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
A book with the title You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice implies certain things. Namely smart, funny, wry advice, perhaps an introduction by Amy Sedaris, a foreword by John Hodgman, and an index by, oh, let's say Sarah Silverman, to make it scatological. The Believer could have easily done that God knows it's had those three over for petits fours and Boothby cocktails but it didn't. Instead, it turned to the Rolodex. It made some calls. The Believer went full Coachella. And since the only way to talk about something that goes full Coachella is simply to list the acts (in this case contributors), get out of the way, and let the story take shape in the reader's head, well do so. To wit: Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Fred Armisen, Samantha Bee, Michael Ian Black, Andy Borowitz, Michael Cera, Rob Corddry, David Cross, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo, Daniel Handler, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Ed Helms, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, Eugene Mirman, Bob Odenkirk, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, Martha Plimpton, Harold Ramis, Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Sarah Vowell, and Rainn Wilson. And those are just the headliners the comedy nerd will have another dozen or so names, like Mindy Kaling (The Offices Kelly Kapoor!) to shake his head over. Tonight, a minifest of its own takes place as Daniel Handler, Larry Doyle, Marc Maron, and Eugene Mirman help launch the book with readings and, if you ask the right question, custom advice.
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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.'"