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
What's a litnic? We're not really sure, but we are sure it's a real thing because it's happened before in San Francisco. As best we can tell from the folks at Quiet Lightning who put together litnics, it's an event for people who love books and literature (that's the lit part) who get together for a picnic (there's the nic). Plus, it has the added bonus of sort of rhyming with Beatnik. That matters, in this case, because this Quiet Lightning Litnic happens in North Beach. It's a great way to celebrate Independence Day, and it's a great opportunity to yak with some of San Francisco's best writers (or to see your friends, if you happen to be one of those writers). According to Evan Karp, all lit-heads are welcome (he says a set of balloons will identify the group), and they're also welcome to bring food, notebooks, cameras, and musical instruments. Also, we bet no one will be turned away for dressing like a well-known American literary character say, Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe, or Hunter S. Thompson. The people who attend the litnic can act as an audience later in the evening. As the outdoor party concludes, the group plans to walk to a venue for a Quiet Lightning reading, which will include July Westhale, Amy Glasenapp, Sarah Page, Charles Kruger, Chris Carosi, and SB Stokes.
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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.'"