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
San Francisco has an abundance of parks, but we all know the problem with parks: The grass. Good to sit on, but generally boring, not at all native, and irresistible to people who need to vomit, sleep, or the other thing. Lawns are also the enemy of the environment: The best book about lawn care released in 2006, American Green, details how we should just firebomb the front yard, or at least keep Scotts Turf Builder off it. Also, Michael Pollan once said this: Lawns are nature purged of sex and death. Why? Who cares -- he sounds like Jean Genet. But theres a green-space alternative, at least in our city: The dozens of community gardens tucked into empty-lot nooks and stairway crannies, drenched in 70s patchwork funkiness. Longtime Bay Area gardener Alex Hatch details 30 in her book Cracks in the Asphalt: Community Gardens of San Francisco, complete with vibrant photographs by Stacey Miller. You can probably plant something if you get in good with the locals, swear off malathion, and request a plot. We just like to shuffle around, make fun of someones kale, and pretend we see Alice Waters.
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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.'"