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
Add book-penning to the ever-blossoming bailiwick of sexually frank frontman Jon Ginoli, whose Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division offers a compelling new reason to visit one of those stores where they sell the heavy, papery things filled with words and stuff. Published by Cleis Press, Deflowered tracks our local darlings through time as they become the first openly gay punk rock band to capture some glossy media attention and play for big, mostly straight audiences. Ginolis sense of humor guides recollections of his own musical passions and experiences surrounding the bands formation in the early 90s in San Francisco. The book is perfect for fans drooling for behind-the-scenes details and gossipy bonbons regarding Pansy Divisions tour with Green Day, the rough-and-tumble reality of homophobic fans, and requisite tales of sex, drugs, and band fights. Aficionados of reading, music, and sodomy will all sleep profoundly after hearing Ginoli tell these flavorful tales of the rock n roll road, his acoustic guitar in hand. This reading kicks off a book tour of 50 cities, and also comes just before the release of Pansy Divisions forthcoming seventh studio album, Thats So Gay, which will have a tour all its own.
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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.'"