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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
In the movie Memento, someone has murdered Leonard Shelbys wife, and Shelby wants to find the killer. But hes lost the ability to remember things he literally cant recall whats happened one minute to the next. So he leaves himself notes. He takes Polaroids. He even self-administers a tattoo to help him remember what hes done and still needs to do. Eventually he tracks back to the incident and the killer. The reason he cant retain memories is that he suffered a head injury during the crime. This fictional and highly dramatic account is an accurate portrayal of one of the possible effects of traumatic brain injury. Claudia Osborn, a physician, wrote a book, Over My Head, about her experience after a 1988 bicycle crash. She describes how the most simple tasks such as taking a bus across town to meet a friend turn into a nightmarish scenarios in which she forgets what shes doing while shes doing it, and she cant remember things such as how to get back home unless she writes herself a note to carry with her. If this information is new to you, thats no surprise. Paula Daoutis of the Brain Injury Association of California says the effects of brain injury are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Today in the Walk for Thought, you can learn more and contribute to the association, which provides services to Californians living with brain injuries. The walk has two hard-packed gravel paths that go through Crissy Field and near the Golden Gate Bridge. The distance varies between one and two miles. There will be opening remarks, refreshments, and literature about brain injuries and their effects.
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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.'"