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
Larry-bob Roberts could be described as the Stephen Colbert of queer culture. He tends toward outrageous parody ― one of his websites is called Holy Titclamps! ― and he often takes social and political positions that are the opposite of what he believes. Lowbrow or highbrow, its no surprise that the title of his new book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, makes him sound like the Glenn Beck of homophobes. Its a series of, well, essays, lets call them, on issues that affect us all (see: Socially Responsible Pants, I Wanna Be a Gay Wingnut, and Presumed Hetero Unless Proven Gay). The relentless ribbing of multiple cultures (including his own) is designed to shake everyone ― insiders as well as outsiders ― out of their complacency. Apparently its not working everywhere yet. Roberts publisher, Manic D Press, reports that boxes of the book mysteriously stayed on loading docks for days on end in places such as Memphis, and some printers flat-out refused to handle the book. All the more reason to go out and have a good laugh at their expense ― as well as your own.
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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.'"