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
Whether you think it's a corporate sham or a sweet reminder of sentimentality, Valentine's Day evokes strong feelings in us. Sure, you could spend the day watching a Claire Danes "cryface" video on YouTube or throwing Hershey Kisses at pigeons, but we urge you to consider these Valentine's Day alternatives, which should, regardless of your Big Feelings, make you love or hate the holiday a little bit less. For the science lover, you'd be remiss not to check out My Furry Valentine (sfns.org, free) at the Randall Museum. Zookeeper and naturalist Patrick Schlemmer promises to describe the bewildering array of strange mating habits in the animal world (with pictures!). For the comedy (and plain ol') lover in your life, How We First Met (howwefirstmet.com, $40-$55) involves couples telling their “how we met” stories, while an improv ensemble recreates those stories with improvised sketches and songs. (We hope one of the couples are vampire squids). For art luvvahs, head to Live Worms Gallery for "The heART of North Beach" (sflivewormsgallery.com, free), which is an art exhibit and benefit that celebrates all things North Beach — people, espresso, pizza, activism, and probably Francis Ford Coppola. For the more traditional, Union Street Has a Crush on You (unionstreetsf.com, $20) is a wine walk in the Marina where, for a cool Jackson, you're treated to wine, finger foods, and a stroll (arm-linking optional) through the iconic neighborhood. Stop off at American Cupcake after (one of our favorite bars, even though it's a cupcake place). Lastly, if you're like us, the pinnacle of romance definitely involves a wily septuagenarian and her morbidly obsessed teen lover. We speak, of course, of the film classic Harold and Maude, which screens late tonight (and every night, in our hearts).
Feb. 14-16, 2013
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.'"