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
World records happen every day. We just landed one: Most Exasperated Eye Rolls During the Reading of Caille Millners Chronicle Column. You might have completed one as well, maybe having something to do with how intently you looked at your burrito while eating it. Of course, the overlords at Guinness would demur (fascists), but the World Record Appreciation Society gives every feat a fair hearing. It champions all sorts of populist records on the Universal Record Database (www.urdb.org), where records like Most Arm Hair Twisties on Left Arm and Most Binder Clips Attached to Face are documented for eternity, or until the society lapses on its Web hosting fees. The society also sponsors nights of feverish record breaking. Last month, Kaoru Kumatani stood onstage, opened a pack of Skittles, arranged them by color, and flung them out into the audience world record! Todd Lamb looked at 25 pictures of fish sandwiches in 60 seconds world record! Opus Moresch complimented a staggering 16 people in 30 seconds world record! At tonights World Record Appreciation Society Event #4, expect countless more records to explode through the firmament, including Most Ear Wiggles in One Minute, "Most Trivial Pursuit Questions Answered Incorrectly in One Minute," and "Most Albums Broken in One Minute.
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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.'"