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 some people, having a baby is like climbing into a slingshot aimed toward mainstream culture, which is often a relief: No more foraging for urban greens, making coffee for three hours, and having a stance on vinyl. But for parents for whom the radical lifestyle is much more than simply waiting in line for ice cream polyamorous anarchist city farmers expecting twins, for example Tomas Moniz Bay Area zine,Rad Dad, is a lifesaver. Virtually any topic freethinking fathers and their nonnormative cocaregivers might desire to challenge gender roles, patriarchy, Elmo can be found those pages, dating back to 2005. Rad Dad has since become a blog, naturally, but Sept. 1 heralds a new publishing form: the book. Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, by Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, contains a best-of selection from the zine and Smiths blog, Daddy Dialectic. Exploring parenting as a political territory, as Moniz writes in the introduction, the book features names you wouldnt normally find in the daddy genre, including authors Steve Almond and Cory Doctorow, musician Ian McKaye, and local interdisciplinary artist Keith Hennessy, who writes about his experience donating his sperm to a lesbian couple. If buying a gender-neutral pacifier is the most radical thing youve done as a parent, Rad Dad will nudge you back on track.
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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.'"