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 queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
There are plenty of memoirs about horrible childhoods, but few damaged authors went through what artist, writer, and musician Mira Bartok endured. As detailed in her new memoir, The Memory Palace, Bartok grew up in the shadow of her schizophrenic mother, Norma Kurap Herr, serving as Herrs caretaker from a young age. Its a role that Bartok performed into adulthood, until Herr attacked her with a broken bottle. She changed her name and stopped speaking with her itinerant mother for the following 17 years, until a social worker notified her that Herr was dying. Watching her mother die, Bartok found some degree of clarity, if not closing, and the book serves as a powerful document of how she reluctantly worked through a lifetime of painful, conflicting emotions. Her ambivalence gives the book a credibility and pathos many personal narratives lack unlike certain memoirists who eagerly air their dirty laundry for book sales and microcelebrity, Bartok spent decades trying to bury all remnants of her troubled childhood. She had plenty of practice: As Bartok explains, the greatest keepers of secrets are the children of schizophrenics, always covering for their volatile and unstable parents. What results is a nuanced coming-of-age narrative that steadfastly avoids self-pity or victimization, and it examines how Bartok made peace with circumstances out of her control.
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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.'"