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
Kurt Vonnegut isn’t merely the foul-mouthed author perennially popular among surly, booksmart teenagers. He was also a humane political satirist cut from the Mark Twain cloth, assuring him bogeyman status among the Fox News commentariat, and ensuring that his novels would remain the continued targets of book-banning campaigns. Not bad for an arch raconteur and compassionate curmudgeon who died four years ago. Because of his popularity among sullen teenagers, within literary circles Vonnegut has been relegated to the second-tier status reserved for the likes of J.D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath. In Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels, Gregory Sumner aims to rehabilitate Vonnegut’s literary reputation while examining the author’s role as a moral voice opposing the very social, political, and economic forces that self-proclaimed representatives of the 99 percent now protest. Despite the Tralfamadorian aliens and poop jokes, Vonnegut’s works were fierce critiques of the notion of the American Dream, that century-old mirage keeping Americans individualistic, rapaciously ambitious, and desperate. In Unstuck in Time, Sumner tracks Vonnegut’s mounting outrage at the excesses and inequalities of American capitalism by exploring his growth as an author, thinker, and public citizen. In doing so, Sumner establishes Vonnegut as a far more sophisticated thinker than he’s often given credit for, whose books grow increasingly relevant by the day.
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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.'"