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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he’ll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage in California). During that case Walker came under fire from the measure’s proponents after they learned he is gay (a fact that Bush didn’t know). Despite their protests, he did not recuse himself. Walker also oversaw several other Bay Area milestones, including the copyright-infringement dispute between Apple Inc. and Microsoft Inc., the antitrust case against the Hearst Corp. after it bought the Chronicle, and the antitrust case against Oracle Corp. after it took over PeopleSoft Inc. He also handled some tense and complex matters involving government surveillance after 9/11. Clearly, this man could tell amazing stories. The problem with federal judges, though, is they rarely comment on such matters in order to remain impartial, which is, after all, their job. But we’re in luck -- Walker retired last year, so he can talk. He’s part of the lineup for Law and Order, this month’s offering from the Porchlight storytelling series, in which six people tell “first-person accounts of being on one side of the law or the other, or perhaps the murky gray area in between.” Other ’tellers include public defender and former S.F. supervisor Matt Gonzales and his law partner Whitney Leigh, writer and HIV/AIDS activist Ed Wolf, criminal defense lawyer Renee Paradis, and self-proclaimed “Juror No. 7” Kevin Wofsy.
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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.'"