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
When Irma Rodriguez learned she had HIV she was serving time in prison on drug charges. For the next 15 years of her incarceration, she submitted herself to numerous harsh treatments, hoping she would not lose her life to the disease. Eventually she was released from prison only to discover something even more distressing: She had never actually had HIV. Rodriguezs story of incompetent prison medical care is sadly not unique; hers is one of many dehumanizing experiences depicted in the new book Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Womens Prisons, published by the McSweeneys nonprofit imprint Voice of Witness. Co-editors Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi join Rodriguez for Stories of Women Inside, an open discussion about the book and about the injustices enacted against women in the U.S. prison system. The inmates interviewed for Inside This Place give their own accounts of rape, sterilization without consent, and other abuse by prison guards. Waldman is a former public defender, and Levi is the director of local womens prison rights organization Justice Now. They hope that illuminating these shocking narratives will change the system, and let the women inside know we are listening.
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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.'"