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
Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbees Down and Derby: The Insiders Guide to Roller Derby chronicles the sports transformation from kitschy historical footnote to the hobby of choice among bad-ass tattooed babes. Even though roller derby isnt quite as ascendant as it was a couple of years back the middling success of the Drew BarrymoreEllen Page film Whip It didnt help theres no denying that the sport has been re-established as a cultural institution. Not bad for a phenomenon that once served as little more than a punch line on VH1s I Love the '70s. Tonight's reading and release party celebrates the book, which draws an evolutionary line between the sports origins in the 1800s, its 1970s peak, and the recent resurgence. NPR personality Cohen and journalist Barbee offer the credibility of true insiders, having skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls as Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber since 2003. They portray roller derby as having an ethos of inclusion that shares much with the DIY spirit, which ignited its popularity in the punk rock community. The book also serves as a primer for those interested in joining the derby life, complete with roller derby commandments and a Cosmo-style quiz to determine whether youve got what it takes.
Sun., Aug. 29, 2010
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.'"