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
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration began in the 1860s, and is now the largest of its kind outside Asia. The celebration has already crowned the new Miss Chinatown, hosted a 5K run, and welcomed back all-star Jeremy Lin, but there are still some outstanding family-friendly events waiting to ring in the Year of the Water Snake. For the urban sleuth, enjoy the undiscovered treasures of our city in a special walking tour and treasure hunt around Chinatown (sftreasurehunts.com, $12-$45). This unique event invites participants to solve a series of tricky and humorous riddles that uncover fascinating historical facts. The Chinese Historical Society (chsa.org, free) celebrates the New Year with free tours and programs that offer exclusive access to displayed artists like Leland Wong, Frank Wong, and Leon Sun. The museum also debuts its “Hats Off!” exhibit, a playful collection of vintage Chinese children’s headwear from the Qing dynasty. The folks at Westfield San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum have partnered on an all-ages literary event (westfield.com, free). Knowledgeable storytellers invite participants to enjoy the world of traditional Chinease myths, lessons, and folktales. Last but not least is the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair and Parade. Dubbed one of the world’s top 10 parades, this year’s event features local martial arts groups, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a display of over 600,000 firecrackers. The parade ends, as is tradition, with the march of a 200-foot-long golden dragon.
Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m., 2013
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.'"