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 hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
A long while back, we profiled young Moscow-born comic Vladimir Khlynin, pegging him as "the hardest-working angry young Russian comic in town." Eight years later, his hit-or-miss, drunk, resentful Safeway employee shtick has sharpened up into a wonderfully sardonic act capable of carrying a show. Khlynin serves as the producer of A Lot in Communism – a stand-up show featuring himself and two other Soviet-born comics, Daniel Kinno and Anna Seregina, handling their Russian-American upbringings and everyday life in America with charming cynicism. Never had the privilege of sharing the table with a few Ruski grandfathers, vodka, and some kishke? Think obscenity, politics, and sex wrapped up in the irony of the Russian language, with that sense of humor ever-present in these three comics' cross-cultural experiences. As Khlynin put it, "Say you have one analogy, and you have another analogy, it's like an analogy, you know what I mean?" Kinno's been featured on MTV, The Gameshow Network, and The WB, and Seregina's entertained audiences at SF Sketchfest and SXSW. But success hasn't tainted that Soviet spirit -- all three comics deliver material dry, drunk, and fatalist as ever.
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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.'"