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
During the run of Litquake, theres sometimes a tendency (never by us!) to be timid in the early offerings, babying the reserves of literary interest for the madness of the fests closing night, Lit Crawl. Heres a tip: Fear Lit Crawl. You should go, of course, because Lit Crawl is an alternate universe in which writers are treated like rock stars by everybody in the city. But understand that you will be jostled and confused and spun around, and much of the literature will occur on the other side of a tall mans shoulder, sometimes with you standing on the sidewalk, hearing nothing but traffic and seeing nothing but cable knit. During Litquakes run, however, you can stroll into many of the more than 100 events like royalty, especially those that offer the miracle of advance ticketing. But dont get cocky: Expect Porchlight with Marc Maron (Oct. 10) to be mobbed. Same goes for with appearances by A-listers Thomas McGuane (Oct. 8), James Ellroy (Oct. 9), Jane Smiley (Oct. 9), Christopher Moore (Oct. 10), Julia Glass (Oct. 11), Ishmael Reed (Oct. 12), and Jeffrey Eugenides (Oct. 14). And get a stool at the bar obscenely early for Thats My F*cking Stool! Writers at the Bar (Oct. 9), because of the f*cking lineup: Alan Black, Jack Boulware, Beth Lisick, Joshua Mohr, and David Henry Sterry. There are also great events for people who dont read books at all, like Chelsea Handler on Oct. 13. To get a sense of what Litquake is all about, attend tonights kick-off party, The Devils Lexicon, then primp for Oct. 9s The Great Night, which is possibly the most perfect Litquake event ever. It takes place at the summit of Buena Vista Park, and features Chris Adrian, Andrew Sean Greer, and Daniel Handler. It includes, we quote, fairies, maypoles, and twinkle lights, plus a string quartet, and revelry to celebrate Adrians book The Great Night, which is a retelling of A Midsummer Nights Dream set in the city.
Litquake runs Oct. 7-15 at various venues in the Bay Area. Visit www.litquake.org. Michael Leaverton
Oct. 7-15, 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.'"