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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Before Extreme sports with a capital E, there was the extreme sport (little e) of roller derby, where ladies in roller skates bash, shove, elbow, block, and pile-up on top of one another in 30-minute bouts. If you thought that the only place to see a good she-fight was in a Lifetime movie, you haven't seen the Bay Area Derby Girls (B.A.D. Girls) go at it. See Swoozie Hurtz attempt to cold-clock Nancy Drew Blood! Witness Roxie the Riveter try to gutter Chesty Gillespie! Revel in the brutal girl-on-girl ballet that is roller derby! Tonights Bay Area Derby Girls 2008 Championship Bout features two teams, the Oakland Outlaws and the Richmond Wrecking Belles, both 3-1, battling for the prize (the third team in the league, the S.F. ShEvil Dead, sadly didn't make the cut). Probably the only thing more interesting than the sport itself is the audience that it brings in, which includes some of the most enthusiastic fans this side of the Oakland Raiders (and yes, some of the drunkest). Halftime highlights are performed by the all-male rah-rah squad Cheer S.F.
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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.'"