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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
Christopher Ryan took a cue from Charles Darwin. Not many people know it today (because not many people today have read The Origin of Species), but Darwin was a clever writer — and he used that to full effect when dismantling the longstanding belief in creationism to set up an argument in favor of evolution. Darwin attacks the biblical explanation for Why Things Are with evidence, evidence, and more evidence — and gets there with clever turns of phrase and easily understood reasoning. Ryan and co-author Cacilda Jetha employ the same method in Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships, but the similarity ends there. In fact, Darwin is among the learned scientists whose assertions that monogamy is the “default setting” and “natural state” of human sexual relations Ryan and Jetha shoot down. Often (as in the case of Darwin), these assertions were based on nothing more than conjecture and anecdotal observation. Yet Ryan and Jetha don’t settle for easy targets, aiming also at people whose research is more extensive. They present anthropological data showing that rather than being “hard-wired” for monogamy, humans have had many social and economic reasons to favor non-monogamy until pretty recent times. Ryan participates in a panel discussion on the topic with a number of educators as well as sex-and-relationship experts. Performances and a dance party produced by Club Exotica follow.
Wed., Nov. 9, 8 p.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.'"