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
It takes a lot of balls to light your tits on fire. Angel Cecelia Helene Walker, better known as Satans Angel, has done it approximately 25,000 times over the last 40 years. Born in San Francisco to a devout Catholic mother, the burlesque queen once wanted to be a nun, but as puberty took hold the budding hellcat swapped charm school for reform school and learned to smoke reefer. During the '60s, she lost her virginity while dancing at the Condor, and packed in the crowds at Tipsys as frontwoman of a topless girl-band before heading for Vegas. In Have Tassel, Will Travel presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival she shares the glamour and the grit of being a world-famous exotic dancer, from her alleged flings with Clint Eastwood, Bobby Darin, Janis Joplin, and Hedy Lamarr to her head-on collision with a Mack truck and a bad cocaine habit. The play is part of Walkers Ta Ta Flambé Tour, a farewell run through the old hometown before she retires her tassels. Walker also teaches classes, signs autographs, and makes things sizzle at several cabarets, starting with the Hubba Hubba Revue at the DNA on June 18 and culminating in a satisfying strut through the SF Pride Parade on June 27. Tonight features Have Tassel, Will Travel and performances by Kitten on the Keys, the Devil-Ettes, Satans Angel, and many others.
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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.'"