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
This Valentines Day, lets start with the assumption that your heart is broke, and that the person who broke it once gave you something special, say a Barry Bonds bobblehead doll, which youve been sleeping with ever since, chatting with over breakfast and then cramming full of needles. Lets set the bobblehead free, shall we? It belongs with others of its kind, mementos of failed relationships the trash would do, but we suggest the Museum of Broken Relationships. Founded by Olinka Vitica and Drazen Grubii, the museum has welcomed such objects from around the world, and the response has been overwhelming. The touring show displays objects like fur-lined handcuffs, underwear, and prosthetic legs with their sad stories attached, chronicling how it is better to have loved and lost than to have killed the scumbag and burned his clothes. The gallery has been accepting local donations since January 16, so plenty of objects are from the neighborhood, but its not too late to contribute to the full collection: Just download the donation form, gather up your sad little thing, and send it to Vlaka 72 A, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia. Really.
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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.'"