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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
As introduction for this month’s InsideStory Time, a quote from Austrian writer (and frequent Wim Wenders collaborator) Peter Handke was chosen: “The storyteller is the threshold. He must therefore stop and collect himself.” Handke, who wrote early of his mother’s suicide, knows quite a lot about internal worlds and precarious ports of entry, as do the authors chosen for “Thresholds.” One is Belo Miguel Cipriani. In 2007, at age 26, Cipriani was beaten by boyhood friends and left blind. His memoir, a chronicle of his first two years in darkness, draws us through a world of strange smells and unexpected sounds as Cipriani learns to work, walk, and trust again. Cipriani’s indefatigable charm makes him a favorite in the literary community, but it takes more than that to earn a Lambda Literary Fellowship and Literary Death Match championship. He is joined by Dodie Bellamy, whose blog about a disastrous love affair with a spiritual teacher led to the publication of The Buddhist. Also appearing are Ayize Jama-Everett, a professor at a Berkeley Unitarian Universalist seminary, whose sci-fi debut The Liminal People explores a gritty world of child psychics and superhumans; and Erika Lutz, whose novel The Edge of Maybe skewers many things Californians hold dear, including feminist fathers and organic food. Yoga instructor Tim Floreen offers an amusing counterpoint.
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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.'"