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
New York Times columnist and Princeton professor Paul Krugman has spent a couple of decades integrating old industrial economic theories into the developing international environment. In 2008, that work earned him a Nobel Prize to add to his collection of honors. He usually identifies most with liberal thinkers, but he isn’t a huge fan of President Obama — he supported Hillary Clinton in ’08, as did California (but not San Francisco). The sometimes cynical Krugman isn’t afraid to put words such as “depression” into newsprint when talking about the world economy (but he suggests avoiding words such as “collapse”). One of those words is even in the title of his new book, which he discusses tonight, End This Depression Now! Nor is he afraid to take on anyone — be they local or world leaders, senators, or other economists. He says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been vocal about acting responsibly in canceling a rail project between New Jersey and New York, might “actually be the least responsible governor the state has ever had.” He takes the entire continent of Europe to task in another column after more fiscal austerity measures were passed in Frankfurt and Berlin, a move Krugman says is contributing to the European Union’s “economic suicide.” He says that, “not to mince words, [it’s] just insane.”
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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.'"