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 first time we visited the Cable Car Museum, we expected to see little more than a few dioramas and maybe a ceramic dog wed been drinking, and were really looking for a bathroom. Instead, we got the guts of the line, with big spinning wheels and deep-earth rumblings, and we stood transfixed, like an orphan in a steampunk novel, hypnotized by 19th-century tech. (Later we learned it was 1982 tech, thanks to a system-wide rebuild.) We felt the same way, with visiting family, in the engine room the WWII Liberty ship SS Jeremiah OBrien, because why not? Its a steam-powered WWII engine room. If you dont know what that looks like, remember your Titanic: James Cameron filmed his ships engine room aboard this one. And dont get us started on the Musee Mecanique (we found it trying to break a 20), with its crazy mechanical games and masked arm-wrestler -- what a bastard that guy turned out to be. In any case, we may visit our major tourist attractions for all the wrong reasons, but at least we get there. You should, too, and the right way to do it is on the Mechanicrawl 02011, a self-guided tour of the waterfronts mechnical marvels sponsored by our foremost forward-thinking group, the Long Now Foundation. Sites include those mentioned above as well as the USS Pampanito (with its Torpedo Data Computer), the boats of S.F. Maritime Park, the Wave Organ, the Exploratorium, and more. Demos occur throughout the day. Those steam engines on the OBrien? Theyll be belching.
Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m., 2011
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.'"