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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
What’s past is prologue: If the Old Mint is stands as a testament to our future, it is one with a resilient and enduring spirit. It was commissioned by Congress in 1852 to accommodate the needs of a growing gold rush economy, and it swiftly became the most active mint in the United States. In 1877, more than $50 million in coins were produced in its belly, and by the mid-1930s it stored one-third of the nation’s gold reserves. Though dubbed the Granite Lady, the bulk of the Old Mint’s 102,000-square-foot expanse was made from sandstone. The granite came from the Griffith Quarry in Placer County, and it aligns the basement walls and foundation. It was this design that thwarted the ensuing twin disasters — earthquake and fire — that laid siege to the city in 1906. As the only operational financial institution open for business after the quake, it became the depository and treasury for the city’s relief funds. The building was designated a national historic landmark in 1961 and listed on the national register of historic places nearly two decades later. It was purchased by the city from the federal government in 2003 with a borrowed silver dollar minted at the building nearly 124 years prior. Tonight, join docent and former Stanford professor of architecture Paul V. Turner for The Old Mint as an Architectural Treasure. The tour is part of a monthly series anticipating the building’s opening later this year as the city’s first museum dedicated to the preservation of San Francisco’s legacy.
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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.'"