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
If you think civics is what social studies was once called, you’re just one of the millions of Americans making Justice Sandra Day O’Connor incredibly nervous about the future of this country. Before Americans can address the myriad challenges of the 21st Century, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court insists we need to engage in a national discussion about the cornerstone of our democratic heritage: the rights and duties of citizens, particularly when it comes to government oversight. Since 2009, the former Justice has been courting Americans' attention through iCivics, an organization that isn’t above video games if they entice youth. Perhaps Aristotle, who argued, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” would have enjoyed a turn. O’Connor rarely makes public appearances, but sustaining America’s democracy gets her out of the house any day. No stranger to the Bay Area, O’Connor received both her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford, where she worked on the Law Review with future Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, her erstwhile beau. O’Connor also discusses her illustrious career in conversation with Dr. Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation.
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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.'"