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.
Less well known than some of the Beat poets, Philip Lamantia nevertheless embodied the spirit of his times so thoroughly that his life story now seems iconic. Born in San Francisco in 1927 to Sicilian immigrants and raised in the Excelsior, he was expelled from Balboa High School for intellectual delinquency, moved to New York, hung out with cats like André Breton and Max Ernst, published his first book (Erotic Poems) when he was nineteen, experimented with peyote while living with Washoe Indians in Nevada during the 1950s, and returned to his home town where, among other things, he appeared at the seminal October 1955 Six Gallery event where Allen Ginsberg read Howl for the first time. In fact, Howl might never have existed if not for Lamantia; in Lamantias San Francisco Chronicle obit, Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, It was Philip who turned [Ginsberg] on to Surrealist writing. Then Ginsberg wrote Howl. If the Surrealists saw art as a means of freeing the subconscious, Lamantia went one step further: He saw it as a spiritual path. He died in 2005 at his North Beach apartment. His book of mystical poetry, Tau, which he had long declined to publish, was released by City Lights this year. Editor Garrett Caples presents the book along with rare video of the poet tonight at A Tribute to the Poet Philip Lamantia.
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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.'"