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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
Born Wesley Stace, John Wesley Harding took the name of Bob Dylan's eighth studio album when he began releasing a slew of records of his particular brand of folk-pop. The Englishman did so after a solid academic career, studying literature and gunning for a Ph.D. in political science (this figures in, just wait). Since then, Harding opened for Bruce Springsteen, drew comparisons to Elvis Costello (a few of the Attractions were in his early band), went through a self-described "gangsta folk" phase, and landed a 5.5 on Pitchfork for a 1998 release. Ouch! (The site has since been more kind). Lately, though, the New York transplant has been on a book tour. I know what you're thinking aw, another musician fancies himself a writer. How sweet and presumptuous. Not exactly. In 2004, Harding decided to release his novel, Misfortune, under his given name, which probably took years off his publicist's life. The sprawling, Dickensian book of gender-bending set in 1820s London turned out to be anything but a vanity effort. It was good, as in And the Ass Saw the Angel good (that's Nick Cave's book, one of the few examples of a musician holding his own with the big boys). Misfortune was nominated for a slew of awards, among them the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and it was one of Amazon's Top Ten Novels of the Year. Now Wesley Stace is back with another full-bodied novel, By George, about two boys, one real and one made of wood, and the reviews are just as strong.
Stace appears for "reading, a bit of ventriloquism, and book signing."
Thu., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., 2007
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.'"