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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
We call it bicycle creep. San Francisco is slowly, gradually, but with undeniable certainty, assimilating the bicycle as a central part of its structure and culture. Eventually it could be as soon as 2012 or 2013 the city will be one big Bicycle Borg. Bikes will be in racks built into walls and sidewalks every 10 feet or so, for anyone who needs them. But here's the bad news: They'll also communicate with some central robotic queen in City Hall and, if you're in trouble, they'll take you directly to her. So in order not to be assimilated yourself, you need to learn how to build the things y'know, make friends with the buggers and know what's inside them before they become part of the collective. How to Build a Bike from Scratch is a good first step toward creating your own little hive. Tonight Peter Verdone teaches you how to build your own frame, covering the basics of design and fabrication. He also provides rudimentary advice about components to complete your bike. And this guy knows what he's talking about. His website has photos of numerous bikes he's built in addition to skateboards and motorcycle parts. He'll probably have a lot of fresh ideas he just got back from the North American Handmade Bike Show in Austin, Texas. It's where all the super geeks like me go to chat about what's going on, Verdone says. We hope so, Peter, because the resistance is counting on you.
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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.'"