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
Crime fiction author Andrew Vachss says he and his longest-running character share a religion: revenge. The character is Burke, an unlicensed private investigator who tracks down and, um, dispatches people who commit sex crimes against children. Burke suffered abuse as a kid, and his mission is to protect youngsters who can't protect themselves. Vachss, meanwhile, works within the law -- in addition to being an author, he's also a lawyer who represents abused kids. Vachss retired Burke in the 2008 novel Another Life and his latest book suggests he's also retired the theme of vengeance. Heart Transplant, a graphic novel he completed with illustrator Frank Caruso and social worker Zak Mucha, takes on the issue of bullying. It's not about payback so much as giving kids as well as parents what they need to escape the dark and terrifying place bullies create. Vachss identifies this as the most crucial issue facing kids today, and three punk rock bands agree. Although Vachss himself can't be present, Grass Widow, Bar Feeders, and Lou Lou and the Guitarfish are playing the book release party for Heart Transplant to raise awareness of the issue. Bar Feeders bassist Trey Bundy, who worked with disadvantaged kids as a residential treatment counselor for a decade, says he's seen no other book that holds more truth on the subject. That's a good enough endorsement for us. Bloodthirsty Burke might not get immediate gratification, but if bullies get thrown off track, we bet he'd like the outcome. After all, living well is the best revenge.
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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.'"