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
If only all author appearances could go as well as Adam Mansbach's appearance will go tonight. Were serious: It'll go well. Not just because he is a critically acclaimed author with a provocatively titled new book, The End of the Jews, a sweeping generational tale about America, literature, ethnic identity, and a grandfather-grandson graffiti bombing run. Actually, it's not because of that at all. Just check out the YouTube video B-Boy Hodown 2006 Political Panel, in which Mansbach throws down a ripping speech about the need to reconnect kids to the roots of hip-hop, seemingly off the top of his head. He has the passion, the whip-smart intelligence, and the cadence and flow of a spoken-word hip-hop chronicler which he is. He lectures on popular culture at colleges around the country thanks to the success of his last novel, 2005's Angry Black White Boy, which is being taught at more than 40 of them nationwide, according to his Web site. At A Reading Featuring Adam Mansbach with Jeff Chang and Dan Wolf, he talks about his specialties race, hip-hop, literature with fellow author Chang, who's no slouch either: The journalist, fiction writer, and founder of the hip-hop label SoleSides (now Quannum Projects), also lectures around the country. Later, rapper and actor Wolf (a founding member of Felonious) will perform a portion of his theatrical adaptation of Angry Black White Boy in anticipation of its premiere in the fall (the book is also is set to become a movie). Not much chance of things going sour tonight.
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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.'"