes in the Bay Area.
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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.'"