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
The writings of Kevin Killian have garnered appreciation from the Bay Area gay literary universe and beyond (count Dennis Cooper, Susie Bright, and Wayne Koestenbaum among his admirers) for many years, charming readers with experimental and arresting meditations on the erotic, the line between life and fiction, and the one and only Kylie Minogue. His latest release, Impossible Princess, takes its name from the Australian pop singers sixth studio album and includes short stories about a late-night tryst in a panther cage, a sexual assault inside a copy machine, and the undergarments of a former member of a British boy band. Last year saw the publication of his Action Kylie, a book of poems inspired by Miss Minogue, as well as My Vocabulary Did This to Me, a collection of works by San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer co-edited by Killian (who also co-wrote the Spicer biography Poet Be Like God). With two previous story collections (including the 1996 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award-winning Little Men), a handful of plays, three novels and a fourth on the way next year, Killians oeuvre continues to grow while amusing, confusing, and arousing readers who stumble upon or seek out his writing. Theres no time like the present to hear the author read, and to become better acquainted with his singular and peculiar body of work.
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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.'"