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
Scotsman Billy Connolly is one of the most famous comedians in the English-speaking world you know, Uncle Monty from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Disproving the notion that wildly famous Europeans don't have much luck in the States, Connolly was also a zombie in the 2006 comedy Fido, which was in American theaters very briefly last year, and he played opposite Bill Murray as Lord Dargis in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, which is rumored to have been made and released. He also traded lines with Kirk Cameron as teacher Billy MacGregor in the final season of Head of the Class. What hasn't this guy done?
Things are going just as well for Connolly in Europe. Last month, tickets for his new touring show, "Too Old to Die Young," went on sale in Belfast. He sold out eight shows 15,000 tickets in one hour. Then his Limerick show went on sale, and 3,000 tickets vanished in the time it takes to have lunch. He's been doing the same all over Europe, delighting reporters, who regularly label him stuff like "arguably the greatest stand-up comedian of all time" (this from the Strabane Chronicle out of Ireland). This month Connolly comes to S.F. for ten nights for "Billy Connolly Live!" Tickets have been on sale since February 24. We suggest you get a move on.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through April 12, 2008
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.'"