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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
For generations, the dehumanizing monotony of modern life has been the domain of anti-capitalist academics, by-the-numbers sitcoms, rock bands, single-joke comic strips, and hack comedians. The technologies might change, but the stultifying drone of postindustrial labor persists, providing an endless supply of grist to critics such as Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, and Dilbert creator Scott Adams. It takes a distinct voice to add anything to the discussion, but comedian Kyle Kinane earns his spot. Instead of opting for the shopworn gag of the disgruntled nebbish at the mercy of clueless managers, Kinane goes deep. “Am I alive?” punctuates a joke about spending five hours of company time watching Huey Lewis videos on YouTube, a question that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s devoted precious hours to online inanities while watching the clock. Kinane is as much a storyteller as he is a comedian, reaping laughs from familiar topics by delivering his mordant narratives with a self-deprecating knowingness. His 2010 album Death of the Party was widely hailed as one of the best of the year, earning comparisons to Louis CK and his pal Patton Oswalt. During tonight's two performances, Kinane records his follow-up special for Comedy Central.
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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.'"