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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
Initially, we figured the comedy book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life wouldnt pass the laugh-out-loud test, because few books do, and this wasnt by The Onion staff or Simon Rich (look him up). And theres the problem with the title, which sucks, and the theme, which also sucks, being too easy and predictable, an invitation to be boring. But after the second preface and third introduction of Eugene Mirmans book, we were sitting up straighter, and by the quote opening chapter one, in which he quoted himself, wed gone audible: My book is very funny, but disorganized. I think in the end people will compare me quite negatively to a retarded Mark Twain. The Will to Whatevs is primarily a Mirman brain dump: raw, scattered, prone to digression and absurdity. Here are a few lines, totally without context, which is okay the book scoffs at context: You have not tasted deliciousness until you try a lobster that has watched The War. Trust me a mule on acid is twice as effective. Just text FARMERS IN DANGER to Rage Against the Machines Tom Morello. Hell do the rest. Even though dieticians dont recommend eating right before bed, most Fucketicians do. (I am both sorry and not sorry that I wrote Fucketician.)
Fri., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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.'"