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
Turned on (in more ways than one) by the brassy inspirations of Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, and, yes, Joan Jett, thousands of girls picked up electric guitars in the 1970s and 80s. A few wanted to change the world; most just wanted to know how it felt to strap it on and transform into an object of desire or envy or inspiration. Ever the public servant, excavator and curator Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (of the Midnites for Maniacs triple features at the Castro) rekindles your dormant fantasies with Grrrl Rockers of the 1980s, a foot-stomping night of distaff thunder. The warm-up act is the 1981 after-school special Starstruck, starring Trini Alvarado as a would-be folksinger whose mama wants her to take a job in a factory. Then Trini makes hearts skip in Times Square as one of two teen runaways who start a punk band and turn the town on its ear. With a kick-out-the-jams soundtrack and a canny performance by Tim Curry as a laid-back late-night disc jockey, its even better than you remember. The hard-charging British cult classic Breaking Glass headlines the bill, showcasing the songs, chops, and raw hunger of Hazel OConnor as an ambitious tough girl who successfully crashes the New Wave party, only to end up dazed and confused with the check. Only women bleed, indeed.
Sat., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., 2008
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.'"