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
Litquake is rife with quality literary events, but organizers understand that sometimes you just want to hold a beer and watch wrestling. Hence: Figure Four Caps Lock: Pro Wrestling Memoirs from Classy Freddie Blassie to The Fabulous Moolah. No fights are on the schedule, but Rik Luxury is appearing, so maybe you can start something. Insult him, then run behind Incredibly Strange Wrestlings Norman Zelaya and Greg Franklin and tell them to drop a Polish hammer on Luxury. Thatll be easy because youll already have burlesque dancer Lady Monster hypnotizing them with clockwise fire tassels and famed Bay Area wrestling announcer Allan Bolte booming their names to the crowd Zeeeeeelaya! Be sure to hold Bob Calhoun back, because he was ISWs honcho, and those are his boys out there. They might be out of practice its been a few years since regular matches so have wrestling manager Shane Dynasty repeatedly scream, Drop the fucking Polish hammer! with all that wonderful managerial spittle. Mind the writers around you, like Literary Death Match host Alia Volz and Rock Stardom for Dumbshits Michael Lucas, because theyll be busy absorbing all this for future work. If things get too nasty, send in soccer scribe and bar-owner Alan Black, but we recommend using him very cautiously. When its over, have all these people resume reading famous wrestling memoirs to the audience, because thats ostensibly why theyre on the bill for the strangest lineup that Litquake has produced yet.
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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.'"