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
Get up early and take part in the 91st annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Mount Davidson cross. Civic leaders — including Mayor Ed Lee — as well as clergy and music ensembles traditionally start gathering at 6:20 a.m. This nondenominational service is performed by clergy from across the city as America’s largest cross is illuminated by 48,000 watts of earthly electricity, a monumental beacon for the city’s Easter morning faithful. Following the service, descend to Dolores Park, where the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host “Under the Big Top,” their 34th anniversary celebration. The circus-themed party starts off with an Easter Egg hunt for the kids, after which the adult portion of the program begins with performances by Ethel Merman, Hedwig, Beard Summit, Sparkle Ponies, and special guest Jane Weidlin (formerly of the Go-Gos, and writer of the comic book Lady Robotika.) Plus of course the ever-popular Hunky Jesus Contest, which speaks for itself. Religion and transvestism have never been terribly far apart (the Pope spends his career in a dress, after all), and this Easter (as it does every year), San Francisco provides both the occasion and the organization through which to view that relationship in full flower. (For the fullest range of possible human experience, be sure to take your out-of-town relatives to both events.)
Sun., March 31, 6:20 a.m., 2013
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.'"