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
The most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
At first glance, it's hard to judge the work in the photography book Please Take Me off the Guest List. The work asks not only What do I mean? but also What does the guitarist of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs think I mean? because Nick Zinner, the spiky-haired man with the huge guitar and the surprising synth, took all the photos. Take Me Off is filled with pictures of the band's time on the road. When considering it, you first absorb the facts of Zinner's life: endless traveling, adoring fans, spiky hair, enough critical praise to allow him to relax and enjoy it all for a moment or two, and the best vantage point from which to watch Karen O. Of course he picked up a camera and started capturing it all. Wouldn't you? Back to the work's artistic merit: Zinner appears tonight at his book release party. Also, he plays. He has a book-release party band made up of the book's creators himself (photos), Stacy Wakefield (book design), and Zachary Lipez (words). It's their fourth book, after No Seats on the Party Car, Slept in Beds, and I Hope You Are All Happy Now. During the performance, Zinner and Wakefield play along to projections of the photos while Lipez reads his essays, which detail his own debauchery as a young person. Finally, the work: late nights, young people, big feeling, raw emotion, an irresistible rundown urban messiness. Much like the music, especially before the synth.
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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.'"