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
Last Spring, the screams began, issuing from the playgrounds, the Whole Foods, the preschool drop-off curbs: Someone wrote something called Go the F**k to Sleep. I should have thought of that! Why didnt I think of that? Why didnt you think of that? new parents cried, realizing the Next Big Thing had been staring them in the face every night for years and crying. It recalled 2008, when thousands of hipsters slumped over their keyboards after seeing Stuff White People Like. Or 2006, when an editor of this very paper was found unconscious holding a review copy of Kasper Hausers SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane. Instantly, Go the F**k to Sleep topped the list of Things You Should Have Thought of, Dammit. The title so encompassed the zeitgeist of modern parenting, so perfectly captured the shameful feelings that can bubble up in the nightlight hours this fucking baby! that there hardly needed to be a book. Indeed, there wasnt a book, at first the thing topped Amazons bestseller list as a title. Upon its release last June, the successes multiplied, ripping the hearts out of everyone who should have thought of the book first, with a public reading by Werner Herzog, an audio book voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, a movie deal, and Kevin Pollack reading the book in the style of Christopher Walken. But solace also arrived, as GtFtS turned out to be quite good. After all, it was written by the Bay Areas Adam Mansbach, author of acclaimed novels Angry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews. Hes paid his dues. Hes earned his Sam Jackson.
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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.'"