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
Shabana Rehman's background is funny, but not necessarily what we'd call humorous. Born in Pakistan, she moved with her family to Norway, a region of Europe with a dubious record of showing tolerance toward immigrants. She must have seen humor, though, because she pursued a career in comedy and has helped start a discussion between Muslims and the rest of the world with her confrontational approach. I believe in insult and challenging other people kindly. Too much respect is the same as putting people down, she says. Poking fun at other groups, individuals, is a lovely way to say we are together, and this feels like home. Her show, Homeland Insecurity, includes standup as well as storytelling as she recounts her family's travels and describes what its like being the other on the Scandinavian stand-up circuit. The stage is her soapbox from which to shout her message of empowerment to other women as well as outsiders at large. Be an individual, be free, she says. Dont follow the group. Make your own definitions, your own reformations, and make your own connections. That message reverberates through Footloose Dance Companys 11th Annual Women on the Way Festival, of which Rehman's appearance is part.
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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.'"