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
Actor and comedian Simon Amstell has been a performer for most of his life in the UK, co-writing and starring in the BBC2 sitcom Grandma’s House, hosting the game show Never Mind the Bollocks, and he also recently premiered his first stand-up TV special, Do Nothing, on BBC America. But a life in the spotlight doesn’t mean one can’t experience social anxiety, and Amstell highlights many of his own faults and insecurities while poking fun at social norms and absurdities in his new show “Numb.” The show sold out in its tours of the UK and Australia and made its American debut in New York this summer to rave reviews. Many have compared the curly haired, openly gay, bespectacled comedian in his early 30s to “a young Woody Allen.” Topics of his show largely revolve around his own experiences with awkwardness, solitude, family relationships, and sex, all with a highly literate and quirky tone. Amstell is a modest and shy performer, but has a keen wit and a sharp eye for society’s misgivings and makes his audience feel at home with his company. Asked by Joy Behar on The View about his show’s title, Amstell deadpanned: “It’s about going home every day of my life and genuinely feeling quite lonely and depressed. You should come.”
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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.'"