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
For children of a certain generation, the Starship Enterprise’s earnest Capt. James T. Kirk was a cardboard cousin of Dudley Do-Right. The latter, a dim-bulb Canadian Mountie created for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, was a cartoon character, you see, while the stilted, deep-space law-enforcer played by William Shatner was capable of only occasional animation. The cancellation of Star Trek (and Shatner’s late-’60s, bizarrely out-of-time spoken-word album) seemingly marked the premature end of a career. Who could have imagined the Canadian actor would one day achieve immortality as a cultural icon? Certainly not those who thought Shat lacked the wit and humility to parody his stuffed-shirt persona on Boston Legal and in Priceline commercials. Wild Bill has had the last laugh for a while now, and he lets us in on the joke tonight in Shatner’s World. Taking his crowd-pleasing one-man Broadway show on the road, Shatner blends anecdotes, jokes, philosophy, and video clips into a genial froth of survival, success, and mortality. Shatner isn’t Laurence Olivier, but he isn’t Pauly Shore, either. Give the man his props: Closing in on 81, he still knows how to connect with an audience.
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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.'"