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
Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday (in Mexico or in the U.S.), we’ve been celebrating the cultural contributions and history of Latinos on May 5 in California since the 1860s. Here are the top events to celebrate. For the traditional, check out the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Dolores Park on May 4 (sfcincodemayo.com, free). Festivities include a Zumba-thon dance class, música bailable by the Mission District youth, mariachi and ranchera music, dancing, artistry, and of course, lots of tasty Mexican food. If, like most San Francisco holidays, what you’re looking for is an excuse to drink, a Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl awaits you May 5 in the Marina (crawlsf.com, $5-$20), starting at Eye Heart SF Pop Down Shop. Those interested in the historical aspects of the day and the Latino influence of the Mission ’hood should check out the Mission Dolores Walking Tour (sfcityguides.org, free). For those interested in the American melting pot experience, head on over to AT&T Park for the Pre-Game Cinco de Mayo Fiesta before Los Gigantes take on the L.A. Dodgers. The free fiesta offers family-friendly fun, food, cultural entertainment, Coronas, margaritas, and the chance to win a Sergio Romo gnome. Root for the home team and for S.F.’s Latino roots.
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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.'"