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
Paper or plastic. Creamy or crunchy. White or wheat. Regular or decaf. Some choices are easier to make, especially when it comes to choosing which talks to attend on BookFest Sunday, with its impressive lineup of established and emerging writers. We forgive you if you feel wracked with indecision when presented with the sheer breadth of options. In one room, join a panel discussion about the relevance of literary criticism today featuring a Skyped-in Harold Bloom, the pre-eminent scholar (in)famous for his views on who belongs in the Western canon. Across the hall, Benjamin Taylor talks about his recent project -- editing Saul Bellow’s letters -- with Joyce Carol Oates, who has also written extensively about Bellow. Meanwhile, a buzzed-about young writers such as The Flame Alphabet author Ben Marcus converses with Adam Levin (some say he’s the literary heir to David Foster Wallace). Later, learn more about the ongoing influence of Cynthia Ozick, one of the great living Jewish American authors, who’s present via video link. Psychotherapist Irvin Yalom tells the story of how the Nazis preserved the library of Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza during World War II, a fascinating historical footnote that serves as the background for his novel The Spinoza Problem. Talks by novelist Nicole Krauss and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine bookend (ahem) the very literary day that proves books still have the power to draw a crowd.
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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.'"