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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
The name William Shakespeare immediately brings to mind self-serious frippery nowadays. After all, you don’t end up with a title like “The Bard” by making dick jokes. Or do you? In Shakespeare’s own time, theatergoing wasn’t nearly as rarefied. His audiences were often made up of belligerent drunks carousing and hollering like a bunch of bros at a UFC match. For his part, Shakespeare played to the cheap seats with a steady stream of dirty jokes and ribaldry that now titillate only Elizabethan scholars and Shakespeare geeks. Among the Bard’s plays, Measure for Measure is one of the filthiest, though it’s worth noting that the name is a biblical allusion, not a double entendre. At least according to student reference site Shmoop, which gives the play a hard PG-13 rating for its extramarital sex and syphilis jokes. (Apparently genital warts and brain rot were hilarious in Elizabethan times.) This staging of Measure for Measure promises to take Shakespeare a bit closer to his roots by emphasizing the play’s fleet pacing and sharp banter as the audience knocks a few back. Still, keep in mind that it’s the 21st century, not the 17th -- you should probably save the hollering and chair-throwing for another night.
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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.'"