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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Keith Lowell Jensen hates Chicago. But he has a reason. He spent a night in jail there after being caught with a handgun in the airport. But it wasn’t his gun. Unknown to Jensen, the gun was in his friend’s bag, which Jensen carried through security while the friend checked in. So Jensen asked the cops to fetch his friend so he could explain. But they wouldn’t. One cop asked Jensen whether he was a skinhead, even though Jensen had long hair. This made Jensen mad. His reply made the cop madder. Another cop wanted to release Jensen. But he wouldn’t after he learned that Jensen was a communist. Except he wasn’t -- or, he hadn’t meant to be. So Jensen and his friend went to jail. Their dinner? Bologna sandwiches with lots of mayo. Did we mention that Jensen is vegan? Welcome to The Angry Geek Show. Erikka Innes (who calls herself “the sexy nerd”) says it’s “a smart comedy show for people who hate things.” We’re not sure what Innes hates, but Sammy Obeid hates couples. To express his loathing while he walks on crowded streets, he plays a childhood game with people holding hands. “Red rover, red rover,” he says as he walks between them and pulls their hands apart, “this relationship is over.” Brick Stone (“scourge of the Westboro Baptist Church”) hosts the lineup that also includes Alison Stevenson (“the comic book reader”), Tapan Trivedi (“the Indian nerd”), and Nina Daniels (“the cello nerd”). Jensen, meanwhile, is listed as “the atheist nerd.” We bet he didn’t tell airport security about that -- otherwise he’d still be in Chicago.
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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.'"