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 late 2010 we attended a reading we’ll never forget. We didn’t know it, but a madman was about to take the stage. Except he didn’t take the stage. He hopped down off it, and immediately a dozen people rushed to form a semicircle around him on the floor. What came next was a controlled seizure. With desperate body gyrations, eyes on fire, and the voice of a four-barrel carburetor, he delivered a literary sermon with rhymes and cadence so precision you could almost say it along with him. And some did -- they’d known this salvation before. The poet was Charlie Getter, the series Quiet Lightning. It was started by Evan Karp and Rajshree Chauhan a couple of years ago. It’s now a nonprofit group, Karp its president. Writers submit pieces, and the best are selected and published in a literary magazine that’s sold at the event. Among tonight’s readers is Jarett Kobek, whose fictionalized biography of 9/11 terrorist Mohammad Atta suggests the attacks could have been as much about architectural criticism as religious extremism. He also reads transcripts from celebrity sex tapes. Paul Corman Roberts runs the reading series Bitchez Brew and Anger Management; he writes “metaphysical treatise rant poems that seem to contain the entire universe,” Karp says. A first-timer is Pierre Merkl. He goes by the stage name Mr. Lucky and leads a dynamite Sinatra-style lounge act that’s run in San Francisco for years. Merkl is also an accomplished painter. Until now we had no idea he also did spoken word -- but if he made this lineup, we know he’s good.
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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.'"